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Xander Bogaerts expects to be ready for Red Sox Opening Day despite shoulder soreness

Bogaerts said the Red Sox are "making sure this doesn’t happen again."

Xander Bogaerts expects to be ready for Opening Day. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts believes he will be ready to go for the team’s season opener after missing time due to shoulder soreness.

Bogaerts, speaking with WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday, said he feels much better.

“I think I will be ready by opening day, barring any other weird injuries that might come up or something,” Bogaerts said. “You never know. But as of now, yeah, I’ll be ready for opening day. My shoulder feels, I think, pretty close to 100 percent.

“It’s just trying to get that strength back in it — just strength, mobility, and making sure this doesn’t happen again. It’s been a great rehab so far. The training staff, they’ve been getting me back in good shape.”

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Bogaerts is reportedly expected to take batting practice on Wednesday.

Bogaerts’ soreness was due to his offseason training restrictions in Aruba according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora. When Bogaerts returned to Boston, he aggressively ramped up his training regimen in his throwing arm.

“He rushed himself,” Cora said earlier this month. “He was sore for a few days. We shut him down. He should be back to throwing in the next couple of days. He will take groundballs and all that. The hitting part, he’ll be OK in a few days, too. We’ve just got to be patient. We’ve got plenty of days. We’ve got, what, 30 more days? So as of now, we do feel he should be ready for Opening Day.”

The Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles to start their season on April 1.

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