Netherlands likely to add Kenley Jansen if they reach WBC finals

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If the Netherlands can win their semi-final game and advance to the World Baseball Classic finals they’ll likely add Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen to the roster.

Jansen told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that it’s “95 percent” he’d join the team despite offseason surgery for an irregular heartbeat. He’d stay in Dodgers camp until Sunday, fly to San Francisco for the WBC, and then fly back to Dodgers camp by Wednesday.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly likes the idea: “He’s not missing anything and, actually, we think this will be good for him. He’ll get into competition and it will be a good scenario, as far as the competition and energy level, and the fact it will only be a couple of days.”

Before any of that happens the Netherlands would first have to defeat the Pool 2 winner in a game Monday night. Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar has already been added to the roster for that game.

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.