Fans of the Boston Red Sox can breathe a collective sigh of relief, at least for now. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks appears to be okay after leaving a spring training game early on Wednesday, February 27 because of right wrist pain. Middlebrooks suffered a broken wrist on August 10 last season that caused him to miss the final two months of the season.
Middlebrooks was one of the few bright spots for the Red Sox in 2012. In 75 games he had a .288 batting average with 15 home runs and 54 runs batted in. The 24 year old looked like an American League Rookie of the Year candidate before he was hit by an Esmil Rogers pitch in August.
The Red Sox medical staff thinks the pain on Wednesday may have been caused by scar tissue in the wrist. Red Sox fans hope the medical team is right because if Middlebrooks misses any significant time it puts a serious crimp in the team's plans for 2013. For a team that is trying to turn the page after two disappointing seasons it is imperative that young talent like Middlebrooks be able to stay on the field. If fans see at least some things going right on the field, they will be more likely to endure any rebuilding mode a team needs to go through. Middlebrooks is that glimmer of hope for the future for the Red Sox.