Both Middlebrooks and catcher David Ross sat out Wednesday's game in the aftermath of Tuesday night's collision. Middlebrooks and Ross collided in pursuit of a foul popup in the fifth inning Tuesday by Chris Parmelee. Middlebrooks also was sore in his right side but went down to the batting cage and took some soft toss. How did Ross see the play evolve? Farrell, speaking before Wednesday's game on radio station WEEI with Michael Holley and Mike Salk, had said that both players remain day-to-day but that Ross could play in an emergency if needed. "Again, when he slid on his side, he kind of whipped over and slammed into the wall there," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.