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Banged-up Red Sox give Will Middlebrooks shortstop reps

Jun 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Will Middlebrooks AP

Injuries have already forced the Red Sox to do some weird things defensively and now the possibility of Dustin Pedroia missing significant time with a thumb injury has led to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks getting work at shortstop.

Middlebrooks hasn’t played the position since high school and in fact has never played a position other than third base in five professional seasons, but Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that he took ground balls as a shortstop before yesterday’s game at Fenway Park and “also was working on double-play feeds with Mike Aviles.”

For now it sounds like Middlebrooks at shortstop is merely an emergency option for the Red Sox, but that could change if bad news arrives on Pedroia. Middlebrooks has hit .316 with six homers, seven doubles, and a .922 OPS in 24 games, remaining the starting third baseman even with Kevin Youkilis back from the disabled list as the Red Sox play Youkilis at first base and shift Adrian Gonzalez to right field.

  1. Tim OShenko - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Don’t see it working out that well for the Sox, but this would be good news for my fantasy team.

  2. BLEED BOSTON - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Reblogged this on BLEED BOSTON and commented:
    If we cannot get good value for Youk could this be a good way to get Punto out of the lineup for good.

  3. scapistron - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    They need to do this or put Pedroia on the DL and call up Iglesias. Iglesias can’t hit, but neither can Punto.

  4. patsandsox - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    IN an emergancy I guess but if he hasnt played short since high school I dont this will work out. They are going to have to dl Pedrioa and get another infielder to help out. The talk of one of the catchers playing the infield is scary

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