“I don’t want to say they’ve choked, but, yeah, they have choked. They’ve choked a little bit.”
— Twins’ outfielder Denard Span on the Tigers bad weekend. You tend not to see too much bulletin board material in baseball, and when you do it’s usually fairly weak and equivocal like this. But we’ll take what we can get. It’s not like Jason Kubel is going to give incendiary quotes or Mauer is going to do some throat-slashing thing or something.
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.