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2011 September 14

  1. Johnny Cueto leaves game with strained right lat

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto has enjoyed great success this season with his reworked delivery, registering a superb 2.31 ERA across 156 innings. But that might be where his numbers finish up. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the 25-year-old right-hander had to be removed from Wednesday’s game against the Cubs after suffering a…

  2. Pedro Feliciano underwent rotator cuff surgery last week

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    The Yankees’ two-year, $8 million offseason investment into longtime Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano continues to look bleaker and bleaker. According to Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Yankees announced Wednesday that Feliciano underwent rotator cuff surgery late last week. No recovery timetable has been issued, but the procedure was far from minor and…

  3. Report: Giants preparing to demote CEO Bill Neukom

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco

    The defending World Series champion Giants will be left out of the postseason picture this October. As you might expect, that’s not sitting well with some members of the organization. Members who have the power to make changes at the very top. According to Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants’ executive…

  4. Carlos Carrasco had Tommy John surgery this afternoon

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer comes word that Indians starter Carlos Carrasco underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday afternoon in New York City. The operation was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery. It was deemed an initial success, but nearly all surgeries are. Carrasco, 24, registered…

  5. Andre Ethier undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    Sep 14, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    As expected, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee. The procedure, which took 35 minutes, was designed to clean out wear and tear from behind the right fielder’s kneecap. And it did that successfully, at least according to the Dodgers’ official Twitter account. Ethier won’t return this season, but the…

  6. Red Sox rookie Josh Reddick is way into wrestling

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Josh Reddick

    Josh Reddick doesn’t only sit on a Triple H-themed folding chair in the middle of the Red Sox clubhouse and he didn’t only buy Dustin Pedroia an autographed Ric Flair robe off eBay earlier this season.  Nope, he also apparently spends time thinking about his own wrestling costume, just in case a career change comes…

  7. Marlins, Omar Infante working on contract extension

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Reinstalled as a regular for the first time since 2005, Omar Infante has spent most of the season as a pretty big disappointment for the Marlins.  Like Dan Uggla, the second baseman he was traded for over the winter, Infante got off to a horrible start, as the 2010 All-Star for the Braves hit just .251/.293/.309 during the…

  8. Tigers come back from three down in ninth to make it 12 in a row

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    As Hawk Harrelson would say if he weren’t limited to moans and groans at the moment, the Tigers have owned the White Sox this year.  They rallied from three runs down in the ninth and prevailed 6-5 in the 10th today, giving them a 12th straight victory. It’s the longest winning streak by a team…

  9. The Red Sox lose again

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    The Red Sox are intent on making this interesting, aren’t they? Boston had a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning when all hell broke loose. Daniel Bard came in to start things off and walked the first two batters. Then he threw the ball away on a sacrifice attempt, loading the bases. Then Edwin Encarnacion…

  10. Matt Holliday shut down until next week with inflamed tendon in middle finger

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday has been diagnosed with an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger and will be shut down for at least the next 4-5 days, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. Holliday exited yesterday’s game in the ninth inning after feeling pain in his finger following a practice swing and traveled from Pittsburgh to…

  11. The Phillies clinch a playoff spot

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    And now for the most inevitable thing since Newton’s Laws: the Phillies have clinched a playoff spot. Philadelphia beat the Astros 1-0 today behind Roy Halladay‘s first shutout of the season. Indeed, it was the first shutout for any Phillies pitcher this season not named Cliff Lee. Lee has six.  Halladay scattered six hits and…

  12. Johan Santana switches rehab plans, won’t pitch in majors

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana was scheduled to make a rehab start tomorrow at Single-A, but those plans have been canceled because he apparently didn’t feel comfortable pitching as a ringer in the South Atlantic League championship series. Instead he’ll throw a simulated game this weekend and manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that…

  13. Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo suspended for 100 games for PEDs

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has received a 100-game suspension after a second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.  The suspension takes effect immediately.  His first suspension came back in 2008 when he was with the Giants. Alfonso played 25 games for the Rockies this year and notched a .267/.304/.320 line in 79 plate appearances.…

