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2013 February 17

  1. Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Via Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return. “I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything…

  2. Matt Garza can’t complete first live batting practice session

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza missed the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season because of a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. And he might still be dealing with that injury. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the right-hander left his first live batting practice session Sunday in camp. Garza was holding his left side,…

  3. Brennan Boesch day-to-day after tweaking right oblique

    Feb 17, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Noah Trister of the Associated Press reports that Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch tweaked a right oblique muscle on Saturday while swinging a bat. He was held out of workouts on Sunday and might not be ready for action again until later this week. Boesch agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Tigers back…

  4. Johan Santana throws first bullpen session of spring

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York provides the visual evidence: Photo of Johan Santana throwing off a mound for 1st time since August: twitter.com/AdamRubinESPN/… — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 17, 2013 Santana made it through the workout without any sort of complications and will now perform regular bullpen sessions in Mets camp until he is…

  5. Mat Gamel (knee) could return to workouts on Monday

    Feb 17, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    The Brewers are holding young first baseman Mat Gamel out of drills this afternoon — just 24 hours after he aggravated his surgically-repaired right knee while taking batting practice. But there is some optimism about the situation around camp. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy that Gamel could return to his normal spring…

  6. Derek Jeter fully expects to be ready on Opening Day

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took questions from media members during a press conference Sunday morning in spring camp and expressed once again that he fully intends to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day — April 1 against the Red Sox. “I broke my ankle in October; it’s been quite some time,” Jeter said…

  7. Lance Berkman says knee is about “80 percent” healthy

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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    The Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason and plan to use him as their primary designated hitter in 2013. But he’ll have to be eased into that role this spring. Berkman told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday morning that he’s only about “80 percent” recovered…

  8. Mets maintaining interest in reliever Jose Valverde

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the goods: The door remains “slightly ajar” for free agent Jose Valverde to join the Mets as their closer, an industry source told The Post. As with the Mets’ pursuit of Michael Bourn, you bet against this actually happening. But this is considerably less complicated than the Bourn…

  9. Rays sign Jack Cust to minor league contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Jack Cust. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Cust will attempt to earn a backup role. Cust spent the entire 2012 season at the Triple-A level, batting…

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