The Red Sox will have a short roster again tonight as Will Middlebrooks (ribs) and David Ross (left quad bruise) recover from the injuries they suffered in the fifth inning Tuesday night.
Middlebrooks and Ross collided while chasing a foul ball and ended up leaving the game. Ross lasted a few pitches and Middlebrooks an inning.
Ross received treatment all night and said he woke up feeling much better. He is available in an emergency tonight and expects to be playable in a day or two. Middlebrooks had X-rays and an MRI that came back clean. Middlebrooks swung a bat in the cage before getting his MRI.
“He’s sore, he’s day to day,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s banged up a little bit.”
For both players, it will be a matter of pain tolerance. The Red Sox do not believe any roster moves will be needed.
• RHP Andrew Bailey, who is on the disabled list with a biceps strain, is expected to start throwing Thursday. He is eligible to be activated May 14.
“To get him through the range of motion and initiate a throwing program,” Farrell said.
The Sox have not decided whether Bailey will need a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
• LHP Franklin Morales is scheduled to pitch for Double A Portland tonight. Morales has been on the disabled list all season because of a back injury suffered in spring training. He returned to pitch in a game for Single A Greenville April 17 and strained a pectoral muscle.
The Red Sox have said they want Morales to get stretched out in case he is needed as a starter. But that could change depending on the status of the bullpen.
• Jose Iglesias is back in the Pawtucket lineup. He was taken out of Saturday’s game by manager Gary DiSarcina for disciplinary reasons and did not play in the three games that followed.