The Red Sox lineup has almost become unbearable to watch in the last week or so, but the club is hoping to get some reinforcements in the next week or so.
Friday night the fans of the Pawtucket Red Sox will get to see Will Middlebrooks begin his latest rehab assignment, a sight the people of Pawtucket are getting accustomed to seeing. Heck, Pawtucket will be the location where a small percentage of the 2013 World Champion Red Sox team tries to get back on track for 2014.
Clay Buchholz will be making a five-inning rehab start for the Paw Sox and southpaw Felix Doubront will take the mound on Sunday. Doubront won’t only have Middlebrooks behind him in the field, but also Shane Victorino will be joining the party at some point over the weekend.
Boston definitely needs Victorino back in the outfield discussion. It is well documented how poorly that group has been playing and even if Shane isn’t as good as he was last year, he will offer an upgrade at whichever position he takes over. Once Middlebrooks is back, it will be interesting to see what John Farrell does with the left side of his infield.
Xander Bogaerts has to play every day, and Stephen Drew is still getting his rhythm down at the plate. What we may see if Bogaerts starting at shortstop against righties with Will the Thrill at third, while Xander will slide to third against righties with Drew taking over at shortstop.
Either way there will be more depth for a club that needs to find the right balance. In addition, Middlebrooks could be an interesting trade piece to pair with a starting-pitching prospect for a big-name bat, but that conjecture is well-ahead of its time.