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John Farrell: Red Sox had to ‘monitor’ Jose Iglesias’ shin issues; Deven Marrero has ‘looked spectacular at shortstop’

03.16.14 at 12:30 pm ET
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Among the topics coming up in John Farrell‘€™s pregame media session Sunday morning prior to the Red Sox‘€™ game against the Rays was former Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias.

The Detroit shortstop will be out for a significant amount of time due to shin issues, with the possibility of missing most of the 2014 season.

Farrell said that the Red Sox were aware of some shin issues when Iglesias was in Boston, but nothing to the point that the shortstop is dealing with now.

“Aware from the extent that we had to monitor it,” said Farrell when asked of his awareness of Iglesias’€™ physical issues. “There were some games where we had to get him off his feet because he felt some pain and some soreness there. But to see what’s come out now with the report. I feel sorry for the kid. He’s an exciting player. Anytime you see a player have to deal with an injury and miss time, you hate to see it. He’s fun to watch, he was a great kid to have on the team, fun to be around. Unfortunately, he’s going to miss what looks to be a substantial amount of time.”

One player that made it possible for the Red Sox to deal Iglesias, minor league shortstop Deven Marrero, has been drawing rave reviews in his second big league camp.

While Marrero entered Sunday 6-for-12 in his Grapefruit League at-bats, it is the Arizona State product’€™s defense that has helped separated himself.

“They go about it a little bit differently, but no less effective on Deven’s part,” said Farrell when asked to compare Marrero’€™s defense to Iglesias. “We talked about the number of young guys who have had very good camps. Deven Marrero has looked spectacular at shortstop if you ask me. Plays that he’s ranged up the middle, plays he’s gone deep in the hole, plays that he’s gone to his backhand. The play that stands out to me is the one in Sarasota against [Alexi] Casilla, where he hits a high chopper in the shallow 5-6 hole, and it’s somewhat of an acrobatic play, and yet talking about a solid-average to above-average runner that he still throws out at first base. He has looked very good at shortstop. So in some ways, I think they’re very comparable when you look at their defensive ability. Iggy had a little bit more of a flair to him — not in a bad way — but a flair that was more his personality as a shortstop. You appreciate that. But I think equal defensive capability.”

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