ST. PETERSBURG -- Xander Bogaerts is back with the Red Sox and expects to be activated for Saturday's game against the Rays after spending a week on the disabled list with a concussion.
The rookie shortstop was hit on the batting helmet by Seattle's Felix Hernandez last Friday at Fenway Park.
Bogaerts felt his concussion was fairly mild, given his symptoms.
"I really didn't have too many symptoms," Bogaerts said. "The only symptom I pretty much had was tiredness -- like sleepy. Everything I did, I would just get sleepy. Maybe that's because I wasn't doing any baseball activities. Maybe it could have been the symptoms, too. The sleepiness is all I kind of got. No headaches, no anything like that."
Before the concussion, Bogaerts was going through some struggles at the plate and in the field. The season has been an inconsistent one for Bogaerts, who's batting .223 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. Perhaps the break will help.
"Hopefully it benefits me," said Bogaerts. "I got some rest -- rest that I needed. I'll try to finish the season strong."