Middlebrooks showing no ill effects of broken wrist

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The best way to gauge how well Will Middlebrooks has recovered from his right wrist fracture of last August is to listen to him take a round of batting practice.

"There's no limitations at all," said manager John Farrell. "When you see him take BP, the sound off his bat is different than most guys, even in this camp. He's fully healed from the fracture."

Middlebrooks doesn't even think about his wrist anymore. Instead, he's just focusing on getting ready for the season.

"It was a pretty simple rehab," Middlebrooks said. "I was in a cast for eight weeks and I got out and just did some strengthening things. It's not ligaments, it's not tendons, it was bone. So it was not really a whole lot of rehab. It was just kind of a waiting game, and I'm absolutely 100 percent right now. I feel normal now. I feel as it did before I got hit."