Alejandro De Aza has been a spark plug for the Boston Red Sox, and apparently, that’s just a day in the life for the outfielder.
The Red Sox acquired De Aza from the Baltimore Orioles early this month, and the club quickly learned that the 31-year-old runs on all cylinders at all times. And De Aza told WEEI’s Rob Bradford after Monday’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays that the team should expect to see a lot more of that.
“That’s the De Aza way,” De Aza told Bradford. “That’s how I like to play the game. I don’t like to be lazy in the game because I’m a runner, too, and I know you give the opposite team’s runner a chance to advance to the other base. So I do it as quick as I can.”
De Aza has seen a lot of playing time with Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava on the disabled list, and especially with Hanley Ramirez missing time due to a hand injury. He’s batting .317 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his short time in Boston, and although he’ll likely be forced into a platoon role soon with Victorino close to a return, De Aza is just happy to be playing at all.
“I don’t know what was going to be my role, but I’m happy,” De Aza told Bradford. “They gave me a chance to play, and I’ll try to do my best to keep myself in the lineup.”
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