We are now officially through the first week of the 2014 regular season and the Boston Red Sox now have their 3rd player on the disabled list to begin the year. Shane Victorino and Craig Breslow have started the disabled list party before the season even began and now Will Middlebrooks has come to join the party. Middlebrooks was removed from the lineup on Saturday due to a “right calf cramp” and the Red Sox announced on Sunday that he will now go on the disabled list with a calf strain.
I don’t think this recent injury to Middlebrooks will affect the Red Sox because they are one of the deepest teams in baseball between their 25-man roster and farm system. For Middlebrooks’ sake, this puts his back against the wall. He is off to a strong start this season so far with a .538 slugging percentage. He still has to prove himself worthy of being the future 3rd baseman of the Red Sox after he was demoted to Pawtucket last season because of poor perfomances. I’ve been out of excuses to save Middlebrooks last season because he isn’t a rookie anymore and now he faces a new challenge of trying to stay healthy and play at a high level. For muscle strains, it’s hard to tell of someone is going to be 100 percent by a certain time period and hopefully this will only last just for the duration that Middlebrooks will be on the disabled list.
The Boston Red Sox have called up Brock Holt from AAA Pawtucket once Middlebrooks was placed on the disabled list and should expect to play a majority of 3rd base for the time being. Holt hopes to really take advantage of this opportunity and stick around Boston for longer than a two week period. Holt came to Boston along with Joel Hanrahan last season as part of a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates shortly before the 2013 season started. Garin Cecchini is currently showing a lot of promise down on the farm and would’ve been considered to be called up prior to Holt. Red Sox manager John Farrell likes Cecchini and thinks that he will be great at the major league level, but feels that he needs to work on his game defensively and decided that it was best to let him improve in AAA before making the next jump in his baseball career.
TitleTownTalk writer Josh Brown spent this weekend down in Pawtucket to watch both Brock Holt and Garin Cecchini perform first hand and there will be no surprises if both players wind up in a Boston Red Sox uniform at some point before the 2014 season is over.