Middlebrooks was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock with a broken left hand, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Middlebrooks was off to a nice start before landing on the DL, going 15-for-48 with four homers and 14 RBI through 12 games. He hit just .111 in 31 plate appearances with the Brewers in 2016, so he'll continue to serve as organizational depth with Round Rock when he returns.
Middlebrooks agreed to sign a minor league deal with the Rangers on Friday, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports. He will join the organization he grew up rooting for, serving as organizational depth. Last year Middlebrooks hit .111 in 31 plate appearances with the Brewers and posted a 108 wRC+ at Triple-A. The former top prospect looks like a Quadruple-A hitter at this point.
Middlebrooks elected to become a free agent Tuesday. Middlebrooks spent most of the 2016 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and appeared in just 10 games with the big club after signing with the Brewers last offseason, so he will seek opportunities elsewhere heading into next season.
Middlebrooks (lower leg) was activated from the disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Middlebrooks has recovered from his lower leg strain, but the Brewers will not add him to the 25-man roster at this time. There is an outside shot he could see action with the big club before the season ends when rosters expand in September.
Middlebrooks (lower leg strain) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Low-A Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. He will DH for the Tiber Rattlers on Wednesday and is expected to play at least two games in the Midwest League before moving up to a more advanced level. The Brewers probably won't activate Middlebrooks until rosters expand in September, at which point he will occupy a part-time role.
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