They both tried to stay in the game, but ultimately, Will Middlebrooks and David Ross had to exit last night's game against the Minnesota Twins. Middlebrooks and Ross collided on an attempt to catch a shallow foul pop-up. Middlebrooks made the catch, but it may have come at the expense of both his and Ross' bodies.
Alex Speier of WEEI says Ross stayed in the game initially but left in the third with what appeared to be a left leg injury. For now, the injury is being classified as a contusion. Middlebrooks lasted longer. He made it until the seventh inning before being lifted. Middlebrooks' injury is being described as right side pain.
Neither injury is expected to be serious, but team doctors will continue to evaluate both players. The Red Sox play the Twins again tonight at 7 PM ET. If Ross is unable to catch, the Red Sox may choose to use Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He replaced Ross yesterday, but Saltalamacchia has seen a lot of action this week including 11 innings on Monday. For Middlebrooks, the Red Sox would likely go with Pedro Ciriaco. Ciriaco came in to replace Middlebrooks last night.
Hoepfully neither player has to miss time. The Red Sox are excited about Middlebrooks' future with the club. He is one of the main reasons they were comfortable in trading away Kevin Youkilis. So far this season, Middlebrooks is hitting .192/.228/.375 with six home runs. He should pull out of his early season slump at some point. Ross, is a solid back-up/platoon catcher. The Red Sox will need him throughout the season. Ross is hitting .237/.341/.579.
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