CLEVELAND -- A few quick hits from manager John Farrell on Monday afternoon:
* For now, the plan is for Xander Bogaerts to play exclusively at third base. If Stephen Drew does not make a start at short, either because of an unfavorable matchup against a left-hander or for a day off, either Brock Holt or Jonathan Herrera will start in his place, said Farrell.
* Farrell said he has no qualms about playing Drew a full nine innings. He already has done so a couple of times in the minors.
* The Sox will start having Holt take fly balls as a way of keeping him in the lineup after Mike Napoli returns, which is expected Sunday in Detroit. Farrell said Holt could figure into the left-field mix. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep Brock on the field and in the lineup," Farrell said.
Holt has never played a game professionally in the outfield. Of course, until Sunday he had never played a game professionally at first base.
* The calf and foot issues that have plagued Napoli have gotten better, and the swelling in his finger has lessened, Farrell said. “He’s chomping to get back on the field."
* Farrell said the simulated game Clay Buchholz was to have thrown in Cleveland has been pushed back until Saturday in Detroit, to give him more time to work on some delivery issues. Assuming all goes well in the simulated game, Farrell said Buchholz will go to Pawtucket on a rehab assignment, which he described in a way that suggests it will be for more than a start or two. “We’ll take a closer look at what the next steps are in Pawtucket," he said.
* Felix Doubront threw a bullpen Monday and Farrell said simulated innings will soon be incorporated into his work. No timetable yet for when his rehab assignment might begin.