Daryl Boston looked on the field Saturday and did a double take.
“We got seven infielders on the field right now!” Boston said. “Seven infielders.”
Three of them were in the outfield from left field to right: Andrew Vaughn, Danny Mendick and Jake Lamb, all of them infielders by trade pressed into outfield duty this season because of injuries to Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Adam Engel.
When Billy Hamilton left Saturday’s game against the Tigers with an oblique injury, Mendick played center for the first time. He had played a total of eight in right field and two in left in his career.
Vaughn, a first baseman who was expected to be the Sox’ designated hitter, has made the conversion without incident, which is all the Sox could hope for.
“I would call him an average outfielder,” Boston, the Sox first base coach who oversees the outfielders.
For which Boston wants no credit.
“I didn’t do anything,” Boston said. “That’s all Vaughn and his work ethic. Comes out every day – well we kind of backed off a little since the beginning of the season because he doesn’t need as much work – but he gets his early work. Him and Jake Lamb have been relentless in getting their work done.”
A corner infielder, Lamb had never played in the outfield before this season. He has played in 16 games in the outfield this year.
“The biggest thing is…