Jose Iglesias was 0 for 3 in today's 3-1 victory against the Orioles, dropping his batting average to a paltry .450 after six games. The 23-year-old shortstop has given the Red Sox much more than expected filling in for the injured Stephen Drew.
But Drew, who has recovered from a concussion suffered in spring training, is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday. He played his fourth injury rehabilitation game for Double A Portland tonight and homered in his third at-bat.
John Farrell and GM Ben Cherington have said that Drew, who was signed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal, would not lose his job. That could mean Iglesias is headed for Triple A Pawtucket.
“If it turns out that that’s the move, then much like any player who has gotten off to a good start, it would be hard to swallow it,” Farrell said.
“But there has to be an understanding of where he’s at, and personal and organizational goals aligning. And sometimes that isn’t always at the same time.”
Iglesias said he isn’t letting the situation worry him.
“It’s not something I can control,” he said. “All I can do is come here and play and if I go to the minors, I will play there. I’m glad we’re winning games.”
• David Ortiz was 2 for 4 with a double in an extended spring training intrasquad game in Fort Myers. The designated hitter is expected to play two more games in Florida before joining Triple A Pawtucket for a rehab assignment on Thursday.
• Farrell received a big cheer from the crowd when introduced, a stark contrast to his weekend visit to Toronto. Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. also received a loud ovation. Even John Lackey, once reviled and now reformed, received warm applause.
• The Red Sox have set a team record with seven consecutive errorless games to open the season.
• Major League Baseball reversed a scoring call in the April 3 game against the Yankees. Shane Victorino was credited with a double in the ninth inning instead of an error being charged to shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Victorino, by the way, has reached base safely in all seven games.
• The Blue Jays claimed first baseman/designated hitter Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Sox. Gomez was designated for assignment March 31 to make room for Bradley on the 40-man roster. The Blue Jays optioned Gomez to Triple A Buffalo.
• Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was introduced to the crowd after the sixth inning. The 83-year-old stood up and proudly showed off the red shirt he was wearing.
• Farrell had a chance to talk to former Sox infielder Rico Petrocelli before the game. “A cool moment,” he said. He also made sure to soak in the ambience of the home opener at Fenway. “You look at the numbers that are retired on the board and some of those people are standing there in person,” he said. “It brings to light the magnitude of the organization. That really stood out to me.”
• The Red Sox are 46-31 with Will Middlebrooks in the starting lineup.