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Friday, July 18, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Will Middlebrooks to restart rehab Saturday

By on 7/18/2014 11:45:00 AM

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, whose rehab was halted due to a left wrist injury on July 13, is set to resume playing Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket, reports Steven Petrella of Middlebrooks has been on the DL since he broke his right index finger on May 11.

Middlebrooks played only 21 games this season due to various injuries before the broken finger, and his performance was decidedly poor: .197/.305/.324 (OPS+ 76) with two homers and six RBI. Due to the crowded infield, manager John Farrell originally said he would like Middlebrooks to try the outfield. However, Brock Holt proved he could play anywhere on the field, outfielder Mookie Betts arrived, and Shane Victorino could finally be nearing a return, meaning that Middlebrooks will focus on third base during his time at Pawtucket.

Although Middlebrooks, 25, was a fifth round draft pick in 2007, by 2012 he was rated the top prospect in the Red Sox System. Promoted to the majors when Kevin Youkilis was injured, Middlebrooks made his debut on May 12, 2012, performing so well that the Red Sox traded Youkilis in June. The rookie slashed .288/.325/.509 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 75 games until he broke his hand on August 10, ending his season.

In 2013 Middlebrooks underperformed and was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but after making adjustments he returned and was included on the Sox' postseason roster, where he gained fame in Game 3 of the 2013 World Series for obstructing Allen Craig of the St. Louis Cardinals after diving for an errant throw at 3rd base. The play awarded Craig the game winning run for the Cardinals. The Red Sox, however, won the next three games and the Series.

Middlebrooks is pre-arb and under team control though the 2018 season.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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