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Red Sox put Will Middlebrooks on DL

Apr 4, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (16) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Apr 4, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (16) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI showed a grade 1 strain in his right calf.

Middlebrooks, who was hitting .231 with a home run in the Sox’s first four games, was a late scratch before Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee. After dealing with back and rib issues last season, he was looking forward to a season free of nagging injuries.

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“He was disappointed yesterday when he first felt the calf grab him,” Farrell said. “Today’s exam probably confirmed some of the thoughts yesterday based on the way he was reacting and responding to the sprints that he went through and what he felt afterward. Unfortunately, we’re missing a power righthanded bat that was getting off to what looked to be a pretty darn good-looking start.”

The Red Sox called up Brock Holt from Triple A Pawtucket. He will share duties at third with Jonathan Herrera, who went 1 for 4 in fill-in duty on Saturday.

“We’ll see what the matchup might provide with those two guys,” Farrell said.

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The possibility of calling up prospect Garin Cecchini was tempting — the 22-year-old is hitting .556 through his first three games with the PawSox — but Farrell said he thought it was too soon.

“While he’s had good at-bats, there’s still some development defensively that’s taking place,” Farrell said. “His time is coming, but didn’t feel like it was right now.”

With the PawSox playing an afternoon game against Lehigh Valley today, Holt was originally in the lineup as the leadoff hitter. But when he heard about Middlebrooks’ injury, he said he figure he might get a call.

“It was on my radar,” Holt said. “Any time someone goes down up here, wheels start spinning. So it was on my radar. I went to Pawtucket this morning expecting to play there and now I’m here. So happy to be here.”

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