MASH Unit: Middlebrooks day-day, Victorino hopes to avoid DL, Ross on rehab, Morales sharp

The Guru
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Will Middlebrooks left Thursday’s 12-3 loss with lower back spasms following an at-bat in the fourth inning. Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game that Middlebrooks is day-to-day. Middlebrooks seemed to have "tweaked" something Wednesday night in Chicago. He’s now 2-for-19 over his last five games, and his season average is down to .201.

Right fielder Shane Victorino continues to improve, but was not available for last nights opener against the Indians. Victorino, who experienced tightness in his left hamstring and departed in the sixth inning of Monday night's 6-4 loss to the White Sox in Chicago, did sprints and other drills in the outfield before last nights game. He's still day-to-day and the hope is he will avoid a retroactive DL stint.

Catcher David Ross (concussion) and pitcher Franklin Morales (back) both made rehab appearances Thursday with Double-A Portland.

Ross batted third, going 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double and two strikeouts. Ross has been out since May 11 with concussion-related symptoms. Ross should rejoin the Red Sox today.

Morales made his second rehab appearance with Portland and earned the win. He worked five strong innings on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The lefty threw 77 pitches (52 strikes), with an unearned run. There's no word when Morales may be ready to join the Sox bullpen.

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