I tuned into tonight's game vs the Orioles a little late, so I missed the play that prompted the following tweets:
Middlebrooks just came out of game after checked swing in 1st May have hurt right wrist, same one he fractured last season. Will update
Obviously just a guess right now. But the way Middlebrooks threw his helmet and was holding his hand sure didn't look good
As Middlebrooks left dugout and entered tunnel into clubhouse, he was heard screaming an expletive that can easily be guessed at #Redsox
The wrist injury was last August 10. While I wouldn't want to rush to judgment until we hear a diagnosis, the bottom line is there's a really short list when it comes to 3B depth:
Pedro Ciriaco - 37 career MLB games at 3B out of 107 total (35 last year w. BOS), plus 4 of 815 total in the minors (3 last year with the PawSox). On 40-man roster.
Mauro Gomez - 9 of 25 MLB games at 3B (all last year w. BOS), plus 79 of 812 total in the minors (8 last year w. PawSox). On 40-man roster.
Drew Sutton - 22 career MLB games at 3B out of 128 total (11 last year w. TBR, 8 in 2011 w. BOS), plus 154 of 811 total in the minors (7 last year w. PIT/ARL systems, 9 w. PawSox in 2011). Not on 40-man roster.
Justin Henry - Has never played in majors. 60 career games at 3B out of 667 total (37 last year w. AAA Toledo). Not on 40-man roster.
Brock Holt - On 40-man roster. Has never played 3B as a pro.
Looks like it would be Ciriaco by default. Gomez would be an utter disaster there.
I'm hoping this doesn't evolve into a "Should Bogaerts get a shot??" debate, considering he's never played the position prior to this spring, and further considering he's still a prospect who's never faced the type of breaking balls he'll be seeing in AAA, let alone the majors.
Edited by mabrowndog, 27 February 2013 - 08:14 PM.