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Red Sox demote Middlebrooks to minors

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The Boston Red Sox sent Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A and decided to go with Jose Iglesias at their everyday third baseman, manager John Farrell said Tuesay.

Middlebrooks and Iglesias had rotated at third in the past month, but Middlebrooks is struggling at the plate. In 53 games this season, the 24-year-old is hitting .192 with nine home runs and 25 RBI. Three of the homers came against Toronto on April 7.

"Will will be getting regular at-bats," Farrell said of the move to Triple-A. "For him to get back on track, he needs everyday at-bats."

After an impresssive start to his major league career in 2012 when he batted .331 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in his first 40 games, Middlebrooks has gone downhill. Since June 24 of last year, his batting average is .210.

"His skills haven't gone backward," Farrell said, according to ESPN.com. "He's still a very talented player. He needs consistent work that will allow him to replicate his swing. This isn't uncommon for a young player, to take a step back now for the bigger picture."

Iglesias has reached base in all 26 games in which he has had an official at-bat. The converted shortstop is hitting .420 in the big leagues since he was called up.

In other moves, the Red Sox purchased the contract of infielder Brandon Snyder from Pawtucket and placed catcher David Ross on the 60-day disabled list.
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