Bogaerts undergoing further concussion tests

Bogaerts undergoing further concussion tests
August 24, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts is out of the Red Sox lineup for the second straight game as he undergoes further concussion testing.

The rookie shortstop was hit in the head with an 89 mph Felix Hernandez changeup on Friday night and went through some testing on Saturday. Red Sox manager John Farrell explained that Bogaerts would spend part of Sunday being evaluated again.

"Still has to go through more testing today," Farrell said. "I think by the end of today, he'll either be cleared or we may have to look to make a roster move at that point."

A few other notes from Farrell's Sunday morning press conference:

* David Ortiz is dealing with an elbow contusion that forced hiim from Saturday's loss, but he's in the lineup and batting third.

"I'm sure he's still sore," Farrell said, "but the swelling has gone down after he iced it and continued to treat it last night and is ready to go today."

* Joe Kelly went through his throwing program fine on Saturday, per Farrell. The plan was for him to throw a bullpen session Sunday morning.

* With Bogaerts out, Brock Holt will play shortstop and lead off Sunday. Another intriguing note from Sunday's lineup: It is the first time that Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Napoli and Allen Craig are in the lineup together. Cespedes will hit fourth and Craig will hit sixth behind Napoli.

"Their track record suggests it should be a deep lineup," Farrell said. "We know going up against a tough right-handed pitcher today (Hisashi Iwakuma), but the fact that we've got experienced veterands and guys with very good offensive performance in the past, it should pose a challenge.

"I think as a result, as we've seen Cespedes added, and then Craig, and then Napoli when he comes back -- I think it's been a direct corrolation to the pitches that David has seen in his at-bats as well. We're hopeful that one another will benefit off the next guy behind him."