Just a scare. Little more.
That's what Will Middlebrooks said on Thursday morning just hours after he appeared to injure his right wrist after making an awkward check-swing in the Red Sox' exhibition game against the Orioles Wednesday night.
The third baseman said he woke up pain-free and that the wrist -- which he broke in August of last season -- was declared structurally sound by the team's medical staff following an exam.
"I’m fine, man. Same as last night," Middlebrooks told reporters. "Just scared. It scared me. I felt just an awkward feeling, awkward movement of the wrist. It was the initial zing of pain and that was it. I expect to be fine. I’m fine right now. I could have swung a bat last night."
Manager John Farrell said today that Middlebrooks has been cleared for all baseball activities. He is currently day-to-day, but according to WEEI he took batting practice today.
Middlebrooks was scheduled to see a specialist today and is being fitted for a protective batting glove to further support his wrist. He made it clear, however, that he feels healthy.
"I’m not hurt," he said. "I’ve got my tail tucked a little bit. That’s about it. I told them I feel like I could go through the workout today and be fine. Just scared, not an injury, so we’ll see. Knowing them, I probably won’t be anything today. But we’ll see."