Will Middlebrooks

Will Middlebrooks optioned to minors by Padres

Rob Bradford
July 22, 2015 - 9:25 am

HOUSTON -- A change of scenery hasn't done the job for Will Middlebrooks. The former Red Sox third baseman, who was dealt to San Diego last offseason in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan, has been optioned to Triple-A by the Padres. The 26-year-old Middlebrooks was hitting .212 with a .602 OPS and nine homers in 83 games with the Padres, striking out 60 times while drawing just 11 walks. In his first 75 big leagues games with the Red Sox in 2012, Middlebrooks hit .288 with 15 homers and an .835 OPS. He totaled a .191 batting average with a .522 OPS in 63 games with the Sox last season, also playing in 29 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. The Padres had integrated Middlebrooks at shortstop, playing him there in eight games (including his last three appearances). Yangervis Solarte has earned the starting job at third for the Padres, who have the sixth-worst OPS at the position (.679) in the majors.