Middlebrooks hopes to swing bat before season ends

Middlebrooks hopes to swing bat before season ends

BOSTON -- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks reached an important milestone in his comeback a couple of days ago when he was able to shed the hard cast from his fractured right wrist.

Middlebrooks still wears a soft cast at times, but he is slowly ramping back up toward baseball activities.

The hope now, said Middlebrooks, is that he can take batting practice before the season ends and start his offseason on a good note.

Middlebrooks is confident that he'll be fully ready for the start of Spring Training and that the injury won't impact his production going forward.

Being reduced to spectator status since his injury on Aug. 10 has been crushing to Middlebrooks.

"I hate not being there for my team," said Middlebrooks. "I'm not a very good cheerleader."