The Boston Red Sox have enjoyed what third baseman Will Middlebrooks has given them in terms of lightning in a bottle. He has added a bit of energy to the team while he was on the field and is part of the reason why Boston is only one game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. However, Middlebooks suffered a hiccup Wednesday.
Middlebrooks injured his back Wednesday and tried to play through it Thursday but could not do it. He was taken out of Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and Friday he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Middlebrooks is not the only one to have been bitten by the injury bug.
Outfielder Shane Victorino also has been plagued by a back injury all season long, and he will be joining Middlebrooks on the disabled list as well. Both players are important to Boston’s hot run of late, but with these two injuries, it is a little speed bump in the road to a division title.
Boston will have to cope with the losses. Jose Iglesias is expected to get the majority of the time at third base. In the outfield, the Red Sox cannot lose any more position players and recalling Jackie Bradley, Jr. is more than likely to happen.
It will be tough, but Boston is going to have to survive with these players out for the time being.