The Red Sox are being coy about the matter, but the facts are that Jose Iglesias is not injured, but hasn't played the past two nights, Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald points out. This comes after he was removed from Saturday's game.
His Triple-A coaches are saying that he needed a couple of days "to regroup," but failed to say whether or not that was due to disciplinary reasons or because of his struggles since returning to the minors. After a hot start in the majors before Stephen Drew returned from injury, Iglesias has struggled in the minors this season, hitting just .235.
He is, however, hitting for more power, and actually has an OPS of .675, above his minor league career numbers. Despite the low batting average, Iglesias has already more than doubled his career minor league home run total, entering the season with two in his career, but hitting three so far this season, and his isolated slugging percentage of .162 is a career high.
Major league manager John Farrell was quoted as saying that Iglesias needs to "get back to what has allowed him to be a very good player and experience success," but this version of Iglesias, with a lower batting average and more power, is actually a more productive offensive player. The Red Sox would (or at least should) definitely take a .235 average if it meant 10-15 home runs per season, especially when coupled with Iglesias' defense, but perhaps they are displeased with his new approach at the plate and are giving him the Willie Mays Hayes treatment.
Regardless of what they're saying, the move indicates that there's something more at play here than on-field struggles. Whether it's his approach at the plate or something off the field, the Red Sox clearly aren't pleased with something Iglesias is doing lately.