Shut down Casey Kelly won’t pitch in Arizona Fall League

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Casey Kelly had been scheduled to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in order to make up for the innings he missed while out with a strained elbow earlier this season, but instead the Padres have decided to simply shut him down until 2013.

Kelly’s final start of this season will be skipped today versus the Brewers, with manager Bud Black telling Corey Brock of MLB.com that his arm hasn’t “bounced back the last couple of starts to where we felt one more start would be worth it.”

As for the AFL experience, Black explained that “the 30 or 40 innings he would have pitched are not as important as 2013.” It’s tough to argue with that about a 22-year-old who missed three months while in the minors. Kelly finishes his first taste of the big leagues with an ugly 6.21 ERA in six starts, but he posted a solid 26/10 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.

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.