Will Middlebrooks saw his first game action in a month last night while beginning a rehab assignment in Pawtucket Tuesday night. Middlebrooks played five innings going 1-2 at the plate with a walk and a strikeout. The Sox hope to increase his playing time in Pawtucket this week to seven innings in today's game and nine on Thursday. Middlebrooks is set to return from the disabled list on Saturday. The best sign from Middlebrooks is how he said he has been feeling and felt after the game on Tuesday.
"Felt great," he said. "I really expected to come here and feel some tightness. I don't feel any, so that's a good sign." "Just ready to ramp it up some more and see how it goes," he said.
Contrary to popular belief, Jacoby Ellsbury "should" avoid a trip to the DL due to his ailing left groin tightness said Sox skipper John Farrell on Tuesday.
"We're hopeful this takes a complete turn over the next couple of days," Farrell said. "We have to get him thro...