Middlebrooks back in action after broken wrist
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The always wildly entertaining Red Sox Truck Day is a mere 10 days away, which means spring training in Ft. Myers is just around the corner. Until then, guys like Will Middlebrooks are still in Boston, healing and honing their skills.
As a rookie Will Middlebrooks made an immediate impact, hitting 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 75 games for the Red Sox. But his solid first impression wasn't a lasting one.
“I had a pretty good idea it was broken about a second after it happened. The trainers came out and I said something crunched, but it could’ve been my batting glove, but you may want to check it out,” said Middlebrooks.
Middlebrooks immediate diagnosis was correct. His wrist was broken and his season was over.
“I felt like I was finally settling in and becoming part of the team. It was a very tough time,” said Middlebrooks.
After spending an offseason in and out of rehab, Middlebrooks is back.
“I think I can say it’s 100 percent. I finished my rehab early in the offseason so I’ve had a pretty normal offseason of workouts and I’ve started hitting again already,” said Middlebrooks.
Middlebrooks put in the work to earn his position as Red Sox third baseman, sending Kevin Youkilis out of Boston. With spring training right around the corner, he’s familiar with the phrase ‘what goes around, comes around,’ so this season, don’t expect his mentality to change.
“I’m gonna go in like I’m fighting for position ‘cause for one thing I haven’t played since August, so I need to get ready,” said Middlebrooks.
Middlebrooks’ motivation also lies at the heart of the team.
“Obviously we are all disappointed with how it ended up and we’re ready to turn a new leaf, win some games,” said Middlebrooks.