Ubaldo Jimenez improves to 6-0 with a 0.87 ERA

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Monday afternoon Ubaldo Jimenez received NL Pitcher of the Month honors for April and then immediately started building his case for May with a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball against the Padres.
He also threw 120 or more pitches for the third time in four starts and 115 or more pitches for the fourth time in five starts, so hopefully the big workloads won’t catch up to Jimenez as the season wears on.
According to ESPN.com Jimenez joins Zack Greinke last season, Jered Weaver in 2006, and Randy Johnson in 2000 as the only pitchers since 2000 to win their first six starts while allowing fewer than three runs in each game.

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.