Jose Iglesias Taking Grounders at Third Base, Second Base at Pawtucket to Provide Red Sox Some Roster Flexibility


Boston Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias fields a ground ball hit by Baltimore Orioles batter Jason Pridie in the seventh inning of a Grapefruit League spring training game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.Jose Iglesias usually plays shortstop, but it appears that he’s getting some work in at some  positions around the diamond.

The Pawtucket infielder has been taking grounders at third base and second base before games, according to the Providence Journal, to provide the big-league Red Sox some increased roster flexibility.

“They said I’m moving around, just to get an idea,” Iglesias said. “They haven’t told me anything else.”

With Stephen Drew holding down the fort at shortstop in the big leagues, the Red Sox sent Iglesias back down to the minors earlier this year to get some more seasoning. In the meantime, Pedro Ciriaco has been the backup infielder for the major league club. Should anything happen to Ciriaco, however, the Sox roster is a bit thin at second and third — a problem Iglesias could help solve.

“He’s a shortstop,” PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina said. “He’s going to be a major-league shortstop. But the goal is just to give him a tool — not just for himself, but for the organization.”

Iglesias, known more for his defensive wizardry than his offense, is batting .204 for Pawtucket this season with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

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