Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon suffers fractured foot

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The Rockies are down another outfielder after rookie Charlie Blackmon suffered a fractured foot sliding into third base in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Braves.

Blackmon got off to a scorching start afer making his major league debut last month, at one point stealing a base in five straight games.  After 10 games, he was hitting .410.  However, he was just 9-for-59 since, dropping his average to .250.  Also, he had totaled a mere two extra-base hits and three walks in 98 at-bats overall and he hadn’t stolen a base since his streak ended.

So, while it hurts the Rockies to be down another player, Blackmon shouldn’t prove to be all that much of a loss.  Cole Garner will likely rejoin the team Friday when Blackmon is placed on the disabled list.

The Rockies also have the option of bringing back Dexter Fowler, but Fowler is hitting just .222/.344/.321 in 20 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs.  What they’ll likely do is give Ty Wigginton more time in the outfield, with Ian Stewart filling in at third base.

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.