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2013 May 30

  1. Shane Victorino nearing rehab assignment

    May 30, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino AP

    Shane Victorino required a stint on the disabled list earlier this month due to a left hamstring strain, but he’s expected to rejoin the Red Sox as soon as he’s eligible next week. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Victorino is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment on either Sunday or…

  2. Mets win four in a row over Yankees, sweep season series for first time ever

    May 30, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Dillon Gee AP

    The struggling Mets likely would have signed up for an even split this week against the crosstown Yankees, but they ended up taking all four games. Dillon Gee struck out a career-high 12 over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball tonight in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees. After taking both games at Citi Field…

  3. Carl Pavano still recovering from spleen removal, won’t pitch this season

    May 30, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano Getty

    You may remember that Carl Pavano ruptured his spleen in January when he fell while shoveling snow in his driveway at his home in Vermont. It was a very serious situation, as he ended up having his spleen removed and considered himself “lucky to be alive.” Months later, he isn’t any closer to resuming his…

  4. Dodgers place Matt Kemp on disabled list with right hamstring strain

    May 30, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    Matt Kemp‘s nightmare season continues. After he left last night’s game with what was described as a mild right hamstring strain, Kemp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding roster move, the Dodgers have recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque. It’s not clear how long Kemp will be sidelined, but…

  5. Hideki Matsui will retire as a Yankee

    May 30, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Getty

    Hideki Matsui already opted for retirement over the winter, but he’s going to go out as a Yankee. The Yankees announced earlier this afternoon that Matsui will sign a one-day minor league contract with the club on July 28 in order to announce his official retirement. He’ll be honored at Yankee Stadium on the same…

  6. Clay Buchholz slated to return Sunday against the Yankees

    May 30, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz Getty

    Clay Buchholz has already missed one turn in the rotation due to soreness in the AC joint in his right shoulder, but there was some concern yesterday that he would need to be skipped again this weekend against the Yankees. Fortunately for the Red Sox, that will not be necessary. Sean McAdam of reports…

  7. Trevor Plouffe returns from concussion, immediately goes back on DL with calf injury

    May 30, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Trevor Plouffe was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list yesterday after passing various medical tests, but in warming up for last night’s game the Twins third baseman tweaked his calf. He was scratched from the lineup and now he’s headed back to the DL, with the Twins recalling the recently demoted Chris Colabello to…

  8. Giancarlo Stanton’s rehab slowed down by sore knees

    May 30, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton has had to slow down his rehab: Stanton (hammy) backing off rehab program due to sore knees. #marlins — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 30, 2013   Well, either sore knees or the dawning realization that, oh my god, if he gets better he’s going to have to resume playing for the Marlins.

  9. Andy Pettitte to return from disabled list Monday

    May 30, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte has been cleared to return from the disabled list and the Yankees announced that he’ll start Monday against the Indians. Pettitte has been out for the past two weeks with a strained trapezius muscle, but reported no problems following a 75-pitch simulated game this week. Prior to the injury he had a 3.83…

  10. Jon Niese scratched from Saturday start with shoulder injury

    May 30, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese will not make his scheduled Saturday start because of a shoulder injury, the Mets announced. Niese will be replaced by Collin McHugh, who’s struggled in brief stints with the Mets but has a solid track record in the minors. Niese’s last start was Monday and he tossed seven innings of one-run ball against…

  11. The Braves designate Juan Francisco for assignment

    May 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Royals Braves Basaeball

    Atlanta had to make a roster move today to make room for Alex Wood. And to do so they blew up their 3B platoon: 3B Juan Francisco designated for assignment by #Braves to open roster spot for Alex Wood. — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) May 30, 2013   Chris Johnson will be the everyday third baseman…

  12. Curtis Granderson is donating $5 million to build his alma mater a new ballpark

    May 30, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Getty

    Curtis Granderson has had some awful luck this season, being sidelined by two major injuries, but he’s still making a big impact this year. According to the Associated Press the Yankees outfielder has agreed to donate $5 million to his alma mater, the University of Illinois-Chicago, to “pay for most of the cost a new…

