Reliever Manny Delcarmen signs with Rangers

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A day after requesting and receiving his release from the Mariners, former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen signed with the Rangers on Thursday.  It’s his fourth organization in the last year.

Delcarmen, who was traded from Boston to Colorado last summer, had a 5.14 ERA and a 23/12 K/BB ratio in 28 innings for Triple-A Tacoma after failing to make the Mariners out of spring training.  He’ll join the Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock affiliate.

It’s been a tough go for Delcarmen, who was once often sought-after in trade talks and looked at as a potential closer.  His command was never great, and with his velocity down, he’s no longer able to get ahead of hitters and attempt to put them away with his plus curve.  He may well be done at age 29.

 

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.