BOSTON -- Will Middlebrooks was given the night off on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. It was a move that allows Adrian Gonzalez to get back to first base for at least a game, and it also was a timing move on the part of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
"He's been playing every day since he came back from that little injury I think it's a nice time to do it," said Valentine before Friday's game. "Get two days off in a row and come back fresh. He'll be there tomorrow. He'll be playing tomorrow."
As to where Middlebrooks will play, right now, it doesn't seem likely that it will be anywhere but third base.
"I keep asking myself if there's another position, and I keep hearing no," said Valentine. "So, other than DH, I'm not sure what that would be. We have experimented with some things though, so, I wouldn't say that it's out of the realm of possibility. But it hasn't been discussed in a light that has inspired me."
And while a move isn't out of the realm of possibility, Valentine did say that he hasn't talked to Middlebrooks about moving him to another position.
"I'm trying not to confuse the matter," he said. "If I thought that there was a situation that I'd like to see, then I think that conversation would go. Right now, I'm trying to make sure that a young player's concentrating on what he should be concentrating on. And he's dong a pretty good job at that."
Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to stay on a roll, as will the Red Sox, as they continue their three-game series tonight (9:20) against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
Wright (8-4, American League-leading 2.01 ERA) faces Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.94), in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list.
The Red Sox rallied to win the series opener 8-7 with a four-run ninth inning.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Steven Wright RHP
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
A.J. Griffin RHP
With the Red Sox bullpen taxed in recent days by pitching 18 1/3 innings the past four games, including a short outing Friday night by starter David Price, right-hander William Cuevas was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and infielder Deven Marrero was sent down.
Cuevas, 25, made one relief appearance for Boston (allowing two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut April 21) and had been starting at Pawtucket (4-3, 3.30 ERA in 12 starts). He pitched 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. He'll be available out of the bullpen tonight as the Red Sox continue their three-game series in Texas.
Marrero, 25, appeared in four games and went 1-for-7 in his latest stint in Boston.
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran, so Marc Bertand and Tim Britton look at some roster options.