Middlebrooks cleared; takes batting practice

BRADENTON, Fla. — Will Middlebrooks was cleared by a specialist this morning and took batting practice back in Fort Myers. He is tentatively scheduled to play on Friday night.

Middlebrooks took an awkward swing at a fastball in Sarasota in the first inning on Wednesday night and felt a sharp pain in his right wrist, the same wrist that was broken last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Dr. Tom Holovacs, a hand specialist, examined Middlebrooks and did not order any x-rays or further tests.

“There was nothing structural that was revealed in the physical testing that he went through,” Farrell said. “Had there been any kind of discomfort, we certainly would have taken him for imaging. But at this point that wasn’t recommended by the doctor.”

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Farrell said Middlebrooks was cleared for all baseball activity.

Farrell said doctors haven’t pinpointed any particular reason for the jolt of pain. It could have simply been the unusual swing.

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