SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 30: Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox strikes out to end the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
After apparently injuring his hamstring in last night's game, Middlebrooks will take the day off, forcing Nick Punto into the lineup at third base. Mike Aviles, meanwhile, will be back in action at shortstop.
It's not the first time Middlebrooks has dealt with hamstring issues, having been pulled from a game earlier this season with a similar complaint. There doesn't seem to be any DL trip imminent, but that could change given the proximity of the All-Star break and the limited flexibility of the roster at the moment. For now, we just have to hope that tomorrow will bring good news.
Meanwhile, Coco Crisp will be the designated hitter for the Athletics. Yeah. That's a thing that's happening.
|BOSTON RED SOX||OAKLAND ATHLETICS|
|Daniel Nava, LF||Coco Crisp, DH|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Jemile Weeks, 2B|
|David Ortiz, DH||Josh Reddick, RF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Yoenis Cespedes, CF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Seth Smith, LF|
|Cody Ross, RF||Derek Norris, C|
|Ryan Kalish, CF||Brandon Moss, 1B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Brandon Inge, 3B|
|Nick Punto, 3B||Cliff Pennington, SS|