Pop quiz, hotshot! You played a game until 2:15 this morning and you have a 1PM start this afternoon. What do you do? What do you do!!?
Well, if you’re Joe Girardi, you trot out this lineup:
1. Eduardo Nunez SS
2. Russell Martin C
3. Nick Swisher RF
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Andruw Jones LF
6. Jesus Montero DH
7. Brandon Laird 1B
8. Greg Golson CF
9. Ramiro Pena 2B
Not that they’ll need the offense, what with A.J. Burnett on the bump!
Oh, wait. It’s against the Orioles. Prediction: Yankees 7, Orioles 2
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.