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Red Sox place Scutaro on DL, promote Jose Iglesias

May 8, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

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A major league source told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe on Saturday night that the Red Sox are preparing to place Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list with a “left side injury” and that shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to provide middle infield depth in Scutaro’s absence.

Iglesias, 21, is far from ready for big league action. He’s hit just .253/.278/.253 with zero extra-base hits and 17 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances this year at Triple-A and has committed five errors in 95 fielding chances at shortstop.

In an ideal world, Iglesias would continue marinating in the minor leagues for at least another full season and the Red Sox would turn to someone else for the two or so weeks that Scutaro is sidelined. But 23-year-old infielder Yamaico Navarro just landed on the minor league disabled list with an injury of his own and the organization isn’t exactly flush with quality shortstops.

The move should be made official before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Twins.

UPDATE: Abraham has confirmed it now. Iglesias is on Boston’s 25-man roster.

  1. Ari Collins - May 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Too bad the guy can’t hit a lick and probably never will, because he’s a spectacular defender. He’s trade bait to an organization who can wishcast some offensive competency for him.

    Bigger story is the full-time gig going to Lowrie in the meantime.

  2. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    5 errors in around 30 games is not exactly spectacular defense, IMO.

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