Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks suffer a scare

It seems he's alright, but Will Middlebrooks left last night's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox in pain and favoring his previously fractured wrist.  Middlebrooks checked his swing in the first inning of the game and immediately felt pain in the wrist.  Fortunately, it seems there wasn't any damage done.

According to Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald, Middlebrooks leaving the game was more precautionary than anything.  The Red Sox third baseman definitely felt pain in his wrist, and he definitely thought the worst at first, but the pain subsided and it doesn't seem like there is any lingering issues.

“I was just frustrated because I’ve been busting my ass to get this thing back to where I can play,” said Middlebrooks, who left the game against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning and then screamed an expletive as he headed to the clubhouse clutching his wrist. “In my head I was worried that there might be a setback. I don’t think there’s going to be.”

The Red Sox do not have any immediate plans to have Middlebrooks get an X-ray because he showed full strength in the wrist and the pain subsided pretty quickly.  Middlebrooks even said he felt he could have stayed in the game and continued his at-bat, but he wanted to play it safe.

The injury scare was magnified by the fact that the Red Sox do not have much depth at third base.  They traded away Kevin Youkilis in favor of Middlebrooks, but the team really doesn't have a contingency plan at third.  Fortunately, they don't have to worry about that, and Middlebrooks is expected to be ready to go for today's game barring any issues when he is checked out by trainers today.

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