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  1. Henderson Alvarez’s in-grown hair turned into infected shin

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    It’ll be very difficult for anyone to top Mike Minor and his scarred urethra for the most cringe-inducing injury of spring training, but Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez isn’t having a great time early in camp either. Alvarez, who threw a no-hitter in September, will miss his first spring training start due to an infected shin…

  2. Cole Hamels throws for the first time since shoulder injury

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels AP

    Cole Hamels still may have to begin the season on the disabled list because offseason shoulder tendinitis put him behind schedule in Phillies camp, but this morning the left-hander felt good enough to throw his first bullpen session of spring training. Here’s how Hamels described the mound session to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com: It was…

  3. Jason Motte doesn’t expect to be ready for the season

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Motte

    Jason Motte is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the former Cardinals closer said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to be healthy in time for Opening Day. Motte told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that being game ready by then would be “a push” in part because of some recent…

  4. Johan Santana had trouble topping 80 miles per hour

    Feb 25, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana held a workout for seven teams today and George King of the New York Post has some details that make it sound like things didn’t go particularly well for the rehabbing left-hander. King reports that Santana “topped out” at 81 miles per hour and was throwing mostly in the high-70s. Prior to his…

  5. Chase Headley diagnosed with Grade 1 calf strain

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Padres third baseman Chase Headley underwent an MRI exam on his calf injury and it confirmed the original diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Headley is expected to miss another 2-3 weeks. Last season Headley fractured his thumb during spring training and didn’t make his regular season debut until…

  6. Rockies shut down Jhoulys Chacin with shoulder injury

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    Jhoulys Chacin underwent an MRI exam after complaining of shoulder soreness early in camp and the Rockies right-hander has been diagnosed with inflammation. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Chacin will be shut down for at least one week and “likely longer.” As one of the few starting pitchers to consistently thrive in…

  7. Mariners lose third base coach to hernia surgery

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Players and coaches go through physical exams upon arriving at spring training every year and rarely does anything come of it, but in Mariners camp third base coach John Stearns was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Stearns will undergo surgery and is expected to be out…

  8. Cardinals have plan to reduce Yadier Molina’s workload

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    No catcher logs more time behind the plate than Yadier Molina, but the Cardinals are taking steps to cut back his workload this season. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Molina won’t be in the lineup for Friday’s spring training opener and the team’s plan is to play him sparingly early…

  9. Pirates claim Brent Morel off waivers from Blue Jays

    Feb 24, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brent Morel

    Pittsburgh claimed Brent Morel off waivers after the third baseman was designated for assignment by Toronto. Morel was the White Sox’s starting third baseman as a 24-year-old rookie in 2011, but hit just .245 with a .653 OPS in 126 games and has played sparingly in the majors since then. Chicago waived him in December…

  10. Actor/designated hitter Adam Dunn is probably going to the Oscars

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Photo Day

    Adam Dunn had a cameo as a bartender in “Dallas Buyers Club” and now it might get the White Sox designated hitter a trip to the Oscars on Sunday, writes Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com: The slugger has an invite, a ride and a reason to attend the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, but he…

  11. Mike Minor and his urethra had a rough winter

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Lots of pitchers are “behind” early in spring training because of offseason injuries, but Braves left-hander Mike Minor … well, you’ll see: Mike Minor is a few weeks behind because he had to rest for a month after undergoing a 12/31 procedure to repair scarring around his urethra — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 24, 2014…

  12. Colby Lewis is ready to pitch again after elbow and hip surgeries

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Colby Lewis has missed nearly two years following elbow surgery and a hip replacement, but the 34-year-old right-hander is finally ready for game action again in Rangers camp. Lewis, who re-signed with Texas on a minor-league contract, is scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Tuesday. Here’s what he told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com about…

  13. Jim Thome wants to be a manager

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Phillies Thome celebrates his game winning walk off home run against the Rays during the ninth inning of their interleague MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Jim Thome hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet, but the 43-year-old joined the White Sox front office as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. That gig involves going to spring training to work with players beginning next week, but looking beyond that Thome told Daryl Van Shouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that…

  14. Orioles “intensifying their interest” in Kendrys Morales

    Feb 21, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Along with reports this morning that the Orioles are still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez, now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re also “intensifying their interest” in free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales. Now that the Orioles have already lost their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the…

  15. Joe Kelly threw a football to improve his curveball

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Kelly has impressed onlookers in Cardinals camp with his improved curveball and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the right-hander credits throwing a football during the offseason for the change: Kelly said by throwing the football he was able to find an arm slot that he could consistently use and…

  16. Orioles still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Baltimore was linked to Ervin Santana before signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles are still interesting in added Santana too. Because they’ve already parted with their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the Orioles would only need to give up a second-round…

  17. Padres prospect Max Fried shut down with forearm injury

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Padres pitching prospect and former seventh overall draft pick Max Fried has been shut down for at least two weeks with soreness in his left forearm. General manager Josh Byrnes told Corey Brock of MLB.com that Fried complained of soreness while doing some offseason throwing, so the Padres examined him and “have decided to shut…

  18. More shoulder problems for Matt Capps

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

    Matt Capps

    Matt Capps missed most of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery and now the right-hander’s attempt to make the Indians out of spring training has been stalled by more shoulder problems. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Capps will be shut down for at least two weeks with a…

  19. Red Sox close to signing Chris Capuano

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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    Free agent left-hander Chris Capuano is on the verge of signing with the Red Sox, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that a deal could be completed as soon as today. Boston’s need for rotation help increased following Ryan Dempster‘s decision to sit out the season and Capuano represents a cheap…

  20. Brandon Phillips refuses to speak to the media

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Brandon Phillips made headlines back in August for calling a local beat reporter a “fat mother******” (among other things) and now he’s decided to simply stop talking to the media altogether. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips “refused to speak to the media on the day position players reported to camp” and…

  21. Ron Washington unveils his planned Rangers lineup

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Rangers manager Ron Washington already has a lineup and batting order in mind for the regular season and he shared it with reporters today: LF Shin-Soo Choo SS Elvis Andrus 1B Prince Fielder 3B Adrian Beltre RF Alex Rios DH Mitch Moreland C Geovany Soto 2B Jurickson Profar CF Leonys Martin No big surprises, although…

  22. Justin Verlander throws 54-pitch bullpen session

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There had been some worry that Justin Verlander wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day following surgery to repair a torn “core muscle” in mid-January, but he threw for the first time last week and advanced to throwing a 54-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Manager Brad Ausmus seemed pleased with how the mound session went and Verlander…

  23. Mat Latos is already walking without crutches five days after knee surgery

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Mat Latos underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds right-hander is already “walking without crutches” or “a noticeable limp.” At the time of the surgery the Reds said they hoped Latos could resume throwing in around 10 days and so far…

  24. Yu Darvish was just kidding about the Yankees paying Masahiro Tanaka too much

    Feb 18, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    UPDATE: Darvish says he was just joking around about the Tanaka comments and apparently both Darvish and his interpreter were laughing as he said the quotes, although as you can see below that bit of context was oddly left out by several reporters on hand. ========== Yu Darvish was asked today what he thought of…

  25. Mark Mulder’s injury won’t make Angels trust Joe Blanton

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Mark Mulder‘s comeback attempt ending before it really even began thanks to a torn Achilles’ tendon took a dent out of the Angels’ rotation depth, but they still aren’t willing to trust Joe Blanton and his $8.5 million salary. Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA last season after signing with the Angels as a…

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