Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts on off day: 'Something I needed and my body needed,' Clay Buchholz, Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino set to begin rehab assignments

June 12, 2014 - 2:08 pm
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While Xander Bogaerts does not know for sure that he has ever played in a span of games as strenuous as the Red Sox' current 38 games in 39 day stretch, the shortstop knows that the a string of rain delays, long games and tough travel schedule have put a toll on his body. For that reason exactly, Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to give Bogaerts a day off during Thursday's series opener vs. the Indians. Bogaerts, who has gone hitless in his last 16 at-bats, will take Thursday as an opportunity to refuel, both physically and mentally. "Try to get my body some good rest and maybe depending on the situation, coming in late in the game, but I don't know," Bogaerts said. "It's part of the game or else I'll just be ready for tomorrow." Farrell has noticed some moments of frustration for the rookie shortstop in recent days. "When things don't go great, as evident the other night where he grounds into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded, there might have been a little bit of frustration at that moment because of what we're living a little bit as a team," Farrell said. "To say that there are certain situations that you can visibly see it or he comes out of his swing or out of his mechanics in some way, no that's not fair." Bogaerts believes that his swing and approach have not been as sharp in the last couple of games as they were prior to the road trip. The 21-year-old hopes that the off day will allow him reset and get back into a groove at the plate. "These last few days, my bat speed hasn't been the same and a lot of things have been going in the wrong direction," Bogaerts said. "An off day today is just something that I needed and my body needed." Bogaerts believes that the day off will be incredibly beneficial following a tough road trip. "Long days, long games," Bogaerts said. "Late nights then late travel and wake up the next day and we've got a game again. This is a good one for my body. I definitely need it." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- The Red Sox will send a trio of players down to Pawtucket this weekend to begin their rehab assignments. Clay Buchholz will make the start for the PawSox on Friday and will throw five innings. Will Middlebrooks will also make the trip on I-95 to McCoy Stadium to begin his rehab assignment after fracturing his right index finger a month ago. While the team hopes that Shane Victorino starts his rehab assignment during the upcoming weekend, the plans are not quite yet concrete. "We're hopeful that he'll start sometime this weekend," Farrell said. "We've got another couple of days of work to get him to that point and Saturday is a likely day that is kind of point towards that."

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