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Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks slumping

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks is in a 2-for-31 slump and is sitting the bench Thursday, April 18. OF Jackie Bradley is also on the bench for the third straight game. Bradley is expected to return to the minors when DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') returns from the disabled list, possibly Friday, April 19.

Fantasy Tip: Middlebrooks is prone to stretches like this because of his lack of consistent contact. He also doesn't have the best hitting eye at the dish. It wouldn't be a bad idea to bench him until he gets going again.

Bradley can be dropped in all formats other than very deep AL-only leagues if you have the room to stash him. He's looked overmatched in the early going despite impressing everyone in spring training. Bradley is the future of the BoSox's outfield, but he may not be back up until later this season, unless there is an injury.

2013-04-18 12:11:13 | Source: Boston Herald - Scott Lauber

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