Matt Stairs still hoping to land a job at age 41, has dropped 31 pounds this
winter, reports ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Stairs has gone from 230
pounds to 199 — the lightest he’s been in about 15 years. Stairs lost the weight on the Nutrisystem program.
It’s a pretty sad comment that Charlie Manuel’s, Geovany Soto‘s and Matt Stairs’ waistlines are making me feel bad about my physical condition. In fact, it’s enough to make me want to get back into the habit of going to the gym.
My gym is still open, isn’t it?
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.