Matthew J. Lee/ Globe Staff File
BOSTON—According to a report from Aaron Gleeman of the Hardball Talk blog on NBCSports.com, the Boston Red Sox have demoted third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket. This comes a little over two weeks after he was called up from Pawtucket. Prior to that, he had been on the disabled list since May 24.
First baseman Brandon Snyder has been called up from the Pawsox to take Middlebrooks’ spot on the roster.
Unfortunately for Middlebrooks, things probably did not go as planned during his stint with the big club. In 29 at-bats following his call-up, he only notched four hits, which for all the math gurus out there, adds up to an average of .137.
Overall this season, he has recorded 39 hits in 203 at-bats for an average of .192. He does have nine home runs and 25 RBI, but his struggles at the plate have hurt him immensely. His best game following his call-up on June 10 was three days later against the Baltimore Orioles . In that contest, he notched two hits in five at-bats which made for an in-game average of .201.
In what has been a dismal first half of the season for him, the contest against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 7 has proven to be one of the few bright spots. In that contest, he notched four hits in five at-bats, three of them coming via the longball and he collected four RBI in his efforts.
It appears that he is going through a slump right now, and just has not been able to find his grove. With Middlebrooks being a very good contact hitter, there is a very good possibility that he will break out of it soon. A demotion to Pawtucket may be the exact thing he needs, not as a punishment, but as a chance to retool his swing and clear his head before returning to the parent club.
In what has been a very up-and-down season for Middlebrooks, he hit another bump in the road today. As many players will tell you, a season is full of ups and downs, and it is important to take it all in stride.