Ray stung by Ray

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Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez experienced the painful irony of being
stung by a stingray this week, the St. Petersburg Times reported on
Wednesday.

Rodriguez had been playing with his 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, on the
beach near his Redington Beach rental condo on Monday morning and
decided to wade a couple of feet into the water. A few steps in, the
25-year-old saw something flash by and felt something graze his right
heel.

“I actually thought it was a catfish at first. That it grazed me, I
didn’t think much of it,” Rodriguez recounted to the St. Pete Times.
“And then I got out of the water, and I was like, Whoa!'”

We’re lucky that a similar cosmic coincidence didn’t happen to Brandon Inge or Justin Verlander!

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.