Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday night's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals with hamstring tightness, WEEI reports. Nick Punto has entered the game to replace Middlebrooks at third base.
Middlebrooks appeared slow rounding third base from second off of a Marlon Byrd single to right field. Cramping in his hamstring kept him out of Saturday's game as well. Middlebrooks reached base on a double down the right field line with one out before leaving.
As Gethin Coolbaugh pointed out, Middlebrooks has been one of the Red Sox biggest bright spots this season. The youngster upped his average to .409 on the season with the double. Middlebrooks has seven extra-base hits in five major league games played.
The Red Sox currently lead 4-3 at the top of the sixth inning. They are looking to record their 13th win of the season.