Will Middlebrooks Injury: Updates on Red Sox 3B's Wrist

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIFebruary 27, 2013

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 8:  Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases on his home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park August 8, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks had to leave the team’s spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles after hurting his right wrist.


UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 28 at 12:36 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

It certainly appears that Middlebrooks is ready to return to action for today's spring training matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alex Speier of WEEI.com has the latest:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Red Sox manager John Farrell provided some more good news for Red Sox fans about Middlebrooks, as documented by the team's MLB.com beat writer Ian Browne:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes and The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham caught up with Middlebrooks, and the young third baseman did his best to quell Red Sox fans' fears. Edes and Abraham reported the following via Twitter:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham delivered good news to Red Sox Nation, and it does not appear that Middlebrooks sustained any serious damage to his wrist:

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ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reported the news via Twitter:

The injury Edes refers to occurred in August of 2012 when Cleveland Indians pitcher Esmil Rogers hit Middlebrooks with a fastball. He did not play again for the remainder of the season.

Before hurting his wrist, Middlebrooks played 75 games. He batted .288 with 15 home runs and an OPS of .834.

It was his first season in the majors after being in the Red Sox's farm system since 2008.

Boston was impressed enough with his performance that the team opted to trade veteran third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox last season. With the hot corner cleared, 2013 offered Middlebrooks his chance to establish himself as the team’s long-term option at the position. 

At 6’4” and 200 pounds, the 24-year-old has the build to be a force both defensively and at the plate in the big leagues. He certainly has room to improve as he gains experience, but he is an exciting athlete. 

He has a reputation for lacking discipline at the plate, but when he does make contact, it often takes a while for the ball to land. His power gives him the potential to be a productive player in the heart of the Red Sox’s order.

Defensively, his height, agility and arm strength give him an exciting future at third base.

Ultimately, he is one of Boston’s best young players, and the team will hope he can remain healthy this season.