Xander Bogaerts is, for now, still the shortstop for the Red Sox


Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe hears from two Red Sox team sources that Xander Bogaerts is still viewed as the club’s shortstop. With Pablo Sandoval in the mix, this likely means that Hanley Ramirez is headed to left field. That means that Yoenis Cespedes is all but out of Boston; the only variable pertains to which team he is eventually traded.

Of course, the Red Sox could still explore trading Bogaerts. They have talked to the Phillies about a trade for starter Cole Hamels, and Bogaerts would certainly be a great starting point.

Bogaerts, 22, was the consensus #2 overall prospect according to Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus entering the 2014 season. He struggled in his first full season, however, batting .240/.297/.362 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 594 plate appearances. Many believe Bogaerts has a better future as a third baseman as opposed to a shortstop.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.