In 0-for-12 slide, Bogaerts gets day off

In 0-for-12 slide, Bogaerts gets day off
June 21, 2014, 4:30 pm
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OAKLAND -- Xander Bogaerts, mired in an 0-for-12 slump and having made two errors in the first two games of the series, was out of the lineup Saturday. Jonathan Herrera was the Red Sox third baseman.

John Farrell also revealed that Herrera would get the start on Sunday at shortstop with Stephen Drew getting the day off.

"This is a chance to rotate Jonathan through the left side of the infield today and tomorrow,'' said Farrell, "and a chance to matchup another left-handed hitter against [Oakland right-hander Jesse] Chavez and get Xander off his feet for a day. [Bogaerts] is working through some things right now at the plate and we're going to give him a day to continue doing just that.''

Farrell said he hasn't noticed Bogaerts (.265/.350/.405, six homers, 19 RBI) chasing pitches out of the strike zones as much as failing to square up pitches that he otherwise would.

"I think there's been a number of pitches where he's gotten on the plate and just missed them,'' said Farrell. "Whether that creates a little frustration for him [I don't know]. I don't think it's trying to make up for previous at-bats or pressing to do more. I think there's just been, over a stretch of time, he's just missed his pitch around the plate.''

Opposing pitchers have been trying to get Bogaerts to expand the strike zone by throwing pitches "down and away. He's held off and held out on some pitches off the plate. He's also swung at pitches off the plate a little bit at times, so it's not like he's been predictable with his approach.''

Either way, Farrell suggested, this isn't something to be alarmed by.

"He's a good hitter,'' said the manager, "who teams are planning and game-planning specifically for. With that, comes some peaks and valleys along the way. He's been hit a number of times, so you see that there are specific areas of the strike zone they've been trying to go to -- the up-and-in, down-and-away areas are trying to be exploited. That's where his frustration comes in, where he gets a pitch over the middle of the plate and just missed it.''

As for his defense, Farrell thinks Bogaerts has made the transition back to third, despite a rushed wild throw Thursday and a bobble on Friday.

"He realized the need that we had to made the adjustment to the position,'' said Farrell. "He's comfortable there. There's been a couple of players where he's rushed his throws, but that has't filtered into his hitting. He's confident [his transition back to third] isn't part [of the slump at the plate]."