Darren Daulton undergoes surgery to remove brain tumors

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Former major league catcher Darren Daulton underwent surgery today at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to remove two tumors from his brain, according to CSNPhilly.com. We learned last week about the unfortunate diagnosis.

Today’s procedure took seven hours and was performed by Dr. Kevin D. Judy, M.D., who specializes in neurosurgery. Judy said Daulton is in good spirits and is already talking quite a bit, though the particulars for his recovery won’t be known until they see the final pathology on the tumors. One of the biggest concerns is his language function, which is what brought him to the doctor in the first place.

CSNPhilly.com has video of an interview with Judy:

We’re all rooting for you, “Dutch.”

 

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.