July 14, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (64) hits a 2-run home run in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Boston Red Sox have been hit by yet another injury, this time to Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman suffered a broken wrist after being drilled by a 95 MPH heater in the 9th inning to his right wrist, according to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham. The Red Sox will call up newly acquired third baseman Danny Valencia for Saturday's game, Abraham adds.
Source: Will Middlebrooks has a broken wrist.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 11, 2012
#RedSox will call up Danny Valencia forSaturday's game.
It's unclear how long Middlebrooks will be sidelined for, but this injury could potentially be season ending, given there are only seven weeks left until the season is wrapped up.
The 23-year-old Middlebrooks entered Friday batting .292/.326/.515 with 15 home runs in 282 plate appearances as a rookie. Now, the reeling Red Sox will be hopeful the 27-year-old Valencia can step in and be a stopgap for the remainder of the year, because they just don't have any other options.