It’s just been that kind of season for the Red Sox.

Every time a key cog gets ready to return to the lineup, someone goes down with their own injury seemingly right on cue, and on Friday night — with David Ortiz‘ return to regular duty seemingly imminent — that somebody was rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

It looks like Middlebrooks will miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist, and that means the Red Sox will go the entire 2012 campaign without ever being able to field their projected preseason lineup. In the here-and-now, however, the Sox need options at third base, and among those are Nick Punto, the newly acquired Danny Valencia and Pedro Ciriaco, who started at third on Saturday.

Watch the video above to hear Bobby Valentine on Middlebrooks’ injury, in addition to Dale Arnold and Dennis Eckersley‘s take on those hot corner options.