Some Angels players believe C.J. Wilson should try to pitch through his injury

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As reported yesterday, C.J. Wilson will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with  a left elbow impingement. He’ll have surgery to clean out a bone spur. Pretty straight-forward, it seems. This passage from Alden Gonzalez’s story at MLB.com, however, reveals that the matter is not so clear cut in the Angels’ clubhouse:

Privately, though, several Angels players expressed frustration in Wilson’s decision, with some believing he should’ve continued to try to pitch through the issue.

Wilson was adamant in saying he can no longer push through it.

I am struggling to think what possible basis one person has to second guess another person’s medical decisions like that. But maybe I’m underestimating the number of orthopedists and M.D.s the Angels have on their 25-man roster.

Seriously, though C.J., rub some dirt on that bone spur and get the heck back out there. The experts have spoken. Anonymously, and in a manner which they would never speak to you face to face.

 

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.