Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/12/12

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Will Middlebrooks’ broken wrist sent the Red Sox [team stats] brass into a scramble yesterday, and one possible solution involved promoting shortstop Jose Iglesias from Pawtucket.

Iglesias’ presence, however, would have necessitated a shift of starting shortstop Mike Aviles, and the veteran has done nothing to lose his job during a generally solid season. So Iglesias will remain in Pawtucket, probably until September, while continuing to work on an offensive game that will ultimately decide his future in the big leagues.

“He has to continue to become an offensive player,” said assistant general manager Mike Hazen. “This league, you have to be an offensive player. You can have defense be your calling card, no doubt, and you can be way better at defense than offense, but you’ve still got to be able to hold your own and do stuff with your bat. It becomes prohibitive if you don’t, so he’s still got to figure those things out.”

Herald: Sox choose not to call up Iglesias

If Baltimore can call up its young stud shortstop (Manny Machado) and stick him at third base, why can’t the Red Sox do the same with Xander Bogaerts? General manager Ben Cherington answered that question succinctly in a text message, writing, “Tempting, but unlikely. Machado had quite a bit of time in Double A before the call-up.”

Bogaerts had been in Single A, playing shortstop, and is 4 for 9 with a home run since his promotion to Double A Portland.

Globe: A very bad break for Middlebrooks

I think we can all agree that the season is pretty much lost, right? This team just knocks themselves back down when they display any signs of a comeback. So why rush young talented players to the majors to play for nothing?

I understand that the Sox not mathematically eliminated, and they is still a chance (not likely) that they can make a final run. Since the odds are not in their favor, rushing the development of Jose Iglesias' bat and the overall development of Xander Bogaerts would be foolish.

It has been no secret that I am pulling for Xander Bogaerts more than Iglesias to be the short stop of the future in Boston. I do like Iglesias, but Bogaerts has the bat that Iglesias may never develop. Even though his offense is well above the level of Iglesias, Bogaerts is still 19 years old (turning 20 in October), and there is a lot of maturing he needs to do before a call-up this season.

Andy LaRoche may be the guy to call up to let the promising talent develop.

On Page 2, Speaking of injuries, Ortiz is still not ready.

 David Ortiz said a few days ago that he hoped to return to the Red Sox lineup Sunday. But after working out at Progressive Field Saturday, he acknowledged that goal was unlikely to be met.

“I don’t think so,” Ortiz said after taking batting practice on the field. “I’m only so-so.”

Ortiz was also scheduled to do some running drills but decided against it.

“Still pretty sore,” he said.

Ortiz has been out since July 17 with a strained right Achilles’ tendon. His recovery has been a series of good days followed by bad ones due to soreness. Ortiz has yet to try running the bases, which would seem to be a prerequisite to getting back in the lineup.

“We’re trying to make sure he has no setback,” manager Bobby Valentine said.

Globe: Ortiz not quite ready

Again, the Sox should not rush Ortiz back and risk a long-term set-back. If the Sox were playing good ball and we were all saying, "The Red Sox are almost there and David Ortiz would give them that big push", then I would be itching for Ortiz to come back. But he is not the savior that can put the team on his back and carry them to the playoffs. If he were the ace of the rotation, then we would be having a different discussion. David Ortiz needs to rest and be 100% for next season, that is, if he does sign here.

Related: CSNNE: Postgame notes: Ortiz still doubtful for Sunday

The rest of the links:

Herald: A Gonzo revival | Sox run into an ex | It's time to free Bobby V | Lillibridge haunts old Sox mates | Globe: For the Red Sox, a fast-paced loss | ESPN Boston: Overly aggressive baserunning costs Sox | CSNNE: Brighter future with Sox: Lester or Buchholz? | Morales good, though not good enough, against Indians | Base-running gaffes hurt Sox

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