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  1. Before blowing out his elbow Kerry Wood threw a ton of pitches as a 21-year-old rookie

    May 18, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    kerry wood and mark prior

    People have been writing about Kerry Wood‘s rookie pitch counts for more than a decade now, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but now that he’s retiring it’s worth noting again just how hard the Cubs and then-manager Jim Riggleman worked their 21-year-old phenom in 1998. Wood made a total of 26 starts…

  2. Cardinals fear Kyle McClellan’s elbow injury may be serious

    May 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    mcclellan getty

    Kyle McClellan left last night’s game with elbow soreness and admitted afterward that he’s been pitching with pain for several weeks now. McClellan, who underwent Tommy John surgery as a minor leaguer in 2006, told Rick Eymer of MLB.com: “The pain is somewhat similar to when I did it in the minors, but that was…

  3. How far is Albert Pujols behind his usual home run pace?

    May 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Albert Pujols, Jeff Mathis

    Albert Pujols is finally showing some signs of life for the Angels, homering in back-to-back games after going deep just once through his first 36 games. He’s still hitting just .214 with a .248 on-base percentage and .325 slugging percentage overall and obviously three homers in 39 total team games is shockingly little power for…

  4. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto needs knee surgery

    May 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Geovany Soto

    If Kerry Wood makes one final appearance at Wrigley Field before announcing his retirement he won’t be throwing to Geovany Soto, as the Cubs catcher has been diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and needs arthroscopic surgery that will sideline him for at least three weeks. Manager Dale Sveum told Paul…

  5. Rays turn to Alex Cobb, not Wade Davis, as Jeff Niemann’s rotation replacement

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Alex Cobb

    Jeff Niemann is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right leg, but rather than shift Wade Davis back to the rotation the Rays are turning to Alex Cobb as the fill-in. No official announcement has been made yet, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Cobb will pitch in Niemann’s place tomorrow…

  6. Hot-hitting Allen Craig headed for DL with hamstring injury

    May 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig can’t catch a break. He missed the first six weeks of the season following November knee surgery, returned to the lineup on fire by hitting .404 with a 1.284 OPS in 12 games … and is now headed back to the disabled list. Craig strained his hamstring during Wednesday’s game and Joe Strauss…

  7. Kerry Wood to announce retirement, but may pitch one last time at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood has struggled since returning from a disabled list stint two weeks ago, allowing five runs in six innings following a month off because of a shoulder injury, and now the one-time phenom turned quality setup man has decided to call it a career at age 34. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that…

  8. Padres release Orlando Hudson, place Jason Bartlett on DL

    May 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Orlando Hudson

    It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how odd it was that Orlando Hudson had five triples and zero doubles this season. And now he’s out of a job. San Diego released the veteran second baseman after Hudson hit just .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games…

  9. Only four closers have yet to blow a save this season

    May 17, 2012, 3:51 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    This has been a rough first six weeks for closers, as half the teams in baseball have a new guy in the ninth-inning role due to poor performances and/or injuries. Of the closers left standing only four guys have at least five saves without a blown save and showing someone the list before the season…

  10. It’s been one year since Brian Roberts played for the Orioles

    May 17, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Brian Roberts‘ last game action for the Orioles and concussions have limited the former All-Star second baseman to just 98 total games since the beginning of 2010. Roberts spoke to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun about his year on the sidelines, calling it “extremely hard and very frustrating…

  11. Jair Jurrjens rocked for 11 runs in Triple-A start

    May 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Last week manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed that the Braves hadn’t even given any thought to recalling Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A, saying: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now.” At the time Jurrjens had put together three straight impressive outings, but that all unraveled last night as he got rocked for…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang is willing to pitch out of Nationals bullpen

    May 17, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang is close to coming off the disabled list and rejoining the Nationals, but with no room for him in an excellent rotation the veteran right-hander said yesterday that he’d be open to some relief work. Middle relief would be an easy way for the Nationals to keep him in the mix while also…

  13. Diamondbacks promote stud pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    May 17, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

    Trevor Bauer, Jerry Dipoto, Ray Montgomery

    Trevor Bauer is now one step away from the majors less than 12 months after being the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, as the Diamondbacks have promoted the 21-year-old right-hander from Double-A to Triple-A. Bauer struggled with his control at Double-A, walking 26 batters in 48 innings, but was nearly unhittable with…

