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Red Sox put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Will Middlebrooks

May 2, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

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UPDATE: Still no word on the official roster move involved, but manager Bobby Valentine just said on WEEI radio that Middlebrooks will be in the starting lineup tonight.

UPDATE #2: Youkilis has been placed on the DL after saying he was at least 3-4 more days from being game ready, leaving Middlebrooks as the new starting third baseman.

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It’s unclear if he’ll be added to the active roster or is merely going to hang around as insurance in case Kevin Youkilis‘ back injury proves serious, but Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com reports that Red Sox third base prospect Will Middlebrooks is on his way to Fenway Park.

Middlebrooks has been on fire at Triple-A, hitting .333 with nine homers and a 1.057 OPS in 24 games after ranking No. 54 on Baseball America‘s list of top prospects coming into the season.

Youkilis has missed three consecutive games with back soreness, causing the Red Sox to call up slick-fielding, weak-hitting shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias from Triple-A yesterday for some infield depth. And now Middlebrooks is joining him in Boston, although it remains to be seen if the 23-year-old will actually be making his big-league debut.

  1. mornelithe - May 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Great news!!! Haven’t exactly had huge production from Punto, and from what I hear, this guy has been tearing it up in Triple-A, AND he’s a steal threat! Sounds like the complete package!

  2. heynerdlinger - May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I can almost see the headines now: Sox Punt Punto

    • sabatimus - May 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      I’m sure Punto’s NEVER heard that one before.

  3. sabatimus - May 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Tonight’s going to be must-see tv. Youkilis is one of my favorite players but he’s hurt ALL the time and has had back issues for years. I guess that’s what happens when you bust your butt in every sports thing you do: your body can’t keep up and breaks down. Just ask Bobby Orr about that one.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I know EVERYBODY who isn’t a Red Sox fan hates Youkilis, but the guy has worked his ass off over the years.

    He’s a true gamer and a grinder…I just think his body type isn’t long for baseball, and his physical decline has been very rapid and sad to watch.

    It sucks, but it happens sometimes.

  5. titknocker - May 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Youkilis is also a grade “A” asshole too both on & off the field. Good Riddance Kevin, bring on the youth!!!

    • protius - May 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      If what you say is true, then he’d be a perfect fit for the Philies. They’re so full-o-crap they could use a good asshole.

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