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Grade 1 calf strain lands Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks on 15-day DL

Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 26, 2014 in Fort Myers, Florida.
Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 26, 2014 in Fort Myers, Florida.
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

A Grade 1 calf strain has led the Boston Red Sox to place third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list. According to a report by ESPN on April 6, the team announced the move prior to Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Middlebrooks suffered the injury while warming up prior to Saturday’s game and was unable to play in the game. On Sunday, Middlebrooks underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with the calf strain that will keep him out of the lineup at an inopportune time both for Middlebrooks and the team that is currently on a three-game losing streak.

Red Sox manager John Farrell expressed Middlebrooks’s disappointment after Sunday’ loss.

“He was disappointed yesterday when he first felt the calf grab him. Today’s exam probably confirmed some of the thoughts yesterday based on the way he was reacting and responding to the sprints that he went through and what he felt afterwards. Unfortunately we’re missing a power right-handed bat that was getting off to what looked to be a pretty good start.”

Middlebrooks is expected to return to the lineup as soon as he is eligible to be activated. In the meantime, the team is pretty thin at the position. Utility infielder Jonathan Herrera will fill in and the team has also recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket. Holt got the nod over one of the team’s top prospects, Garin Cecchini, who needs more time in his defensive development.

The team will be pressed to replace the offensive void now present with Will Middlebrooks’s absence.

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