Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox: If Dustin Pedroia Is Out, Jose Iglesias Has to Come Through

FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Jose Iglesias #76 of the Boston Red Sox poses during photo day at the Boston Red Sox Spring Training practice facility on February 28, 2010 in Ft. Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIMay 31, 2012

Dustin Pedroia is going to wait until Monday to decide whether or not he'll take a stint on the disabled list.

Red Sox fans will never question the unofficial captain's grit, toughness or dedication to the team. He is willing to fight through injury to play.

In the event that Pedey is forced to sit for a couple of weeks, the Sox will be forced to look at other options to take over at second base.

Nick Punto is not that option. He currently owns a despicable .128 batting average with a .412 OPS to match in his 27 games of service.

The most obvious option would be to bring up Jose Iglesias to play shortstop and slide Mike Aviles over to cover second base. The natural opposition to that would be hesitancy to move Aviles over.

That being said, Aviles has played second base 239 times previously in his career.

He is also one of the most consistent offensive players on the Red Sox right now. Aviles owns a .265/.286/.451/.737 batting line with 32 RBI, eight home runs and 22 extra-base hits, which is second best on the roster. That accounts for 41 percent of his 54 hits.

On this roster, he is tied for third in runs with Dustin Pedroia at 30. He is also third in homeruns behind David Ortiz's 12 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's nine with his eight.

Sliding Aviles over gives the team the opportunity to bring up Iglesias from Triple-A Pawtucket and have him sink or swim. While many fear his bat (or lack thereof), it will probably be better than the alternative, as Punto has racked up 18 strikeouts and only six hits in his 47 at-bats.

Iglesias has brought his average up to .269 with 14 RBI and adding eight stolen bases. He is by no means a power threat, nor will he ever be. On the season he has 45 hits, only five of which were for extra bases. It is worth noting that he has only struck out 21 times, which is three more times than Punto in twice as many games.

The theme lately is that the Red Sox do not need offense, so why not play the defense card? While Aviles is not a liability at short, Iglesias is arguably a better glove.

This doesn't have to be a long-term solution, but it is their best solution for the time being.

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