Getting shut down due to shoulder soreness days into spring training is not typically ideal, but it sounds like Xander Bogaerts dodged a bullet.
The Boston Red Sox gave Bogaerts some down time from throwing after it was revealed he was having a little bit of soreness. But Friday was a step in the right direction, as he played in his first Grapefruit League game, serving as the designated hitter.
As for the shoulder itself, he’s feeling good.
“I was a little bit nervous once I came down here, because I knew back home I couldn’t throw or anything like that. It affected some of my workouts,” Bogaerts said Friday afternoon. “Yeah, I didn’t expect it to heal this quick. Obviously, the training staff had an idea of what it was and how to fix it and stuff like that.
“Like I said, right now I’m feeling great, I’m feeling strong, that’s something really good. I feel fast, I ran to first base, I felt good, I got my legs moving. So as I said, I’m looking forward to being out there a little bit more frequently and getting ready for the season.”
Obviously, a healthy and successful Bogaerts is a big part of the Red Sox finding success in 2021. And after a brief scare, it looks like he’s primed to be a reliable player for Boston yet again.