Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 6 Days

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.

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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 22 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 28 Days

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.

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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.

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Will Middlebrooks put on 12 pounds of muscle over the offseason after focusing on weight and flexibility training.

"He had a good offseason," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "He's in good shape, he's strong, he's getting his work in now. The talent is going to allow Will to be a really good player." Middlebrooks struggled with a .227/.271/.425 batting line last season, though he did slug 17 homers over 374 plate appearances. The 25-year-old is currently slated for everyday duty at third base, though that could change if the Red Sox wind up re-signing Stephen Drew.

Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS 2 Months

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Marlins "have asked a lot" about Will Middlebrooks.

Marlins general manager Dan Jennings himself admitted earlier this offseason that the club had discussed the third baseman with the Red Sox. However, Cafardo writes that the "feeling is the Red Sox will continue to hold on to Middlebrooks even if they re-sign Stephen Drew," as they're hesitant to give up on his power potential.