Chipper Jones scratched, Jason Heyward returns for the Braves

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All kinds of eventual things happening with the Braves today. For starters, Chipper Jones has an ingrown toenail on his left foot which is keeping him out of the lineup for today’s game vs. Houston. In other news, Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after missing some time due to shin splints. And he was all Heywardy as soon as he got to the park today, hitting a window on the Astros’ team bus. I think that brings the vehicle casualty count up to three this spring.

Aren’t you glad you have the Internet? Back in the bad old days you never would have known about future hall of famers who trim their toenails improperly and reckless spring training parking habits. Now you can plan your
day around it.

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.