While the Red Sox can breathe a sigh of relief that the scare Will Middlebrooks had with his right hand Wednesday night is not as bad as initially feared, it does underscore the team’s lack of depth at third base.
“When you get into the depth behind Will, we’re looking at more utility-type guys rather than someone who would profile at that position long term,” said manager John Farrell. “So we’re confident with the people in camp. There’s no addition or change that is being contemplated or imminent to add to that.”
When Middlebrooks left Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in the middle of his first at-bat, Pedro Ciriaco took over for him, later moving to shortstop with Ryan Dent replacing Ciriaco at third. In Thursday’s game against the Pirates, Drew Sutton started at third, later replaced by Dent.
Sutton, a non-roster invitee, has appeared in 22 major league games, including 14 starts, at third base. Ciriaco, who is on the 40-man roster and is out of options, has appeared in 37 games, making 35 starts, at third, most of that in relief when Middlebrooks’ season ended on Aug. 10 when he suffered a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch. Dent has appeared in 14 minor league games at third. A first-round pick in 2007, he was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket for the first time last season.
The Sox would now like to add Brock Holt to the third base depth mix. Holt, who was acquired in the December trade with the Pirates that also brought closer Joel Hanrahan, made his big league debut last season, making 14 starts at second base. Holt has never played third base, though. Since being selected in the ninth round in 2009, he has played strictly second and shortstop. He began taking ground balls at third on Wednesday.
Red Sox hope newly acquired Brock Holt can add depth at third
CSN New England | Mar 1