Middlebrooks to the OF in Boston, not so fast.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington expressed hesitation during a radio interview Tuesday about the possibility of giving Will Middlebrooks time in the outfield.
"We like him at third and we need to be careful about moving guys around to fill a short-term interest," Cherington said. It's understandable that the Sox are considering the move, as Middlebrooks is raking and wouldn't have a spot once Kevin Youkilis (back) is ready. But, the reality is that he's never played outfield in his pro career, and learning at the major league level would be a lot to ask. The more likely scenario might be Middlebrooks seeing time in the outfield at Triple-A after he's optioned, then possibly being brought back up if he proves to take to the position.