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Will Middlebrooks doesn’t need surgery for fractured wrist

Aug 12, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

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Here’s a dose of positive news for the Red Sox.

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that third baseman Will Middlebrooks “should not need to have surgery” on his broken right wrist because doctors diagnosed the fracture as non-displaced.

He’s still probably done for the remainder of the 2012 season, but the wrist should make a full recovery and he has a good chance of being 100 percent healthy heading into spring training next February.

Middleboorks, a 23-year-old rookie, posted a .288/.325/.509 batting line with 15 home runs, 14 doubles and 54 RBI over his first 75 major league games this season. Boston has turned to Pedro Ciriaco at third base in his absence. Danny Valencia should also get looks at the hot corner down the stretch.

  1. jrbdmb - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    This season feels over … 5-ish games out of the wild card, but no indication that the Sox have the talent or desire to climb back into it.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      I think at least the players have desire. Seeing how Crawford, Gonzalez, Pedroia and Ellsbury have played the past week or so shows me that there are plenty of determined players on this team. Not only that, but watching how lester is currently in the process of striking out 11 Indians (scratch that, 12), Buccholz being nearly unhittable lately its not like this entire team has given up the ghost. Its not like 06 where Manny invented phantom injuries to sit out all of September while the team sank, players are still playing well and there are a bunch who are doing better now than when the team was more in contention.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      This has, at least in my opinion, been a waste of a season all around.

      It was evident fairly early on they weren’t going to compete. Instead they convinced themselves they could patch together a run, and instead of trying to play some young guys (for example see how Josh Reddick is doing now that he’s had full time work?) they kept plugging in all these useless spare parts like Marlon Byrd and Darnell McDonald, and I’m sorry but even Daniel Nava (he had a good run early on, but he’s damn near 30 and his OPS+ is down to 105…fine player, be a great 4th outfielder, but we have what….7 of them now?)….

      Who knows how many other Middlebrookses there could have been this season to actually inspire confidence in NEXT year if they had just been given a chance. Instead we get to watch Mike Aviles every day. Yay!

      (And yes, I get it that the problem has been more the pitching then the offense….but imagine how much better the pitching would look when 30% of the offensive lineup for half the season wasn’t completely useless).

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        Josh Reddick was seen generally as a lesser prospect than Ryan Kalish (from what I read)and was seen a guy who would hit homers, strike out a ton and not walk a lot. Of course they had to plug in spare parts their ENTIRE outfield was on the DL at one time or another. What the hell else were they gonna do? Not only that but Mike aviles is having a better offensive season than Marco Scutaro and is Barry Bonds in comparison to Jose Iglesias. If this team were healthy they wouldnt have had to put in scrap players, its not like they could have known that Crawford and Ellsbury would both be out by mid april (and look how Crawford is doing now, good for him).

        The Red sox have, by far, the most hours on the DL in the majors. You say they kept throwing in “useless spare parts”, I ask what other choice did they have?

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        Crap, one last thing. Don’t forget that Crawford was originally supposed to be back in May, so when the Red Sox started off the season they were only going to have one replacement outfielder until perhaps the end of May. They had no way of replacing Ellsbury, Crawford, Sweeney AND Ross when they all went down. No way. They tried, but theres only so much they can do

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        Don’t forget that, even with Crawford and Ellsbury presumed healthy, they STILL went into the season expecting Ryan effing Sweeney to be a full time corner outfielder.

        Whoever made that decision should not only be fired, but be kicked in the nuts.

        And as for expecting injuries….at least in Ellsbury’s case….come on? Really? You don’t plan for that?

        And as for “what choice did they have”….umm….ANYONE other than Marlon Byrd and MacDonald and Sweeney? Literally. ANYONE. Bring up some 19 year old from short season A ball…..THAT is a better option then someone in their late 30s who not only is past their peak but NEVER had a peak to start with.

        That’s my point. You know you have nothing so at the very least, give some rookie a chance instead of some useless piece of crap who couldn’t make the Royals roster in any season.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        And since you bring up Ross….you do realize how much he has actually screwed the team right?

        Because, by having what is basically a career season, he now becomes a certainty to start next year….and you think he is going to have the same season he’s having this year? HELL NO. He is going to revert to the average player he has ALWAYS been, but they are going to count on him to be the player he’s been this year.

        He has actually screwed the team with his abnormally excellent play.

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Actually theres no way that Ross is on the Sox next year. One year deal, he’ll be worth too much money after this year. You make it sound like Ellsbury is injury prone. He isnt. He broke his ribs one when a freight train of a player hit him, thats it, he never had a serious injury before that so he doesnt even have a history of injuries. They did give a rookie a chance, Ryan Kalish. He didnt do well in short time, they sent him back, and the Red Sox really do not have any minor league prospects that could have started in the outfield for them. IF you look at Ryan Sweeney’s stats versus right handers he, historically, should have done fine against rightiest while Ross would have mashed lefties since RF was going to be a platoon situation for the Sox this year.
        The Red Sox have tried Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin (both rookies or close to it mind you), Nava, Podsednik, Byrd, Mcdonald, plus Ellsbury, Crawford, Ross and Sweeney in the outfield. Thats a 9 man line-up plus a bench player, they simply didnt have the means to go out and replace all of that. This team has been screwed by injuries and if this team were healthy they would have done much better. There is no way they could have expected that at some time this year their 4 starting outfielders would be on the DL, 3rd Baseman hurt, traded, than the new one hurt, Pedroia hurting his foot twice, Gonzales having a slow first half, plus Buchholz and lester not kicking it in until August and everything else. They didnt really phone it in, they had nearly EVERYTHING go wrong

      • teaspoon1731 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Also, they didn’t expect Sweeney to be fulltime. They expected him to platoon in right with Ross until Kalish was healthy.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Thanks for that teaspoon, I meant to say that but realized after the Great Wall of Text that I wrote I decided to not add that part in in a separate post. I honestly didnt know I typed that much, I’m pretty sure at least 3-4 Chinese workers are buried in that thing

      • teaspoon1731 - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        Their loss will be mourned, but their lives were worth that defense :)

  2. sabatimus - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Thank god for small favors–non-displaced, no surgery.

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