When Middlebrooks was in Pawtucket for the first time this season, he had the locker next to Snyder’s. Early in the month, on a trip to Syracuse, they got a chance to talk over lunch.
“I know that he just needs to be able to play every day,” Snyder said. “I think once he does that, he’ll be able to prove himself and he’ll be back before you know it.”
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