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Will Middlebrooks to see wrist specialist

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  February 28, 2013 08:44 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla – Will Middlebrooks continued to say he was fine and that Red Sox medical staff and trainers told him there's nothing structurally wrong with his right wrist.

But the Red Sox were also exercising caution after Middlebrooks left the first inning of Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss against the Baltimore Orioles holding his right wrist against his side and in pain,

The pain went away quickly, but the Sox have scheduled a visit with a wrist specialist this morning and that will determine whether further tests will be conducted.

Middlebrooks broke the same wrist when he was hit by a pitch last August.

It was the first time, he said, that he had checked his swing that abruptly and the feeling is he might have jarred some scar tissue.

"It didn't look good at the time," manager John Farrell said this morning. "He seems much better."

"It scared me. Awkward feeling. Awkward movement of the wrist," Middlebrooks said this morning. "Initial zing of pain and that was it."

Middlebrooks said he could work out today and hit, but he said the team would likely be cautious and sit him out.

He was fitted for a new batting glove that would protect the outside of the wrist.

"I had soreness this offseason, but not hurt," Middlebrooks said.

"We hope it isn't. It's hard to tell right now," he said when asked if a repeat of last year might have occurred. "There's no pain or structural damage. So initially I would say no, probably not."

"Maybe it's scar tissue floating around and maybe I broke it up a little bit," he said.

He saw the video of the check swing this morning and said, "It didn't look good. Just freaked me out. It was the first time I'd really checked my swing like that and I was kind of caught in between. Wasn't a normal check-swing."

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