Four days later, Will Middlebrooks was still achy from the high-speed collision with David Ross.
“I’m sore, man,” he said. “I’m pretty sore.”
The Red Sox’s 5-0 win over the Blue Jays was his second game after sitting out Tuesday against the Twins with pain in his right side.
He didn’t want to sit Tuesday. As a matter of fact, he barely wanted to leave the game when it happened.
“It’s just kind of something I thought I could play through, but I knew I wasn’t feeling too great,” Middlebrooks said. “But I wanted to be out there for my teammates.”
He did just that Friday, hitting a pair of doubles and enjoying an active day at the hot corner. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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