Since returning to his
Triple-A Pawtucket rehab on July 18, Will Middlebrooks had six hits in seven games, including home runs in each of his last two games heading into last night. However, the Red Sox do not sound as if a call-up is imminent, certainly not before the July 31 trading deadline.
“We’ve outlined some things directly to him on timing and what we’re hoping to accomplish while he’s in Pawtucket and he’s doing that,” said Farrell, adding that Middlebrooks still has a bright future with the Red Sox.
“By playing third base, hitting to the capabilities that he’s shown in the past,’’ said Farrell. “Not just in Will’s case, but I think with any position player, you produce offensively, you’re going to find a way to make room and get yourself in the lineup and unfortunately the last year and a half, the injury bug has hit him pretty consistently and it’s totally out of his control. But he’s also proven in his first year that this is a right-handed bat that has well above average power, which is what we’re looking for.”
Farrell said the reports from Pawtucket are that Middlebrooks’ timing is “gaining consistency. He’s responding to everything physically as we would hope and he’s doing a good job.”