A short blooping foul ball down the third baseline turned into a potential double dose of bad news for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against the Twins, as if a 6-0 Twins lead in the eighth wasn’t bad enough.
David Ross and Will Middlebrooks were running flat out after a foul ball in the fifth inning Tuesday night and collided into one another and the wall as they both dove for the ball. Middlebrooks made a great diving stab to snare the ball.
That was the good news. The bad news happened seconds later when Ross stood up, obviously gimpy from the collision. He left immediately after the crash and was later diagnosed with a left quad contusion.
Middlebrooks, who initially looked to get the worst of collision – grimacing after he came up with the grab – remained in the game but came out in the seventh with what the Red Sox called “right side pain.”