Pirates sign Chris Dickerson

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Veteran outfielder Chris Dickerson has signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Dickerson, who’ll be 32 years old in April, hit .238 with four homers and a .666 OPS in 56 games for the Orioles last season and is a career .262 hitter with a .745 OPS in 314 games as a big leaguer.

He’ll try to win a spot on Pittsburgh’s bench, but may end up starting the season at Triple-A.

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.