CLEVELAND — Will Middlebrooks stopped by Progressive Field this afternoon and is now seeing a specialist, Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic, about his broken right wrist.
The rookie third baseman believes that his season is over, although there remains a small chance he could return in the final week of the season.
“I want to play, but I have to do the right thing,” he said.
Middlebrooks was hit by a 96-mph fastball thrown by Indians reliever Esmil Rogers in the ninth inning. He was wearing a black brace this afternoon, however, and said it didn’t hurt that much.
Bobby Valentine was crushed.
“He had a terrific run with us. He’s a terrific player,” the manager said. “I don’t think he’ll be back this year. He might for a short stint, I don’t know. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of everything he did, developing into the player he is right now and contributing to our team. It’s a damn shame.”
Valentine said there was “no silver lining” in the situation.
For now, the Red Sox will use Pedro Ciriaco and Danny Valencia at third base along with Nick Punto, perhaps. There are no plans to use Mike Aviles at third and bring up Jose Iglesias.
Ciriaco has only six innings of experience at third base in the majors, that coming last season. He played three games at third base for Pawtucket this season and one other game there while in the Pittsburgh organization in 2011.