As Stephen Drew was silencing, or at least temporarily muting, his critics with a four-hit night on Monday, the man many of those critics wanted at shortstop in his place -- Jose Iglesias -- continued to ride the Pawtucket bench.
Iglesias, according to the Providence Journal, "apparently has done something to displease" manager Gary DiSarcina and hasn't played since being removed from Saturday's game in the top of the fifth inning. According to sources, Iglesias failed to run out two groundballs.
“Manager’s decision,” DiSarcina said when asked after Sunday's game why Iglesias wasn't in the lineup for that day's 2-1 loss to Durham. “Iggy’s fine.”
Nor did he play Monday when the PawSox defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 5-1, in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Iglesias was hitting .450 (9-for-20, though 5 of the 9 hits were either bunts or infield singles) as the Red Sox' shortstop when Drew was activated in the season's second week, prompting Iglesias to be shipped back to Pawtucket. The move provoked an outcry in some circles that, based on that .450 average (and a .294 showing in 68 spring training at-bats), Iglesias should have been allowed to keep the job.
With the PawSox, however, Iglesias has displayed none of the offensive growth his supporters claimed they saw in spring training and the season's first week. In his month at Pawtucket he's been the offensive cipher that he's been throughout his career -- his slash line through 68 at-bats is .235/.278/.397 -- and now he's on the bench.
With Xander Bogaerts lighting things up at Double-A Portland -- .303/.373/.465 in 99 at-bats -- and staking his own claim as the Red Sox shortstop of the future, this is a critical point in Iglesias' Boston career. It doesn't bode well that a) his offensive numbers have showed virtually no improvement over his first two seasons at Pawtucket and b) the manager has decided he shouldn't be playing.