As scheduled, Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke underwent surgery on Saturday to repair his broken left collarbone. Doctors inserted a metal rod to stabilize Greinke’s clavicle during the 90-minute procedure and are expecting him to be out for the next eight weeks. This according to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angles Times.
Greinke suffered the fracture Thursday when he was charged by Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. Quentin was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount.
Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers this winter and owns a 1.59 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio through his first 11 1/3 innings with the team. He’ll be back in mid-June.
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.