Tough crowd in the clubhouse

FORT MYERS, Fla. — There is no sympathy in a baseball clubhouse. None.

You will recall the incident on Wednesday when Will Middlebrooks took an awkward swing against the Orioles, felt a jolt of pain in his right wrist and came out of the game.

One of his teammates called up the moment on video, printed out the image and added in a cartoon bubble of Middlebrooks saying, “Why me?”

Then, of course, the joke was tacked to the clubhouse bulletin board.

An in-depth Globe investigation has not yet identified the culprit. He is believed to play second base, however. More on this as it becomes available.

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Middlebrooks, by the way, is just fine and is playing for the second straight day. It’s also worth noting that the prank is a sign of how much the veteran players like the third baseman. For a player who at this time last year was headed back to minor league camp, he has fit in really well.

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