  14. Put away the iPhone: Brandon McCarthy won’t need Siri’s help with Josh Hamilton

    May 17, 2012, 12:41 PM EST

    siri

    Last week after another of Josh Hamilton‘s monster games A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy jokingly tweeted: “Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?” McCarthy is starting against the Rangers today and I’m not sure if his iPhone was much scouting help, but it turns out Hamilton is getting the day off. Oh well. Actually, maybe…

  15. Twins win game, lose Nick Blackburn to quadriceps injury

    May 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Nick Blackburn Getty

    Even when the Twins pick up a rare win they still end up losing. Last night the Twins beat the Tigers to improve their MLB-worst record to 11-26, but in the process they lost starter Nick Blackburn to a quadriceps injury that requires a disabled list stint. Blackburn admitted afterward that he was in a…

  16. Drew Storen aiming to return around the All-Star break

    May 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    storen getty

    As fill-in closer Henry Rodriguez continues to do his tight-rope act in the ninth inning Drew Storen said yesterday that he’s aiming to return from the disabled list and reclaim the Nationals’ closer job around the All-Star break. Storen underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow on April 11 and has progressed to…

  17. Mets designate reliever D.J. Carrasco for assignment

    May 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Carrasco_D.J.

    Within minutes of D.J. Carrasco serving up a homer to Todd Frazier last night the Mets announced that they’d designated the veteran reliever for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster. When the Mets signed Carrasco to a two-year, $2.4 million deal last offseason it seemed like a solid pickup, as he’d posted a sub-4.00…

  18. No more RBIs: Groin injury sends Brandon Inge to the DL

    May 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Brandon Inge Getty

    UPDATE: It’s official now. Inge will be eligible to return from the DL on May 28. ========== Brandon Inge went from getting released by the Tigers following five years of sub par production to smacking four homers and driving in 17 runs in his first 11 games with the A’s, but now a groin injury…

  19. Pirates demote starting left fielder Alex Presley to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Alex Presley forced his way into the Pirates’ plans by hitting .298 with an .804 OPS in 52 games as a 25-year-old rookie last season and entered this year as the starting left fielder and Opening Day leadoff man. Six weeks later Presley is headed back to Triple-A after hitting just .220 with a .551…

  20. Banged-up Dodgers have a very ugly lineup tonight

    May 16, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Matt Kemp, Juan Rivera, Juan Uribe, and Jerry Hairston Jr. are on the disabled list and A.J. Ellis, James Loney, Dee Gordon, and Mark Ellis are getting the night off, so the Dodgers’ lineup versus left-hander Clayton Richard and the Padres is really, really ugly: 1. Tony Gwynn Jr., CF 2. Elian Herrera, 2B 3.…

  21. Orlando Hudson is suddenly a triples machine at age 34

    May 16, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    While looking over some of the league leaders just now I stumbled across this odd stat: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has an MLB-high five triples in 34 games. And he has zero doubles. Not surprisingly all five of Hudson’s triples have come in spacious Petco Park, but here’s the weird thing: Last season, playing…

  22. Orioles’ investment in Wei-Yin Chen is paying off early

    May 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Wei-Yin Chen

    In an effort to boost a rotation that had MLB’s worst ERA last season the Orioles brought in a pair of starters who’d thrived in Japan, signing Wei-Yin Chen for $11.3 million and Tsuyoshi Wada for $8.15 million. Wada experienced elbow problems early in spring training and will miss the entire season following Tommy John…

  23. Terry Collins: Jason Bay will “absolutely” be a starter when he returns from DL

    May 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Jason Bay

    Left field fill-in Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played so well that there’s been some speculation about Jason Bay returning from the disabled list as a part-time player, but Mets manager Terry Collins squashed that talk. Collins told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that Bay will “absolutely” be a starter once he’s healthy because…

  24. Vladimir Guerrero reports to Blue Jays, will work in minors

    May 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero‘s comeback is officially underway, as the former MVP reported to the Blue Jays’ minor-league complex in Florida yesterday after signing a minor-league contract last week. When asked how Guerrero fits into the Blue Jays’ plans general manager Alex Anthopoulos made it very clear that they view the 37-year-old as a low-cost flier who…

  25. Royals promote top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Wil Myers

    Kansas City’s next wave of young talent is now just one step from the majors, as the Royals promoted top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi from Double-A to Triple-A. Myers struggled at Double-A last season, hitting just .253 with eight homers in 99 games, but the outfielder still ranked 28th on Baseball America‘s annual…

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