Andre Ethier to have season-ending knee surgery Wednesday

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Last week the Dodgers ruled out Andre Ethier for the remainder of the season with a right knee injury and now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the outfielder will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday.

According to Jackson “the recovery time is expected to be short enough that Ethier can still engage in something close to his normal offseason conditioning program in advance of next season.”

Ethier basically matched his career totals with a .292 batting average and .368 on-base percentage this season, but hit just 11 homers in 135 games for a career-low .421 slugging percentage and failed to top an .800 OPS for the first time. He’s under the Dodgers’ control for just one more season and figures to get around $11 million via the arbitration process, so Ethier trade rumors may be plentiful this winter.

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.