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Red Sox place Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list

May 17, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is headed to the disabled list with a fractured finger suffered last Saturday when he was hit by a pitch.

Middlebrooks actually played through the injury all week after sitting out Sunday, going 2-for-14 (.143) with six strikeouts. Brock Holt and Jonathan Herrera are the prime options to fill in at third base, but neither has much upside.

Middlebrooks was previously on the disabled list in April with a calf injury and has hit just .197 with two homers and a .629 OPS in 21 games when healthy enough to be in the lineup. Dating back to last season he’s hit just .222 with a .685 OPS and ghastly 121/27 K/BB ratio in 115 games, falling apart after a strong rookie season in which he hit .288 with 15 homers and an .835 OPS in 75 games.

  1. 1overmind - May 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    This guy sucks.

  2. cinfante54 - May 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I think it’s time to put Xander back at 3B and call up Mookie.

    • straightouttavtown - May 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Better yet, bring back STEPHEN DREW and demote both Middlebrooks and Bogartes.

      • cinfante54 - May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        If you’re going to say something ridiculous at least spell Bogaerts’ name right.

      • straightouttavtown - May 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Ridiculous according to who? Just because you disagree doesn’t mean it’s “ridiculous”. Try harder, chump.

      • cinfante54 - May 18, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Ridiculous according to the Sox not needing defensive help nearly as much as offensive help. So why pay the 10 million plus it would take to get a light hitting, defensive minded shortstop when they can shift Bogaerts to third where he was pretty good last year and call up Betts, who has reached base in 70 games in a row.

    • cinfante54 - May 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Also they’ve needed a steady presence at lead off all year. Pedroia is not a lead off hitter. With Victorino out, Betts can get on base and set the tone for the rest of the lineup. Sizemore shouldn’t see above the 5 hole. Betts, pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli, Sizemore, Gomes, Bogaerts, Pierzynski, JBJ would be a pretty steady lineup.

  3. miguelcairo - May 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Scrub.

    Not that he can help a HBP, but still a scrub.

  4. ltpm3 - May 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Not exactly sure what you are talking about ‘upside’ but if you are going to compare the stats you need to compare all of them. The last time Holt came up to cover for Middlebrooks injury he played in 7 games at bat 23 time he got 8 hits and 4 walks batting .348. Middlebrooks has been in 21 games at bat 71 times he has only 4 more hits and 3 more walks batting 197 than Holt. Holt might not have any homerun, which Middlebrooks only has 2 this entire year. But if we have runners on base I would rather take a chance on Holt getting a single than Middlebrooks getting a homerun. Not sure what is in Middlebrooks head but seems like from the time he actually got the position of 3d base, his head got so big that he just cant handle it.

  5. straightouttavtown - May 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    They might as well demote him. He’s worse than Youk.

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Now that is cruel!

      • theskinsman - May 18, 2014 at 4:25 AM

        Will was supposed to replace Youkilis because he was younger and presumably healthy. Sigh….

  6. deacon85 - May 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    I still miss Youk.

    • buggieowens - May 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      I still miss Beltre

  7. tfbuckfutter - May 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Is Will’s middle name “Drew” by any chance?

    Jesus. I wish I could keep defending the guy but you gotta stay on the damn field to give me the opportunity.

    • dcarroll73 - May 18, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      So tf, you’re trashing him because he got HBP? I mean this is not a conditioning issue where a fan can say “he wouldn’t have pulled that (hamstring, oblique, pick a muscle or tendon) if only he’d been in top shape.” I could see your being down on the guy for lack of performance, but this does not seem to be a time when someone can reasonably blame him for not “staying on the damn field.” (I will point out the I am a Yanks fan so defending one of the Sox is not a regular occurence.)

      • tfbuckfutter - May 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        I’m done on him because he’s frequently on the DL, regardless of the cause.

        People get all upset at the “injury-prone” label and wish to argue away the cause when someone is perpetually out of the lineup, but the fact is it doesn’t matter. Whether he is brittle (Nomar), a crybaby (Drew) or just unlucky, the fact remains that a player who is on the DL more than they are on the field isn’t a useful player. Especially when they are still in the development stage.

        Trust me. I used to have this same argument all the time about Trot Nixon. “Oh, it’s just a freak occurrence” “Oh, it could happen to anyone”. After awhile you realize one or two incidents COULD happen to anyone. But a successive stream of them only happens to certain players. For whatever reason. And Will has already missed half of the team’s games this season after missing more than half the season in 2012, and more than half of 2013 (although that was due to being in the minors….because he was having a hard time rebounding….from his wrist injury (or whatever it was) in 2012)

      • baberuthslegs - May 18, 2014 at 5:05 AM

        Anyone else thinking “Bryce Harper”?

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