Red Sox minor lines: Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino show no signs of rust

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Shane Victorino and Will MIddlebrooks seem ready to return already.

The rain shut down Xander Bogaerts and co. in Portland, as well as Mookie Betts and...uh...Mookie Betts in Greenville, leaving just two games on the docket.

Pawtucket L 5-10

Box Score

Shane Victorino: 2-4, HR, K
Will Middlebrooks: 1-4, HR, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-3, BB
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-4, 2 K
Brock Holt: 2-3, BB

Allen Webster: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

It's not been a good week or so for Boston's top pitching prospects throughout the minors. But let's move past that and focus on how completely ready we are to see these injured guys return given how they're looking in their rehab performances. Particularly because, at least for Will Middlebrooks, it means no more Pedro Ciriaco! Woo!

Salem L 4-5

Box Score

Henry Ramos: 3-4, HR, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, 2B
Keury De La Cruz: 2-4, 2B
Brandon Jacobs: 1-3, HR, 2 K
Blake Swihart: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
David Renfroe: 0-2, 2 BB, K

Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

So, we've all enjoyed Garin Cecchini going nuts, and the quiet rise of Blake Swihart has been an added plus. But the other names mentioned here in the lineup on a daily basis just haven't gotten the job done. Over the last week, however, we've started to see some life. Of Henry Ramos, Keury De La Cruz, and Brandon Jacobs, there's every likelihood that any given one of them will fail. But if the Sox can get even one of them to come back from nowhere to contribute, that's essentially value from nowhere for them.

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