Found June 06, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is getting closer to rejoining his team's already fearsome lineup. MLB.com's Ian Browne and Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com report that Middlebrooks is swinging the bat very well in his rehab assignment. The Red Sox want Middlebrooks to improve his swing before returning, and he appears to be doing just that. Middlebrooks is 3-for-5, including a home run on June 5, in two rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell stated that the plan was to have Middlebrooks play four games and then decide whether or not to call him up. If Middlebrooks continues to hit as well as he has in his first two games, then he could get the call on Saturday, June 8, the first day he is eligible to come off of the disabled list. If he falters, then he will likely stay in Pawtucket longer. Farrell described what he wanted from his third baseman when the two met. Said Farrell, "[It is a chance] to get his timing back. But then also let's use this as an opportunity to get a little momentum going before he comes back. We're hopeful that that is sooner rather than later. Saturday is still the day in which he's first eligible to be activated. It could very well be Saturday. It could be shortly thereafter." Middlebrooks is recovering from a strained lower back. He last played on May 23. For the season, he is hitting .201, but he has hit eight home runs and driven in 21. Farrell is looking for more consistency and wants Middlebrooks to refine the swing that brought him so much success in his rookie season a year ago. The Red Sox lead the American League in runs scored as play begins on June 6. They also lead the A.L. East by two games over their rival New York Yankees. With Middlebrooks returning to his 2012 form, the Red Sox will be primed to make an even better run at a division title. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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