Concussion sends Jason Bay to the disabled list

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As expected, the Mets have placed Jason Bay on the disabled list after the outfielder experienced headaches and other post-concussion symptoms following his face-first collision with the left field wall at Dodger Stadium last week.
Bay was able to play in the next two games, but then had headaches on the team flight out of Los Angeles and hasn’t played since July 25. Because the move is backdated he’ll be eligible to return in 10 days, but as the Twins are learning with Justin Morneau predicting how long concussion symptoms will linger is nearly impossible.
Bay’s uncertain status presumably means the Mets won’t be trading Jeff Francoeur, although they could still potentially deal him for another outfielder. For now Jesus Feliciano will take Bay’s place on the 25-man roster.

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.