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    Setbacks for Victorino, Middlebrooks

    Both rehabbing Red Sox position players, outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, have been shut down, as they continue to cope with their lingering injuries.

    Victorino’s lower back has flared up during his attempt to recover from a hamstring strain, and Middlebrooks’ broken finger is giving him problems.

    Farrell said, “He’s going through treatment (to his lower back) right now. We don’t have a date that he’s going to resume (baseball activities).”

    Middlebrooks did not re-fracture his finger, said Farrell, but needs more rest before resuming rehab games.

    “It’s just the symptoms that he’s dealing with, with the volume and it’s more centered around the throwing. He’s able to still grip a bat but in the throwing motion, that’s where he feels it most.”
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    Hope they both get well soon, both guys are missed in the lineup.
    With the deepest of regrets I am announcing that I will be leaving Pro Sports Daily. No reason in particular but wanted to thank everyone for a great 6 years here. Lots of great discussion and good poll series as well. Also fun re-drafts. Best of luck to you all in the future.

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    Shane Victorino’s long and pot-hole-filled road back from his last game on May 23 grew even longer, when the club said that he is experiencing increased back strain symptoms. Rather than resume his rehab with Lowell today, Victorino will begin no earlier than tomorrow. There is no chance that Victorino will be ready to return before the All-Star break.

    “There’s a tentative plan in place that had him up to five consecutive days of games played, and that was going to include a progression, from the typical two to three at-bats all the way to nine full innings,” said Farrell. “We’re still following that guide.
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    Thanks for 2013, Shane.

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    It may well be time for him to retire (and save the Sox $13M next year!).

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    Even last year he missed 40 regular season games and a few playoff games.

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    Will Middlebrooks (fractured right index finger) has been primarily a designated hitter during his 20-day rehab stint with the PawSox, but did make his third start at third base on Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio, playing seven innings. In seven rehab games, Middlebrooks is 6-for-22 with two walks and three RBI.

    “Everything is done from a health standpoint and keeping the finger under control,” said Boles. “He’s feeling much better lately and we are just monitoring his activity on defense.”
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    Brian MacPherson ‏@brianmacp 1h

    Will Middlebrooks is not on the PawSox lineup card. His rehab was halted again on Sunday after he jammed his wrist last Friday.

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    When he sat for a week the Sox re-started his re-hab clock. I think it was primarily to prevent losing any players because the re-set to the re-hab clock means that it runs past the trade deadline.

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    They could simply option Middlebrooks if his re-hab clock was up.

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    Since returning to his 
Triple-A Pawtucket rehab on July 18, Will Middlebrooks had six hits in seven games, including home runs in each of his last two games heading into last night. However, the Red Sox do not sound as if a call-up is imminent, certainly not before the July 31 trading deadline.

    “We’ve outlined some things directly to him on timing and what we’re hoping to accomplish while he’s in Pawtucket and he’s doing that,” said Farrell, adding that Middlebrooks still has a bright future with the Red Sox.

    “By playing third base, hitting to the capabilities that he’s shown in the past,’’ said Farrell. “Not just in Will’s case, but I think with any position player, you produce offensively, you’re going to find a way to make room and get yourself in the lineup and unfortunately the last year and a half, the injury bug has hit him pretty consistently and it’s totally out of his control. But he’s also proven in his first year that this is a right-handed bat that has well above average power, which is what we’re looking for.”

    Farrell said the reports from Pawtucket are that Middlebrooks’ timing is “gaining consistency. He’s responding to everything physically as we would hope and he’s doing a good job.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Station 13 View Post
    They could simply option Middlebrooks if his re-hab clock was up.
    Yes, they could. However, then they have to deal with his lost confidence. By waiting until a deal is made (for prospects) they can simply keep him on "rehab" and then promote him without having to broach the subject.

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