BOSTON (CBS) – Jose Iglesias will start the 2012 season in Triple A.
The Red Sox optioned the shortstop to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, along with first baseman Lars Anderson, general manager Ben Cherington announced.
The 22-year-old Iglesias was 5-for-25 this spring (.200 batting average) with five RBI and a run scored. While some feel Iglesias’ defense is major league ready, his offense could use some more grooming in the minors.
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With the move, it appears the Red Sox will go with veteran utility man Mike Aviles as their opening day shortstop.
The Red Sox also reassigned right-handed pitchers Justin Germano and Doug Mathis and outfielder Josh Kroeger to minor league camp.
With Tuesday’s moves, the team now has 41 players in Big League Camp, including 30 from the 40-man roster, two on the 60-day disabled list and nine non-roster invitees.