Delmon Young pleads guilty to aggravated harassment, gets community service

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The 2012 season was kicked off in style as Delmon Young got drunk and walked down a New York street yelling anti-Semitic garbage at people. It became a tabloid sensation in New York and he was charged with a hate crime.  The matter has been settled now, however, with a plea that his beef busted down to aggravated harassment, and may be reduced even lower (see below). And he gets some fun community service out of it too:

I haven’t seen the plea, but I just spoke to someone with knowledge of it and it’s apparently a “re-pleader” deal. Which means that if he does his community service as ordered, he will come to court next May and have his conviction reduced to a lesser charge.

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.