Frank McCourt might finally realize that he’s screwed

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On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball.

And you know it was horrible for them because it inspired someone with the Dodgers’ PR firm to send out an email in which it was said that “the Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to this hearing …” etc.  The only time anyone ever says that they look forward to a hearing or a trial or whatever is when they’re in deep doo-doo.  It’s just how that goes.

Also underscoring the notion that McCourt knows he’s kinda screwed now: today his lawyers asked the court to reconsider the decision on the other teams’ financial information.  And motions for reconsideration just never, ever work. They’re the litigation equivalent of my son saying “but DAAAAAD!”

So yeah, I think Frank McCourt may be in trouble. Or, more to the point, I think he finally realizes that he’s in trouble.

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.