Middlebrooks, who left Sunday's game with a lower right leg strain, has been placed on the 15-day DL by the Brewers. Middlebrooks, who hit well in his time at Triple-A Colorado Springs, has struggled in his limited work with the Brewers this season. It's unclear how much time the 27-year-old third baseman will miss, but he will have to play well and prove he's fully healthy in his rehab appearances to steal time away from Hernan Perez, who has been playing really well at the hot corner for Milwaukee.
Updating a previous report, Middlebrooks left Sunday's game early due to a lower leg strain. It doesn't sound like the ailment is overly serious, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Middlebrooks rested Monday against Arizona. If he does end up being unavailable, Hernan Perez and Jake Elmore are both candidates to get the start at third.
Middlebrooks left Sunday's game in the fourth inning with an apparent leg injury, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Middlebrooks popped out to second base on the play, and injured himself somewhere along the way. He needed to be helped off the field by teammates, and appeared unable to put much weight on the leg. According to the live broadcast, the injury appears to be something related to his calf, which may indicate a cramp due to the high level of humidity in Milwaukee on Sunday. Consider him day-to-day in advance of Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks.
Middlebrooks is in the lineup, playing third base and batting sixth, against St. Louis on Saturday. Middlebrooks' contract was selected on July 3 to provide infield depth with the departure of Aaron Hill to the Red Sox. Middlebrooks, who's 1-for-5 with two strikeouts so far for the Brewers, is in line to serve in a two-man platoon role with Hernan Perez going forward.
Middlebrooks' contract was selected by the Brewers on Sunday. Middlebrooks will add some depth around the Milwaukee infield as the Brewers head to Washington to open a road series with the Nationals on Monday. The former Red Sox and Padres third baseman has spent this entire season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he has put together a respectable .282/.308/.508 slash line over 264 at-bats. He has not hit above .220 at the major league level since 2013.