Bogaerts shows disappointment at moving from shortstop

Bogaerts shows disappointment at moving from shortstop
May 21, 2014, 12:30 am
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BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts said all the right things after the Red Sox' 7-4 loss to Toronto.
     
He said the Red Sox had added a quality player in signing his once-and future teammamte Stephen Drew.
     
But there was no hiding his disappointment in knowing that his days as the team's starting, everyday shortstop are coming to an end.
     
"They said they felt we're a better team with him (on the roster)," said Bogaerts, "so I guess that's why they went and got him. My heart is always at shortstop, but they felt they were a better team with him, so that's why they went out and got him. I was just (starting to) feel so good over there but they made a decision to bring him in."
     
Bogaerts put in countless hours at short during spring training, working with infield instructor Brian Butterfield and the news that he was losing the spot was tough to take.
     
"I don't know what to say on that one,'' he said. "I worked so hard at being there and just now, I started feeling comfortable out there. But they did what they had to do."
     
After making four errors in the first 43 games, Bogaerts made two errors at short in the span of five innings and wouldn't deny that the events of Tuesday contributed to his struggles.
     
"Tonight was a tough one,'' he acknowledged. "A lot going on. There was a lot going on today. I don't want to make no excuses, but it was definitely a tough day today.''
     
The Sox indicated that Bogaerts will continue to play some short, especially against lefties.
     
"I'll keep taking my grounders at short,'' he said. "As I say, I'll take it day-by-day and see which position I'm playing on a particular day."     

Being moved between short and third won't be anything new, since he did that in last September.
     
"I kind of did it last year," he said. "I don't think it will be a big problem. You just have to get your work in at the position you're playing that specific day."
     
Manager John Farrell told Bogaerts the Red Sox still view him as a shortstop in the long term, but that was cold comfort Tuesday.
     
"I definitely see myself as a shortstop and I keep saying that every day," said Bogaerts. "But I guess now, I'll be on the other side. We'll see. As I said, I come in, day-by-day, and see where I'm playing. I'm just happy because I have a jersey on with the Red Sox logo on it."
     
Bogaerts wasn't sure how long he would need to feel comfortable at third again after focusing on shortstop since the end of last season.     

"I don't know," he said. "I'll take it day-by-day, I'll take it one day at a time."