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2013 April 29

  1. Giancarlo Stanton exits game with strained right hamstring

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton AP

    Giancarlo Stanton was finally starting to come around with the bat over the past few days, but he could now be looking at an extended absence. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Stanton left tonight’s game against the Mets with a strained right hamstring. The young slugger suffered the injury when he tried…

  2. White Sox acquire outfielder Casper Wells from Athletics

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Casper Wells AP

    Casper Wells is on the move again, as the White Sox have acquired him from the Athletics for cash considerations. Wells is now with his fourth organization in the past month. His journey began when the Blue Jays claimed him off waivers from the Mariners after he lost out to Jason Bay for a roster…

  3. Stephen Strasburg dealing with forearm tightness

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Nationals starting pitcher Strasburg throws to the Mets in the second inning of their MLB National League game in New York

    Here’s something Nationals fans don’t want to hear. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said after tonight’s game that Stephen Strasburg is currently dealing with right forearm tightness. Strasburg allowed two runs on six hits and four walks over six innings tonight as part of a no-decision in a 3-2 loss…

  4. Dodgers activate Hanley Ramirez, place Clayton Kershaw on bereavement list

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Prior to tonight’s game, the Dodgers announced that shortstop Hanley Ramirez was activated from the 15-day disabled list while left-hander Clayton Kershaw was placed on the bereavement list. Ramirez, who had surgery on March 22 to repair a torn thumb ligament, went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI during a brief two-game rehab assignment…

  5. Freddy Garcia agrees to remain with Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia AP

    Freddy Garcia’s minor league deal with the Orioles gave him the ability to opt out if he wasn’t called up to the majors by his fifth start with Triple-A Norfolk, but MASNSports’ Roch Kubatko reports that he has agreed to stick around until May 14. In other words, the Orioles have bought themselves another two…

  6. Kyuji Fujikawa on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa Getty

    Kyuji Fujikawa‘s first stint as the Cubs’ closer didn’t last long due to a right forearm strain, but he could get another chance soon. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, his second since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. While Cubs manager…

  7. Troy Tulowitzki out of Monday’s lineup with shoulder strain

    Apr 29, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki Getty

    Troy Tulowitzki is out of tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers after he suffered a left shoulder strain yesterday on an awkward slide into home plate. While it was easy to think the worst given Tulowitzki’s lengthy injury history, fortunately this injury appears to be minor. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that…

  8. Johnny Cueto tests lat muscle with 45-pitch bullpen session

    Apr 29, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto Getty

    Johnny Cueto hasn’t pitched since April 13 due to a strained right lat muscle, but he could be days away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cueto had no issues during a 45-pitch bullpen session this afternoon. It was his second time throwing off a mound since he…

  9. Following four-game sweep, Astros send Brad Peacock to pen

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Brad Peacock

    Forced to try something new with their starters putting way too much pressure on their bullpen, the Astros dropped Brad Peacock from the rotation on Monday. No replacement was immediately announced by the team, which lost four straight in Boston this weekend to drop to 7-18. Peacock, who was part of the Jed Lowrie-Chris Carter…

  10. Dylan Bundy shut down for six weeks following platelet-rich plasma injection

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles prospect right-hander Dylan Bundy paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews today about his forearm/elbow and while surgery wasn’t required, he’s still a long way from getting back on a mound. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Bundy will be shut down for the next six weeks following a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection. The…

  11. Mariano Rivera to write his autobiography

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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    It’ll have one sentence about a cut fastball repeated over and over again and will, despite the predictability, will win the Nobel Prize for literature: Little, Brown and Co. said Monday it will publish “The Closer” next spring in English, Spanish and audio editions. A children’s edition will follow that autumn … Says the 12-time All-Star: “Now is…

  12. Mariners activate Michael Saunders from the disabled list

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    Michael Saunders Getty

    Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is back from the disabled list after missing the past two-and-a-half weeks with a sprained right shoulder. Saunders wasn’t quite ready to rejoin Seattle’s lineup when first eligible, but is expected to draw most of the starts in center field with Franklin Gutierrez out. Prior to injuring his shoulder Saunders started…

  13. How to deal with a batter who calls for time too late

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Last week I put up a Gif of Yu Darvish that somehow became the most viewed thing in the history of this blog. Thanks Japanese people!  So might as well put up another fun Gif from the NPB. This one of a pitcher who was too far into his windup to honor the batter’s request…

