Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 as a designated hitter while he recovers from a broken right index finger. When he does come off the disabled list, he'll rejoin a crowded infield in Boston. That's why Farrell may try him in the outfield during this rehab stint.
"We may take a look at him in the outfield just to answer any questions of flexibility that we can before a decision on the roster is to be made," Farrell said. "If that gives us ability to find at-bats for Will if he were to come back here in that capacity, so be it."
Middlebrooks is batting .197/.305/.324 in 71 at-bats this season.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.