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Sox likely to stay in house on backup infielder

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 26, 2009 05:34 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - While the Red Sox have been looking outside the organization at a variety of players - including utility infielders - the feeling among Red Sox officials is that they'll stay inside the organization for a backup infielder.

The Sox have been discussing Reds' shortstop Jeff Keppinger as reported in today's Worcester Telegram and Gazette by baseball reporter Maureen Mullen. Keppinger, who is out of options with the Reds, would be at the top of Boston's list should they go outside.

But the feeling is that Julio Lugo should be ready within two weeks after the start of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus on March 17. The Sox have three decent options to back up Jed Lowrie and in the infield in general in Nick Green, Gil Velazquez and Angel Chavez. Green appears to be the front-runner with a .340 average two homers and eight RBI and some experience playing shortstop.

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