Now the Texas Attorney General objects to the Rangers bankruptcy

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I imagine there have been worse “prepackaged” bankruptcies in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence, but there hasn’t been one that got as much press as the Rangers’ has.

The latest: The Texas Attorney General urged the bankruptcy court yesterday to reject the team’s current reorganization plan.  Add this to the fact that the bankruptcy trustee wants the Rangers’ lawyers off the case, that the creditors are objecting to the whole plan and that, rather than have this thing go through on greased skids, the restructuring officer has recommended that the team simply be auctioned, and you have an absolute mess.

The likelihood of this thing being done before the trade deadline has to be about nil at this point.  The likelihood of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan actually being the next owners of the Rangers is still high, but those odds are sinking.

The likelihood that Major League Baseball learns anything from this process such as, oh, I dunno, the folly of letting owners put their teams in the kind of debt Tom Hicks allowed the Rangers to get into?  No man can say.

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.