Back in December the Padres made a boatload of moves. One of them — one of the smaller ones — was sending Ryan Hanigan (who they only had for two days) to Boston for Will Middlebrooks. The idea was that he’d play first or third and add some offense to a weak infield.
Well, that didn’t work. Just now the Padres optioned Middlebrooks to Triple-A El Paso.
Middlebrooks played mostly at third, but then played some shortstop as Yangervis Solarte took over as the everyday third baseman. But that offensive part hasn’t come to fruition, as he has hit a mere .212/.241/.361.
Abraham Almonte has taken his spot on the roster.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.
Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.