ST. PETERSBURG -- For the first time since fracturing his right wrist on Aug. 10, third baseman Will Middlebrooks threw a baseball on Tuesday.

"At this point we knew the fracture is healed and we had been doing a lot of stretching and I felt good, so I said, 'Let's go toss.' So we went out and tossed a little bit, just about 60 feet," said Middlebrooks. "It felt fine, just a little tight and a bit awkward. It has been six weeks."

The next big milestone for Middlebrooks will be swinging a bat.

When might that happen?

"Probably in a couple of weeks," Middlebrooks said. "I grabbed a [bat] a few days ago and it was pretty sore and I thought, 'OK, not the right time.' But today I grabbed it and it was a lot better. It's still not good and I couldn't swing, but it's a start."

Being sidelined with a major injury for the first time in his career has been tough to take for Middlebrooks.

"I've been impatient for the last four weeks," Middlebrooks said, "but it felt good to get out there today and make some throws. I felt like a baseball player again."

Before the injury, Middlebrooks was probably the story of the season for the Red Sox. He hit .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 75 games.