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  1. Livan Hernandez released by Astros, signs with Braves

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    UPDATE: Surprisingly enough, it didn’t take Hernandez long to find another gig. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’s signing with the Braves, who for some reason prefer the 37-year-old soft-tosser to their various inexperienced prospects. Good thing Calcaterra is on vacation today. ========== Once thought to be a near-lock for the Astros’ rotation, Livan…

  2. Kevin Kouzmanoff fails to make Royals, sent to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kevin Kouzmanoff spent part of last season at Triple-A and he’ll begin this season back in the minors, as the Royals sent him down as part of their latest round of cuts. Kouzmanoff hasn’t been the same since the Padres traded him in January of 2010, which is odd because calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home…

  3. Angels send 20-year-old top prospect Mike Trout to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout played 40 games in the majors last season, but with the Angels’ first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam already causing them to shop Bobby Abreu and move Mark Trumbo to third base there was no room for him in the lineup. Today the team made official what has been expected all spring, optioning Trout…

  4. Prosecutors drop Manny Ramirez’s domestic violence case because his wife “was uncooperative”

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Juliana Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping his wife in September, but TMZ reports that Florida prosecutors have dropped the case. Asked why, a representative for the State Attorney’s Office told TMZ: “The state dropped the charge because the victim was uncooperative. She successfully avoided being served with a state…

  5. Jason Isringhausen makes Angels’ bullpen at age 39

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    isringhausen getty

    Jason Isringhausen didn’t sign a minor-league deal with the Angels until late February, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 39-year-old right-hander will be in the Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen will get at least $700,000 for cracking the roster and has further incentives based on appearances after throwing 47 innings with…

  6. Trade off? Bobby Abreu is in the Angels’ lineup today

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Late last night several reports had Bobby Abreu all but traded to the Indians, but this morning a deal seemed far less certain and now Abreu is actually in the Angels’ lineup for this afternoon’s game. That may not mean anything in terms of him eventually being traded, as removing a player from a spring…

  7. Red Sox expect Carl Crawford to miss all of April

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Most of the updates about Carl Crawford‘s recovery from wrist surgery have involved setbacks or delays this spring, and now Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes: “Don’t expect Crawford to join the Red Sox before May.” That’s not an official timetable, at least not yet, but according to Abraham he’s yet to take batting…

  8. Rangers release former All-Star Brad Hawpe

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    It seems like forever ago now, but Brad Hawpe was an All-Star as recently as 2009. He had a rough 2010 season for the Rockies and Rays, was even worse in part-time action with the Padres last season, and last night the Rangers released him after signing Hawpe to a minor-league contract in January. Certainly…

  9. Miguel Cabrera to rejoin Tigers’ lineup tomorrow

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Miguel Cabrera‘s return from a fractured orbital bone was delayed slightly, but manager Jim Leyland announced that he’ll be back in the Tigers’ lineup tomorrow and is expected to play the remainder of their spring training games. And yes, he’s still going to play third base despite taking a hard one-hopper off the face 10…

  10. Marlins reliever Jose Ceda to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: It’s official now. He’ll go under the knife on April 3. ========== Instead of securing a spot in the Marlins’ bullpen right-hander Jose Ceda is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Ceda, who made headlines last season for being locked in the bullpen bathroom by Marlins teammates, pitched well for 7.1 innings…

  11. Scott Linebrink secures spot in Cardinals’ bullpen

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Scott Linbrink Getty

    Signed to a minor-league deal in mid-February, veteran right-hander Scott Linebrink will be in the Cardinals’ bullpen to begin the season after the team added him to the 40-man roster today. Linebrink is 35 years old, but pitched decently last season for the Braves with a 3.64 ERA and 42/21 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.…

  12. Pirates starter Charlie Morton to begin year on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Last month Charlie Morton was said to be “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from October hip surgery, but the Pirates right-hander will begin the season on the disabled list. However, it’s not necessarily a setback, as the Pirates won’t need a fifth starter until April 14 and for now at least the plan is…

