The Red Sox called up AAA Pawtucket’s Will Middlebrooks today. According to the Boston Globe, he’s expected to be at Fenway in time for tonight’s game against Oakland.
Here’s what we know about Middlebrooks: the 23-year old third baseman can mash. He’s hitting .333/.380/.667 for the PawSox this year, with nine home runs and 27 RBI. Legions of Red Sox fans have been calling for Middlebrooks to join the big league roster, especially given the team’s lackluster start.
Here’s what we don’t know about Middlebrooks: who is he replacing in Boston? Lars Anderson was sent back down last night, so there’s an open roster spot. Jose Iglesias was just called up yesterday. Will Kevin Youkilis, who has sat out the last few games with a back injury, hit the DL? The Sox do plan to add righty pitcher Aaron Cook to the Boston roster by Friday (he can opt out of his contract otherwise, and he’s done well enough to pick up a uniform with some other team).
What’s clear is that tonight’s game – which until now had been billed as an early-season series against a mediocre team during a cold, rainy streak of weather – suddenly just got a lot more interesting.