Did Sox wait too long to call up Middlebrooks?

Did Sox wait too long to call up Middlebrooks?
August 21, 2013, 10:45 pm
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On "Uno's Sports Tonight," Kirk Minihane of WEEI and Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly discuss the Red Sox series win over the Giants, John Farrell's questionable decision-making, Will Middlebrooks and Xander Boegaerts.

They agreed the Sox's victory on Wednesday in San Francisco was the kind of bounce-back win they've been getting all season.

"They responsed the way a good baseball team should respond," Perillo said.

"Last night was one of the worst losses of the year," Minihane said of the 3-2 defeat after Brayan Villareal's walk-off walk. "Even going back to Sunday night [against the Yankees], that's two bad losses that they've bounced back from."

As for manager John Farrell not using closer Koji Uehara with the score tied on Tuesday but bringing him in to mop up in a 12-1 game Wednesday, that move had the panel scratching its heads.

"I don't have an answer for that one," Perillo said, and relying on his Patriots background, added: "It's almost like Farrell is saying, 'Don't second-guess me.' It's Belichick-like."

The panel was asked, was sending Will Middlebrooks to the minors the right move?

"Yeah because he's hitting," Minihane said. "He's showing a little more patience at the plate."

While Perillo thought Middlebrooks may have been kept at Pawtucket for too long.

"I'd criticize a little bit the delay [in bringing him back up]. Look, for whatever reason, Will Middlebrooks didn't come to play this season and they made their point. If they had done it sooner they would have maybe had two more weeks of of good hitting instead of Brock Holt."

Finally, the two agreed that the time is now for top prospect Xander Bogaerts to be here.