Brett Lawrie: Twitter drama queen

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Or: Great Moments in Social Media.  From Monday:

After that he tweeted something else. Then he quit. Then, yesterday, he was back:

In Baltimore on Tuesday, Lawrie didn’t want to talk about what prompted him to first delete then revive his account. “It doesn’t matter anyway, it’s back up now.”

Best likely explanation: kid is 22.  Go look at most 22 year-olds’ Twitter feeds. It’s like death, chaos and immaturity came together in a vortex of unreadable horror. I suppose Lawrie is allowed to have a 24 hour Twitter tantrum.

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.