BOSTON -- For a while, Xander Bogaerts was the hottest hitter the Red Sox had. Of late, he has cooled off with the rest of the team.
Following another late night of travel, Bogaerts was given a rest for Thursday's game against the Indians. Brock Holt, who has played everywhere of late, moved to third base.
Bogaerts went 0-for-16 in his last four games.
"Feel like over the last four or five games, you can see maybe a little fatigue and some at-bats that have been uncharacteristic for him -- some early-pitch outs, which is not the norm," manager John Farrell said. "I just feel he can benefit from a day down."
In typical Bogaerts fashion, he is keeping an even demeanor during the short slump.
"I'm human," Bogaerts said after Wednesday's game. "We all make mistakes. We all struggle. We all go through tough stretches. I'm going to be fine. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'll be fine."
Bogaerts had started the previous 31 games dating back to May 6 before being out of the lineup on Thursday. This marked just the fourth of Boston's 66 games that Bogaerts didn't start.
Farrell hopeful Drew can return this weekend
BOSTON -- After playing four games for the Red Sox, shortstop Stephen Drew has now missed four consecutive games with soreness in his right oblique. After Drew was examined by the team's medical staff on Thursday, manager John Farrell was hopeful the shortstop could play by this weekend.
This was an upgrade from before the Red Sox's 5-2 win over the Indians, when Farrell mentioned the possibility Drew could need an MRI.
"At this point, there was an ultrasound done," Farrell. "An MRI is a possibility if the increased baseball activities tomorrow warrant it. The plan is for him not to have it right now. He'll ramp up the activities. If there's any kind of reproducing of the symptoms, then it would be administered at this point. Hopefully he gets through tomorrow and then we're looking for game activity on the weekend."
Drew experienced some unexpected discomfort during his second round of batting on Wednesday in Baltimore.
Jonathan Herrera again started at shortstop in Drew's absence and went 2-for-4 with a key two-out triple.