Xander Bogaerts has been epitomizing the phrase “better late than never” since returning from the seven-day concussion list.
The Boston Red Sox shortstop is batting .362 with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last 12 games — just as the Red Sox were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday. Still, it’s a good sign that Bogaerts was able to quickly bounce back from a lackluster season regardless of how the team has performed as a whole.
“He’s too young to give up on,” Tim Wakefield said of the 21-year-old Bogaerts. “A lot of these young guys. It is tough — I’m not saying (pitcher) Brandon Workman we should give up on him either. Or (pitcher Anthony) Ranaudo or any of these young guys.”
“You don’t give up on these guys. There’s too much upside on all of these guys. It’s a good opportunity to have them go through this type of season as a learning process.”
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