SEATTLE -- A few quick hits from Safeco Field, where Red Sox players were just as shocked by Bitin’ Luis Suarez as everybody else (Stephen Drew: "What was that?"):
* Rookie Xander Bogaerts, who had occupied the No. 2 spot in the order for more than a month, was dropped to the 7-hole Tuesday. Bogaerts is in the throes of a 5-for-52 slide, in which he has struck out 22 times in 79 at-bats. He had ended May by posting a .394/.463/.620/1.082 slash line over 18 games.
Manager John Farrell said he wanted to give Bogaerts a bit of a breather, and also to break up the cluster of four left-handed hitters at the bottom of the order (including Daniel Nava, a switch hitter).
“He’s just missing pitches, missing pitches in the strike zone,’’ Farrell said of Bogaerts’ slump.
The feeling within the organization is that Bogaerts, intensely conscious of the organization’s high expectations for him, is pressing at the plate, not to mention experiencing the growing pains common to a 21-year-old newcomer.
* Outfielder Shane Victorino went hitless in four trips in Pawtucket Tuesday night, exiting after six innings. Farrell said if Victorino checks out OK following the game, he’ll be joining the Sox in New York this weekend.
* Mike Carp, who has made a rapid recovery from a fractured bone in his right foot, took batting practice Tuesday, will be examined when the team returns to Boston, and is expected to begin a rehab assignment in Pawtucket this weekend as a designated hitter.
* Shortstop Stephen Drew entered Tuesday’s game hitless in his last 20 at-bats. “My season isn’t over,’’ said Drew, who has had just 42 at-bats in 12 games since joining the Sox. “It’s going to come around.’’
Drew said he knew it would take time to catch up at the plate after missing the season’s first two months. The experience has not been unlike what he went through last season, when he missed much of spring training after sustaining a concussion.
“It took me almost 2 1/2 months to get over that,’’ he said. The hope, of course, is that it won’t take that long this go-round. “There are some things you can do only by playing,’’ said Drew, who worked out religiously while waiting to be signed as a free agent. “I feel like I did everything I could, and now I’m playing.’’
* The San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports, plan to interview Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen for their GM job, which opened when they fired former Sox executive Josh Byrnes on Sunday.