KANSAS CITY -- After collecting his daily extra-base hit -- an opposite-field double in his first at-bat, giving him at least one extra-base hit in each of the five games he's played -- Will Middlebrooks saw his night cut short.
Middlebrooks came out of the game in the middle of the second inning after feeling some additional tightness in his left hamstring. The same issue had kept him out of the game Saturday at Fenway against Baltimore.
"When he got to third (after the double), he started cramping up a little," said Bobby Valentine. "He went in and thought he was doing alright. It's the same thing he had the other day."
"It's nothing serious," said Middlebrooks. "It's no big deal. It's kind of a precautionary thing, coming out of the game. Hopefully, I'll be back in there tomorrow. It was just some cramping, tightness in the hamstring and we didn't want to mess with it. We're just being safe."
Middlebrooks said he never had experienced any issues with his hamstring before last week.
The rookie said he "felt" it while legging out the double, felt it get worse when he advanced to third on a single by Marlon Byrd.
"I just tried to be honest with them," said Middlebrooks. "Of course I wanted to keep playing but we're trying to take the safe route here and that's what we did."
Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to stay on a roll, as will the Red Sox, as they continue their three-game series tonight (9:20) against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
Wright (8-4, American League-leading 2.01 ERA) faces Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.94), in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list.
The Red Sox rallied to win the series opener 8-7 with a four-run ninth inning.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Steven Wright RHP
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
A.J. Griffin RHP
With the Red Sox bullpen taxed in recent days by pitching 18 1/3 innings the past four games, including a short outing Friday night by starter David Price, right-hander William Cuevas was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and infielder Deven Marrero was sent down.
Cuevas, 25, made one relief appearance for Boston (allowing two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut April 21) and had been starting at Pawtucket (4-3, 3.30 ERA in 12 starts). He pitched 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. He'll be available out of the bullpen tonight as the Red Sox continue their three-game series in Texas.
Marrero, 25, appeared in four games and went 1-for-7 in his latest stint in Boston.
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran, so Marc Bertand and Tim Britton look at some roster options.