It’s tough to put a finger on these Boston Red Sox, other than to say the season hasn’t been as successful as they’d hoped entering the year. But there have been some silver linings. Take catcher Blake Swihart’s maturation, for instance.

Ryan Hanigan is set to return from a hand injury this week, creating an interesting situation behind the plate involving Swihart, Hanigan and Sandy Leon. Who stays? Who goes? And who receives a bulk of the playing time moving forward?

It’s all addressed in this week’s podcast, in which NESN.com Red Sox beat writer Ricky Doyle also chats with Ashley Allen about first-round draft pick Andrew Benintendi, Boston’s All-Star hopefuls and more.

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