David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

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Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday.
According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe injury might not affect the timetable for Freese’s return.”
Or as La Russa put it: “They took an X-ray and it’s a little fracture. They are saying it might not be any longer then his ankle. So I really don’t know, but he has that to deal with as well.”
Finally given a chance in the majors at age 27 after knocking around minor-league pitching at every level, Freese hit .296/.361/.404 with better-than-expected defense in 70 games before landing on the DL. Felipe Lopez has started 18 straight games at third base in his absence.
The lesson, as always: Don’t work out. Or something.

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.