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Sunday, 18 May 2014 02:00

Red Sox Place Will Middlebrooks on DL with Fractured Index Finger

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The Red Sox tough times this season continue as they had to place their starting third baseman, Will Middlebrooks, on the 15-day DL with a fractured right index finger.

The fractured right index finger occurred during Friday's game versus the Detroit Tigers when Middlebrooks, in anticipation of a bunt was pulled in but Ian Kinsler hit a scorching line drive that made contact with Middlebrooks' finger. The injury become noticeable when  Middlebrooks skipped  throw to first baseman, Mike Napoli later. The swelling continued to get worse during the rest of the game.

"I was in for bunt purposes. He's a guy, he'll drop one down if you're back, so I was playing up close and he hit a screamer at me, obviously," Middlebrooks said. "Has some top spin, kind of went with both hands for some reason to try to catch it, and it went under my glove. "

The third baseman has really struggled this season as he is only batting .197 with two home runs and  nine runs batted in. Nine of Middlebrooks 14 hits this season have been singles.

This will be Middlebrooks second stint on the DL this season as he went on it April 6th with a grade 1 calf strain.

Middlebrooks has never really been the same hitter since he was hit by a pitch his rookie season which ended up breaking his wrist and putting him on the DL.

Last season, Middlebrooks also ended up on the DL with a lower back strain.

Middlerooks spoke on his frustration of the injury situation.

"I'm waiting," he responded. "I think I'm pretty due for it. It's been a long couple of years. I've got to hang in there. Things will turn around- hopefully. Just keep grinding it out."

In wake of the injury the Red Sox promoted Brock Holt from the Paw Sox on Saturday. Holt hit .348 in seven games earlier in the year when he replaced Middlebrooks. 

This is a perfect time for the Red Sox to keep Middlebrooks in AAA when he is healthy until he can prove he can hit again. If not he should not be up on the roster anytime soon.

Red Sox manager, John Farrell, said he will wear a splint on the finger for five to seven days.

"Depending on how he responds to treatment, we'll first look to initiate any baseball activity. It's hard to say at this point how long he'll be down," Farrell said.