Will Middlebrooks leaves Red Sox game due to illness

September 09, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was removed from the Red Sox' game against the Orioles after five innings. The reason was not immediately known. UPDATE: The Red Sox announced that Middlebrooks left the game due to illness. He is the third Sox player to fall prey to a bug making the rounds in the clubhouse, with Brock Holt and Mike Napoli likewise having missed time. Middlebrooks has been on the disabled list twice this year, first for a calf strain and then from late-May through the beginning of August for a broken right index finger. Last week, Middlebrooks -- who turned 26 on Tuesday -- said that this year has been a constant physical struggle, even as he is no longer dealing with any specific injury that might prevent him from playing. "I just feel like it's been an uphill battle this whole year. But it's not like I'm out there playing through tremendous amounts of pain," said Middlebrooks. "It's just small nagging things that haven't all the way gone away. I'm not hurt. It's just things I did during the year that take a while to heal, and if you're out there every day, you're going to feel them. But I'm not the only guy doing that. A lot of guys are." Before his removal, Middlebrooks went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He is hitting .182 with a .509 OPS this year while striking out in 31 percent of plate appearances.