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Source: Middlebrooks has a broken wrist

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 11, 2012 12:32 AM

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CLEVELAND A major league source said tonight that Will Middlebrooks has a broken right wrist and the Red Sox will call up Danny Valencia from Triple A Pawtucket on Saturday.

No word yet on how long Middlebrooks will be out. But with only seven weeks left to play, it could well be the remainder of the season. He is hitting .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 75 games. Outside of Mike Trout and Yoenis Cespedes, Middlebrooks has been the most productive rookie in the American League.

Valencia was obtained from the Twins on Aug 5. He is a career .260 hitter over parts of three seasons but was hitting only .198 this season. He has played two games for Pawtucket since the trade.

The Sox also have Nick Punto and Pedro Ciriaco available. A less likely solution would be to play Mike Aviles at third and use Ciriaco (or Jose Iglesias) at shortstop.

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