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Red Sox Option Jose Iglesias To Triple-A

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Jose Iglesias (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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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.

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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.

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