Farrell: Bogaerts is a shortstop in our eyes

Farrell: Bogaerts is a shortstop in our eyes
March 19, 2013, 11:15 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Xander Bogaerts, who spent the last few weeks with Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, is traveling back from San Francisco Tuesday to rejoin the Red Sox.
     
"He'll remain in camp here for the time being," John Farrell, "Just to get him back so we can be with him and he can be with us and see him on the field. He'll get some reps at short and possible third base. But make no mistake, he's still, in our eyes, a shortstop. We'll get him a few more at-bats before he starts his season (in the minors)."
     
Bogaerts played some third during the WBC out of necessity. Now that he's returning to camp, he may get some time there, too, if only to fill in for others and increase his chances at getting at-bats.
     
"With (Pedro) Ciriaco getting back on the field," said Farrell, "With (Jose) Iglesias, with (Brock) Holt who we're still trying to get a look at...We're not going to wait until the end of the game. Let's see... [when] we're up in Dunedin or we're in Clearwater and we can get four at-bats for him on a given day and he's going to play third base (we'll do it)."
     
Bogaerts got 19 at-bats with Team Netherlands who were eliminated in the semi-final game Monday night.
     
"I think the experience that he had with the WBC is all positive," said Farrell. "Would we have liked more at-bats? Sure. But I think the fact that he played on the environment and on that stage outweighs a few less at-bats he otherwise would have had here."
     
"All that being said, we're happy for the experience that he went through."