Brian Roberts woke up this morning with a sore neck, so he skipped team workouts and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that he left Orioles camp to undergo X-rays.
Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back and sat out the final week due to a concussion, but in between he hit .287 with a .763 OPS and 10 steals in 55 second-half games and came into spring training healthy at age 33.
For now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com deems the X-rays “precautionary,” but also says “it’s possible his neck stiffness … could be related to his back.”
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.