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Red Sox activate Will Middlebrooks, designate Pedro Ciriaco for assignment

Jun 10, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Last week Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted that Will Middlebrooks might stay in the minors for a while even after he was activated from the disabled list, but after posting a 1.094 OPS in five rehab games at Triple-A he’s off the DL and back in Boston’s lineup tonight.

To make room for Middlebrooks on the roster the Red Sox designated Pedro Ciriaco for assignment, cutting him loose after the 27-year-old utility man hit .281 with a .695 OPS in 104 games since the beginning of last season.

Middlebrooks’ return also pushes hot-hitting Jose Iglesias and his .446 batting average to the bench. Middlebrooks hit just .201 with a .642 OPS in 46 games before injuring his lower back.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Is Pedro Ciriaco’s .281/.695 stat line a fluke? Is he a versatile fielder in the sense Bobby Bonilla was “versatile” (Meaning: Can play several positions…poorly)? Or is he versatile in the Martin Prado/Omar Infante sense (Meaning: He’s actually competent with the glove at multiple positions)?

  2. danindelray - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Last I heard Ciriaco had made 7 errors in 120 innings. Iglesias might make seven errors in a couple of seasons. I’m not sure its best for his development but it definitely is best for the team to keep him around. Ciriaco’s lost whatever flukish mojo he had last year and I am sure he passes through waivers unclaimed. If he’s smart he goes to Pawtucket and hopes to get another chance.

  3. baseballbum - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    If I’m Middlebrooks I better start hitting better than .201. Sorry Will, I think you can be a really good player, but Iglesias has been red hot when he has played and the Sox are winning and the bottom of the order is producing. I like Ciriaco too and I’ll be surprised if he is not gobbled up quickly. The Mets need anybody that can hit at this point. The A’s tend to pick-up guys like this.

    • dondada10 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      The Mets would be fools not to claim him, IMO. I wouldn’t even mind making a trade and sending a player back.

  4. kjericho43 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Ciriaco is NOT a good baseball player. Last year he had some big hits on a terrible team. This year he has swung at bad pitches, made mental errors, and fielded poorly. He needs to go.

  5. alang3131982 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Pedro Ciriaco > Ryan Flaherty?

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Is Inglesias now trade bait, or is he going to see time at both ss and 3B?

  7. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Steven Drew = One year contract.

    Jose Iglesias = Long considered the Red Sox SS for the next decade.

    Hmm..take a guess on who is ‘trade bait’.

    • bertram00 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Actually, the latest Sox SS for the next decade has recently been touted as Xander Bogaerts.

      • ILoveBaseball - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Xander Bogaerts in 4 minor league seasons: .308/.403/.507.
        José Iglesias in 4 minor league seasons: .257/.307/.314.
        Oh, and Bogaerts is 3 years younger.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Actually no. Bogaerts, while playing SS now, is being targeted in either the OF or 1B.

        Iglesias is a ‘once in a generation’ type fielding SS. Why would Boston play him anywhere else???

    • dondada10 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Do you think they would trade Drew this year?

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        They would in a heartbeat but are reluctant to eat nearly all of his remaining contract.

        Drew is a decent SS…José Iglesias time is now.

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