Middlebrooks won't need surgery on wrist

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox got a bit of good news on third baseman Will Middlebrooks' broken bone in his right wrist as the rookie said before Sunday's game that he won't need surgery.

"We'll see how it goes for a few weeks," Middlebrooks said. "The doctors told me everything should be fine, it should heal just fine."

Middlebrooks was hit by a pitch in Friday's game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Indians. He could miss the rest of the season.

"I've been hit in the wrist before, but it was never broken," he said. "I could almost feel and hear it crunch, but I don't know if that was the Velcro on my batting glove or the bone."

If Middlebrooks is done for the season, he had a successful one. He batted .288 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs.

"When the season is over maybe I'll have a chance to reflect on it and say it's gone pretty well," Middlebrooks said. "We all want to win. We're trying to get to the playoffs and I can't help."

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said there wasn't a displaced bone in Middlebrooks' wrist, which would have required surgery.

Danny Valencia, recalled from Triple A Pawtucket on Saturday, could get the bulk of the playing time at third base.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," he said. "I thought I was swinging the bat pretty well (at Pawtucket). My average wasn't where I wanted it to be. I was doing a good job with my production."

He said he hasn't been told about how much he'll play.

Valencia was traded to the Red Sox from Minnesota on Aug. 5. He started the season as the Twins' everyday third baseman.

"I got off to a slow start in April," he said. "I was sent down in May. I was traded over here. It seems like I was the odd man out.

"It's nice to be playing for a team looking to play in the postseason."