40-year-old Brett Tomko pitching in Dominican Republic, looking for minor league deal

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Brett Tomko will turn 41 next April and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers, but hasn’t given up on his playing career.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish passed along a similar report earlier this week. This technically doesn’t qualify as a comeback, as Tomko has never really stopped pitching. He spent 2012 in the minors between the Reds and Diamondbacks and pitched with the independent York Revolution this past season.

Tomko made his major league debut in 1997 and owns a 100-103 record and a 4.65 ERA over 14 seasons in the majors. If all goes according to plan, he’ll get a chance to add to those totals in 2014.

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.