Iron Man Gonzalez rests for a day
When Alex Gonzalez was re-acquired by the Red Sox on Aug. 14, manager Terry Francona aid that it was nice to have a shortstop he could throw out there every day. Tito meant it pretty literally.
Gonzalez started his first 17 games in Boston stint, Part Deux, before finally getting a respite on Saturday. Nick Green made the start at short.
The scheduled day off for Gonzo explains why he was the only regular to play all nine innings of Friday’s 12-2 loss. In fact, seven starters exited in the bottom of the fifth.
What has Gonzalez given the Red Sox since coming back in the fold?
“Just what we expected,” Francona said. “It shouldn’t be a surprise because he’s always been that good. We’ve seen it in person, we’ve seen it from afar, now we’re seeing it in person again. It’s such a stabilizing factor. You hit it that way, you’re out. He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
Despite some injury woes Gonzalez had in the near three seasons he was with the Reds, Francona has seen pretty much the same player he remembers.
“I don’t detect a dropoff,” Francona said. “The way I said it before, you can tell he had a knee [surgery]. When he walks, anybody that’s ever had a knee scoped, you can just tell. He’s played in every game. Day game after a night game. He’s good.”