CLEARWATER, Fla. – Third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered what appeared to be a significant injury to his left ankle when he was involved in a collision in left field during Saturday afternoon's Phillies-Baltimore Orioles game.
Middlebrooks, 29, in camp with the Phillies on a minor-league contract, collided with left fielder Andrew Pullin as the two converged on a soft fly ball by Baltimore's DJ Stewart.
Middlebrooks' left leg bent awkwardly as he and Pullin went to the ground trying to make a catch. Middlebrooks was tended to on the field by the Phillies' athletic training staff. Emergency technicians on site were quickly summoned. A splint was placed on Middlebrooks' lower left leg and he was taken off the field on a Clearwater Fire and Rescue motorized cart.
Middlebrooks is a former top prospect of the Boston Red Sox. He played from 2012 to 2014 in the majors with that club and has appeared in the majors with San Diego, Milwaukee and Texas the last three seasons.
The Phillies signed Middlebrooks in the offseason to provide some corner infield depth. He was considered a long shot to make the big-league club and figured to play at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
There was no immediate word on Middlebrooks' condition.