BOSTON -

Considering third baseman Will Middlebrooks will have a splint on his fractured right index finger for at least a week and will be sidelined indefinitely, the Boston Red Sox almost certainly will be on the lookout for help to bolster the left side of the infield.

However, they don't plan to move shortstop Xander Bogaerts to third base, general manager Ben Cherington told the Boston Herald.

"We don't have any reason to believe he can't play short," Cherington said. "You've got to keep going in the right direction, but he looks, to me anyway, a little more comfortable out there making the routine plays. And that's all he needs to do."

That seemingly would mean the Red Sox aren't inclined to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew and move Bogaerts to third base.

Bogaerts has struggled at times defensively, but Cherington said the Red Sox likely will need to see him play the position for a full season at the major league level before making any determination on his future.

Cherington also noted that Bogaerts' offensive numbers are above average for shortstops, even though he has not yet hit for the kind of power that the Red Sox expect. He hit his second homer of the season Saturday night, a line drive into the seats atop the Green Monster.

"Keep in mind, guys that play short in the big leagues, there's still a range of defensive ability, and the acceptance of that range is going to be relative to other contributions," Cherington told the Herald. "Even though Xander hasn't really caught fire yet, he's still one of the better offensive performers in the league at that position. So if you're doing that, you don't have to be (11-time Gold Glove winner) Omar Vizquel in order to be helping."

BOSTON -- Considering third baseman Will Middlebrooks will have a splint on his fractured right index finger for at least a week and will be sidelined indefinitely, the Boston Red Sox almost certainly will be on the lookout for help to bolster the left side of the infield.

However, they don't plan to move shortstop Xander Bogaerts to third base, general manager Ben Cherington told the Boston Herald.

"We don't have any reason to believe he can't play short," Cherington said. "You've got to keep going in the right direction, but he looks, to me anyway, a little more comfortable out there making the routine plays. And that's all he needs to do."

That seemingly would mean the Red Sox aren't inclined to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew and move Bogaerts to third base.

Bogaerts has struggled at times defensively, but Cherington said the Red Sox likely will need to see him play the position for a full season at the major league level before making any determination on his future.

Cherington also noted that Bogaerts' offensive numbers are above average for shortstops, even though he has not yet hit for the kind of power that the Red Sox expect. He hit his second homer of the season Saturday night, a line drive into the seats atop the Green Monster.

"Keep in mind, guys that play short in the big leagues, there's still a range of defensive ability, and the acceptance of that range is going to be relative to other contributions," Cherington told the Herald. "Even though Xander hasn't really caught fire yet, he's still one of the better offensive performers in the league at that position. So if you're doing that, you don't have to be (11-time Gold Glove winner) Omar Vizquel in order to be helping."

Bogaerts replaced a slumping Middlebrooks at third base in the AL Championship Series and World Series last year, and hit .296 with two homers and six RBIs in 12 postseason games.