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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - MARCH 14: Connor Wong #74 of the Boston Red Sox in action against the Minnesota Twins during a Grapefruit League spring training game at Hammond Stadium on March 14, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Needing a backup catcher, the Red Sox are expected to call up Connor Wong from Triple-AAA Worcester on Tuesday, according to a report from MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. This will be the first time Wong is on a Major League roster.

Wong was one of three players acquired by the Red Sox in the Mookie Betts trade with the Dodgers last February. So far this season – his first in Triple-AAA, he’s hit .148 in 16 games. He’s currently ranked as the 17th prospect in the Red Sox farm system by Wong was originally a third-round pick by L.A. in 2017, out of the University of Houston.

The Red Sox find themselves in need of a backup for Christian Vazquez after Kevin Plawecki suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday. According to Cotillo. Plawecki will be placed on the 10-day IL to make room for Wong.

With his call up, Wong becomes the second player from the Mookie Betts trade to reach the major leagues after Alex Verdugo, who has been one of the Red Sox’s best bats so far this season hitting .289 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs in 66 games. The third player from the trade is 22-year-old shortstop Jeter Downs, who is currently hitting .227 for Worcester.

After an off day on Monday, the Red Sox begin a curial series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Tampa made a notable call-up of their own on Monday. Wander Franco – the consensus top prospect in baseball – is expected to make his debut during the series.

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