The Boston Red Sox shortstop situation just got a little more interesting on Wednesday with activation of Stephen Drew from the disabled list and Jose Iglesias being optioned down to Triple-A Pawtucket after a hot start to begin the season.
Many Red Sox fans didn’t want to see Iglesias be sent down but with Drew finally over his concussion problems and a rehab completed it left Iglesias in a limbo. On top of that, backup utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco was already on the current roster and with the lack of versatility that Iglesias has it hurt his chances even more.
Drew, who was signed to a one year contract during the offseason is expected to man the shortstop position for this season and will likely provide some pop in the bottom of the lineup while playing solid defense. He does have the ability to leadoff or hit second in the lineup as well if Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia or Shane Victorino need a day off or are slumping.
In six games so far this season, Iglesias hit .450 with nine hits in only 20 at bats and had at least two hits or more in four of the six games played. Expect him to play shortstop for the Pawsox regularly and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to his offensive rage in the minor leagues over the coming weeks.
It is possible to see Iglesias back up in the majors in the near future if there is another injury to either Ciriaco or Drew although this demotion won’t sit well with Boston fans but it maybe is the best situation for other sides going forward.
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