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Report: Will Middlebrooks suffers broken wrist on hit-by-pitch

Aug 11, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

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Clay Buchholz tossed a two-hitter tonight as part of a 3-2 win over the Indians, but the Red Sox were dealt another tough blow on the injury front in the process.

Will Middlebrooks left the game in the top of the ninth inning after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch. The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement on his status, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe was told by a source that Middlebrooks was diagnosed with a broken wrist. If true, his rookie season will almost certainly be over.

Middlebrooks, 23, is batting .281/.325/.509 with 15 home runs, 54 RBI and an .835 OPS in 75 games played this season. His emergence caused the Red Sox to deal Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox for peanuts in late June. Danny Valencia, who was acquired from the Twins last Sunday, is expected to be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and figures to get most of the playing time at third base moving forward.

  1. panktics - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    This won’t be that bad for Boston, middlebrooks is not that valuable to the red sox, who are pretty much out of contention.

    • teaspoon1731 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      Unless that comment is dripping with sarcasm, you’re an idiot.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:41 AM

        actually you are the idiot, seriously no joke,

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      Will Middlebrooks is immensely important to the Red Sox. Sure him missing a month and a half right now isnt huge, but if this wrist injury saps his power going into next year this could be a HUGE issue. Thinking about this in terms of this year is nearsighted and foolish, wrist injuries can do hell with power hitters

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      I think you’re lying.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Crap! Response meant for DirtyHarry.

    • sjbryce - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      How is middlebrooks not that valuable? I’m not a sox fan but he’s been solid for them this year. He doesn’t get the pub like trout or Harper, but he’s quietly put together a solid season

  2. spudatx - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I guess that trade for Danny Valencia isn’t looking so frivolous anymore. Sad to see Middlebrooks end a terrific rookie season this way. He has a future in this league for sure.

    • taxed00 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

      Letting Ciriaco or Aviles play 3rd instead of Valencia would still be the better option, but that makes too much sense for Bobby V to do it.

      • dan1111 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:48 AM

        Which mediocre backup will fill in for an injured player at the tail end of an irrelevant season is not the sort of decision that should be keeping us up at night, however.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      It’s still frivolous because Valencia is still terrible.

      I have to imagine whoever they have manning 3rd in Greenville would be a better option.

  3. hammyofdoom - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Okay, really now, which ever member of the Red Sox organization crossed paths with a black cat underneath a ladder which he then proceeded to bludgeon to death with a mirror, all while on his way to piss on an indian burial ground needs to get fired. Now. This isn’t even sad any more, its more fascinating that all this crap keeps happening.

    • offseasonblues - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Can ownership fire themselves for the way they treated Terry Francona last year? And insulting our intelligence with the “sell out streak”?

      • bigleagues - Aug 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        PUHlease stop with the sellout streak stuff. The reporters who have speculated about its legitimacy know almost nothing about ticket selling and attendance reporting. The streak is intact, for now . . . but likely won’t be for long.

        And even though ownership is a little off the pulse of the fanbase, Francona – by his own admission – lost that clubhouse.

        And alluding to the notion that Bobby Valentine is the problem is also tired.

        Point your fingers squarely at Beckett and Lester – the Sox are 15-27 in games they have started this year. If they had pitched closer to their career averages, they’d be nipping at the Yankees heels, if not leading the East right now.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    this guy will have the same future as every “can’t miss” blue jay prospect. Has anyone seen where the bluejays are in the standings lately?? Hello???

    • Reflex - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:15 AM

      Starting to think dirtyharry was raped by someone in a Blue Jays uniform or something. Serious obsession going on here with that team…

      • madhatternalice - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        dirtyharry and randynyc should form their own blog! how great would that be?

      • surefooted1 - Aug 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        You’d just get a bunch of “reblogged @[blank]” comments from them. Then again, that may be preferable.

    • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Just because you’re a Yankee fan does’t mean you need to hate up on the Blue Jays…damn.

  5. protius - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Panktics:

    While your mind wrestled with the collaboration between informed opinion and coherent discourse, you inadvertently let slip the dogs of bore.

    You would have liked to have explained that since the Red Sox are having a down year, the loss of one of their few remaining productive players, would not have a major impact on their over-all suckage.

    As you struggled to move that insight from keyboard to comment box, you inexplicably brain farted that Middlebrooks’ value to Boston was insignificant.

    Now, the readers are left to ask themselves: Does Panktics believe that Middlebrooks’ is a future Ted Cox, or does he mean that because he’s currently injured, he has become a useless plop of shit?

    • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      A Ted Cox reference??? Damn, that’s old school…he was the prince of Pawtucket back in 1977!

      Scott Cooper would have been a more apt reference, but anytime you can slip someone as obscure as Ted Cox into a comment is cool with me.

  6. bozosforall - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Look at the poor little Red Sox fans cry like did throughout most of the team’s history.

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 11, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    What team has been a bigger dissapointment givin their payroll. Thumbs up Philly. Thumbs down Boston.

  8. trapper17 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    This is just the story for the red sox this year . He is important to this team because of the power he posseses . Should have known that we would never have a full lineup this year , I think it’s time for Crawford to get the surgery if he does it now he should b back by June . His wrist should b ok if it was a ligament I would be worried that it would be a lingering problem , because wrist injuries are tricky

  9. aceshigh11 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    This Red Sox season has just gone from a disappointing, miserable, misanthropic failure to a darkly funny cosmic joke of epic proportions.

    I mean, really…every team endures injuries and hardships, but this season is a goddamned Greek tragedy.

    Henry or Lucchino must’ve sold their “souls” (and I use the term lightly) to Lucifer for this to be happening.

    Never been a huge football fan, but…when does football season start?

    • chill1184 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      In all honesty Red Sox fans dont know what real baseball suffering is if we use these last ten years as a barometer.

      • ptfu - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Oh, trust me: I feel very grateful to have lived through the golden years of Red Sox baseball, and I will always have respect and gratitude for guys like Francona and Epstein, regardless of their shortcomings…

        …but it feels like the bad ol’ days are back, but this team as currently isn’t a group of loveable losers…they’re a group of loathsome losers.

      • bigleagues - Aug 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Beckett & Lester

        Lester and Beckett

        That, my fellow Sox fans, is where the focus of your disappointment and dissatisfaction should be.

        If nothing else, the Red Sox must move one or the other this off-season to appease what will be a blood thirsty fan base . . . in what should be, as some sort of twisted consolation, the most fascinating off-season since 2003.

        The Sox would get far more for Lester given that he is younger and has a more consistent track record than Beckett. Lester still has tremendous long term upside.

        Beckett will be harder to move, has far less long term upside and has the personality of a reality show diva.

        Thumbs Up – Lester Goes

        Thumbs Down – Beckett Goes

  10. chill1184 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Broken wrist? Ouch sucks when that happens especially when it happens to rookie who seems to be rocking

  11. jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Boston fans who were so happy about ARod’s broken hand: what goes around comes around.

  12. millmannj - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Broken wrist? Obviously this is definitely Bobby V’s fault. This never would have happened under Francona’s watch.

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