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    " At third base for most part, you’re diving at an angle most of the times."

     
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    “He caught on quick."

     
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    "He’s a real good athlete,” Middlebrooks continued.

     
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    Mind you Bogaerts isn’t experiencing his first third-base rodeo – the 20-year-old saw time there during the World Baseball Classic as part of his duties with Team Netherlands.

     
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    Upon Bogaerts’ arrival at Triple A, the Red Sox enacted a defensive plan that would officially take effect once the youngster got his feet wet – one that includes work at other infield positions.

     
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    Not long ago, the odds of exposing Bogaerts to third base coinciding with the addition of Middlebrooks to the PawSox’ roster seemed remote.

     
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    Yet as DiSarcina pointed out, the fact that Middlebrooks is now in the fold will not relegate the Bogaerts-to-third-base experiment to the back burner.

     
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     The idea of taking Bogaerts out of his perceived comfort zone should not be interpreted as Boston management fueling the belief that the No. 1 prospect in the farm system profiles better as a third baseman at the next level.

     
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    All roads point to shortstop for Bogaerts – it’s just that the dynamic has changed now that he’s just one phone call from the majors.

     
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    (As a side note, Bogaerts would have to be added to the 40-man roster before such a scenario came to fruition.)

     
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    “We talked to Xander for about 20 minutes about it,” said DiSarcina.

     
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    “It’s just about putting another tool in the toolbox."

     
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    "If you have the ability to play third base or second base and you’re in Triple A and something happens upstairs … you don’t want to be pigeonholed as a one-position player."

     
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    "You just limit yourself."

     
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    “If Xander does get called up, he might have to go over to third or second just by basic need,” the skipper continued.

     
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    “You want him to experience those positions down here before he goes up there.”

     
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    DiSarcina mentioned that it could be a while before Bogaerts sees game action at third base.

     
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    Once that day comes, and if Middlbrooks is still with Pawtucket, the skipper already has a schedule in mind.

     
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    “We may move Xander over to third just to give Will a rest if Will’s been playing five or six days in a row, or maybe DH Will and move Xander over there,” said DiSarcina.

     
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     “He’s going to be a big-league shortstop, but just to increase his value of him, it puts an extra tool in his tool box.”

     
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    Any word on how Bard is doing? I wonder if he will ever be up with Sox again. I never seen a player rise and fall so fast. His big league career could be done. What a waste of talent.

     
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    Any word on how Bard is doing? I wonder if he will ever be up with Sox again. I never seen a player rise and fall so fast. His big league career could be done. What a waste of talent.


    Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff June 28, 2013 

     "RHP Daniel Bard, who has not pitched for Double A Portland since May 15, has recovered from what the Red Sox said was an abdominal strain. He could pitch in a game soon."

     

     

     
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    The Salem Red Sox opened the home portion of their second-half schedule last night.

     
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     Despite the loss of leading hitter Garin Cecchini to Double-A, the team looks much like it did in the first half.

     
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    Salem has several intriguing storylines to watch the rest of the way.

     

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