Ubaldo Jimenez set to begin rehab assignment (again)

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Ubaldo Jimenez was scratched from his scheduled minor-league rehab start last week, but now the Orioles right-hander is slated to start Tuesday at Triple-A as he comes back from an ankle injury.

Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Jimenez will throw around 65 pitches, so he’ll likely need at least 2-3 rehab starts before potentially rejoining the Orioles’ rotation. And that makes sense, because at the time of the injury–which occurred when Jimenez stepped in a hole in the parking lot–the Orioles indicated they’d be in no rush to welcome him back.

Before spraining his right ankle Jimenez went 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA and even after missing nearly a month of action he still leads the league with 60 walks in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract.

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.