Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox pregame notes: How long will Xander Bogaerts hit third?; Craig Breslow on paternity leave

Ryan Hannable
June 12, 2015 - 1:42 pm
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For the first time in his major league career, Xander Bogaerts got to the park and saw his name penciled in as the Red Sox' No. 3 hitter. With Hanley Ramirez getting a day off dealing with a left hamstring issue from Thursday and fouling a pitch off his knee Tuesday, Bogaerts will take his place in the batting order. Bogaerts is currently on a seven-game hit streak, but manager John Farrell said Ramirez is the team's No. 3 hitter. "Hanley is probably our three hole hitter, for the time being," he said. "But, [Bogaerts] has been swinging the bat well, he's had a number of quality at-bats for a period of time now. With Hanley out, Bogey I think the obvious choice to settled into that spot. Where we go going forward when we have a full complement of players, Bogey has been in the middle of a lot of our scoring opportunities." Bogaerts hasn't hit higher than fifth in the order this season. Currently he's batting .295, the third-best on the team behind Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt. "I would like to think the spot in the order doesn't dictate what the hitter is going to do," Farrell said. "Yes, we'd like to find combinations that work in tandem if possible. Once you get past the first time through the order, whether you're in the three hole or the eight hole, that becomes a little irrelevant to be honest with you. Yeah, the higher up you're going to get an additional at-bat each night. Bogey has done an excellent job of gradually coming along and being a steady performer to the point of a .300 hitter. He's going to get added responsibility." -- Craig Breslow has been placed on paternity leave, as he's expecting twins. Heath Hembree has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place. -- Farrell said Justin Masterson (right shoulder tendinitis) is physically able to pitch on Monday, but it is unclear where that will be. He said the two would meet before Friday's game to map out a plan. -- Ryan Hanigan (fractured right hand) will take batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time. He's on the 60-day disabled list and should be able to return right around the All-Star break. -- With David Ortiz hitting just .220 on the year and only .114 against lefties, Farrell said that isn't affecting his personality in the clubhouse, despite what it looks like from the outside. "Every player is going to go through ups and downs," Farrell said. "David is a key member of our team, there's no doubt, but even in the times where things haven't gone as he would like, you might not see it, but we feel it and see it in the clubhouse. He's still upbeat and has the voice he's always had. Yet he's working through his own things to get on track and produce a little bit more consistently. I can say this, because of what he's going through it's not like he's not existent by any means."

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