Shin-Soo Choo looking at a mid-August return

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Jordan Bastian tweets that Shin-Soo Choo hopes to rejoin the Indians during a series against the White Sox from August 16-18.

Choo resumed baseball activities this week — hitting off a tee, mostly — and all seems to be fine.  The Indians haven’t given an official timetable for his return, but after a terrible season both on-and-off the field, you figure Choo would love to get back in the lineup and be part of a playoff push.

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.