Will Middlebrooks on Stephen Drew: 'There's not one thing I could say bad about him'

May 23, 2014 - 6:37 am

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks is frustrated with his situation -- sitting on the disabled list with a broken finger after a rough start to the season, and now seeing the Red Sox sign shortstop Stephen Drew and prepare Xander Bogaerts to play Middlebrooks' position -- but he understands the team's decision to make a move and insists he harbors no hard feelings. "Team had to do what it had to do. I understand that. It's about us. It's not about Will," Middlebrooks said. "I'm hurt. They had to fill that spot. That was the best option. [Drew is] a damn good player and an even better teammate. I haven't wanted to talk about it. A lot of people have wanted to talk about it. I really don't have much to say other than, I'm happy to see him here. He's a good teammate. He's a good player. He's going to help us win. "[Drew] being here ... doesn't affect me right now. Me being hurt affects me. I can't worry about [what Drew's addition means for his job] right now," Middlebrooks added. "He's a good teammate and he's a good player, and that's what we need right now. He helped us win a lot of games last year. He's one of the best defensive shortstops there is. And he's a big part of this team. I love him as a teammate. There's not one thing I could say bad about him." To read more about what Middlebrooks had to say about his situation, click here.