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Jose Iglesias hasn't necessarily been shy about how much he wants to be on the big league roster.
"I feel comfortable here," he said. "I feel really comfortable here."
With Stephen Drew taking the day off to rest, Iglesias took the
opportunity to shine, going 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run
scored as the Sox rallied to beat the Indians 7-4. After starting the
season with the with the parent club, he had been in Pawtucket since
April, when Drew returned from a concussion.
There were signs that he wasn't altogether happy about being there.
He was benched earlier this month by PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina for
not hustling down the line on a ground ball. But called back up on
Friday with a Sox in a pinch after putting third baseman Will
Middlebrooks on the disabled list, he could possibly be playing himself
into a position as an extra infielder.
"It's clear he's extremely confident and he believes in himself," Sox
manager John Farrell said. "You see it in his actions, the way he
carries himself. It's not in a disrespectful way. He is very sure of
himself. We saw it as spring training unfolded. It was reinforced in the
time he was here through the time he was here before Stephen [Drew]
returned to us. He comes back to us again and he's a strong believer in
himself and his abilities to play at this level."
Globe: Jose Iglesias confident at big-league level
Much like John Lackey, Jose Iglesias has yet to convince me that he is ready to be a consistent impact player on this roster. Jose has made some phenomenal progress at the plate over the past year, and I am very impressed. We have seen power incorporated in his offensive game, extra-base hits, and a bit more patience.
Last night was a great sign that he has made a great deal of progress in Pawtucket and is nearly ready to be a big-league short stop. Remember, I said NEARLY ready. We will likely see a lot of Iglesias in Boston due to Stephen Drew constantly the family injury bug.
I am still a huge Xander Bogaerts advocate, but if Iglesias can prove he can deliver at the plate, he will win my heart over. Jose has a far better glove, and is obviously far closer to being ready for a job in the majors. I am sure everyone else at Ted's Army is sick of me being the only guy giving Jose the thumbs down thus far.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Carp continues mastery of Indians | What is the future for Jacoby Ellsbury? | Neumeier: 'Lackey is the No. 1 story of the season' | Fan feedback: Locking up Daniel Nava? | Game Day Notes: Pedroia sizzles at the plate | ESPN Boston: Middlebrooks hoping brief DL stint | Globe: Shane Victorino explains his crash | Red Sox catcher David Ross gets some extra protection | Herald: Will-ing student | Dustin Pedroia elevates his game when it matters