Carlos Delgado sidelined at Triple-A by more hip problems

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Carlos Delgado’s comeback from hip surgery has stalled after just five games at Triple-A because more hip and lower back problems.
Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal reports that “the injury is on the opposite side from the site of his two hip surgeries and is not believed to be serious,” but Delgado is expected to remain sidelined until at least the weekend.
Delgado can opt out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox if he’s not in the majors by the time rosters expand on September 1, so obviously the setback leaves him little time to show he’s ready.
He hasn’t faced big-league pitching since May 10 of last season and the 38-year-old went just 3-for-13 with zero extra-base hits, zero walks, and six strikeouts prior to being shut down.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle 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.