At first, Will Middlebrooks thought the ball hit his batting glove. That's what he hoped, at least. But the "crunch," as Middlebrooks described it, that he heard wasn't the velcro glove. It was a bone in
his right wrist, fractured by a fastball thrown by Cleveland Indians reliever Esmil Rogers in the ninth
inning Friday night. And with that, Middlebrooks' impressive rookie season likely came to an end. "It's horrible," Middlebrooks said. "There's a month and a half left, and I'm stuck being a cheerleader.
We all want to win games here, and I can't do anything to help now." But here's the good news: Middlebrooks' fracture is non-displaced, and so, it won't require surgery.
It's little consolation for Middlebrooks, though, especially after he finally overcame a nagging hamstring
strain and belted a pair of three-run homers last week to continue to cement his status as the Red Sox's
young third baseman of the future. "(The hamstring) was just one of those things...