Iglesias sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket


Iglesias sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket

BOSTON The Red Sox made a flurry of roster moves before Wednesdays loss to the As. They added another on Thursdays off-day, sending shortstop Jose Iglesias back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The move clears space on the 25-man roster for right-hander Aaron Cook who is scheduled to start Saturday against the Os. However, the Sox will still need to clear room on the 40-man roster for Cook. A possibility is to move left fielder Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Iglesias had been called up Tuesday, arriving in the Fenway Park clubhouse at about 4:30 p.m.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was called up Wednesday, would have gotten the call on Tuesday instead of Iglesias. But after fouling a ball off his leg in consecutive games and tweaking his thumb in an at-bat, he got a day off on Monday, and the organization wanted him to play for Pawtucket Tuesday, proving he was healthy enough for the call-up.

Iglesias did not play either Tuesday or Wednesday. The defensive whiz has appeared in 22 games for the first-place (16-11) PawSox this season, batting .200 (17-for-85), with a double, five RBI, 10 runs scored, eight walks, 16 strikeouts, and four stolen bases.

Iglesias, the native of Cuba who turned 22 in January, signed with the Sox as an international free agent in September 2009. He made his big league debut last season, appearing in 10 games, going 2-for-6 with three runs scored. He played 18 23 innings at short over eight games, one start, handling his five chances without an error.

Middlebrooks made his major league debut Wednesday, starting at third base in place of Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a low back strain. Batting eighth, Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and a stolen base.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.


Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.