Life hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for Xander Bogaerts these days.
After a remarkable performance in last year’s postseason run, the Boston Red Sox shortstop has endured a dismal offensive season in 2014.
In fact, Bogaerts’ August has been even more atrocious. This month, he’s hitting .107 with just four RBIs and a whopping 16 strikeouts in 15 games.
With outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s recent demotion, it might make some fans wonder if a return to Triple-A Pawtucket is in the near future for Bogaerts, too. However, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington remains confident in his young shortstop.
“We know he’s going to be a really good offensive player, and we’re trying to help him towards that,” Cherington said before Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. “He’s still showing up to the ballpark with the same exact attitude and working very hard and getting his work in. He wants to be good as much as we want him to be good, and we’re confident he will be, but it’s just a matter of time.”
Bogaerts will hit seventh in the lineup Tuesday and hopes to raise his batting average from .226 to something more respectable.