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Will Middlebrooks cleared to play

FORT MYERS, Fla – Will Middlebrooks was cleared to play by a specialist Thursday before participating in batting practice, and was tentatively expected to resume play on Friday night.

Middlebrooks left Wednesday’s game when he took an awkward swing at a fastball in the first inning and felt a sharp pain in his right wrist, the same wrist that was broken last August when he was hit by a pitch.

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