Probable No. 1 pick Harper now clear for 2010 draft

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Bryce Harper, who has long been viewed as the top talent in the 2010 draft, received his GED results on Wednesday and passed with “flying colors,” his junior college coach told Baseball America.
Harper left high school early in an effort to clear the way for him to sign a professional contract next year. He’ll be draft eligible as a 17-year-old, and he should be taken by the Nationals with the first overall pick unless his bonus demands get in the way.

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.