CLEVELAND It certainly didnt look good when Will Middlebrooks took a 95-MPH fastball squarely off the outside of his right wrist in the ninth inning Friday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Peter Abraham reports that the results of the X-rays reveal Middlebrooks has a broken wrist. There's no word yet on how long Middlebrooks will be out, but with only seven weeks left in the season, it doesn't look like he'll return this year. Abraham also reports the Sox have called up Danny Valencia for Saturday.
Middlebrooks wrist immediately went limp as he doubled over in pain, and he was replaced by pinch-runner Nick Punto. Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Middlebrooks was due to get some X-rays at a nearby hospital following the game. The rookie third baseman was still in the locker room following the game, but couldnt open the door to the trainers room with his injured hand and instead needed David Ortiz to do it for him.
Valentine was hoping the ball hit Middlebrooks more in the soft area of the wrist but the sound told a different story.
I was hoping it was going to be a little more down on the meat, but this was right on the bone.
Middlebrooks was 0-for-3 in Friday nights win before leaving the game with the possible wrist injury, and he is yet another in a long line of Sox injuries plaguing the team this year.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.