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The Red Sox have played 25 games since Xander Bogaerts was promoted from Triple A Pawtucket Aug. 19. Sunday night’s game against the Yankees was only the ninth he has started.
While it may seem unusual for a team to promote a 20-year-old prospect to have a role off the bench, it served two purposes. The addition of Bogaerts to the roster immediately made the Red Sox a better team and it furthers his development in preparation for a bigger role next season.
“It has been a great experience for me,” Bogaerts said. “The opportunity to be around this team means a lot to me. I’m learning things every day.”