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Red Sox Report: Blake Swihart has never played second base, but he is willing to try

Rob Bradford
February 14, 2018 - 10:36 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The buzz emanating from Alex Cora's meeting with the media Tuesday was primarily due to his proclamation that Blake Swihart would be integrated into the mix at second base.

Wednesday morning, Swihart confirmed what he told WEEI.com Monday.

"I've never played second base," the catcher-turned-utilityman told reporters in front of his JetBlue Park locker.

That, however, isn't going to stop him from trying.

While Swihart is focusing on catching for the time being, he will start dabbling in other positions. He has experience playing outfield at the major league level, having worked out at first base last season in Triple-A and originally came up as a shortstop/third baseman throughout high school.

"You guys know me. I’ve always gone out there and done whatever’s asked of me," Swihart said. "If [Cora] needs me to go out there and put in work, I’m going to put in work at second base, third base, shortstop, first base – wherever. You guys know, wherever I’m asked to be, that’s where I’ll be."

Swihart added, "Wherever. I’ll go to third, short, second, but I think shortstop is the easiest to kind of get your feet moving again. That’s where you show the most range. I can probably go out there and second base and just get my footwork down and get my movements going again, it will be good."

Helping matters when eyeing other positions is that Swihart finally feels his surgically-repaired left ankle is back to normal, which wasn't the case throughout most of last season.

"I pride myself on being an athlete," he said. "I feel like I can play other positions. Catcher is my favorite position to play, but if I need to play somewhere else I can. I need to work at it. I can’t just show up one day and I’m going to magically do it. I feel like if I put in work, I can play anywhere."

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