Red Sox 3B Middlebrooks leaves with hamstring pain
Red Sox rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday
night’s game against the Kansas City Royals with tightness in his
Middlebrooks doubled in the second inning and advanced to third
on a single by Marlon Byrd, but he appeared to wince when he pulled
up rounding the bag. Boston manager Bobby Valentine came out to
check on him, but Middlebrooks remained in the game.
He scored moments later on a base hit by Kelly Shoppach, and was
replaced by Nick Punto when the Red Sox took the field for the
bottom half of the inning.
The double by Middlebrooks put him in rare company. Enos
Slaughter is the only other player since 1920 to have at least one
extra-base hit each of his first five major league games.