Brett Anderson is not close to rejoining the Rockies

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Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson hasn’t progressed as quickly as hoped in his recovery from a broken index finger that was supposed to take 4-6 weeks.

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Anderson had the pins removed from his finger Tuesday and the Rockies are currently hoping that he can come off the disabled list in early July. He’s yet to even begin a throwing program, however, so there are several hurdles to get past before then.

Anderson, who was acquired from the A’s this offseason, was injured in his third start of the season. He’s been derailed by injuries every year since a strong rookie campaign in 2009, throwing a grand total of 290 innings in five seasons and failing to top 100 innings in each of the past three years.

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.