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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Will Middlebrooks exits with hamstring tightness

By on 8/20/2014 08:15:00 AM

On Tuesday, Will Middlebrooks suffered yet another blow in what has turned out to be a miserable 2014 season, when the Boston Red Sox third baseman was forced out in the fourth inning with right hamstring tightness. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that Middlebrooks was removed after running to first base on a single. Manager John Farrell told Lauber that the third baseman was considered day-to-day, but did not appear sure of the severity of the injury:
“Got him out of there precautionary,” Farrell said. “Don’t know the extent of it.”
Lauber notes that Kelly Johnson pinch-ran for Middlebrooks and stayed in the game at third for the remainder of the contest, which the Red Sox lost 4-3 to the Angels. Boston and Los Angeles face off again at 7:00PM ET on Wednesday night, so the severity of the problem should be clear by then.

Middlebrooks has appeared in just 35 games this season because of injury, with a calf strain and a broken finger the main reasons for his absence. The 25-year-old has not even hit for his usual power this season, with just two home runs in 131 plate appearances, and his role with the Red Sox going forward is not clear, especially if he continues to put up a sub-.300 on-base percentage.

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