Tuesday’s game postponed, Xander Bogaerts nursing sore wrist – Lowell Sun


With thunderstorms screaming down at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, the Red Sox postponed their game with the Toronto Blue Jays.

They’ll make it up as part of a split doubleheader on Wednesday, with the first game starting at 2:10 p.m. and the second one starting at 7:10 p.m.

Unfortunately for folks who have to work on Wednesday afternoon, tickets for Tuesday’s game will be honored in the afternoon game on Wednesday.

Garrett Richards will start Game 1 while Tanner Houck will start Game 2.

Bogaerts hurting

Xander Bogaerts is clearly still being bothered by his injured left wrist, which he hurt during last weekend’s series with the Yankees.

Bogaerts was held out of the lineup Monday and Tuesday, though manager Alex Cora indicated he would play on Wednesday.

“This kid didn’t have an All-Star break and we’ve been grinding for a while,” Cora said. “One more day doesn’t affect anybody. So he will be in the lineup (Wednesday). I know some people think there’s something going on with the wrist. Yeah, it’s there, we know that. Having another day is not a big deal.”

Bogaerts played through a wrist injury for the second half of the 2017 season. The injury wasn’t thought to be much, but Bogaerts was half the player he typically is and later admitted it was a mistake to play through it.

He’s otherwise been a model of good health throughout his career, averaging 149 games per season.

“Durable, that’s the word,” Cora said. “He’s very consistent. He shows up every day. For him to get two off days, you have to convince him. He understands how we do things now and obviously we’re looking at August and September.

“I’ve been saying all along he’s the most consistent person in this organization from top to bottom. What he does on the field, off the field, in the offseason, during the season, talking to the young players, connecting with the veterans, connecting with the coaches. He’s the most consistent person that we have.”

Duran looking for playing time

With a handful of left-handers likely to be facing the Red Sox this week, it could be difficult for Jarren Duran to get in the lineup.

It was Alex Verdugo scheduled to play center field on Tuesday before the game got postponed. Kiké Hernandez was at shortstop with Bogaerts out.

But Cora said Duran will get some playing time, even with the lefties on the bump.

“It’s the big leagues; it’s not that easy,” Cora said. “It’s a small sample size. I talked to him (Monday) a little bit, kind of like, ‘We have to slow the game down. If you don’t get hits it’s not a matter of you have to keep swinging and swinging.’ We like the fact he controls the strike zone. We took a look at his swing decisions and it wasn’t as bad as over the weekend. I think that’s the most important thing. Make sure you stay within yourself. Be patient, control the zone and go from there.”

With Hernandez at shortstop and Verdugo in center field, would the Sox consider using Duran at second base, the position he was drafted at and played during his early days in the minor leagues?

“Actually, I asked him the other day, ‘Can you still play second?’” Cora said. “He said, ‘Of course I can.’ He hasn’t taken a ground ball there for a while. As you know, there are lefties and there are lefties. We’ll look at the splits. We’ll look at the pitch usage. He hits left-handed pitching. He’s done it throughout his career. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I think Thursday against (Hyun Jin) Ryu there’s a good chance that we’ll play him, not having Raffy (Devers) in the lineup. So we might do that. We’ll see how it goes in Tampa.

“He’s still bringing energy. We’re still working with him. If there is a righty later on in the game that we feel is a good matchup, we’ll use him.”

Trade season

The Rays have already added Nelson Cruz and on Tuesday, another American League contender added a key piece.

The Astros acquired Mariners closer Kendall Graveman, one of the premier relievers in baseball who has an 0.82 ERA and 10 saves in 30 games with Seattle this year.

The Red Sox have yet to make any moves.

“I enjoy it,” Cora said. “I think it’s part of baseball. As a manager, there’s a balancing act, right? I do believe at this level, every team, regardless of your record, you have room to improve. But at the same time, you have to respect the people that are in that clubhouse.

“I bet in any clubhouse where teams are in contention, there’s a group of guys, they’re dying to add something, and there’s a handful of guys, they’re like, hopefully nothing happens. That’s the nature of this.”

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