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Red Sox bring back Will Middlebrooks to play third base

Aug 10, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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Those hoping the Red Sox would give top prospect Xander Bogaerts a shot should prepare to be disappointed. The team is instead recalling Will Middlebrooks to play third base, with Brandon Snyder going on the disabled list.

Middlebrooks had regained his stroke for Triple-A Pawtucket over the last week, hitting .333/.361/.545 with two homers in his last eight games. That followed a month of July in which he hit .238/.292/.390 in 105 at-bats. He hit .192/.228/.389 with nine homers and 25 RBI in 203 at-bats before being sent down in June.

Bogaerts was outhitting Middlebrooks in Triple-A, posting an .845 OPS to Middlebrooks’ .790 mark. Still, it seems as though the Red Sox prefer having him focus on shortstop for now. He had started at third base in just one of his last eight games for Pawtucket.

The Red Sox had been getting by with a Brock Holt-Snyder platoon at third base since trading Jose Iglesias, but that was nothing more than a stopgap situation until Middlebrooks or Bogaerts proved ready. If Middlebrooks struggles over the next couple of weeks, then maybe Bogaerts will get a look in September. However, if Middlebrooks hits, it’ll be his job the rest of the way.

  1. drewsylvania - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Yep. Holt isn’t much use outside of a platoon. Ride the hot hand at third between Middlebrooks and Bogaerts (or Cecchini?) the rest of the year.

  2. biasedhomer - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    It would be foolish for anyone to think the Red Sox would bring up Bogaerts other than during expanded roster.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I’d rather bring up middlebrooks now and save Xander for next season. Call him up for September.

  4. jwbiii - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Bogaerts isn’t on the 40 man roster, so they would have to do some roster juggling. Andrew Bailey (shoulder surgery) to the 60 day DL would be the obvious choice.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I’d rather just wait until the September call-ups and give him a look then and use him full-time next season.

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