Middlebrooks to see wrist specialist

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks told reporters Thursday morning that his right wrist checked out OK with the team’s medical staff, but he is going to see a wrist specialist later Thursday to determine whether more tests were needed.

Manager John Farrell said Thursday morning that Middlebrooks seemed “much better,” according to the Boston Globe.

Middlebrooks left Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles after hurting his right wrist on a checked swing in the first inning. It’s the same wrist he fractured less than seven months earlier on an errant pitch, an injury that cut should his rookie season.

Middlebrooks, who will be fitted for a protective batting glove, told reporters the initial exam didn’t reveal any structural damage and that the pain went away quickly. He added that he was ready to hit Thursday. The Sox are holding him out of the cages for the day as a precaution.