Reds calling up prospect John Lamb for MLB debut

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Reds left-hander John Lamb, a 25-year-old prospect acquired from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade last month, will be called up from the minors to make his MLB debut Friday.

Lamb cracked Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list in 2011, but then underwent Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled for two seasons before bouncing back in 2014. He’s taken another big step forward this season at Triple-A, posting a 2.67 ERA and 117/36 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.

Along with Lamb the Reds also received fellow left-handers Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed in the July 26 deal for Cueto, who has a 2.05 ERA through three starts for the Royals. Lamb’s debut will come against the Dodgers.

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.