Middlebrooks returns, Ciriaco designated for assignment to make room

By Jason Mastrodonato/MLB.com

Jose Iglesias no longer has an every-day position to call his own, but he can take some pleasure in knowing he’s not going back to Triple-A Pawtucket just yet.

Will Middlebrooks returned from the 15-day disabled list and was in Monday’s lineup against the Rays, batting eighth and taking over at third base, where Iglesias has been keeping the seat warm.

The Boston Globe first reported that Pedro Ciriaco, the Red Sox’s utility infielder who has hit .216 in limited action this season, has been designated for assignment. He would have to clear waivers to stick with the club in the Minors, though the demand for middle infielders across baseball this season indicates that Ciriaco should be claimed by some team in need.

The opening leaves Iglesias as the new utility man, a role he hasn’t yet discussed but manager John Farrell has said could get him in the lineup at least twice a week.

Iglesias hasn’t stopped hitting since being recalled when Middlebrooks went down in late May. The 23-year-old is a wizard with a glove but hasn’t hit well until this season, when he’s hitting .446 in 74 at-bats with the Red Sox.

5 Comments

The Sox stay stay true to their tradition of favoring the prima donnas and pretty boys over the guys that get it done. Iglesias has one fewer hit than Middlebrooks, but over 100 fewer at bats, and 5 fewer than Drew, and Pawtucket in his future. The Sox don’t want to mess with 100 years of tradition.

Why is Drew playing over Inglesias? Drew cant hit! Sox need to make Inglesias their everyday shortstop!

Ok can someone tell me why Sox continue to have Drew in the line up night after night having only like 40 hits in 190 at bats? His average is a lowly 235 !! How can the continue to let him play having Inglesis on the bench. Batting 78 times with 35 hits and average 445??? I understand they paid lots for Drew but Inglesis is game ready proven and he is on fire. Either get rid of drew or have him as the back up bench because we need Inglessis bat in our lineup. If we trade him and assume some of the salary it wont be the first time and to me its better to win the game verses worrying about the money that was spent on him!!

Where’s Mike Carp? He’s leading the team in OPS but he didn’t play in yesterday’s double header or today’s game.

Where is Middlebrooks now? Not listed on the roster…not under injuries…

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