Juan Nicasio likely out until at least August with knee injury

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Juan Nicasio made it all the way back from a broken neck, but now a knee injury is threatening his season.

Initially scheduled to come off the disabled list this month, Nicasio has been shut down after needing to have his knee drained for a second time and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s now “unlikely to return until August and possibly later depending on the diagnosis.”

Basically the Rockies need to figure out why fluid builds up in Nicasio’s knee every time he tries to ramp up his rehab. He was actually slated to throw a four-inning simulated game yesterday because everyone thought better of it.

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.