After missing the past week due to concussion symptoms that saw him land on the seven-day DL, Xander Bogaerts in back in the Red Sox lineup.
The 21-year-old shortstop was hit in the head with an 89-mph changeup from Felix Hernandez in the bottom of the fifth inning in last Friday’s 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Bogaerts was checked out by training staff after being hit, but stayed in the game to run the bases and take the field in the top of the fifth. He was pinch-hit for by Brock Holt in the bottom of the sixth.
Bogaerts was later placed on the seven-day concussion DL, as Holt assumed primary shortstop duties for the week he missed.
Through the first two months of the season, Bogaerts was the hottest hitter on the team, sporting a .304 average, but since then has fallen way back to earth, hitting .158 from June-August to lower his season average to .223, also totaling nine home runs and 30 RBIs.
In order to make room on the active roster, Anthony Ranaudo was optioned to Single-A Greenville, specifically to allow him to be recalled as early as Tuesday and not in 10 days, as he would if he were sent to Pawtucket. Ranaudo made his third big league start on Friday, going six innings and allowing three runs while earning his third win of the season.