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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 19:28

Middlebrooks starts rehab with Pawsox; Eyes Saturday return

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As the Boston Red Sox continue to play outstanding baseball through the first two months, they will be welcoming back  their starting third baseman Will Middlebrooks later this week as he makes his way back from a lower back injury suffered on May 24.

On Tuesday, Middlebrooks started a four game rehab stint for Triple-A Pawtucket and went 1 for 2 with a single and a walk in five innings of play against the Charlotte Knights.

“I felt great and I really expected to come here and feel some tightness when I got done and didn’t feel any,” he said. “I am ready to push it a little bit further and start ramping it up,”

Middlebrooks said that he even couldn’t sleep well at all during the first few nights after his back injury occurred.

It is expected that Middlebrooks plays seven innings for the Pawsox on Wednesday night and nine on Thursday and Friday before being eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday.

“It’s the plan [that I go back into the starting lineup] and that’s what I am shooting for,” he said. “To come down here and show them [Boston] I am ready to play since I started to hit the ball better before I got hurt.”

Being back to at McCoy Stadium, Middlebrooks said that it’s a special moment for him to return where he called home for the later part of the 2011 campaign and beginning of the 2012 season.

“It’s always good to come back and see all my buddies that I came up through the minor leagues with because though those guys become your family,” Middlebrooks said.