• Third baseman Middlebrooks is feeling better each day as he works back from a fractured right index finger.
"Will feels like the range of motion is continuing," said Farrell. "We put a bat in his hand a little bit [Sunday]. He still feels a little discomfort when he's throwing a baseball, and that's because of the bending back, the hyperextending of the finger."
• The Red Sox continue to go conservatively with right fielder Shane Victorino, who is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a right hamstring strain.
"Vic continues to gradually increase the ground-base work -- that's running, that's agility work, all the things he's going to have to accomplish before we get him out [on a rehab assignment]," said Farrell.
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