7/2/2014 11:43 P.M. ET
Red Sox not considering demotion for Bogaerts
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
BOSTON -- While third baseman Xander Bogaerts continues to struggle at the plate, Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs that the team will not demote him to Triple-A Pawtucket.
"We haven't even considered that," Farrell said.
The 21-year-old came into the game in an 0-for-19 slump and had just two hits in 42-at-bats since June 18. He went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 16-9 loss.
"Obviously, he cares. He's accountable for his actions, both in preparation and the ultimate results," Farrell said. "What we monitor is if that becomes a distraction inside the lines and right now it's not.
"He is working on some things, particularly with his balance and trying to keep his legs underneath him rather than lunging to the front side. Those are things we're hopeful that start to show up in games."
The team has chosen to take a patient approach with Bogaerts, who is in his first full Major League season and is batting .242 with six home runs and 19 RBIs through Wednesday.
"It might be a little bit more prevalent for a guy that's still creating a foundation here at the big league level where those swings of confidence might be a little bit wider," Farrell said. "But this is also somebody that we believe in and we continue to have him in the lineup and provide opportunities."
Farrell comfortable with Uehara's workload
BOSTON -- A night after closer Koji Uehara gave up a run that led to a 2-1 loss to the Cubs, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the veteran righty would be available in Wednesday's series finale.
Uehara admitted fatigue was a factor when he gave up the deciding run Tuesday. It marked the third time over his last seven outings that Uehara allowed a run.
"There's been times where he's expressed that with some regularity of use," Farrell said. "Can't say that he's been overused. The one thing that Koji's been very clear at is that anytime he does feel something, he's expressive and we wouldn't do anything to put him in harm's way."
Uehara said after Tuesday's game that his spilt-finger fastball isn't where he'd like it to be.
While the 39-year-old has struggled in his last eight outings, compiling a 5.14 ERA over that period, he has the second-best save percentage in the American League (94.7) and a 1.40 ERA overall.
• Right fielder Shane Victorino shagged fly balls during Red Sox batting practice Wednesday and Farrell said he hopes the injured outfielder will take BP on Friday. Victorino has played in just 21 games this season due to a right hamstring injury and lower back soreness.
• Of the Red Sox's last 17 games, 11 have been decided by one run, with Boston going 6-5.
"You are looking at a total of one-run games being up around the game, evident I think with offense being down more around both leagues," Farrell said. "Winning one-run games is going to come down to a good bullpen and some timely hitting. You are looking at a narrow gap across the board."
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.