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2011 February 17

  1. Keppinger likely to miss the first six weeks of the season

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t have the best offseason. First the ‘Stros traded for Bill Hall and named him their starting second baseman, pushing the 30-year-old Keppinger into a backup role. Then the guy found out in January that he needed surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot. Keppinger is not going…

  2. Peavy throws “nice and easy” in Thursday bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Jake Peavy is still considered questionable for Opening Day, but everything has gone smoothly to this point in White Sox camp. The right-hander, making his way back from major lat surgery, threw a bullpen session in front of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday afternoon. According to Mark D.…

  3. Miguel Cabrera planning to arrive at camp on Saturday

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke to reporters for an extended period of time Thursday about Miguel Cabrera‘s Wednesday DUI arrest. Dombrowski touched on a number of important items, but he didn’t have an answer to the question, “When will Cabrera arrive at spring camp?” Now we know. According to Noah Trister of the Associated…

  4. Blue Jays finalize five-year, $65 million deal with Jose Bautista

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays made things official this afternoon, announcing his five-year contract extension worth $65 million. The contract breaks down as follows: 2011 – $8 million 2012 – $14 million 2013 – $14 million 2014 – $14 million 2015 – $14 million 2016 – $14 million team option or $1 million buyout.…

  5. Mark Buehrle stands behind comments about Michael Vick

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week Scott Merkin of MLB.com wrote an article about Mark Buehrle‘s passion for animal rights and Buehrle made some comments about Michael Vick, including stuff like “I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt” and “everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen…

  6. Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “We have an issue”

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke with the media about the Miguel Cabrera situation just after 4 p.m. today.  The highlights: Dombrowski has spoke with Cabrera today. Cabrera was “down, feels bad and was apologetic”; Dombrowski said “We have an issue here that needs to be addressed and helped”; Dombrowski expects Cabrera to join the club…

  7. Baseball player reports to camp in the fourth best shape of his life

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    Spring training

    I suppose a satire like this was inevitable.  I’m just sad that I didn’t think of it first: Seattle Mariners veteran catcher Miguel Olivo reported to training camp this week feeling as though he is already physically ready for the 2011 season. “I’m in the fourth best shape of my life,” said a sort of…

  8. White Sox decide to keep Chris Sale in the bullpen

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    After an offseason full of speculation about whether the White Sox would move Chris Sale into the rotation or keep him in the bullpen the drama is already over, as general manager Ken Williams announced that Sale will be used as a reliever. Making that decision now is interesting because part of the reason why…

  9. A great, though not new story about Prime Minister Pete Nice and baseball memorabilia

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Pete Nice

    I was involved in a random Twitter exchange with Jason Collette and Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus today in which the subject of 3rd Bass came up.  No, not the hot corner, but the hip hop group best known for the single “Pop Goes the Weasel.”  Yeah, that was a long time ago, but neither…

  10. Rays planning to use rookie Jake McGee as a reliever

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    jake-mcgee-rays

    Jake McGee was a starter for 128 of his first 129 appearances as a minor leaguer, establishing himself as one of the top pitching prospects around, but he shifted to the bullpen at Triple-A in the second half of last season and then made his big-league debut as a reliever for the Rays in September.…

  11. A man sues the Braves over a beating in Turner Field

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Turner Field

    We Braves fans get knocked for being apathetic on the one hand and then we get sued the moment we show any spirit. How is that fair?! A Pittsburgh Pirates fan is suing the Atlanta Braves because the baseball club’s security officers and ushers allegedly ignored complaints about six rowdy fans who later attacked the Macon…

  12. Joe Crede decides he doesn’t want to play for the Rockies

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe crede twins

    After sitting out all of last season following back surgery Joe Crede signed a minor-league deal with Colorado last month, but the veteran third baseman has decided not to show up at Rockies camp next week and is now a free agent again. His agent, Scott Boras, previously said that Crede was “healthy and ready…

