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Farrell sticking with Bogaerts despite slump

7/2/2014

BOSTON -- As Xander Bogaerts' struggles at the plate continue, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that the team hasn't considered sending the rookie infielder down to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Since his last multihit game on June 7, Bogaerts has collected only six hits in his past 73 at-bats, dropping his batting average from .299 to .245. In addition, Bogaerts has walked just three times in that span, while striking out 21 times.

Farrell said that Bogaerts has remained accountable for his lack of offensive production and continues to work on finding a solution to the slump he's in.

"He is working on some things, particularly with his balance and trying to keep his legs underneath him rather than lunging to the front side," Farrell said. "Those are things we're hopeful that start to show up in games. I thought the line drive to center field [Tuesday night] was a prime example of that being the case."

Asked generally when the decision to send a struggling young player to the minors should be made, Farrell said that body language and conversations with the certain player are among the two strongest indications. He went on to maintain, however, that despite giving Bogaerts a couple of games off to catch his breath in the team's past 10 he sees no indication of time at Pawtucket being necessary.

"When you get to the point where you aren't getting five days a week on the field, then you start to consider the alternative," said Farrell, also alluding to struggling outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. "We aren't at that point yet."

Farrell added, "[Bogaerts] is somebody that we believe in and we are going to continue to have him in the lineup and provide opportunities."

In a quick injury update regarding outfielder Shane Victorino (back), Farrell said that he will begin baseball activity Wednesday afternoon by shagging fly balls during batting practice. Farrell said he's hopeful Victorino will be able to participate in batting practice Thursday.