MLB Network to broadcast several Arizona Fall League Games — with instant replay

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If you’re curious about Arizona Fall League ball, or if you want to see how the testing of Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system is going, you probably want to watch MLB Network a fair amount in November.

That’s because MLB Network will televise six Arizona Fall League games this month,  including the five games from November 5-9 that will feature testing of Major League Baseball’s new review procedures for expanded instant replay. The games:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 9:00 p.m. ET: Mesa Solar Sox at Salt River Rafters
  • Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 p.m. ET: Salt River Rafters at Scottsdale Scorpions
  • Thursday, November 7, 9:00 p.m. ET: Scottsdale Scorpions at Salt River Rafters
  • Friday, November 8, 9:00 p.m. ET: Glendale Desert Dogs at Scottsdale Scorpions
  • Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. ET: Peoria Javelinas at Salt River Rafters
  • Saturday, November 16, 3:00 p.m. ET: Arizona Fall League Championship Game

Even if they bollocks-up the replay, AFL games are cool, so they’re worth watching regardless.

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.