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BOSTON-- According to a tweet from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is back from his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox, while multi-purpose utility man Pedro Ciriaco has been designated for assignment. Cafardo tweeted this regarding the move earlier today.
Pedro Ciriaco is odd man out. Middlebrooks up.
While in Pawtucket, Middlebrooks hit .294 with two home runs and six RBI , beginning his assignment on June 4. His time there was a result of a lower back strain that had put him on the DL since May 24. The injury has added to what has been a difficult year for him. He is hitting .206 with eight home runs and 21 RBI , but has 54 strikeouts in comparison to seven walks.
Ciriaco has been having a rough go of things this season. He has hit .216 with one home run and 4 RBI, but perhaps most glaring has been his poor play in the field as he has committed seven errors in 22 games, four of them at the shortstop position. With the emergence ofJose Iglesias, the field has become very crowded and margin of error is very slim.
Iglesias has provided a spark to the Red Sox this season, hitting .291 with two home runs and 9 RBI in 57 games. He has also shown off some of his speed, stealing two bases as well. With the return of Middlebrooks, this adds an additional bat to the lineup. Hopefully, he can carry his impressive performance in Pawtucket over to the parent club. As made evident by his three-home run game back in April, he can get hot in a hurry, and that will be a welcome addition for a team that has struggled offensively at times.
His durability is also a plus as he plays hard and is not afraid to “take one for the team”, something that was a hallmark of the Red Sox championship teams in years’ past. Hopefully, he will provide a spark to a team that is playing some very good baseball right now, and become a key force in Boston’s quest for the postseason.