Since the Boston Red Sox lost starting third baseman Will Middlebrooks to injury early in April, the team has struggled to get solid production from players filling in for him.
One of those filling in for Middlebrooks, was veteran Ryan Roberts who was very disappointing in his 19 at bats over eight games with Boston. In part of his poor play, the team designated him for assignment on Friday to make room for utility infielder Brock Holt, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Holt, who is off to a hot start with the Pawsox, has hit .380 1 HR 3 RBIs in 12 games while going 19 for 50. The Red Sox will start Holt at third base tonight and he could see some time there if his hot hitting transitions well to the big leagues. It's unclear whether Boston will use Holt at third for the time being but realize that he is an upgrade over Roberts and possibly utility infielder Jonathan Herrara.
Roberts, who was signed during the first week of the season was known for being able to left-handed pitching at a good rate but went 0 for 11 with four strikeouts against them. For his career, he has had a .435 slugging percentage against lefties. It's possible that Roberts clears waivers, which is the most likely case, he will head to Pawtucket to fill a utlity role for manager Kevin Boles.
The entire Red Sox third base situation is still in limbo. Middlebrooks could still be out for an extended period of time but the team could still try to find another option on the open market if the poor offensive performance from the hot corner continues.