Brewers activate Jody Gerut from the DL and release him

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Jody Gerut is finally healthy after being on the disabled list since May with a bruised heel, so the Brewers activated him from the DL today … and released him, eating the remainder of his $2 million contract.
Gerut persevered through multiple knee injuries early in his career to have an excellent bounceback season in 2008, but has hit just .223/.269/.374 in 154 games since then.
Milwaukee has little use for a 33-year-old part-time outfielder now that they’re out of contention. Plus, the Brewers just acquired a relatively similar (but younger) player in Chris Dickerson. Gerut hit well while rehabbing in the low minors, but will likely have to sign a minor-league deal and prove himself at Triple-A before getting another crack in the majors.

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.