Bogaerts: ‘My Heart Is Always Shortstop’

May 21, 2014 12:19 PM
Bogaerts: ‘My Heart Is Always Shortstop’
" BOSTON (CBS) — Tuesday was not an easy day for Xander Bogaerts.

It wasn’t until he arrived at Fenway Park that Bogaerts learned the Red Sox had signed Stephen Drew for the rest of the season, and when Drew is ready, he would be be shifting over to third base.

“There was a lot going on today,” Bogaerts told reporters following Boston’s 7-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. “I don’t want to make excuses, but it definitely was a tough day today.”

The 21-year-old rookie was handed the keys to shortstop during the off-season, and manager John Farrell told him the team still sees him as an everyday shortstop.

“My heart is always shortstop,” he said. “They felt that we’re a better team with [Drew], so that’s why they went out and got him. And I was just feeling so good over there, but they made the decision they had to make.”

Bogaerts, who played just 10 games at third throughout his minor league career, took over a third base for a scuffling Will Middlebrooks during Boston’s World Series run last postseason, tallying eight games at the hot corner "

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