  13. Eric Chavez leaves game with apparent injury

    May 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    Bad news for the snakes: third baseman Eric Chavez left today’s game with an injury: Well this isn’t good. Eric Chavez just took a swing and walked back to the dugout in pain. Cliff Pennington in the game to replace him. — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) May 30, 2013   Chavez has been fantastic this year,…

  14. UPDATE: No, MLB is not using a 14″ CRT for replay

    May 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: A pretty big correction is in order.  Earlier today I was given a picture by a source who had access to a National League ballpark and who was told by a ballpark employee that the photo below was, in fact, the replay machine used at the park.  I have been told by Major League…

  15. Alexi Ogando close to rejoining Rangers’ rotation

    May 30, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando is scheduled to make a minor-league rehab start Friday at Double-A and if it goes well the Rangers right-hander will likely be cleared to return from the disabled list. Ogando has missed the past two weeks with biceps tendinitis, but Randy Jennings of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s expected to throw around 75…

  16. HBT Daily: What’s up with Chris Davis?

    May 30, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Chris Davis Getty

    And I want to apologize in advance for Kay talking about Derek Jeter “having a catch.” Only in strange enclaves of the east coast do people “have a catch.” Everyone else in the world “plays catch.” Thank you.

  17. Scott Rice is on pace for the second-most appearances ever

    May 30, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Scott Rice

    Apparently the Mets really like to use their left-handed specialists a lot. Pedro Feliciano led the league in appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010 while pitching for the Mets, setting the all-time record for appearances by a left-hander in 2010 with 92. And now the Mets’ current southpaw specialist, Scott Rice, is on pace to…

  18. George Brett named new Royals hitting coach

    May 30, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    George Brett

    Big news out of Kansas City. One day after the Royals hitting coach Jack Maloof gave an interview in which he claimed that home runs aren’t important, the Royals have demoted him and made a familiar face their new hitting coach: #Royals announce that George Brett and Pedro Grifol will assume the interim hitting coach…

  19. The Braves call up Alex Wood

    May 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Braves relief pitchers have been dropping like flies. One idea floating around was that they’d make do with a short pen until Brandon Beachy comes back in a couple of weeks, move Kris Medlen back to the pen where he has spent a lot of time and carry on.  Then Kris Medlen got hurt last…

  20. Kyle Lohse has a chance to make history tonight

    May 30, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers

    My old buddy Chris Jaffe over at The Hardball Times has a great note about Kyle Lohse and his attempt to make MLB history tonight. Lohse is going up against the Twins, who’re one of his four former teams. And if he beats them he’ll have recorded at least one victory against all 30 big-league…

  21. Eric Wedge moderates his “sabermetrics harmed Dustin Ackley” comments

    May 30, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

    Geoff Baker allowed Eric Wedge to expand on his controversial comments from the other day in which he appeared to accuse sabermetrics of ruining Dustin Ackley, leading to his demotion. The nut: “When I bust somebody’s chops or make a joke about it, you can take it in a light-hearted way or you can take…

  22. Brett Myers may switch to bullpen after elbow setback

    May 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Myers Getty

    Cleveland signed Brett Myers as a starter this offseason after the right-hander spent last season as a full-time reliever and now he might be moving back to the bullpen. Whenever he gets healthy, that is. Myers is on the disabled list with an elbow injury and recently had to put his minor-league rehab assignment on…

  23. Ruben Tejada hits the disabled list

    May 30, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis

    That’s one way to avoid a demotion: the Mets placed Ruben Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps. Tejada had a leadoff single and scored a run last night, but he’s still at .209/.267/.262 on the season. As we noted yesterday, he was in serious danger of being sent down to the…

  24. Chris Carpenter felt “real good” after bullpen session

    May 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter had shoulder soreness after throwing last week, but the Cardinals right-hander got back on the mound for 25-30 pitches yesterday and reported feeling “real good” following the bullpen session. Carpenter indicated to Jenifer Langosch of that he’s taking things slow in his recovery from shoulder surgery because he’s wary of suffering a…

  25. Are the Nats’ troubles the result of the Lincoln assassination?

    May 30, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT


    Well, that seems rather silly. Clearly it’s more to do with President Garfield’s murder, yes? A bad event which has given an entire city a complex which causes poor play to grow even worse as the team and its fans realize that, sadly, bad things will always befall them? If you think that’s crazy then…

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