Despite mediocre secondary numbers Anthony Bass had a 1.68 ERA in 48 innings as a rookie last season and a 2.89 ERA through his first 53 innings this year, but the Padres right-hander has struggled recently and is now on the disabled list with a bum shoulder.
Bass allowed 29 runs in 31 innings over his last six starts, although his most recent outing was a good one until he had to leave with shoulder soreness.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Bass hoped to avoid the DL and potentially even make his next start, but the Padres decided to play it safe and shut him down for a couple weeks.
UPDATE: Blast from the past Kip Wells is stepping into the rotation for Bass, which will be be his first big-league action since 2009.
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.