Middlebrooks (finger) removed after two innings

Middlebrooks (finger) removed after two innings
March 16, 2014, 5:30 pm
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has been dealing with a hyper-extended middle finger since last Thursday, came out of Sunday's 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay after just two innings, but insisted -- along with the Red Sox -- that the injury isn't a concern.
     
"There was no reaggravation or anything like that," said Middlebrooks. "It was just getting out there and feeling things out. For one, I wanted to see (Tampa starter David) Price, because we're going to see him a lot during the year. It was a short day. Got an at-bat, got a couple of innings on defense and felt it out. It's still a little sore, so we just cut it short."
     
Middlebrooks jammed the finger Thursday against Minnesota while stealing second base and it's been bothering him since.
     
"I'm still a little sore," said Middlebrooks. "We talked about it and said now's not the time to grind through things. (We want to) get it where it needs to be and we'll be fine from there."
     
Manager John Farrell was unsure when Middlebrooks would return to the lineup but indicated he might better benefit from some work on the side before returning to game action.
     
"He still felt a little sore," said Farrell. "He tried to go today and wanted to get back in there and yet when he was throwing the ball across the infield, kind of felt a little uncomfortable with it. I don't think there was any drastic increase in soreness. He just didn't feel quite right. More (of a) precuationary (move) to get him out of there.
     
"We'll check him (Monday) and see where things are. But I think it will be important to go through a full day of pre-game work, where he's not feeling anything that's restricting his throws or anything like that."