BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts reluctantly had to sit out Sunday's regular-season finale, which was the career finale of his idol, Derek Jeter, due to a left hamstring strain.
"That's tough," Bogaerts said of missing Jeter's last game. "But I've been dealing with this for the past few days. I think yesterday after I hit the double, that's when it really grabbed at me more. I woke up today and it wasn't getting any better."
It's no coincidence that Boston's shortstop wears the same No. 2 as Jeter.
Bogaerts, who came into the season with great hype at the age of 21, had an uneven year at the plate and in the field but finished strong.
"Challenging and yet he's responded to a lot of those challenges, and the fact that he's finished on an upswing is extremely encouraging," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "I think he's learned a lot about himself. That, to me, is the most important thing. He's a talented kid and he came into this year with so many expectations placed on him, by himself and by others.
"But when you take a step back, we've got a 21-year-old shortstop who's played 140-plus games. He's going to hit .240 with 12 home runs. It's a pretty good start to what should be a long career."
Bogaerts joined a number of Red Sox regulars who missed the last game due to nagging injuries, including David Ortiz (left wrist), Mike Napoli (overall body soreness) and Will Middlebrooks (right hand).
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