Gary Carter hoping to coach next season

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Even as he continues to go radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer in May, Gary Carter is looking forward to a return to coaching next season, the New York Post points out.

“My dad’s plan is to return as the head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University for his third year,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a family website. “A committee has met at school and interviewed different candidates for the new position that is now open…the associate head baseball coach. We are praying for the perfect fit and so far we have some highly qualified coaches who want to be a big part of dad’s program. Dad has been involved in the hiring process and each interview. We should have someone hired very soon.”

According to Bloemers, Carter, who was recently diagnosed with bronchitis, is doing better of late.

“Dad has exercised more this past week than any other week,” Bloemers wrote. “His mind has been sharp and everything else is functioning as it should.”

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.