FORT MYERS, Fla. — There’s a lot of offensive potential on the left side of the Red Sox’s infield. Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks showed Thursday that Boston’s infield defense might not be too shabby this season, either.
Bogaerts and Middlebrooks were among the Red Sox infielders who worked out with coach Brian Butterfield during the club’s first full-squad workout at JetBlue Park on Thursday. The infielders didn’t show any signs of rust, and David Ortiz, who played some first base Thursday, frequently voiced his support for the young tandem.
“There you go, Will,” Ortiz shouted across the diamond several times.
Ortiz, who is no stranger to pep talks, also complimented Bogaerts on numerous occasions.
Bogaerts, who played third base in the playoffs last season, figures to be the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop in 2014, but there’s still a possibility that he could play some third base if Boston re-signs Stephen Drew. The 21-year-old took all of his infield reps at shortstop Thursday, though, and that appears to be the team’s regular plan at this point.
Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt and newly acquired utilityman Jonathan Herrera also participated in infield drills, with Herrera and Holt each seeing action at shortstop and second base. Herrera can be seen playing alongside Bogaerts at shortstop in the video above.