PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Jose Iglesias was 2 for 4 with a triple in today's game against the Rays. It was his sixth extra-base hit of the spring in 38 at-bats.
The shortstop had three extra-base hits in 68 major-league at-bats last season and 11 in 353 at-bats fort Triple A Pawtucket.
Iglesias spent much of the winter improving his upper-body strength. He also has worked on driving the ball with more authority.
“The aggressiveness in the swing and the hard contact has shown up here the times he’s been on the field, it’s been very encouraging,” John Farrell said.
- Outfielder Shane Victorino returned to Fort Myers on Saturday after the United States was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic on Friday night.
“We’re anxious to get him back in camp and get him some regular at-bats as well,” said Farrell, who plans to play Victorino against the Rays on Sunday. “He’s in game shape. He just needs more consistency.”
Victorino was 1 of 11 in four games for the United States and 2 for 5 in two exhibition games the team played. In all, he has had 27 at-bats this spring, which is right in line with other Red Sox players.
A bigger concern for the Sox would be getting Victorino in right field so he can develop good communication with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Farrell also wants Victorino to play left field in some spring training road games. Once the season starts, Victorino will play left field in some road parks.
Two Red Sox players are in the WBC semifinals: Netherlands infielder Xander Bogaerts and Puerto Rico reliever Jose De La Torre. Bogaerts, a shortstop, has been playing third for the Dutch. But with Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar added to the roster, there is an abundance of infielders.
The 20-year-old Bogaerts is 5 of 19 in the tournament and has played in all seven games. He was 2 for 4 with an RBI in an exhibition game against the Mariners on Friday night.
“I think the overall experience has been a huge benefit for him,” Farrell said.
- Without saying it directly, Farrell indicated it was unlikely the Sox would keep Ryan Lavarnway as an extra catcher so that he or Jarrod Saltalamacchia could fill in for David Ortiz as the DH.