Holt makes first start in center field

Holt makes first start in center field
June 17, 2014, 7:45 pm
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BOSTON - Another day, another position for Brock Holt.

Only a couple of weeks ago, Holt made his professional debut at first base. Next came left field, then right.

On Tuesday night, it was time to try center, with Jackie Bradley Jr. given a seat for the night and Holt, in his customary leadoff spot, taking over at center.

"He's done an excellent job on both sides of the ball,'' said John Farrell of Holt. "With (Phil) Hughes going tonight (for Minnesota), righthanders have had better success against him and we're looking to get Jonny (Gomes) into the mix today. We're fully confident that Brock will do the job in center.''

"He's been terrific, obviously,'' said general manager Ben Cherington. "He's moved all over the field and now he's going to play center. He's sort of forced John (Farrell) to find him a spot in the lineup and he has. Good for him; it's been for good for us. Every time he's at a new position for the first time, we probably hold our breath a little bit. But he's a baseball player and I think just one of those guys who grew up more as a baseball player than (someone linked to a specific position). So I think he almost kind of enjoys it.

"He's enjoying the challenge of moving around and proving that he can do it. He's athletic, he's instincts, he can run, he can throw and he's looked good in both corner spots.''