Sox hope Middlebrooks, Ross aren't seriously hurt

Sox hope Middlebrooks, Ross aren't seriously hurt
May 8, 2013, 12:45 am
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BOSTON – Third baseman Will Middlebrooks made a nice, tumbling catch for the first out of the fifth inning on a Chris Parmelee foul. That was the good news. The bad news was that it cost the Red Sox –for this game, anyway -- both Middlebrooks and catcher David Ross, who collided on the play.
 
Ross was limping as he got up from the ground. He remained in the game for just one more pitch before leaving with a left quad contusion.
 
Middlebrooks, who was replaced by Pedro Ciriaco, left in the seventh with right side pain.
 
Coincidentally, Ciriaco and Saltalamacchia combined to commit three errors in the Twins four-run eighth inning.

“Ross has left quad contusion above knee area,” said manager John Farrell. “When he slid, the shin guard caught him and peeled back a little bit and he slammed into the wall. He’s day to day. It’s not anything in the knee, that’s checked out fine. He started to get some swelling and got him out. Will getting a CT scan on that right side. Precautionary, got him out of the game.”

The play happened so fast, though, Ross was not sure what happened.

“I didn’t know what I hit,” Ross said. “If I hit the wall, I had some green paint. I didn’t know if it was the wall or Will. I knew that Will, he had to get the worst of that. So it must have been the ground.”

But he knew he was hurting.

“Man, this one hurts here,” Ross said. “It’s just one of those it’s like on the bone, it hurts to bend it or walk. But they said because it’s just a bad contusion, it’ll get out of there fast, And I’m sure tomorrow, I’ll ice a bunch tonight, get tons of treatment, I expect to be at least available soon. Everything else feels fine. I knew I could feel that swelling getting in there.”
 
Ross, who was examined after he came out of the game, does not think there was anything structurally wrong with his knee.
 
Middlebrooks was not available after the game.
 
“Man, I don’t know,” Ross said of Middlebrooks’ status. “I hurt pretty good and he came out late. So I hope, ribs are, it’s like knees with a catcher. It’s just nothing you want to mess around with. Ribs in this game, you throw, use your obliques for everything, you hit. I just hope it’s the same kind of thing, some kind of bruise. We’re a little banged up right now, kind of weathering this storm as far as the team goes. Just doing our best to get out there. The one thing you got to credit to everybody we go hard when we go out there and just try and play as hard as we can. That’s the MO of this team. So we’ll be fine. Get some rest, get healed up and get back out there as soon as we can.”
 
Both Ross and Middlebrooks are considered day-to-day. If Ross requires a stint on the disabled list, Ryan Lavarnway would likely get the call. If Middlebrooks’ needs time on the DL, the situation becomes a little more difficult.
 
In spring training Farrell expressed concern at the team’s limited depth at third base. Ciriaco, despite his difficulties in this game, is an adequate back-up or utility player. At this point, the only player in the organization who could be called up to replace him is Brock Holt. However, Holt, a ninth-round pick of the Pirates in 2009, has played just one game in his professional career at third base – this season with Pawtucket. He appeared in five spring training games at third, the first time he had played there since college.
 
For now, the third base depth is not a concern, Farrell said.
 
“Short term not a concern,” Farrell said. “That was uncharacteristic of Pedro tonight. He’s shown to be a very capable defender. Two miscues are unlike him. Long term we don’t think Will’s situation is more than day to day at this point. We’ll certainly get a better read when test results come back.”