Middlebrooks strains calf pregame, will have MRI

Middlebrooks strains calf pregame, will have MRI
April 6, 2014, 1:30 am
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UPDATE: 11:05 a.m.: Will Middlebrooks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and infielder Brock Holt has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. 

BOSTON -- The Red Sox were down two players from their starting lineup before the first pitch had been thrown in their 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

First Mike Carp was scratched from the lineup about 40 minutes before the 7:35 p.m. start of the game due to some lower-back tightness. Red Sox manager John Farrell explained that Carp felt his back tighten up in batting practice. Still, Carp was healthy enough to come into the game as a defensive replacement to play first base in the tenth inning after David Ortiz pinch-hit for Jackie Bradley Jr. in the bottom of the ninth.

Will Middlebrooks was scratched from the lineup right before Clay Buchholz's first pitch, and it was announced to the media members at Fenway Park that he was dealing with a calf cramp. Farrell said after the game that Middlebrooks felt his calf tighten during pregame sprints. That tightness was later determined to be a calf strain.

Middlebrooks will have an MRI on Sunday morning to help determine the severity of the injury, according to Farrell.