Ciriaco could become odd infielder out

Pedro Ciriaco could find himself without a job when Will Middlebrooks rejoins the Sox. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

BOSTON -- Will Middlebrooks homered in each of his last two games in Pawtucket while on a rehab assignment, with Friday's game washed out by the same rain that postponed Angels-Red Sox. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday. Farrell said he wanted Middlebrooks to come back with some "momentum," a polite way of saying he'd like to see evidence that Middlebrooks is able to put his early-season slump behind him. The Sox are in a position to wait to see improvement in the third baseman's plate approach because Jose Iglesias has played so well in his absence.

Iglesias crossed another threshold of consequence in Thursday night's 6-3 win over Texas by drawing three walks, his first three-walk game in the big leagues and a possible indicator of improved plate discipline. In his first 66 plate appearances with the Sox this season, Iglesias had drawn one walk.

But with Iglesias posting a slash line of .435/.486/.581/1.066, the Sox are in no rush to send him back to the bench, and the minors would appear out of the question now, leaving Pedro Ciriaco in jeopardy of losing his job. Ciriaco started at third Thursday and saved at least two runs with diving stops, which might have helped pique interest among teams looking for backup infield help. It would appear that when Middlebrooks is activated, Ciriaco will be designated for assignment.