Phillies’ Will Middlebrooks taken to hospital after collision during game

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a leg injury during the Phillies’ spring training game against the Orioles Saturday and had to be taken to the hospital.

Middlebrooks, who is at the Phillies’ camp on a minor-league contract, slammed into left fielder Andrew Pullin as the two were trying to catch a fly ball. Middlebrook’s leg got tangled under Pullin and he appeared to be in a lot of pain.

The list isn’t very long, and the situations aren’t exactly like we’ve seen recently, but there are a couple instances in baseball history. Here are four examples (five, if you count a certain right-hander twice).

In the annals of American sports history, perhaps only Brett Favre rivals Roger Clemens when it comes to “will he or won’t he retire?” drama. He initially announced his intentions to retire after the 2003 season, but instead decided to sign with the Astros, and he won the 2004 NL Cy Young at 42 years old. He again hinted strongly at retirement that offseason but came back and was even better in 2005, posting a 1.87 ERA in 32 starts and helping the Astros reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

The Angels plan to use Ohtani, 23, as part of a six-man rotation in the regular season and then, depending on his workload, work him into the everyday lineup as a DH.

“He’s going to get the most looks as a pitcher,” Scioscia said when camp opened last week (via USA Today). “If he can pitch to his capabilities, that will always influence your team more than what he would do hitting. But that’s not to say he won’t have a chance to be a difference-maker on the offensive end, too.”

Ohtani can touch 100 mph with his fastball, and he hit 22 home runs two years ago in Japan’s Pacific League.

Early in the offseason, Cobb seemed like a hot commodity almost being overvalued by teams. Now, as the calendar turns to March, Cobb remains unsigned and undervalued. The turn in events seemingly had little to do with Cobb, who went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season. The former Rays starter looks like an ideal No. 3 on a contending team, capable of ace-like starts when healthy.buccaneers_030

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