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Middlebrooks will not play winter-league baseball this offseason in order to rest his hand, WEEI's Alex Speier reports.

Missing out on more practice time is another cost of Middlebrooks' hand injury. Middlebrooks has a large host of talent breathing down his neck at third base for the future, with Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt able to shift over to the hot corner and prized prospect Garin Cecchini making a strong debut in September.

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Middlebrooks (hand) is out of Sunday's lineup against the Yankees, The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

It turns out Middlebrooks' right hand sprain will be season ending, as the soreness will force him to miss a sixth straight game. Garin Cecchini will continue to fill in for him at third,

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Middlebrooks (hand) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Middlebrooks will miss his fifth straight game Saturday. The Red Sox were hopeful that he would be able to play again this season, but they probably will not force him into the lineup Sunday if he is still sore. Garin Cecchini will man the hot corner Saturday in Middlebrooks' place.

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Middlebrooks (hand) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Middlebrooks is set to miss a fourth straight start due to right hand soreness, but the Red Sox remain hopeful that he will return to the lineup before the end of the season. The hand has presented issues on and off this season, but manager John Farrell suggested he doesn't think that Middlebrooks' struggles can be attributed solely to the injury. "I don't think he's been limited any different than any other players who deal with nagging ailments over the course of a full season," Farrell said.

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Middlebrooks (hand) is out of the lineup Thursday versus the Rays, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.

Middlebrooks is dealing with a right hand sprain and will miss his third straight game. While the severity of the injury is unknown, the Sox certainly won't risk further damage with ultimately nothing to play for. Garin Cecchini again gets the nod at third base in Middlebrooks' place.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 27 Days

Middlebrooks (hand) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

Middlebrooks was scratched from the lineup Tuesday with a right hand sprain, and will sit out at least another day. Garin Cecchini will start at third in his place.

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Middlebrooks was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a right hand sprain.

While it sounds like something that could limit Middlebrooks at least through the end of the Tampa series, the team lists him as just day-to-day. Garin Cecchini is starting at third base Tuesday and will likely remain there until Middlebrooks is cleared to return.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 28 Days

Middlebrooks has been scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Both Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts were removed from the lineup, but whereas Bogaerts had a pre-existing neck injury, a reason for Middlebrooks' scratch is uncertain. Look for the team to elaborate before too long. Garin Cecchini starts at third base and bats seventh.

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Middlebrooks is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles.

The 26-year-old will ride the pine for the first time since Sept. 10, opening the door for Garin Cecchini to make his first career start. Middlebrooks has done little with his increased opportunities with Boston -- he's batting just .173/.218/.212 across 52 September at-bats -- and it's at least possible the team moves on in the offseason.

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Middlebrooks (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

With his bout with the flu similarly passing its course, Middlebrooks will return to his usual duties at the hot corner. Even with the promise of regular at-bats likely coming his way the rest of the season, it's hard to trust Middlebrooks as a fantasy option while his average remains well below the Mendoza Line.