FORT MYERS, Fla. – Kevin Frandsen arrived on a red-eye flight from Arizona with his Giants bag none the worst for wear and ready to contribute to a battered Sox infield that has seen it’s share of injuries.
Jed Lowrie has gone down with mono, Dustin Pedroia has had a wrist injury, Mike Lowell has been dealing with a contusion under his left knee and Gil Velazquez has a chipped bone in his hand. The Red Sox had been looking for infield depth all spring and feel they found it with Frandsen who will likely start the season in Pawtucket.
Fransden has been a career-long Giant who was in the lineup when Barry Bonds broke the homerun record. He’s been mostly a utility player, who filled in at shortstop when Omar Vizquel underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee three years ago. His best position is second base, though when asked about playing shortstop he said, “I feel very comfortable there.” Frandsen can also play third base and the outfield.
Frandsen tore his Achilles tendon on March 21, 2008, but said he has no ill effects from the injury, though scouts think he’s never been considered a shortstop since the injury.
A San Jose State star, he’s also a good friend of Dustin Pedroia and said the two work out every offseason.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Frandsen said.
Before leaving the Giants complex in Scottsdale, he said Willie Mays came over to him to wish him well. Frandsen said said one of the neat things about being a Giant was seeing some of the old time players like Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Wilie McCovey, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal and others coming by. He told Mays, “I’ll never forget you.”