Yesterday the Orioles announced that pitching coach Rick Adair would not be returning for next season and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’ll interview former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee for the job.
Dubee was fired by the Phillies two weeks ago after spending nine seasons as Charlie Manuel’s right-hand man, during which time they had a ton of success and some excellent pitching staffs, and Connolly notes that Dubee was an Expos minor league pitching coach back when current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was Montreal’s GM.
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.