More Rule 5 picks

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In the interests of completeness:

  • The Pirates take John Raynor from the Marlins.

  • The Orioles take Benjamin Snyder from the Giants and ship him to Texas to complete the Kevin Millwood deal.

  • The Royals take Edgar Osuna from the Braves.

  • The Indians take Hector Ambriz from the Diamondbacks.

  • The Astros take Jorge Jiminez from the Red Sox.

  • The Mets take Carlos Monasterios from the Phillies.

  • The A’s take Bobby Cassaveh from the Angels

They’re still going.  If you know any of these people it’s probably because you’re either one of the people who picked them or because you’re their momma or something.

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.