FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The timing could have been better, given that Chris Carpenter, the right-handed pitcher who came to the Red Sox from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein, was undergoing surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.
But the Sox announced Thursday that they were sending 19-year-old first baseman Jair Bogaerts to the Cubs as the player to be named later in the Epstein compensation deal.
No, he is not THAT Bogaerts. The highly regarded Sox prospect is shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Jair is Xander's twin brother, though the resemblance, at least in terms of build, does not suggest the two were linked at birth. Jair Bogaerts is listed at 6-2, 230 pounds and is a first baseman, who has spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. Xander is listed at 6-3, 175 and plays shortstop.
The Sox, in addition to Carpenter, also received right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz.