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Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks needs to improve

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said 3B Will Middlebrooks (back), who's currently on a rehab assignment, will need to improve his swing to rejoin the team. Middlebrooks is eligible to return from the disabled list Sunday, June 9, but he might not return just yet. He had a slash line of only .201/.234/.408 when he went on the DL, with 20 extra-base hits in 174 at-bats and 54 strikeouts and only seven walks.

Fantasy Tip: Jose Iglesias has shifted to third base and has performed well at the major league level, making Middlebrooks an afterthought. Middlebrooks has been injury-prone and very inconsistent after he surprised with a high batting average last year. That's unlikely to happen again, and with a non-guaranteed spot now, he's only taking up space in shallow mixed leagues right now.

2013-06-05 12:31:44 | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

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