Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks exited Wednesday’s spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles with an injury. It is unclear what happened during the the first inning or how serious the injury is, but he was grabbing his right hand after a simple swing on a Chris Tillman pitch.
The injury is not a good sign since Middlebrooks ended his season early last year when he broke his wrist after being hit by a pitch. The 24-year-old had been nursing the same wrist when he left the field on Wednesday. In two games during this spring training, he has two hits and a strikeout over five at bats.
With a number of weeks remaining in spring training for the Red Sox, John Farrell and the front office are hoping the injury isn’t serious and Middlebrooks can come back to the lineup soon.
During his rookie season in 2012, Middlebrooks batted .288 with a .325 OBP, 15 home runs, 54 RBIs and 34 runs over 75 games. The third baseman was on pace to hit 30 plus home runs and was having a rookie of the year type season before heading on the disabled list with a broken wrist, ending his rookie season.
If Middlebrooks misses the start to the season with an injury, the Red Sox will be forced to start infielder Pedro Ciriaco at third base. Last season, Ciriaco batted .419 with a .444 OBP, home run, eight RBIs, seven doubles and eight stolen bases over 26 games. He is currently in a fight with Brock Holt for the final back up infield spot for the Red Sox.
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