Jose Iglesias has been recalled from AAA Pawtucket while Junichi Tazawa has been optioned to Pawtucket. This move is likely in response to Kevin Youkilis missing his 3rd straight game due to an injury.

Currently Kevin Youkilis is hitting .219/.292/.344 with two home runs and two doubles. His health has been a concern all year long as Youkilis hasn’t looked like himself this year. The Red Sox will likely evaluate Youkilis soon and if needed, he’ll be placed on the DL.

A big question right now is why isn’t Will Middlebrooks getting the call in this situation. According to WEEI, Middlebrooks tweaked his thumb over the weekend and he was out of the lineup on Monday due to the injury. He’ll likely be in PawSox lineup tonight , and should Youk go to the DL, he’ll likely get the call. In 23 games this year, Middlebrooks has hit .348/.396/.708 with 9 home runs, 3 doubles, and a triple.

So it’s very likely that this move is only temporary, and that Middlebrooks will be on the major league roster soon should Youkilis be placed on the DL.

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