Sunday notes: Will Middlebrooks (right calf) heads to DL, Brock Holt recalled, Garin Cecchini on hold for now

Mike Petraglia
April 06, 2014 - 7:40 am

After feeling a twinge in his lower right leg during pre-game sprints Saturday night, Will Middlebrooks was diagnosed Sunday with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf and immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list. The third baseman underwent an MRI Sunday morning that revealed the nature of the injury. Taking Middlebrooks place on the roster is utility infielder Brock Holt, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. In playing the first four games of the season, Middlebrooks was 4-for-13 (.231) with one homer, one double and four strikeouts. "He was disappointed when he first felt the calf grab him," Farrell said. "The exam probably confirmed some of the thoughts based on the way he was reacting and responding to the sprints he went through and what he felt afterward. Unfortunately, we're missing a power right-handed bat that was getting off to what looked to be a pretty darned good start." "It's going to be case. He'll be back on the field when he's first available but it's not going to be for another two weeks." Longer? "Could be but we don't know that yet." Farrell said the organization decided against promoting top infield prospect Garin Cecchini due to the desire to see Cecchini get more defensive reps with Triple-A Pawtucket. "While he's had some good at-bats there there's still some development defensively that's taking place," Farrell said. "His time is coming but we didn't feel like it was right now." Cecchini is hitting 5-for-9 (.556) in his first four games with Pawtucket this week. Holt comes to Boston after being one of the last cuts in camp, when the team decided to keep infielder Jonathan Herrera. "We'll see what the best matchup might provide with those two guys," Farrell said of Herrera and Holt. "Right now, Brock is the one that is on the roster. To get someone here currently to fill that spot and then in response to put Will on the DL. Whether we look find a better fit, that's something we're always looking for, not just this case but every other case so we'll see what transpires over the two-week period that Will is going to be missed." Herrera was thrown into the fire Saturday night as the emergency fill-in at third base when Middlebrooks was initially scratched. "This is a veteran guy who's been accustomed to that role," Farrell said of Herrera. "He finds a way to contribute based on his skills and he was able to do that [Saturday] night. Short notice, given the level of experience he has, he's been in that position before and did everything we could've asked." Here are some other takeaways from Farrell Sunday morning:

  • On Brandon Workman and his contribution Saturday night out of the bullpen: "He's gained an awful lot of trust by myself and the staff to put him in high-leverage situations. His versatility is a main asset for him, in addition to his talents. I wouldn't single Workman out solely [Saturday] night. Every guy that came out of that bullpen did a very good job for us."
  • Craig Breslow will get another rehab appearance Monday for Pawtucket: "We feel like we have a very good relief corps that's currently with us. Craig is going to make one more appearance with Pawtucket on Monday and then we'll reassess where's he's at after that. But the overall strike-throwing ability of the group down there is very good and when you're pressed into using four and five guys into a given night, the ability to have two guys that can go multiple innings is key for us. It puts a little bit of strain and stress on the day following but we're comfortable with the group that's down there right now."
  • On factoring Jon Lester into heavily using the bullpen the night before his start: "That's part of the thought but you also know that you've got the ability to make changes to get a fresh arm in, if needed. [The next day's] starter is somewhat factored in but you're focused on how do you get through today and give us the best chance to win."
  • On Mike Carp and his back, which caused him to be scratched Saturday before entering the game in the late innings: "He's available today. He hit some off a tee early so he was able to get some work done during the game last night that enabled him to get on the field. Like other situations, we're monitoring it and he's going to have some managing of it but not to the extent of taking him away from us."