  14. David Wright sitting out tonight’s game with neck injury

    Apr 29, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    David Wright AP

    David Wright was scratched from the Mets’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins with a sore neck and manager Terry Collins called him “day-to-day.” Justin Turner is drawing the start at third base in place of Wright, who started each of the Mets’ first 23 games after dealing with a rib injury during the…

  15. Jason Heyward just offered a pessimistic take on his recovery

    Apr 29, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jason Heyward is on the 15-day disabled list following his appendectomy last week. He’s eligible to return a week from today, and based on the recovery timeline of other players who have had laparoscopic appendectomies, should have been able to return around then or a little bit thereafter. But talking to the press this afternoon,…

  16. Rays players, umpire Tom Hallion all facing possible discipline over yesterday’s kerfuffle

    Apr 29, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tom Hallion

    The stuff yesterday with David Price and Tom Hallion was pretty messed up. Someone there is lying, yes? Either Tom Hallion told Price to “throw the ball over the f-in plate” or he didn’t. If he did, he’s now lying about it and taking a step further by calling Price a liar.  If he didn’t,…

  17. Nationals activate Wilson Ramos from the disabled list

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is back from the disabled list after sitting out the past two weeks with a strained hamstring. Ramos isn’t in the lineup tonight and it’ll be interesting to see how manager Davey Johnson splits the playing time behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki off to a nice start. Before the injury…

  18. Yasiel Puig was going 97 in a 50 m.p.h. zone

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving over the weekend. How reckless? Yasiel Puig was going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone when cited, per, Chattanooga police report. He told cops he was a designated driver. #Dodgers — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 29, 2013   I guess a sober dude going 97 in a…

  19. Reds lose another outfielder, place Chris Heisey on DL

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Cincinnati was already without left fielder Ryan Ludwick and now his replacement, Chris Heisey, is headed to the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Heisey has been fairly productive in a part-time role, but hit just .173 with two homers and a .488 OPS through 23 games this year. In his place the Reds…

  20. The Blue Jays had a players-only meeting to deal with the “bad vibes”

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Blue Jays

    Bill Madden of the Daily News reports that the Blue Jays, off to an awful start, held a players-only, closed-door meeting yesterday DeRosa would later call a players-only meeting to reiterate a lot of what beleaguered Blue Jay manager John Gibbons said to the media the day before … “There’s just a bad vibe creeping in…

  21. Single-A manager benches Cubs prospect Jorge Soler

    Apr 29, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jorge Soler

    Earlier this month Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was suspended five games after attempting to attack the opposing team’s dugout while holding a bat and now his own manager has benched him for not hustling. Single-A Daytona manager Dave Keller told Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News Journal that Soler was benched for failing to…

  22. NBA Center Jason Collins sets the stage, and a wonderful example, for gay athletes

    Apr 29, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Jason Collins

    It’s not a baseball story, but some sports stories are so significant that we’d be remiss in not noting them. This is one of them: veteran NBA center Jason Collins has come out as gay in a wonderful, eloquent and uplifting Sports Illustrated column. You owe it to yourself to read his words on the…

  23. John Danks set to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Apr 29, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    John Danks AP

    John Danks has progressed enough in his recovery from August shoulder surgery that the White Sox left-hander is scheduled to make his first minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A. Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the White Sox don’t have a set plan yet for how many rehab starts Danks will be asked to make.…

  24. Former Reds, Brewers pitcher, “Little Big League” actor Brad Lesley dead at 54

    Apr 29, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Brad Lesley

    This is sad. TMZ reports that Brad Lesley, who some of you oldsters may remember as a Reds and Brewers reliever in the early 80s, but who more of you probably remember from “Little Big League” and “Mr. Baseball” died of kidney failure at 54: Brad Lesley – who played a few years of Major League…

  25. Orioles acquire Chris Snyder from Angels

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Chris Snyder

    Taylor Teagarden fracturing his thumb put the Orioles in the market for some catching help and they acquired Chris Snyder from the Angels for reliever Rob Delaney (not to be confused with stand-up comedian/National Anthem singer Rob Delaney). Snyder was once an above-average starting catcher for the Diamondbacks, but injuries have derailed his career and…

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