A promising injury update here for the Rays.
According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, third baseman Evan Longoria is fully recovered from a November cleanup surgery on his troublesome left hamstring and expects to be an active participant throughout spring camp.
“The leg is ready,” he told reporters confidently.
Longoria, 27, was limited to 74 games in 2012 due to lingering hamstring issues but still hit .289/.369/.527 with 17 homers and 55 RBI. He was given a six-year, $100 million contract extension only a few days after going under the knife.
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.