The ex-White Sox reliever, signed in 2011 as a potential replacement for Jonathan Papelbon, suffered through 1 12 injury-filled seasons before reaching agreement on a buyout of his contract.
Middlebrooks is down, but the trade is still OK
He's been an enigma from the day he arrived, and -- with other options available in the starting rotation -- perhaps the Red Sox should say goodbye to Daisuke Matsuzaka.
When Daisuke Matsuzaka got the boot in the second inning Monday night, there was a chance the Sox bullpen could have been in trouble. But Clayton Mortensen made sure that wasn't the case.
Daisuke Matsuzaka had everybody believing that his right trapezius muscle pain wasn't a big deal, but by the second inning it was clear he was hurting.