Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 2 days ago

Middlebrooks will start at shortstop and bat seventh Saturday against the Dodgers, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

It marks not only Middlebrooks' first start at shortstop in the majors, but his first start at short as a professional. The Padres have gotten next to nothing from the likes of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes, offensively, so Middlebrooks could continue to see time up the middle if he can play even marginally serviceable defense.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 1 week ago

Middlebrooks is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals.

Middlebrooks started the first two games of the series, but will sit in favor of Cory Spangenberg at the hot corner Sunday afternoon. The move will allow manager Bud Black to get his regular third baseman a day of rest, as well as get Jedd Gyorko in the lineup at second base. Middlebrooks had been on a four-game hit streak prior to a 0-for-4 showing Saturday night.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 2 weeks ago

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for a third straight game, with Yangervis Solarte getting another start at the hot corner. Middlebrooks hasn't recorded a hit since Apr. 27, and he owns a .191/.230/.340 slash line for the season. His time as the Padres' regular third baseman may be numbered, though it's still quite possible he'll get another shot.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 3 weeks ago

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup again Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Middlebrooks will receive a second straight day off Thursday, with Yangervis Solarte starting in his place. His slow start to the season overall could lead to more days off in the future, but there's been no indication of a permanent shift at this point.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 3 weeks ago

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup Wednesday, Padres' radio announcer Bob Scanlan reports.

This appears to just be a standard day off, as Cory Spangenberg gets the start at the hot corner. Middlebrooks may start seeing more unpredictable playing time with his batting average sitting below the Mendoza Line.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 3 weeks ago

Middlebrooks will be out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Despite his porous .245 on-base percentage on the season, Middlebrooks has more or less maintained a full-time role at third base for the Padres this season. Fortunately, Middlebrooks' struggles have been overshadowed by those of Jedd Gyorko, who has lost more at-bats to hot-hitting super-utility man Yangervis Solarte. The Padres seem inclined to let Middlebrooks work through his slump, but considering that he had just a .284 career OBP coming into the season, his chances of emerging as anything more than a low-end fantasy option at third base appear remote.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 4 weeks ago

Middlebrooks has appeared in all 23 of San Diego's games thus far, making 20 starts at third base. He has gotten off to a slow start with a .222 batting average and 19 strikeouts, but has driven in 11 runs.

He has bounced around in the order, mostly sticking in the fifth or seventh slot for the Padres. Middlebrooks' has actually struggled more against left-handed pitching (.211 BA) than right handers (.226), although neither figure is particularly impressive. He is only viable in deeper leagues at this point.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 1 month ago

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Middlebrooks will forgo a start at the hot corner for just the third time in 20 games this season, allowing Yangervis Solarte to take over at third base while Jedd Gyorko returns to the keystone. Chalk this up as a routine maintenance day for the veteran.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 1 month ago

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup Thursday, Padres' radio announcer Bob Scanlan reports.

Yangervis Solarte will get the start at third base Thursday as Middlebrooks gets an off day against righty Jordan Lyles. It has been a pretty impressive start to the season for Middlebrooks, particularly in the power department. He is slugging .484 with three homers and he also has two steals, which is the most surprising part of his stat line. His previous season high for steals is four in 286 plate appearances in 2012, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to be active on the bases.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 1 month ago

Middlebrooks is out of the lineup Friday.

He will get his first day off of the season, and make way for Cory Spangenberg to get the start at the hot corner. Middlebrooks is 3-for-18 (.167) with a home run and two RBI so far this season. One cause for concern, however, is that he already has seven strikeouts through four games.