NEW YORK -- Quietly, a significant event took place for Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks before Monday's game against the Yankees. For the first time since he fractured his right wrist on Aug. 10 in Cleveland, Middlebrooks took batting practice.
"It went really well," Middlebrooks said on Tuesday. "Better than I thought it would. I hit a few balls out, which kind of surprised me, because it still feels pretty weak. I'm a little sore today. It's just a gauge. And they feel more comfortable now with me going into the offseason and doing my workouts and I don't really have to worry about anything."
Middlebrooks would have hit on the field again on Tuesday, but rain spoiled that, so Middlebrooks took some hacks in the indoor cage.
Though batting practice is something a player usually takes for granted, this was a big step for Middlebrooks heading into the winter.
"I was so excited all day yesterday," Middlebrooks said. "I wanted to tell you guys [in the media], but I was trying to keep it under wraps. It was fun. It just felt good to get out there again."
Before the injury, Middlebrooks was perhaps the bright spot of the season for the Red Sox, hitting .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs.