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February 20, 2013

Prized Sox SS prospect prepares for WBC

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“As a young guy, you don’t know how that body type is going to continue to mature physically. But by all indications, it seems like he could stay at shortstop.”

Either way, for a team that plays under such a spotlight in Boston, the move has raised some eyebrows. After all, Bogaerts may eventually have to make a permanent move from shortstop. Listed at 6-foot-3, and 175 pounds, there is a good chance he is not done growing.

“(Shortstop) is going to be (the long-term position),” he said. “I’m working hard trying to stay at shortstop. That’s the only position I know playing right now. (But I’ll do) whatever to help the team win.

“Wherever they need me to play, I’ll be able to contribute at that position.”

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NOTES: Former catcher and captain Jason Varitek, who retired last spring here, worked with the catchers yesterday. ... Tomorrow, Boston will play a doubleheader against two schools from back home in Massachusetts: Northeastern and Boston College. Each game will last seven innings. ... The Red Sox open the Grapefruit League season vs. Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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