“It’s very easy for me to block it out. I understand it’s
my career, but the options are pretty good. I stay where I want to stay,
or I go and probably get a chance to play for a World Series,
definitely in a pennant race. That’s two pretty awesome options. I’m in a
— Adam Dunn, talking about why he blocks out the trade chatter.
Dunn was routinely knocked when he played for the Reds for having a bad attitude and being lackadaisical. Every time he opens his mouth, however, he sounds like a remarkably grounded and healthy person. Maybe that just doesn’t fly with the Marty Brennamans of the world, but I can’t imagine not wanting a sensible guy like Dunn in my clubhouse.
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.