Brandon Wood to get the nod at third for Anaheim

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Mike Scioscia more or less confirmed what folks who think a lot about baseball had been hoping for: Brandon Wood will break Angels’ camp as the starting third baseman.  There had been concerns that the three-year, $10-million deal the club gave to Maicer Izturis this winter would serve to block Wood. Again.  Scioscia says, however, that he’s “looking for [Wood] to get the first opportunity there, with Izzy helping
out with the versatility he brings to play second, third and shortstop.”

Wood hasn’t been
consistent in his multiple cups of coffee over the past three years, but he has simply raked
down on the farm. He has power. He has nothing left to prove at AAA. The Angels need to play him now or lose him forever. I’m high on him, so I’m happy to see that he’s getting a shot at regular playing time.  The only question now is, if Wood struggles early, how short a leash Scioscia will have with him.

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.