Middlebrooks leaves game with hamstring injury

Middlebrooks leaves game with hamstring injury
August 19, 2014, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON - Will Middlebrooks' frustrating season continued on Tuesday.

Middlebrooks left the game in the bottom of the 4th inning with right hamstring tightness after coming up lame to first base while legging out an infield single.

He stayed in the game for the next at-bat, but when Xander Bogaerts struck out, he was replaced by Kelly Johnson.
"Don't know the extent of it," John Farrell said after the game. "Certainly he's day-to-day at this point. He strained it on that infield base-hit and then when he was leading off coming back to second base in that next at-bat it looked like it grabbed him again and [we] got him out of there precautionary. It's day-to-day right now."

Middlebrooks was 1-for-2 on the night. In the top of the third inning, he made a great play diving to his right and throwing to first while sitting on the field in foul ground. The runner, Albert Pujols, was originally ruled out before Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged the call and it was overturned.

On the year, Middlebrooks is hitting just .188 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI. He has gone on the DL two different times this season, the first in April with a calf injury, and the second in May after fracturing his finger on a hot shot to third base. 
Middlebrooks had just returned to the team on August 1 after spending time with the PawSox, and this was to be a very important stretch for him. The Sox love his power potential, but this year has been a complete dud in that department.