The Red Sox optioned shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket while activating Stephen Drew from the seven-day disabled list on Wednesday. Drew, who was signed this past winter to be the starting shortstop in Boston, was injured early in spring training when a pitch to the helmet left him concussed.
After years of having the reputation of “all glove, no bat”, the 23-year old Iglesias surprised his doubters after being the chance to fill in for Drew at short to start the season. The man that Sox fans have affectionately come to know as “Iggy” hit .450/.476/.550 in six games, taking just 21 plate appearances to outdo his hit total from 68 plate appearances in 2012.
Iglesias’ speed and bunting ability at the plate and amazing glove in the field proved to be a valuable tool for the Sox lineup, and it won’t come as too much of a surprise if he’s called up again at some point soon. Sox fans just have to hope the demotion doesn’t take a hit on the young kid.
Despite Iglesias’ impressive start, the Sox are somewhat obligated to give Drew, 30, a shot to prove he can be the player he was earlier in his career, especially given the one-year, $9.5 million contract they handed him this offseason. However, Iggy’s hot start may have shortened the leash for Drew – if he struggles to produce, he may find himself out of a job.