The Cardinals pull off one of the weirdest plays you’ll see this year

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Last night’s Phillies-Cardinals game featured one of the weirdest plays you’ll see this year.

It all started with an innocent tapper to the right side of the infield from Ryan Howard in the top of the ninth inning. After the ball deflected of the leg of first baseman Matt Adams, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal attempted to make a bare-handed play to throw Howard out at first base. It worked. Sort of. The video isn’t embeddable on MLB.com for some reason, but you can (and should) check it out here.

Yep, just like they planned it. You could certainly make the case that Rosenthal obstructed Howard there, but fortunately for the Phillies, it didn’t have an impact on the game and everyone can have a laugh about it. Everything about this play is perfect.

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.