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Red Sox shut down Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino indefinitely

Jun 27, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox have shut down third baseman Will Middlebrooks and outfielder Shane Victorino indefinitely. Neither player will be involved in baseball activities for the time being.

Middlebrooks, 25, suffered a broken right index finger after he was hit by a pitch on May 10. He was scratched from a rehab game on Monday when the finger swelled up. Middlebrooks slashed .197/.305/.324 with two home runs and nine runs batted in over 82 plate appearances.

Victorino, 33, has been out since May 24 with a strained right hamstring and back soreness. It’s the back soreness that continues to keep him out. Prior to the injuries, Victorino was slashing .242/.276/.352 with one home run and 10 RBI in 99 plate appearances.

It’s been a tough year for the defending world champions. They enter Friday’s action against the Yankees in fourth place in the AL East with a 36-43 record, eight games out of first place.

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  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    This could negatively impact this promising season.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      The Sox’s season hasn’t been promising for a while … and Hist. is with your wife right now.

  2. petey1999 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    That sound you hear is Herrera and Carp exhaling.

    • sabatimus - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Carp playing right field at Fenway Park (or anywhere else) makes me nauseous.

      • theskinsman - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:12 AM

        The Sox season has been nauseous. The bright side is that it’s almost half over. Next year will be our year!

    • drewsylvania - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Mike Carp’s rightful position is “platoon DH”, which tells you all you need to know about whether or not he should have a roster spot.

      Trading him to the National League for literally nothing would probably improve our bench.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM


    things like this have a way of adding up and before long, we look back and a player like Middlebrooks is 29 yrs old and we go, he was 22 yesterday full of so much promise and potential…

    whether he makes it or not, I want it to be decided on the field for him…

    • theskinsman - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      Um, he hasn’t made it. He won’t make it, even if the Sox keep him another 20 years. And if I recall, the braintrust got him because Youk was breaking down too much.

  4. slaugin - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    After last year….what a let down this team is this season, it’s really getting hard to stay interested. I don’t blame any non hard core for bailing

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      This team was not built to repeat this year. Ideally they’d have still been competitive, but this should have been a bridge season predicated on getting some young players ample playing time, and building toward being regularly competitive in the future.

      Instead they are screwing the the development of the prospects and trying to patch holes with bad signings in a desperate attempt to somehow salvage a season that’s destined to be crummy if the prospects don’t prosper.

      It really is a sink-or-swim season and instead of accepting that it’s a sink season and letting the young guys develop they are trying to force a brick to swim.

      It sucks that Middelbrooks is a washout, but moves like shifting Bogaerts to 3rd and signing Drew to play short is a bad long-term answer. It’s a short term answer which you don’t need in a lost year.

  5. ejannetta - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Middlebrooks is a bum anyway, can add Ross…..Gomes…Carp and Bradley to that list.

  6. slaugin - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Having a great farm system means nothing if you can’t properly develop it and they have done absolutely nothing to have my confidence they know what they’re doing

    • yankeefan1950 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Yankee fans say the same thing.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Wow, this has been almost the complete inverse of last season…

    …like 1 / last season (for those who are math-inclined out there).

    Just a complete disaster. Oh, well…can’t win ’em all. The magic of last season will be a great memory for all Sox fans.

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