Well that escalated quickly.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was supposed to be the next big thing.
After hitting an impressive .288 last season with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in just 75 games, the bright lights of stardom were shining brightly on the then 23 year old infielder.
Injuries and slumps have derailed his current season though, so much so that the Red Sox are seriously thinking of sending Middlebrooks back down to the minor leagues in hopes of a fix.
Per the Providence Journal:
It’s logical to wonder if Middlebrooks at some point might be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to get back on track. He’s hitting .138 with a .194 on-base percentage in 31 plate appearances since he was activated from the disabled list two weeks ago. Farrell said that no such move is imminent, however.
“I don’t know that we have a date marked on the calendar or that if certain things change we’ve got to make a change with that,” he said. “We haven’t even approached that.”
The suggestion of demoting Middlebrooks isn’t exactly a new idea, though, unlike past rumors of the move – this one actually appears to have a bit of merit behind it.