Sean Burnett unavailable due to forearm injury

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Sean Burnett hasn’t pitched since Sunday because of forearm soreness and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the left-hander won’t be available out of the Angels’ bullpen until at least Thursday.

Burnett underwent an MRI exam and “no significant damage” was found, but according to manager Mike Scioscia the Angels “have had some kid gloves on him when he’s needed to rebound a bit” because “he’s a vital piece of our bullpen and we need him 100 percent.”

Burnett, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Angels as a free agent this offseason, allowed just one run in eight innings before the injury.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with 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.