Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 3/17/13
It seems so long ago that the Red Sox were in the 2008 ALCS, trying to defend their World Series title against their division rival, Tampa Bay. The Rays were riding a wave of emotion that year, essentially rising from the ashes of their horrible past. The heart and soul of this Rays team was rookie sensation, Evan Longoria. That season, Longoria suffered a wrist injury very similar to the one Will Middlebrooks suffered last season. The difference between the two is that Longoria was able to return after a months while Middlebrooks was benched for the remaining two months of the season. Apparently over this past winter, Middlebrooks reached out via text to the division for some advice on recovering from the injury. Longoria sincerely responded: "I just told him, for me, it was just letting it heal, letting the bone heal," Longoria said. "It's not one of those things that's going to hinder you after the fact. Bone injuries are much different than muscular injuries. You just let it heal
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