The Boston Red Sox have been splitting time at shortstop between Nick Green and Julio Lugo since the season ending wrist injury to Jed Lowrie. Nick Green has been a great offensive replacement in the lineup but struggled defensively in the infield.
At the plate in 29 games this season, Nick Green is batting .302 with 8 doubles and 18 RBIs. Nick is obviously in the starting lineup for his bat rather than his glove. Regardless of the errors made, Green is a better asset than Julio Lugo. In the later innings this past week, coach Terry Francona substituted youngster Gil Velasquez for Nick Green to have a better defensive player at shortstop to hold a lead toward the end of a game.
Nick Green has played games at second base (3), third base (4) and shortstop (22) for the Boston Red Sox this season. Although Nick has made no errors at second or third base in 15 chances, Green has made 6 errors in 87 chances at shortstop giving him a fielding percentage of .931 at that position.
With Jed Lowrie out for the season, this is what the rest of the Boston Red Sox season looks like if we don't find a suitable solution to our shortstop problems. It's great to have a stronger bat in the lineup with David Ortiz on the bench and Youkilis just coming off the DL later this week, but what is the long term answer to the Red Sox troubles at shortstop. The options for now stand at using this stop-gap solution until Lowrie returns for next season or making a big trade for a shortstop before the All-Star break. The topics will float around and discussions will be had, until then, Nick Green needs some infield practice.
Thanks to kim.rossi for the picture of Nick Green.