BOSTON (CBS) — The sophomore season for Will Middlebrooks has not gone according to the 24-year-old’s plans thus far, and it took another hit on Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Sox announced that Middlebrooks had been sent down to Triple-A Pawtucke, with Brandon Snyder getting called up to the majors.
Middlebrooks owns a .192 batting average this year with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 53 games. He has 60 strikeouts and just nine walks in 216 plate appearances. Last year, Middlebrooks hit .288 with an .835 OPS in 75 games as one of the lone bright spots of the dismal 2012 season.
The Red Sox have increasingly used Jose Iglesias at third base, and his .426 average helped make the decision to send Middlebrooks down an easy one.
The team also announced that catcher David Ross has been moved to the 60-day disabled list due to a concussion. He was twice placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions already this year.