The Red Sox sign Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league deal

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In a move that most of us probably wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t for the fact that he is a really bright guy who has, in the past, done interesting things that ballplayers tend not to do, Ross Ohlendorf has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

So, yes, from a personality standpoint that’s neat.  From a baseball standpoint — no offense, Ross — pretty meaningless. Ohlendorf has battled shoulder problems for two years, posted an 8.15 ERA in eight starts last year and looks to be more than organizational depth at best for the Red Sox.

But hey, at least he’s got that Princeton degree and the research experience at the Department of Agriculture to all back on.

 

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.