Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks didn’t get off to the start he or the franchise wanted this year, a situation that only grew in disappointment when the second year talent was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
Middlebrooks’ poor start to the season combined with Jose Iglesias hot streak had the rumor mill suggesting that the Sox may elect to keep the Texas native in AAA to work on his swing, but they apparently opted against that today, activating the power bat.
Currently hitting just .201 with a .234 on-base percentage, Middlebrooks’ leash wont be all that long if he doesn’t hit but after clubbing 15 home runs in just 75 games last season, hitting shouldn’t be a problem for the former 5th round draft pick, especially now that he’s healthy – presumably.
To create room on the roster for Middlebrooks, the Red Sox optioned infielder Pedro Ciriaco to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ciriaco was hitting a paltry .216 in 28 games with the Sox.