Aubrey Huff misses doubleheader due to family emergency

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Aubrey Huff missed both games of yesterday’s Giants-Mets doubleheader due to an undisclosed family emergency.

Bruce Bochy told reporters that he received a text message from Huff earlier in the day saying that the first baseman/outfielder had to leave the team in New York, with the manager explaining that “something very, very important came up” and “he had to go home.”

There’s no word yet on when Huff will rejoin the team, but the Giants are apparently hoping he’ll be available as soon as tonight versus the Reds.

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.