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Will Middlebrooks was carted off the field Saturday after colliding with teammate Andrew Pullin in the outfield. X-rays revealed Middlebrooks has a broken left fibula.
Though Will Middlebrooks is hopeful, it is uncertain when he will be able to return this season, if at all. He was competing for a spot on the Phillies' roster this Spring. Though Middlebrooks had a short spark of greatness in his rookie year, poor performance and injury has lowered his fantasy value significantly.
The Rangers have signed former Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrooks to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Middlebrooks burst onto the scene in 2012 with the Red Sox and looked to be a real up-and-coming star after hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in just 75 games. But injuries hampered his progress and he spent most of last season at the Triple-A club of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Along with Middlebrooks, Jake Elmore, Manny Pina, Josmil Pinto and Eric Young Jr. will not make Brewers 25-man roster.
If for any reason you were hoping Middlebrooks will be a cheap source of power then unfortunately that was a mistake. Until Middlebrooks can show he can stay in the majors he will be irrelevant. Ignore him for now.
Middlebrooks was signed to a minor league deal by the Brewers after being non-tendered by the Padres.
Middlebrook played 83 games for the Padres last season batting only .212 with nine home runs and 29 runs batted in. Middlebrooks could have a chance for regular playing time for the Brewers this season at third base where he will be competing with fellow pickup Garin Cecchini.
Will Middlebrooks started at shortstop Sunday and drove in a run.
You need to go check your league settings. If this start leads to Middlebrooks being given SS eligibility in your league, then his value takes a strong step forward, as the standards for a viable offensive fantasy shortstop are much lower than a third basemen.