Middlebrooks took BP today

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Will Middlebrooks took batting practice back at Fort Myers on Thursday, and manager John Farrell said he could play in Friday night's game against the Pirates in JetBlue Park.

"That’s all good news," Farrell said. "The fact he was able to swing a bat and test it out is all positive."

Middlebrooks left Wednesday night's game against the Orioles after feeling, according to Farrell, a "zinging sensation" in his surgically repaired right wrist on a checked swing. After getting seen by a specialist Thursday morning, he was pronounced OK to resume baseball activities.