It was an eventful few days for Josh Hamilton in Texas. He’s been booed, jeered, his family felt it needed personal security and, above all else, he played exceedingly poorly. He redeemed himself a bit yesterday, but it was basically a train wreck for him. So Bob Nightengale of USA Today asked him if Texas got to him. Hamilton says nope:
It’s not just being here in Texas. I’d suck anywhere right now.”
He’s off today, but then he and the Angels get six home games, including three against the lowly Astros. If he’s not on track by then, the boos may expand farther west.
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.