Umpire Ted Barrett shows us how to make the call on a catch in the stands

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Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh this afternoon. Eighth inning and Casey McGehee ranges into the stands to catch a foul ball.  Here’s the play.

A nice one on McGehee’s part, but a better one on umpire Ted Barrett’s.  Because he gets right over there and makes darn sure that McGehee has the ball:

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That’s how you do it, Mike DiMuro. Now, if you could just get a job with CNN, FOX or the Drudge Report and make sure they make the right calls, everything will be just fine.

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.