PawSox' Iglesias benched for disciplinary reasons

PawSox' Iglesias benched for disciplinary reasons
May 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Shortstop Jose Iglesias has been out of the Pawtucket Red Sox lineup for the last three days for disciplinary reasons after manager Gary DiSarcina pulled the infielder from a game Saturday after he twice failed to run out ground balls.
The Red Sox have had some concern with Iglesias in the past over his attitude and effort following demotions from the parent club.
When Iglesias was optioned back to Pawtucket last month following the activated of starting shortstop Stephen Drew, the Red Sox were braced from some fallout and disappointment.
Iglesias actually responded well initially, which one baseball source attributed to the presence of David Ortiz. Ortiz has served as a mentor to Iglesias and the source believes that Iglesias chose not to pout while Ortiz was with the club.
More recently, however, Iglesias has expressed his frustration over being blocked by Drew's presence and it has affected his play and effort level at times.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was asked about Iglesias's absence from the lineup and addressed it in general terms.
"In the reports from the Triple A staff," said Farrell, "they thought it was best that he needed a couple of days to regroup, and kind of get back to what's allowed him to be a very good player, experience success. He's dealing with some things."