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Will Middlebrooks aggravates right wrist in spring game

Feb 27, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was removed from Wednesday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles because of what is currently being termed “right wrist soreness.”

Middlebrooks appeared to injure the wrist while taking a swing at a high-and-tight fastball in the first inning. He met with trainers near the Red Sox dugout and then spiked his batting helmet in apparent frustration before disappearing into the clubhouse.

Middlebrooks missed the final two months of the 2012 season with a right wrist fracture. And it’s pretty clear that whatever happened tonight at the Orioles’ complex in Sarasota, Florida is related.

The Red Sox will reevaluate him Thursday morning.

Middlebrooks, 24, batted .288/.325/.509 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI over his first 75 major league games last year. Boston’s options to replace him at the hot corner are … umm … Pedro Ciriaco and Brock Holt.

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UPDATE, 9:44 PM: According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Middlebrooks said after the game that he is not in pain and that no X-rays are scheduled because he has strength in his right hand. “It’s not as serious as we thought it was,” the young third baseman told reporters. “It was just a scare.”

UPDATE, 10:13 PM: Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe says Middlebrooks is aiming to take batting practice on Thursday and that the tweak he felt might have been scar tissue getting jarred.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I read will middlebrooks be ready. Took me a second to see Will was his first name my oh my.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Interesting…..

    Let’s take stock….Crawford….Dice-K….Nancy Drew….

    Maybe the problem isn’t a terrible front office. Maybe it’s a terrible medical staff.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      JD Drew played as many games in his time with the Sox as Youkilis did. I really dont get the hate the guy gets. As for crawford the dude needed Tommy John, how the hell could the medical staff fuck that up? Go to check his elbow post-game and stab it with a scalpel?

      • jwbiii - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        They did clean out their medical and training staff after 2011. Schilling claims he was misdiagnosed. Ellsbury was misdiagnosed. Pedroia was cleared for something like baseball activities and aggravated his injury. So tfbuckfutter may not have chosen the best examples, but Cherington didn’t think much of them, either.

  3. rjostewart - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Never should have made that Punto trade…

    • coloradostupid - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      What a sorry sight Punto was at 3rd – we saw him play at Fenway last year. No interest in approaching balls headed in his direction.

    • jwbiii - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Are you sure he’s better than Ciriaco?

  4. ajsjr40 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    A week into spring training games and one of their most productive bats could be out for a bit. I hope Papi can run the bases soon. It’s gonna be a long hot summer in the Fens.

  5. hammyofdoom - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    My roommate and I nearly pooped our collective drawers when we saw him drop that damn bat. It was terrifying and with the luck the Red Sox have had with injuries the past few years it was basically a “Guys…hey guys, really, lets at least make it through spring training before some catastrophic injury happens. Please? I’ll beg or give sexual favors, just don’t get hurt.”

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Trade him for Youkilis.

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