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May 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) attempts to throw the ball to first base in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

What will happen to Xander Bogaerts when Will Middlebrooks returns?

Xander Bogaerts‘ position at shortstop was put under threat this week, after the Boston Red Sox inked Stephen Drew to a one-year-ten-million-dollar deal to make him the everyday shortstop. However, Bogaerts’ position in the lineup currently is safe, with Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list and Stephen Drew warming up in the minors.

Immediately after Drew signed, it was reported Bogaerts was taking grounders at third base.

With Brock Holt being called up to cover for the injured Middlebrooks, moving Bogaerts to third base was almost inevitable. However, when Middlebrooks returns the situation may not just be as clear.

Both Middlebrooks and Bogaerts have struggled early on.

However, Bogaerts has started to heat up, a little. Bogaerts is batting .283 with three home runs and only eight runs batted in, similarly, Middlebrooks is hitting a mere .197 but has nine runs batted in.

With both hitters, who the Red Sox had high expectations for, struggling so mightily the situation for when Middlebrooks returns isn’t clear.

One can only assume, Bogaerts, who is hitting 86 points higher will retain his spot in the lineup.

Tags: Boston Red Sox Will Middlebrooks Xander Bogaerts

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