Middlebrooks does not need surgery


CLEVELAND (AP) - Boston rookie Will Middlebrooks is not having surgery on his broken right wrist.

The third baseman said Sunday that doctors told him the injury will heal without an operation. Middlebrooks is unsure if he will return this season, however.

Middlebrooks hit .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 75 games. He is the 25th player to go on the disabled list this season for the Red Sox, losers of eight of 11. He was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning Friday night.

Danny Valencia, acquired in a trade from Minnesota on Aug. 5, started at third Sunday as Boston tried to salvage a split of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Utility man Pedro Ciriaco started there Saturday night.

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