Blame the New York hotel bed: Chipper Jones scratched from lineup with back soreness

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After checking into his hotel room in New York yesterday Chipper Jones tweeted the following:

There was a happy ending when someone from the hotel noticed his tweets and showed up at his door to fix the problems without being asked. Or at least it seemed like a happy ending at the time.

Apparently the bed really did make his back spasm up, because Jones was a late scratch from the Braves’ lineup today with … back soreness.

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.