"Feel like over the last four or five games, you can see maybe a little fatigue and some at-bats that have been uncharacteristic for him -- some early-pitch outs, which is not the norm," manager John Farrell said. "I just feel he can benefit from a day down."
In typical Bogaerts fashion, he is keeping an even demeanor during the short slump.
"I'm human," Bogaerts said after Wednesday's game. "We all make mistakes. We all struggle. We all go through tough stretches. I'm going to be fine. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'll be fine."
Bogaerts had started the previous 31 games dating back to May 6 before being out of the lineup on Thursday. This marked just the fourth of Boston's 66 games that Bogaerts didn't start.