Middlebrooks makes strides in play and health

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Middlebrooks makes strides in play and health

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was recently added to the Red Sox' 40-man roster, left the Sox' Arizona Fall League team after injuring his thumb while attempting to catch a foul ball. But he's progressing on schedule from the injury and is expected to be ready by the start of spring training.

Hes doing well, said Ben Crockett, Sox director of player development. "Were still on the same timetable where the cast is off right now and he should be ready to start his offseason workouts in the next couple weeks.

Middlebrooks was good and I think made some good strides while he was playing the Fall League.

Ninkovich on Patricia's Goodell shirt: 'I don’t think it’s a big deal'

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Ninkovich on Patricia's Goodell shirt: 'I don’t think it’s a big deal'

Pro Football Talk reported last week that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is still frustrated that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a Barstool t-shirt that had shows him wearing a clown nose.

In an interview with the Boston Herald, linebacker Rob Ninkovich said he didn't think there was anything wrong with Patricia's t-shirt choice.

“Everyone has the right to wear whatever shirt they want,” Ninkovich said. "Everyone has to wear a shirt, right? You can’t just wear no shirt. I think someone threw it at (Patricia), and he said, ‘All right, nice shirt, it’s cool, it’s blue, so I’ll put it on.’ I thought it was a funny shirt.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal. . . People want to take it how they want to take it. If you really think about it, everyone has to wear clothes, so you just put a shirt on, and you know, it is what it is. I think it’s a nice shirt. It’s blue. I love blue. My favorite color is blue.”

The shirt may have interfered with Patricia's head coaching candidacy during the 2017 offseason, NFL Media's Jason La Canfora said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher And Rich" in February