  13. Royals put Felipe Paulino on disabled list with elbow injury

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino looked like a candidate for a mini-breakout this season after throwing 125 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 119 strikeouts following a trade to the Royals last year, but instead the 28-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Manager Ned Yost indicated to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the…

  14. And the season’s first disabled list trip goes to … Mike Carp

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    It took exactly one game for a player to suffer an injury that requires a disabled list stint, as Mariners left fielder Mike Carp hurt his right shoulder diving for a ball against the A’s in Japan and has been placed on the shelf. Carp played the entire 11-inning game, but was later diagnosed with…

  15. Dan Haren is going through a “dead arm” phase

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Dan Haren had a sloppy start against the Reds yesterday, allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and afterward revealed that he’s going through a “dead arm” phase. Haren downplayed the situation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “should be fine” and “it usually lasts about a week…

  16. Jeff Samardzija wins spot in Cubs rotation, Randy Wells demoted to minors

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Randy Wells

    Randy Wells is 29 years old and has started at least 23 games for the Cubs in each of the past three seasons, posting a 4.01 ERA in 500 innings overall, yet today they demoted him to the minors as part of the latest round of spring training cuts. Sending down a veteran with that…

  17. Fresh off contract extension, Dustin McGowan to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays gave Dustin McGowan a two-year contract extension worth at least $4 million in guaranteed money despite the oft-injured right-hander throwing a grand total of 21 (terrible) innings since 2009. In a fitting follow-up to that surprising move McGowan is now expected to begin the season on the disabled list…

  18. Rangers moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    After an excellent rookie season as a reliever in 2010 the Rangers moved Alexi Ogando into the rotation last year with good results, as he started 29 games with a 3.51 ERA and 126/43 K/BB ratio in 169 innings. Normally that would be enough to lock a 28-year-old pitcher into the rotation long term, but…

  19. B.J. Upton unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 28, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Any initial optimism about B.J. Upton making a speedy recovery following his outfield collision with Desmond Jennings two weeks ago is now gone, as the Rays center fielder admitted today that he’s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. Upton has played just once since the collision, logging a handful of innings in a minor-league…

  20. Jed Lowrie injures thumb, gets angry at Omar Infante for blocking base

    Mar 28, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brad Mills, Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie, whose Red Sox career was repeatedly derailed by injuries prior to being traded to the Astros this winter, suffered a sprained right thumb diving back into second base today. And he’s upset with Marlins infielder Omar Infante for blocking the base, telling Brian McTaggart of MLB.com: The throw kind of took him up…

  21. Omar Vizquel snags a spot on Blue Jays’ bench at age 44

    Mar 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Jamie Moyer is still fighting for a spot on the Rockies’ pitching staff, but the other elderly gentleman in spring training, 44-year-old Omar Vizquel, has secured a place on the Blue Jays’ bench for Opening Day. Toronto made it official today and also optioned his utility man competition, Mike McCoy, to Triple-A. Vizquel no longer…

  22. Blue Jays aren’t getting many calls about Travis Snider

    Mar 28, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Travis Snider was the 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects in both 2008 and 2009, but the Blue Jays sent him to Triple-A yesterday despite being a 24-year-old with 877 plate appearances in the majors. And it turns out other teams feel similarly about Snider, as…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending?

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending? After eight tumultuous but mostly successful…

  24. Reds reliever Nick Masset to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Masset_Nick

    HardballTalk has turned into RedsBullpenTalk today, so here’s the latest: Nick Masset has been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. In theory at least Masset was in the mix for the closer job, but that was always a long shot…

  25. Reds “audition” free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Dusty Baker is still trying to decide who will be asked to replace Ryan Madson as closer, but in the meantime free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez worked out for the Reds yesterday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com described it as an “audition” and says Gonzalez “was spotted throwing in a bullpen session at the Reds’ complex.”…

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