Farrell: No rib fracture for Middlebrooks

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said medical tests showed no rib fracture for Will Middlebrooks in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s collision with catcher David Ross.

Farrell, speaking on radio station WEEI with Michael Holley and Mike Salk, said that both players remain day-to-day and neither one will be in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Ross could play in an emergency if needed, Farrell said.

Both players arrived at Fenway Park early Wednesday afternoon. Ross was “much improved” but still felt soreness in his left knee because of what the team called a bruised quadriceps. Middlebrooks also was sore in his right side but went down to the batting cage and took some soft toss.

“He fought a little bit” to be in the lineup, Farrell said, but the team is keeping him out of action for precautionary reasons.

“They both got banged up pretty good," he said, “but it doesn’t look long term. Both are day-to-day."

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is catching and Pedro Ciriaco will be playing third base.

Middlebrooks and Ross collided in pursuit of a foul popup in the fifth inning Tuesday by Chris Parmelee. Middlebrooks made the catch, but flipped over and wound up sliding into the low retaining wall along the third-base box seats. Ross, meanwhile, banged his knee against the ground, his right shinguard peeling back.

* Farrell also said that he expects Felix Doubront to return to starting after one full turn through the rotation, meaning Allen Webster is likely ticketed to return to Pawtucket after he starts Wednesday.