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2012 February 23

  1. Bryan LaHair is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Bryan LaHair was the MVP of the Pacific Coast League last year.  Yes, Iowa is in the Pacific Coast League. Just let it go. But he’s not content to rest on those laurels. He’s cranking it to 11, BSOHL-style! “I’m about as ready as I can be,” he said. “I’m probably in the best shape…

  2. Bobby Jenks was “leaking spinal fluid” from “an error done inside” during nightmare back surgery

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks was placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Red Sox earlier this week following two back surgeries and a pulmonary embolism, and today the reliever shared the details of his nightmarish offseason with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Once he was recovered from the pulmonary embolism Jenks underwent spinal surgery in…

  3. Pirates President Frank Coonelly was arrested for DUI back in December

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Frank Coonelly

    From Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, we learn that Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to drunken driving. Coonelly was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged him with drunken driving, driving the wrong way, careless driving and driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least .16.  That is some big…

  4. GM: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal”

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Roy Oswalt is expected to make his long-awaited decision today and finally sign with a team, but in the meantime we know one place where he won’t be going: St. Louis. General manager John Mozeliak appeared on AM-590 in St. Louis this morning and said: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal.” Joe…

  5. You’re not gonna believe this, but Elijah Dukes was arrested again

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    We all have to change our “days since Elijah Dukes was arrested” signs back to zero: Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested early Thursday after he tried to eat a plastic bag of marijuana and had marijuana blunt tucked behind his ear, police said … He faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of…

  6. True to his word, Carlos Beltran will pay for Jon Niese’s nose job

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Jon Niese showed up to spring training earlier this week with a reconstructed schnoz, relaying the story of how former Mets teammate Carlos Beltran encouraged him to get a nose job and even offered to pay for the operation. That was before Beltran got traded to the Giants around midseason, but apparently he’s living up…

  7. Matt Kemp plans to be the first member of the 50/50 club

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Everyone’s gotta have a goal. Mine was get a job where I didn’t have to wear pants one day, and dadgummit, I did it. Matt Kemp‘s is somewhat less grand: he wants to be the first member of the 50/50 club: “I know what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “I’ve shown it.” Fifty-fifty? Really?…

  8. Jenrry Mejia to begin throwing again

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    People who I totally forgot about since last season: Mets’ pitcher Jenrry Mejia. Who, once upon a time, was mentioned in every Mets trade rumor around, but who then had his season derailed with Tommy John surgery last May. Well, he’s on the mend and, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, is scheduled to return…

  9. The Marlins are nickel-and-diming their young players

    Feb 23, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    When I was a teenager working at the radio station, I made $3.35 an hour. That was a the minimum wage back then, and my employer was smart enough to realize that lots of kids would love my job, so there was no incentive to pay me any more than the minimum wage. But then,…

  10. Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement of some kind today

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:46 AM EDT

    oswalt face getty

    UPDATE:  Or not St. Louis.  At this point I think Oswalt is going to announce where he intends to eat lunch later today. UPDATE: Signs may be pointing to St. Louis, as Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch hears.  Heyman, meanwhile, is hearing that it’s not Boston or Texas. 7:46 AM: Roy Oswalt’s agent tells Gordon Edes…

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