Iglesias earns utility role with Middlebrooks activated
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jun 10, 2013
But Iglesias' performance while Middlebrooks was on the DL with a lower back strain obviously altered the club's thinking. Will Middlebrooks returned from the 15-day disabled list and was in Monday's lineup against the Rays, batting eighth and taking over at third base, where Iglesias has been keeping the seat warm. The Red Sox could no longer justify keeping Iglesias at Triple-A. The Red Sox announced just before game time that infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who did not travel with the team, has been designated for assignment to make space on the roster for Middlebrooks' return. The 23-year-old Cuban, bitterly disappointed when he was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket back in April, is on the major league roster for the forseeable future, and in a role that goes beyond being a spare part. "He's got a bright future ahead of him, but with the situation we're in right now, he's going to find himself at third or find himself at short or possibly at second on a given day.