Magglio Ordonez likely to have surgery on fractured ankle

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For now Magglio Ordonez remains with the Tigers during the ALCS, watching the games from the dugout after re-fracturing the same ankle he injured last year, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he “almost certainly” will undergo another surgery.

Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist back in Detroit and is expected to seek a second opinion as well, but eventually going under the knife will be necessary.

Tigers trainer Kevin Rand explained that the first fracture was vertical while the second fracture is horizontal, noting that the pressure and stress of everyday activities combined with the screws already holding together his ankle caused a gradual split that Ordonez initially thought was simply soreness.

Jim Leyland told Beck that Ordonez was planning to play next season at age 38, but those plans may change with a lengthy rehab process in front of him. If he does come back and put off retirement Ordonez will likely have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract or perhaps even a minor-league deal. He earned $10 million this season while hitting just .255 with five homers and a .634 OPS in 92 games for the worst production of his underrated career.

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.