Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 9 Hrs

Will Middlebrooks (calf) will begin a rehab assignment in the middle of next week.

He had been in line to begin one over the weekend, but he's been set back a few days due to the flu. Barring any more setbacks, Middlebrooks should still be ready for activation before the end of the month.

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Will Middlebrooks (calf) has been sent back to Boston with the flu.

There was some speculation that Middlebrooks could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment this weekend or early next week, but it's unclear whether the flu will delay things. The 25-year-old is currently working his way back from a calf strain.

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Will Middlebrooks (calf) hopes to start hitting balls off a tee Friday.

Middlebrooks was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf. The injury is not fully healed, but he's improving. Still, he'll have to make quick progress to be ready when he's first eligible on April 20.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 11 Days

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday that there's no timetable for Will Middlebrooks' (calf) return.

Farrell did say that Middlebrooks, who is dealing with a Grade 1 right calf strain, was feeling less discomfort Monday. However, he's not going to be allowed to do anything but receive treatment for a while. The third baseman will be eligible to return on April 20, but it's sounding like he might not be ready at that time.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 24 Days

Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 and hit his third spring homer against the Rays on Tuesday.

Middlebrooks has shaken off the final injury that bothered him a week ago. He's batting .317 with just as many homers and walks as strikeouts in 41 at-bats this spring. We'll see if he keeps it going once the games begin to count, but the Red Sox have to feel better about him than they did a few weeks ago.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 1 Month

Will Middlebrooks (finger) returned to the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday.

"Went through a full day of activity yesterday," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Threw quite a bit both in terms of his throwing program and taking ground balls. So he's back in tonight." Farrell also said Middlebrooks will get a day off Thursday before playing in both Friday and Saturday's away games. The third baseman missed a few days with the injury, but it doesn't seem to be anything too worrisome.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 1 Month

Will Middlebrooks (finger) departed Saturday's game early, but it wasn't a result of re-aggravating his finger injury.

Middlebrooks said that his finger didn't feel great, which was the reason for his removal, but that he wasn't concerned about it. Expect the third baseman to rejoin the Red Sox lineup early in the week.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 1 Month

Will Middlebrooks was diagnosed with a hyper-extended right middle finger.

The injury is considered minor and Middlebrooks expects to return to the Red Sox lineup on Sunday. The third baseman has had a nice spring thus far, hitting .320 (8-for-25) with a pair of homers and five RBI.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 1 Month

Will Middlebrooks doubled, singles and drove in two runs Monday against the Rays.

Middlebrooks could have been 3-for-3 today: his hardest hit ball was snared by left fielder Brandon Guyer with a very nice running grab. He's 4-for-6 with a homer in his last two appearances after opening the spring 2-for-13.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 1 Month

Will Middlebrooks went 0-for-3 and had a couple of misplays at third base Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Middlebrooks did hit one ball hard today, but he's 1-for-10 overall this spring. More significant was his sloppy defense; he committed an error on a ball he didn't try to get in front of and he had another grounder get under him while he was diving. If Middlebrooks doesn't produce and Xander Bogaerts continues to look like he might be better off at third base, the Red Sox will have to reconsider Stephen Drew.