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Top Connor Wong News

  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Ready to hit

    Wong (elbow) is batting eighth as the designated hitter for Sunday's spring game against Atlanta.

    The 27-year-old catcher is a bit behind schedule with his throwing program early in camp due to elbow soreness, but the injury won't prevent him from receiving his game reps at the plate. Wong's ability to hit through the injury is encouraging, though he shouldn't be considered fully healthy until cleared to work behind the plate.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Dealing with sore elbow

    Manager Alex Cora said Friday that Wong will be brought along slowly early in camp due to elbow soreness, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Wong's availability for the start of the regular season isn't likely to be affected by the injury, but he'll be eased into spring training. The 27-year-old had a .673 OPS in 126 contests last season and is expected to open 2024 as Boston's primary backstop.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Top catcher heading into spring

    Wong is expected to be Boston's primary catcher to start the 2024 season, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

    Wong appears set to lead what might be considered an assemblage of backup catchers, ahead of Reese McGuire, Tyler Heineman and Roberto Perez. Wong and McGuire handled catching chores in 2023 with the former taking over as the primary backstop when the latter went down with an oblique injury last summer. Over 121 games (105 as a starting catcher), Wong slashed .235/.288/.385 and was strikeout prone (33.3 K%). Much of his real-world value lay in his work gunning down base stealers. Per Baseball Savant, the 27-year-old ranked in the 92nd percentile in caught-stealing above average. It's been a quiet offseason for the Red Sox, who appear to be biding time behind the dish until 2023 first-round draft pick Kyle Teel -- he reached Double-A Portland last year -- is ready for the show.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Heads to bench

    Wong will be on the bench Saturday against Baltimore, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Wong hits the bench after starting three games in a row behind the plate. Near the end of his first season as a big-league regular, the 27-year-old owns a .237/.290/.390 slash line. Reese McGuire will get the nod behind the plate.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Not starting Tuesday

    Wong is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Wong has just one hit over his past nine games and will take a seat for Tuesday's contest. Reese McGuire will step in behind the plate to catch for righty Tanner Houck.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: On bench Saturday

    Wong is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Reese McGuire will start at catcher and bat ninth Saturday. Wong is 1-for-his-last-12 and the 27-year-old has also not reached base in the last three games.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Resting Wednesday

    Wong is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rangers.

    Wong is hitting .205 with one home run, five runs and three RBI in 11 September games. Reese McGuire is starting behind the dish and batting eighth.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: On bench Sunday

    Wong is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Blue Jays.

    Reese McGuire will start at catcher and bat ninth against the Jays and left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu. Wong played all 13 innings behind the plate Saturday and went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in a 4-3 loss for the Red Sox.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Absent from lineup

    Wong is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Reese McGuire will do the catching for Brayan Bello in this one. Wong went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts during the Red Sox' last series versus the Yankees.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Sitting nightcap

    Wong isn't in the Red Sox's lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Wong will sit out the nightcap after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts during the first game of Thursday's twin bill. Reese McGuire will start behind the dish instead and bat eighth.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Out of Wednesday's lineup

    Wong is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.

    Wong has an .888 OPS through seven games in September, though he finds himself on the bench Wednesday for the third time in Boston's past four contests. Reese McGuire will receive another look behind the plate with Tanner Houck on the mound for the Red Sox.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Sitting out first game

    Wong is not in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Yankees, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Reese McGuire will do the catching for Nick Pivetta in the afternoon contest. Wong is very likely in line to catch the second game of the double dip.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Sits again Monday

    Wong is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    After going 5-for-13 at the plate over a stretch of four consecutive starts behind the plate, Wong will find himself on the bench Monday for the second day in a row. Reese McGuire will be rewarded with another start at catcher after going 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Orioles, but Wong still looks to be the Red Sox's preferred backstop.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Sitting Saturday

    Wong is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.

    Wong is hitting .333 with one home run, seven runs, four RBI and one steal in 30 at-bats over his last 10 games. Reese McGuire will start behind the dish and bat eighth.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Sitting out Tuesday

    Wong is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros.

    Wong will get a breather after starting behind the dish in six of the past seven games. Reese McGuire will handle the catching duties for the Red Sox on Tuesday.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Taking seat Friday

    Wong is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Dodgers, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Wong had started each of the last three contests behind the plate but will yield to Reese McGuire for this one. Expect Wong to be back in there for one or both of the next two games of the weekend series.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Homer, four hits in victory

    Wong went 4-for-6 with a double, a two-run homer and three additional runs scored in Thursday's win over Houston.

    Wong's been showing signs of coming around at the plate recently, going 7-for-18 (.389) with a pair of homers in his last five games after starting the month with a 6-for-32 (.188) slump. He's now up to seven home runs on the season after hitting just one since June 1, a span of 60 games. Overall, Wong is slashing .248/.299/.413 with 48 runs scored and 31 RBI across 322 plate appearances while splitting catching duties with Reese McGuire in Boston.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Age: 27
School: Houston
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R