A season full of disappointment and frustration continued on for Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks Tuesday night. Middlebrooks exited the game opposite the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning with what the team is calling hamstring tightness.
After legging out an infield hit, Middlebrooks pulled up lame. He remained in the game while Xander Bogaerts batted behind him. Bogaerts struck out and Kelly Johnson was brought in to run for Middlebrooks at first.
The 25-year-old is hitting a measly .188 on the season. His power numbers have been horrid. Middlebrooks has just 2 homers and 11 RBI in 115 plate appearances.
Middlebrooks had just rejoined the club after serving two separate disabled list stints. He was sidelined with a calf injury in April and a fractured finger in May. It now appears as if he’ll miss more games with a hamstring ailment. He’s played in a total 34 games to date.
Allen Craig‘s left foot injury is progressing nicely. The team expects him to be ready for Friday when they’ll welcome the Seattle Mariners to town for a weekend set.
Craig was placed on the disabled list back on August 5. He played in a rehab game at Pawtucket Monday, going 0-for-2. Boston will monitor Craig as he’s slated to play right field for Pawtucket again on Wednesday and Thursday.
Craig will be activated Friday if the remainder of his rehab stint goes according to plan. Red Sox fans have yet to get a real taste of his game. He was acquired on July 31st and then shut down just days later. The team hopes he can regain his old form at the dish.