MLB investigating Fielder's clubhouse charge

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princefieldernothappy.jpgCraig documented earlier today the story of Prince Fielder losing his mind and trying to go after Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota following last night’s game in Los Angeles.

Fielder had been plunked by Mota with the Dodgers leading 17-4 in the ninth inning. It may have been a retaliatory move by Mota, as L.A.’s Manny Ramirez and Juan Pierre had both been plunked earlier in the game.

Now from the Los Angeles Times comes a report that MLB is investigating the incident.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told the Times that Bob Watson, who is essentially the league’s vice principal, could announce any potential fines or suspensions by the end of the week.

“It’s usually pretty quick,” Courtney said. “They get the umpire report, Watson talks to whoever he feels is necessary and gets video of it if it’s available and then makes a decision.”

Interesting that he should mention video, because there is some here.

The video is kind of ho-hum, actually. Just a lot of words bleeped out and a bunch of Brewers milling around outside the Dodgers’ clubhouse. For sheer entertainment value, I wish the incident had gone down the way the Sporting News envisions it. Click here. It’s worth it.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.