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Bogaerts will spend more time in big league camp

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Xander Bogaerts, who is ranked the Red Sox's top prospect by MLB.com, was en route back to camp on Tuesday, a day after his Netherlands squad was eliminated in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

Boston manager John Farrell confirmed that Bogaerts will spend some more time in big league camp before his eventual assignment to the Minors.

"He'll get some reps at short, and possibly third base," said Farrell. "Make no mistake, he's still in our eyes a shortstop and we'll get him a few more at-bats here before he begins his regular season."

With the Netherlands advancing further than expected, Bogaerts got a pretty good taste of playing in big games.

"I think the experience he had with the WBC ... is all positive," Farrell said. "Would we have liked more at-bats? Sure. I think the fact that he played in that environment and on that stage outweighs maybe a few less at-bats he might have otherwise had here. All that being said, we're happy for the experience he went through."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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