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MLB Injury News:
The Boston Red Sox have several options for the left side of
their infield, including players such as the Stephen Drew – who’s rehabbing
from injury – Jose Iglesias and Will Middlebrooks. Considering all three
players have question marks surrounding their abilities over the second-half of
the season, the Red Sox are open to exploring the market for potential
contributors on the left side of the infield to help with the remainder of the
campaign, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
With Drew signed to a one-year deal and nearing a return
from injury, the Red Sox could elect to stick with him as their regular at
shortstop for the rest of the season. However, Boston has received limited
production from its third basemen, including a combined batting line of only
.251/.293/.405. For that reason, the team could attempt to acquire a veteran to
help bolster the position, someone like Philadelphia Phillies third baseman
Michael Young who wouldn’t require a commitment beyond the current season.
While the Red Sox could be in the market for an upgrade at
shortstop or third base for the remainder of the season, the team’s future is
bright at both positions. Middlebrooks and Iglesias have shown promise at the
major-league level, while top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Garin Cecchini are
promising young players coming up through the team’s minor-league system.
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