Middlebrooks (wrist) out Friday but Sox say he'll be 'fine'

Middlebrooks (wrist) out Friday but Sox say he'll be 'fine'
March 1, 2013, 4:15 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Friday afternoon, before the Red Sox lineup against the Pirates had been posted,  third baseman Will Middlebrooks said he felt good enough to play.  A short time later, when the lineup was posted,  his name was not in it. Instead, Pedro Ciriaco will start at third base, batting ninth. Middlebrooks will get another day of rest after leaving Wednesday’s game against the Orioles during his first at-bat.
 
Middlebrooks left that game clutching his right hand, the same one that was fractured when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 10, ending his rookie season. He missed Thursday’s game against the Pirates in Bradenton. But an exam yesterday morning cleared him, and he took batting practice Thursday afternoon.
 
Middlebrooks, on his way to take BP Friday afternoon, said his hand felt fine and had expected to be in the lineup.  But, with a month remaining for spring training games, the Red Sox preferred the cautious approach. Middlebrooks is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow against the Twins at Hammond County Stadium.
 
“He is [fine],” said manager John Farrell. “Just wanted to give him one more work day. I think as he came out of that game the way he felt, I think we’re all best served by just another day of normal pregame, full BP, his on-field work. And right now he’s in the lineup tomorrow with Minnesota.”