When David Ortiz went down with an Achilles’ tendon injury on July 16, it looked as if the Boston Red Sox would have to go with a DH-by-committee to try to compensate for Big Papi’s absence.
Pedro Ciriaco has quickly changed all of that.
The Legend of Pedro Ciriaco has reached epic heights, and the slender utility man for the Boston Red Sox has proven that he belongs in an MLB lineup. With Mike Aviles battling a turf toe injury and out of the lineup for the past week, Ciriaco has gotten regular reps as the shortstop for the Sox.
Given the positive results for both Ciriaco and the team, the question must be asked: Is he the man for the job even when Aviles returns?
Although both have performed well all season, Ciriaco has emerged as a more viable option to be the everyday shortstop for the rest of 2012. While this is much more a move made because of the quality of Ciriaco’s play rather than the performance of Aviles, the Sox can ill-afford to wait to make a decision and let more games slip through their fingers.
Here are five reasons why the Sox should make Ciriaco the starting shortstop.