Morosi: The Phillies will finish ahead of the Braves

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I’ve trolled Phillies fans a lot. I’ve criticized Jon Paul Morosi a lot. Now it’s like they’re joining forces in order to troll me:

 

Worth noting that it takes more than a rotation to be successful. Also worth noting that Morosi picked the Phillies to win the 2011 World Series too, so I guess anything can happen.

But that stuff aside, I have to give some grudging applause to Morosi for getting under my skin for a nanosecond. It takes a lot troll a troller. Hats off to you, sir.

 

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.