by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3:49 pm ET) Recent reports indicated that Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias was working at third base at Triple-A Pawtucket, and now he will likely need to put that skill to use. Iglesias was recalled Friday to take third baseman Will Middlebrooks' place on the active roster.
Middlebrooks was placed on the disabled list due to back spasm. Iglesias is expected to play third base Friday against the Indians, according to The Boston Globe.
Jose Iglesias playing third for first time
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias is starting at third base for the first time in his professional career Tuesday.
Iglesias has been taking practice around the diamond, and will get a chance to show whether he can handle the position in a game. Iglesias has hit well in a small sample of games in the majors this season. Through 20 at-bats, he has hit .450/.476/.550.
The Red Sox apparently want him to be prepared to play multiple different positions as he may be needed in a utility role at some point.
"He's a shortstop," Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina said. "He's going to be a major-league shortstop. But the goal is just to give him a tool -- not just for himself, but for the organization."
Pawtucket skipper explains Jose Iglesias benching
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Triple-A Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina explained Tuesday exactly why he benched infielder Jose Iglesias in the middle of an inning May 4 against the Durham Bulls, the Boston Globe reports.
Iglesias, who subsequently was left out of the lineup for three games, was thought to be sat due to a "manager's decision." DiSarcina said Tuesday it was so Iglesias could get his head together and refocus on the areas the Red Sox wanted him to emphasize when they sent him down.
"Manager's decision is just that. It wasn't just one thing. We can sit here and talk about multiple things that were going on, but basically it came down to whatever John Farrell told him that he needed to do down here, he's not doing," DiSarcina explained. "I don't want to get all into that or expand on it, but I believe if somebody wants to know what's going on, they'll come down and they'll ask.
"They won't just make assumptions that he's a discipline problem. He's never been a discipline problem. He's on time. He does his work. He's a good teammate, all those things. But there's some things that need to be addressed."
Manager John Farrell said Wednesday that "players' personal goals sometimes don't align with team's goals."
Farrell said Iglesias handled the initial demotion as a professional, but "I think as time has gone on, he’s kind of feeling like he should be in a big-league uniform. Yet, that time isn’t now."
Boston would love Iglesias to make the most of his time in the minors and Farrell implores him to utilize the opportunity he has.
"You can say to a player, 'Hey man, it’s a raw deal. You’re getting a raw deal. You went up there, you did what you’re supposed to do and you exceeded expectations. But reality is reality. You’re here now. And we’re going to work to get you out of here. We’re here for you — the hitting coach, the pitching coach, myself, the trainer — we’re here to get you out of here. Use us.'"
Iglesias returned to the starting lineup for Pawtucket Wednesday.
The issue stems from Iglesias failing to run out ground balls during Saturday's game. Iglesias has expressed frustration over Stephen Drew taking his place as the major-league club's shortstop.
It's unclear when Iglesias will be back in the lineup.
Red Sox mum on Jose Iglesias situation
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Red Sox minor-league infielder Jose Iglesias, who has been out of the lineup the last few days but is not injured and was pulled from Saturday's contest, is not even taking batting practice, the Boston Herald reports Tuesday.
Boston has been vague in discussing the reasons for Iglesias missing time, though he's not injured. Triple-A Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina declined to elaborate on Iglesias' issue, though manger John Farrell did have something to contribute.
"In the reports from the Triple-A staff, they felt it was best he needed a couple days to regroup, kind of get back to what has allowed him to be a very good player," Farrell said. "He's experienced success. He's dealing with some things."
Pawtucket manager benches Jose Iglesias
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Red Sox minor league infielder Jose Iglesias was out of the starting lineup at Triple-A Pawtucket for the second-straight game after being pulled by his manager Saturday, WEEI.com reports Monday.
Iglesias, who hit .450 over six games for the Red Sox this season, is batting .235 over 68 at-bats for Pawtucket with three homers and 10 RBI.
Jose Iglesias determined to return better
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Despite supplying a .450 batting average and steady defense, shortstop Jose Iglesias could not avoid a demotion to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week after the Red Sox activated Stephen Drew from the disabled list. But the 23-year-old refused to sulk after the move and remained committed on improving.
"I'm going to take extra (batting practice). I’m going to work my (butt) off every single day," Iglesias told the Boston Herald on Thursday. "You do what you need to do and just try to get better. I’ll put myself in the best positions possible the next time I get a chance to play in the big leagues so I will be better than the first time."
Boston ships Jose Iglesias to minors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday to clear a roster spot for shortstop Stephen Drew, who was activated off the 7-day disabled list, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Iglesias hit .450 (9 for 20) with one RBI and two doubles in six games for Boston.
Jose Iglesias' time as starter nearing end
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias has gotten off to a stellar start in place of the injured Stephen Drew (concussion), batting .529 (9 for 17) through five games. However, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said during a radio interview Monday Drew will be the team's starter once he's active.
"It would be a track record of productivity," Lucchino told WEEI. "I don’t think our fans have gotten to know Stephen Drew yet. I think when they see him play and he produces, they’ll understand the dilemma Jose Iglesias has caused us. Let’s be excited about Iglesias, celebrate what he’s done so far and recognize that he has a great future with us. And I hope it’s this year at the major-league level for the entire season."
Jose Iglesias continues to rake for Red Sox
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias had a successful return to the order Sunday in Toronto after missing Saturday's game with a right-arm contusion. Iglesias had two hits against the Blue Jays.
The shortstop, who hit ninth in the order, was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. He's off to a hot start with a .529 batting average. Iglesias might make it tough for Boston to sit him when Stephen Drew comes off the disabled list.
