Mike Stanton remains sidelined due to hamstring tightness

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Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton tweaked his right hamstring Saturday when he tumbled near the first base bag while trying to leg out an infield single.

He has made just one pinch-hit appearance since, and is not in Florida’s starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Mets.

But the young slugger should be back soon.

According to Matt Forman of the Miami Herald, Stanton ran sprints in shallow right field Wednesday and is aiming to return to action on Friday evening for the Marlins’ series opener at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

Stanton, who doesn’t turn 22 years old until November, has posted a superb .261/.353/.543 batting line with 32 home runs and 81 RBI in 539 plate appearances this season. He had 22 homers in 100 games last year.

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.