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Middlebrooks returns; Salty, Gomes remain out


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox got third baseman Will Middlebrooks back in the lineup on Saturday, just three days after a scare with his recently fractured right wrist forced him out of the game after an uncomfortable check swing.

But manager John Farrell does have some other bumps and bruises to track.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and left fielder Jonny Gomes were out of the lineup for the third straight day.

Saltalamacchia, who has been bothered by lower back stiffness, is expected to return in a day or two.

Gomes, who needed three stitches in his left knee after running into the wall in Sarasota, is on the same schedule.

How is Gomes doing?

[Complaining] and moaning about why he's not playing," said Farrell. "He feels good. But last year, there was a situation with another laceration where it lingered on by not taking advantage of the time initially. We want to make sure the initial healing of the skin is heading in the right direction before we get him back out there. I would hope, whether it's Sunday or Monday, we just want to give it three to five days initially to let that suture take care of itself."

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