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Will Middlebrooks could remain in minors after DL stint

Jun 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Will Middlebrooks began a minor-league rehab assignment last night at Triple-A, but manager John Farrell indicated that the third baseman may not automatically return to the Red Sox once he’s recovered from a back injury.

Griffin Tewksbury of has all of Farrell’s quotes, including:

This is not only a chance to make sure his health issue is behind him, which everything points to that being the case, but also to use this as an opportunity to get some momentum going before he gets back. Hopefully that is sooner rather than later.

Middlebrooks hit just .201 with a .642 OPS in 46 games before the injury and fill-in Jose Iglesias has hit .426, but based on how well Middlebrooks played as a rookie last year and how poorly Iglesias has hit throughout his minor-league career making the swap full time would be very surprising.

Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with a homer last night, but at the very least the Red Sox apparently won’t be in any hurry to activate him from the disabled list.

  1. riverace19 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Until he learns plate discipline he’s a Mendoza-line hitter with flashes of power.

  2. blockedshotnyr - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Actually went 3-5 last night with a homer and multiple RBIs – this is from Tuesday’s line. Certainly off to a nice start.

    • blockedshotnyr - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Excuse me 2-3 with a walk, homer and 5 RBIs

  3. stex52 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    With the exception of one three-homer day, he was absolutely awful while he was up. He clearly has potential, but the K-rate is unacceptable. Plate discipline, as mentioned above, and a dose of confidence restoration are probably both in order.

  4. streetglider08 - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Nothing better then having more talent then you have room for

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