Will Middlebrooks, David Ross out

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Wednesday's 15-8 loss to the Twins that an MRI taken of Will Middlebrooks' ribs came back clean and he expects the third baseman to return to the lineup Thursday.

Both Middlebrooks and catcher David Ross sat out Wednesday's game in the aftermath of Tuesday night's collision.

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 shin guard peeling back.

Farrell, speaking before Wednesday's game on radio station WEEI with Michael Holley and Mike Salk, had said that both players remain day-to-day but that Ross could play in an emergency if needed.

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 kept 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 got the start at catcher and Pedro Ciriaco played third base Wednesday night.