Oakland lost two-fifths of the starting rotation to the disabled list today, with Tyson Ross going on the shelf with a strained oblique and Brandon McCarthy revealing that he has a stress reaction in his shoulder.
Ross was already filling in for an injured Dallas Braden, who’s now out for the season following shoulder surgery, so the A’s rotation depth is suddenly being tested in a big way.
McCarthy has a long history of injuries, so this setback is unfortunate after he resuscitated his career by winning a rotation spot in spring training and then posting a 3.29 ERA with a 37/10 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.
Oakland added some pitching reinforcements in the form of Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, and Fautino De Los Santos, but with all three of those guys being relievers they will have some other moves coming shortly.
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.