  14. Must-click link: Matt Dominguez’s dad wrote about his debut

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Last week the Marlins called up 21-year-old third base prospect Matt Dominguez and it turns out his dad, Fernando Dominguez, is a copy editor for the Los Angeles Times. And after attending his son’s first game in the majors he wrote an excellent article about the experience: Matt Dominguez is living the dream … and…

  15. A.J. Pierzynski is baseball’s meanest player

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Sports Illustrated polls major leaguers about a number of things throughout the year. Or else it polls them once and then releases the results in drips and drabs throughout the year.  Today’s drip/drab:  “Baseball’s Meanest Players.” Problem: it doesn’t really list a criteria.  Which matters here, because “meanest” could be the most personally unpleasant. It…

  16. Japanese teams interested in Bryan LaHair if the Cubs aren’t

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last week I wondered whether the Cubs would give Triple-A MVP Bryan LaHair a legitimate opportunity in the majors and the answer so far is yes, as the 28-year-old has played in nine games while batting .458 with six extra-base hits in 24 at-bats. Of course, he’ll come back down to earth eventually and it…

  17. The Pirates clinch their 19th straight losing season

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Charlie Morton

    There was a time this summer — maybe for about two weeks — when everyone was high on the Pirates. It was damn nigh magical. Some considered them a contender. I wasn’t quite that optimistic, but I did wonder whether they could at least break .500 and thus break their string of uninterrupted losing seasons…

  18. Former major leaguer Curtis Leskanic arrested for DUI with daughter in car

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Curtis Leskanic, who last pitched in 2004 after an 11-year career as a reliever for the Rockies, Brewers, Red Sox, and Royals, was arrested over the weekend in Florida for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. Leskanic had a blood-alcohol level of .331, compared to the legal limit of…

  19. Ted Williams’ daughter is auctioning off his stuff for charity

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ted Williams

    Ted Williams’ daughter released a statement yesterday announcing that she’ll be auctioning off the Hall of Famer’s awards and memorabilia to raise money for The Jimmy Fund: The time has come in my life to let go of some of my father’s awards and personal memorabilia. I have struggled with this decision for the past…

  20. Joe Crede knows his career is done, wishes the pain was

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Joe Crede

    Two years removed from playing his final major league game with the Twins, Joe Crede still hasn’t been able to get his back fixed and is no longer holding out hope of resuming his major league career. Back at U.S. Cellular being honored by the White Sox on Tuesday, Crede talked to CSNChicago.com about his…

  21. Joe Blanton is active for now, but may need elbow surgery

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Joe Blanton came off the disabled list last week after missing four months with an elbow injury and threw a scoreless inning Monday as a reliever, but it sounds like he has little chance of cracking the Phillies’ playoff roster and may still need offseason surgery. “I don’t need to show up next year and…

  22. Report: Marlins released Mike Cameron after altercation with flight attendant

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Yesterday the Marlins released 38-year-old outfielder Mike Cameron and initial reports said only that he was let go for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Now a few more details have surfaced via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who claims that Cameron was released following an altercation with a flight attendant on the Marlins’ team…

  23. Jose Reyes admits hamstring injury is still bothering him

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes has hit zero triples and attempted just one stolen base in 16 games since returning from the disabled list late last month and the Mets shortstop admitted to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that his injured hamstring is not at full strength: Earlier in the season it was healthy. It’s not the…

  24. Jacoby Ellsbury is ridiculous

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Red Sox were supposed to have three MVP candidates, but it’s down to one now: Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 with his third homer in six games and four runs scored in Tuesday night’s takedown of the Blue Jays, raising his average to .321. The 28-year-old Ellsbury is up to fifth in the AL in…

  25. Tommy Hanson feels good after 44-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson threw 44 pitches in a bullpen session this morning and afterward told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his injured shoulder felt good. Hanson replied “I hope so” and “I think there’s a chance” when asked about potentially starting again before the regular season is over, but the Braves will wait…

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