Notes: Farrell, Sox still sticking by Bogaerts

Notes: Farrell, Sox still sticking by Bogaerts
July 7, 2014, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON - John Farrell once again proclaimed the organization's support for Xander Bogaerts, who has hit just .098 over the last 23 games and strongly hinted that the team would not be sending Bogaerts back to Pawtucket as he struggles.
"The one message we've been very strong and clear on with Xander is that we're committed to him," said Farrell. "Over the last couple of days, it's been clear in the batter's box, to me, that he's been more consistent getting ready on time. Even two days ago, with the three strikeouts, there was an earlier load and I think he got himself into a better position to recognize pitches more consistently.
"It started to show (Sunday) with the bloop base hit, a double off The Wall. There were a couple of passes in a hit-and-run situations that were more familiar, more like Xander's typical swing. The one thing we have to do is be more consistent with him. He feels and senses the positive view of him.
"This is a long-term player for us and we're not going to abandon him because there are some growing pains along the way."


Mookie Betts was out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games, but Farrell said with the White Sox planning on throwing lefties Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Betts would be back on the field soon.
"I think the biggest thing is he's managed his at-bats effectively," said Farrell of Betts. "What I mean by that is he's kind of controlling the count. He has expanded or chased pitches. He's shown some presence or some relaxation in the batter's box.
"Defensively, we know and expected when he came here that he's still developing as an outfielder.''

The Sox limited Rubby De La Rosa to a single inning on his scheduled start for Pawtucket Sunday, and while Farrell said that was to "make him a candidate" to fill the open spot in the rotation Wednesday, he wouldn't commit to him yet....Shane Victorino is set to begin another rehab assignment Wednesday, likely with Single A Lowell.