SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first-place Boston Red Sox are giving 20-year-old shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts his chance in the big leagues for the stretch run.
Bogaerts had his contract selected from Triple-A Pawtucket and he flew cross-country with Boston on Monday morning in time to open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
Manager John Farrell said he might give Bogaerts a start as soon as Tuesday night.
He provides depth at third base and shortstop for Boston after batting .297 with 15 home runs, six triples, 23 doubles and 67 RBIs in 116 minor league games between Triple-A and Double-A this season.
Bogaerts says he received valuable experience in the World Baseball Classic for The Netherlands, an unlikely semifinalist.
Also Monday, Boston activated catcher David Ross from the 60-day DL and recalled right-hander Brayan Villarreal from Pawtucket.
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