Xander Bogaerts: ‘I’m ready for it’
|08.19.13 at 9:10 pm ET|
Xander Bogaerts‘ time has finally come — kind of. Though Bogaerts wasn’t in Monday’s lineup, John Farrell said that there’s a chance the superstar shortstop prospect will play Tuesday against the Giants. Whenever he plays, Bogaerts is just eager to start his major league career.
“I’m just excited to be here and help the team out. Whatever they ask me to do I’m ready for it,” he said. “Hopefully we win a few games and we clinch the pennant race.”
Bogaerts said he was in his hotel room Sunday playing dominoes with his PawSox teammates when Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina gave him the word that he was headed to the majors. From there he went to Boston before flying to San Francisco with the Red Sox.
In 60 games for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, the 20-year-old Bogaerts hit .284/.369/.453 with nine homers and 28 RBI. Though Bogaerts might not be an everyday player from the get-go, the Sox plan to see what they can get out his bat.
“Xander comes to us, and he’ll rotate through the left side of the infield,” Farrell said. “As Ben [Cherington] and I and others talk about our position players coming down the stretch here, trying to build in some scheduled down days, Xander will provide that at shortstop with Stephen [Drew]. The reason we brought Xander was a right-handed bat to complement him. That’s not to say a platoon situation by any means, but with Brock Holt being a left-hander, we thought it was Xander’s time to come here and start his big league career.”
Bogaerts has played some third base at Pawtucket this season, though the majority of his time has been spent at his natural shortstop position. With that being said, Farrell did indicate that the team plans to use him at both positions, though the team has been encouraged by third baseman Will Middlebrooks‘ play since he rejoined the major league team.
“It’ll be at both, but I can’t say it’s going to be 50-50,” Farrell said. “I don’t want to say there’s going to be 2-4 days a week. That’s not what this is. Will Middlebrooks has done an excellent job since coming back to us. He’s more relaxed in the box. Last night I think was an example of what he showed for much of last year. We feel like Xander’s presence can help us go up against some good left-handed starters.”
Bogaerts isn’t worried too much about playing time or when he figures to make his major league debut. Reaching the majors was something he’s had in his sights for a while, so he’s not going to get greedy.
“I’m just here,” he said. “Whatever the Red Sox organization and the manager wants me to do, I’ll be here. I’m just here to play and win games.”
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