Will Middlebrooks to be demoted upon Youkilis’ Return
According to CBS Sports Jon Heyman, Kevin Youkilis will receive his third-base job back when he returns from the 15 day disabled list and rookie sensation Will Middlebrooks will be sent back to Pawtucket.
This is incredibly interesting news considering that Will Middlebrooks has been outstanding. He’s hitting .304/.347/.674 with four homers and 13 RBI in 11 games while Kevin Youkilis was hitting .219/.292/.344 with two homers and 9 RBI in 18 games. Clearly, Middlebrooks has been out performing Youkilis and in a pure meritocracy – something you would hope that the Red Sox use – it would now become Middlebrooks job to lose.
Two possible things I can see from the Red Sox side of things. The first thing is that they actually do want to move ahead with the Will Middlebrooks era and want Youkilis to start performing, if only to increase his trade value for teams needing a third-baseman. Secondly, they do not want to sit Middlebrooks on the bench and just let him sit there. They would rather him go back to Pawtucket and continue to play baseball and be fresh and ready next time they need him.
One thing I do know. We are much closer to the real start of the Will Middlebrooks era today than we were at the beginning of the season. I always loved Kevin Youkilis’ heart and passion, but Middlebrooks looks more and more like the real deal every day.