Jose Iglesias back in lineup for Red Sox
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias returned to the starting lineup Sunday against Toronto after missing Saturday's contest with a right arm contusion. Iglesias had been injured Friday in the opener against the Blue Jays.
The 23-year-old played catch Saturday and appeared to be OK. The fact he's in the lineup Sunday echoes that sentiment. Entering Sunday's game, Iglesias has been on fire with a .583 batting average to start the year over 12 at-bats.
Jose Iglesias not in lineup for Red Sox
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesiasdid not start on Saturday against Toronto after being forced out of Friday's contest with a right arm contusion, the Boston Globe reports.
Iglesias was out on the field playing catch, however, and appears to be OK. The 23-year-old has started the season on fire with a .583 batting average over 12 at-bats. He is available to pinch-hit Saturday and should get back in the starting lineup perhaps by Sunday.
Jose Iglesias exits game with right arm injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias was forced out of Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a right arm contusion. Iglesias was hit by a pitch on the elbow in the second inning. He was replaced by Pedro Ciraico.
Beware the Jose Iglesias trap
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/2/2013) There is little doubt that Jose Iglesias is the future at shortstop for the Red Sox: he has a great glove and his bat has improved significantly in the last year (.269 and 10 doubles at Pawtucket in 2012; .294 and five doubles in 25 spring games). But Stephen Drew is the present for Boston, and will take back the starting job when he returns from consussion-related symptoms.
Drew is on a one-year contract, which essentially telegraphs the club's intentions for 2014 -- all Iglesias, all the time. For now, though, Iglesias will serve as the early-season stopgap until Drew returns (which could be as soon as next week, depending on his progression), then head to the minors to get everyday at-bats, with Pedro Ciriaco working as the backup infielder.
Iglesias may seem like an attractive middle infield option, but he's a play for a desperate team, with a track record of having a low batting average and the near-certainty of a demotion by mid-April. In short, proceed with caution, and don't expect anything long-term.
Jose Iglesias nets three hits in opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias drew his first opening day start Monday at N.Y. Yankees in place of the injured Stephen Drew, who is on the seven-day disabled list. Iglesias didn't let the opportunity go to waste.
Iglesias kicked off the scoring with an RBI single off CC Sabathia in the second inning, sparking Boston to an 8-2 win. Iglesias added two more hits and finished 3 for 5 with one run and one strikeout. However, he stranded a team-high six runners.
Jose Iglesias gets nod at shortstop
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was placed on the 7-day DL Thursday because of a concussion, meaning Jose Iglesias will begin the season at shortstop for Boston. Iglesias entered play Thursday batting .283 (17 for 60) in 22 spring games. He also has a homer, a triple, five doubles and seven RBI.
Jose Iglesias changes offensive approach
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell has no worries shortstop prospect Jose Igelsias, who has a chance to be the opening day starter with Stephen Drew (concussion) hurt, can be an impact defender. That part of his game hasn't been questioned.
"We're confident he can be a major-league defender right now," Farrell said to MLB.com. "He's got very good hands. He's got a good internal clock. He's got quite bit of range."
It's Iglesias' offensive game that could use some work. Iglesias has just a .135 average in 35 major-league games and is batting just .217 in 23 spring games. However, he's revamped his offensive approach this spring and Farrell said Iglesias is headed in the right direction.
"He's looked confident since games began," Farrell said. "In the box, he has been a confident hitter. I think he's started to figure some things out and what's best for him. Not only the type of swing to take, the aggressiveness to it. The fact that he's a little more upright in his setup in the box has allowed him to see the ball a little more readily, and it's translated to much more consistent hard contact."
Jose Iglesias looks like opening day starter
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) With Stephen Drew possibly not ready for opening day, the Red Sox must turn to another player to man shortstop when the lights come on. That person is likely to be Jose Iglesias, reports WEEI.com.
It is not believed that, despite having a solid spring, Brock Holt would be considered as a possibility at this time. The Red Sox value Iglesias' defense over whatever offensive skills Holt possesses.
Iglesias has hit .237 this spring with a home run, triple, four doubles and five RBI over 38 at-bats. He's a career .135 hitter in the majors over 74 at-bats.
Boston backing Iglesias
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/21/2013) Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias is expected to head to Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the season because the team made the choice to sign Stephen Drew to play shortstop since Iglesias' offensive skills were lacking. "Well, there was some uncertainty to the offensive production with Jose. That's not to say that in time he doesn't become a solid major league offensive performer," manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com. Although, he's destined for the minors again, Farrell said Iglesias has shown improvement at the plate. "He's a little more narrow in his base; he's a little bit more upright," Farrell said. "It's allowed him to see the ball better, and I really think free up his swing. He got deep in his crouch over time, and I think it kind of caused him to work against his body a little bit, but the fact that he's upright in that stance, he feels like he's able to hit the ball with a little bit more authority to wherever it's pitched in the zone. We're looking forward to seeing that play out here. He's doing the necessary things to bring along the offensive side and see how that continues to develop."
Iglesias on 'major league radar'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/5/2013) MLB.com reports the 2013 season is an important year for Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias. With Stephen Drew the starting shortstop at the major-league level and Xander Bogaerts quickly ascending through the minors, Iglesias needs to show his bat can keep up with his outstanding glove. "With Iglesias, we saw progress, but certainly as a young player at the upper levels, we need to continue to see that development," Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett said. "Obviously he's on the major league radar, so wherever he ends up to start the year or during the year, there's still development to be had at whatever level that's taking place."
Iglesias out of running at SS
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/17/2012) Prospect Jose Iglesias, who looked like the favorite for the Red Sox's starting shortstop job at the start of the offseason, is presumably out of the running with the team's signing of Stephen Drew Monday.