Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon made a routine out in his first at-bat of Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. The only problem? He was the last to realize it.
After fouling off another fastball from Philadelphia starter Alec Asher, Gordon assumed the ball had landed in foul territory. He stepped out of the batter’s box and took a few hacks with his bat as Phillies’ shortstop Freddy Galvis went scrambling to make the catch down the third base line. Eventually, Gordon realized the ball had been caught and made his way to the dugout.
Gordon fell victim to Galvis’ quick reflexes again in the third inning, when he was caught stealing second after reaching first base on a force out. Through four innings, the Marlins are down 3-0 against the Phillies.
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.