Angels bring back veteran infielder Quinlan

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The Angels have agreed to a new deal with free agent Robb Quinlan, writes MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer.
Quinlan was widely expected to depart, probably for the National League, after a third straight season in which he contributed little to the Angels’ cause. The seven-year veteran has spent his entire career in Anaheim, and he was an outstanding bench player in 2006, when he hit .321/.344/.491 in 234 at-bats. However, in the three years since, he’s posted OPSs of 652, 637 and 614.
The thinking was that Quinlan would be more useful to an NL team, but no one offered him a guaranteed deal. Instead, he’s settling for a minor league pact and a chance to battle for a spot on the Angels. Barring more additions, it looks like Terry Evans, Reggie Willits, Quinlan, Freddy Sandoval, Chris Pettit and Bobby Wilson will compete for two bench jobs. Evans and Wilson will have the advantage of being out of options.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle 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.