Not only did Joe Maddon shave his head today as promised, the manager convinced a total of 70 other members of the Rays organization to join him in the name of charity.
Everyone from Evan Longoria and David Price to owner Stu Sternberg and executive vice president Andrew Friedman got in on the action, raising money for pediatric cancer research.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that they’re hoping to raise more than $250,000.
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.