Mark Prior scratched due to sore shoulder

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Good thing I already have a macro for this one…

Right-hander Mark Prior was scratched from his scheduled appearance with the GCL Yankees on Tuesday because of shoulder discomfort.

Prior had made six appearances in the Rookie league over the past 2 1/2 weeks, allowing one run and two hits in six innings.  He struck out 12 and walked two in that span.  Unfortunately, his shoulder has once again let him down.

Even though his velocity isn’t what it was, Prior has shown major league ability while on the mound this season.  Of course, he’s pitched just 12 innings after missing most of the first half with a groin injury.  Plus, he hasn’t tried working on back-to-back days and he’s gone multiple innings just once, so he hasn’t undergone any of the tests he’d need to pass in order to actually land a spot on a major league roster.

Hopefully, Prior decides to keep at it next year, because he is closer to pulling off a successful comeback now than he has been at any point in the last five years.  That doesn’t mean it will happen, but it’d be nice to at least see him come back and contribute as a middle reliever or a setup man.

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.