Jose Iglesias is getting a day off for assorted reasons.
Chief among them is that the rookie infielder is 4 for 40 (.100) in the last 11 games with no extra base hits and one run scored. His batting average has dropped from .384 to .330.
Iglesias also is 2 for 9 against David Price in his career, 0 for 3 last week. John Farrell also likes the idea of getting righthanded hitter Brandon Snyder in against a lefthander.
As Igesias sits, it’s worth noting that Xander Bogaerts will start at third base for Triple A Pawtucket tonight. It will be his fifth game at third base for Pawtucket. Bogaerts has otherwise played only shortstop this season in the minors.
Bogaerts is hitting a solid .273/.377/.476 in 40 games for Pawtucket. He has eight home runs and 24 RBIs. Bogaerts has struck out 29 times and walked 23 times, an impressive ratio for a 20-year-old in Triple A.
“Xander’s doing everything that he can to tell us when he’s ready to come to the big leagues,” Farrell said. “Whether that’s this week or next month, that’s still in the debate or in the conversation. But it’s an exciting young player. We’re all looking forward to the day he begins his career, not knowing when that’s going to be.
“There’s still some things that are a work in progress for him defensively. Any time you go up against more veteran and accomplished pitching, that’s going to be another adjustment on his part. He’s a pretty exciting player.”
How comfortable are the Sox with how Bogaerts looks at third base?
“Getting there” Farrell said. “I know one thing. Just in the reports and talking with [Pawtucket manager] Gary DiSarcina, he feel more comfortable at short. You’d almost expect that. … The more reps that we can get there to gain some comfort probably keeps that internal conversation alive. Whether or not that’s the position he comes to here, we’ll see.”
• LHP Franklin Morales will pitch an inning for Triple A Pawtucket tonight as he starts his rehab.