Will Middlebrooks may as well be the invisible man.

Middlebrooks is here, part of the Red Sox [team stats] traveling party for a week-long road trip that ends tonight with the finale of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. But for five weeks, a broken right wrist has left the rookie third baseman feeling, at times, like he isn't really here.

Evan Longoria can relate.

Longoria was a hotshot Rays rookie in 2008 when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Seattle Mariners reliever J.J. Putz in early August and suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right wrist. At the time, the third baseman had 22 home runs, seven more than Middlebrooks when he was struck by a fastball from Indians reliever Esmil Rogers in the eighth inning of an Aug. 10 game in Cleveland.