  13. There’s a timetable for Johan Santana

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    It’s been assumed that Johan Santana will return to the Mets sometime in the middle of the year, but the schedule has been somewhat amorphous.  Today Sandy Alderson brought the specifics: Santana will throw from flat ground in three months, from a mound in early May and will return to throwing balls in anger and toward…

  14. Will the Mets stick with Carlos Beltran in center field?

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    beltran1

    New manager Terry Collins made it clear yesterday that Carlos Beltran enter camps as the Mets’ starting center fielder, saying: “When he walks in the first day, he’s the center fielder.” However, that comes with a significant caveat, as the plan is to evaluate Beltran’s range and surgically repaired knee before determining whether he’s a…

  15. The Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    kevin_millwood

    Joel Sherman says that the Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood, but they’re not willing to do anything much more beyond a minor league deal with him. Makes sense. They have a lot of moderately warm bodies competing for the back end of the rotation.  None of them in and of themselves seems like…

  16. John Maine signs a minor league contract with the Rockies

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    John Maine

    Unable to find a guaranteed job following season-ending shoulder surgery seven months ago John Maine has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rockies, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. At least a half-dozen teams were said to be interested in Maine, but clearly none were willing to give him much upfront money or a…

  17. Ronald Belisario and his agent have vastly different views of his status for 2011

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    ronald-belisario-dodgers2

    Yesterday agent Paul Kinzer told Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario is unlikely to pitch this season because of visa problems in Venezuela. However, today Belisario told a Venezuelan newspaper that he plans to report to spring training soon and his arrival has simply been delayed by a lost passport. Here’s more…

  18. You treat your catcher nicely in the 209

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    We all had a lot of fun with Dallas Braden last year, what with the “get off my mound” stuff and the “we don’t do much talkin’ in the 209” stuff.  But one thing they do do in the 209, apparently, is reward the guy who caught your perfect game.  Specifically, by sending him and…

  19. That was quick: Rich Harden is already injured

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    Rich Harden got hurt before anyone could even set up the “when will Rich Harden get hurt” pool. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the oft-injured right-hander “has stiffness in the lat area” and has been “shut down for a few weeks.” Slusser reports that he tried to throw Tuesday, but called…

  20. That report of the lowball offer to Pujols could be bogus

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    pujols2

    Albert Pujols hit Cardinals training camp today and met the press.  By all reports he was calm, cool and collected.  He said that he’s not just about the money and that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. He said that he has no ill will with the Cardinals over negotiations and that it…

  21. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario in danger of missing season due to visa issues

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    belisario delivery

    Ronald Belisario’s agent, Paul Kinzer, said yesterday that the Dodgers reliever is in danger of missing the entire season, telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that “he just has a lot of things he needs to get straightened out.” Belisario’s arrival at Dodgers camp has been delayed by visa issues for the third year in a…

  22. Miguel Cabrera’s arrest was ugly

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    If you’re goin’ down, go down with dignity.  Miguel Cabrera was either uwilling or simply unable to do that when he was arrested last night. According to the TC Palm, Cabrera made reference to another person — who was not on the scene — saying “I’m going (expletive) kill him.”  Then he played the “do…

  23. Quote of the Day: Mike Cameron on Carl Crawford

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron outfield

    The past few posts have been depressing as hell. Thank goodness Mike Cameron knows how to bring the funny.

  24. Rangers pitcher Omar Beltre to undergo spinal surgery

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    omar-beltre-rangers

    Omar Beltre, a 29-year-old right-hander expected to compete for a spot in the Rangers’ bullpen this spring, will be sidelined for at least three months following surgery for spinal stenosis. He’s scheduled for surgery next Tuesday and won’t be cleared to resume throwing for 6-8 weeks. However, because no other prominent baseball players have undergone…

  25. Are the Mets in bigger financial trouble than we assumed?

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    I don’t pretend to understand high finance that well — and I tend not to get my business news from the New York Post — so someone who knows more about this stuff than me tell if this is really a bad sign or if it’s much ado about nothing: Banks that provided roughly $400…

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