Red Sox recall Will Middlebrooks

Ed Zurga

Middlebrooks will serve as the team's primary third baseman.

The Boston Red Sox recalled Will Middlebrooks from Triple-A, placing Brandon Snyder on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Saturday.

Middlebrooks opened the season as the Red Sox starting third baseman, but struggled offensively, hitting .192/.228/.398 in 216 plate appearances. Jose Iglesias replaced Middlebrooks as the everyday third baseman, and Boston optioned Middlebrooks to Triple-A.

The Red Sox traded Iglesias to the Tigers in the deal that netted them Jake Peavy, creating an opening at third. The team tried a platoon with Brock Holt and Snyder, but the duo disappointed.

Boston manager John Farrell discussed the decision to bring Middlebrooks back with Maureen Mullen of CSN New England, telling the reporter:

"We feel like we have the potential to add a power bat to the lineup He's put himself in a better position to hit over the last 7-10 days, getting a little bit more squared up with his stance in the box."

Middlebrooks looked better in Triple-A, but did not dominate, batting .268/.327/.464 in 196 plate appearances.

Snyder, hitting .209/.227/.419, is battling a right elbow injury. The Red Sox made the move retroactive to Aug. 8.

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