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  1. Remember him? Daniel Cabrera signs with Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    daniel cabrera

    Here’s a blast from the past: Daniel Cabrera, who last pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2009, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pirates. Cabrera got more chances than his performance deserved because teams remained infatuated with his 6-foot-7 frame and mid-90s fastball, but his average velocity dipped from 96.2 miles per hour in…

  2. Mike Scioscia is in The Best Shape Of His (Managing) Life

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Albert Pujols

    Mike Scioscia was in perfectly good shape during his 13-year career as the Dodgers’ catcher, so adding him to the ever-growing “Best Shape Of His Life” list wouldn’t really be accurate. But after packing on quite a bit of weight during his 12-year managing career Scioscia dropped nearly 40 pounds this winter and told Bill…

  3. Tommy Hanson returns from concussion, throws off mound

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    tommy hanson ap

    Good news for the Braves this morning, as Tommy Hanson threw off a mound for the first time since suffering a minor concussion in a one-car accident on the way to spring training. Hanson was initially expected to miss just a day or two, but as is so often the case with concussions the absence…

  4. Jayson Werth, back spasms, and the life of a beat reporter

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    press hat

    Sure, writing about baseball for a living is great, but for a beat reporter having to ask players for updates on their injuries every day isn’t quite as fun, especially when they react like Jayson Werth did this morning: Asked Jayson Werth how his back felt. “I don’t care,” he said. Then he walked away.…

  5. Angels’ logjam means Mike Trout is likely bound for minors

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One way for the Angels to lessen their first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam would be to have stud prospect Mike Trout begin the season in the minors and it sure sounds like manager Mike Scioscia thinks that would be a smart idea. Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos, and Torii Hunter are cemented as the Angels’ starting…

  6. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with pectoral injury

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    There was some mystery surrounding Franklin Gutierrez‘s health status yesterday after he hopped into a car with the team trainer and left camp while general manager Jack Zduriencik declined to comment on the situation. It turns out Gutierrez injured his right pectoral muscle while making throws from the outfield and went for an MRI exam,…

  7. “Nothing new” in Royals’ contract talks with Alex Gordon

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    alex gordon getty

    Yesterday the Royals signed 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez to a long-term deal before he’s even played one full season in the big leagues, but apparently they aren’t close to locking up Alex Gordon to a contract extension. Several months ago Gordon and the Royals were said to be talking about a multi-year deal, but they…

  8. Nationals prospect Sammy Solis to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    sammy solis

    UPDATE: It’s official, Solis will have Tommy John surgery next week. ========== Sammy Solis, a 2010 second-round pick Baseball America recently ranked as the Nationals’ sixth-best prospect, has been shut down after experiencing elbow pain during a throwing session and is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Solis left…

  9. Manny Ramirez likes PDAs, seems to be enjoying A’s camp

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Juliana Ramirez

    Despite the best efforts of certain national baseball writers, Manny Ramirez and his family appear to have had a great time during media day in A’s camp: And there’s more where that came from.

  10. Wisconsin man who collected Ryan Braun’s urine sample issues statement “to set the record straight”

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    DinoLaurenzi

    Dino Laurenzi, the Wisconsin man who was in charge of Ryan Braun‘s urine sample, issued the following lengthy statement following the overturning of Braun’s suspension: On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that “there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way…

  11. Jesse Litsch shut down for a week with shoulder soreness

    Feb 28, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jesse Litsch came back from Tommy John elbow surgery to throw 75 reasonably effective innings last season, but now he’s been shut down for at least a week after experiencing shoulder soreness in Blue Jays camp. John Lott of the National Post reports that Litsch was examined yesterday by Dr. James Andrews, which is so…

  12. Freddie Freeman injures knee, likely to miss two weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Freddie Freeman reported to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but the Braves’ first baseman is expected to sit out at least two weeks after injuring his right knee in this morning’s workout. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that “Freeman’s right knee popped out of place as he reached to pick a…

  13. Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp with trainer

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez

    Franklin Gutierrez, who had all sorts of health problems last season but was said to be at full strength this spring, left Mariners camp this morning in a car driven by the team’s trainer. No further details are known yet, but when asked about the situation by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times general manager…

  14. Jamie Moyer “feels good” after throwing batting practice

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer threw batting practice to Rockies hitters yesterday and the 49-year-old who’s coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery felt just fine when he woke up this morning, telling Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post: My arm feels good and my body feels good. I felt like I could have thrown another 30 or…

  15. Ron Washington: Mike Napoli is “60-70 percent” recovered from World Series ankle injury

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Mike Napoli played a game-and-a-half on the gruesome-looking ankle injury he suffered during the World Series, but four months later manager Ron Washington describes him as being “60-70 percent” recovered as Rangers camp begins. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Napoli’s ankle is strong enough that he’s been able to catch multiple bullpen sessions, but…

  16. Luke Scott brought seven-foot-long, pig-killing spears into Rays clubhouse

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times had an interesting note about new Rays designated hitter Luke Scott, who in addition to being a good baseball player is well known for hunting large animals and saying controversial things about Barack Obama: Scott brought the two 7½-foot spears that he has used to kill wild pigs…

  17. Joba Chamberlain has first mound session since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Yankees

    Joba Chamberlain took the mound this morning for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery eight months ago, making 16 throws in Yankees camp. Chamberlain said afterward that “everything went great” and so far at least his recovery has been setback-free, but he’s still a long way from potentially re-entering the Yankees’ plans.…

  18. Ozzie Guillen has one rule: Don’t be late for the [bleeping] National Anthem

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    Ozzie Guillen had a nice rant yesterday, explaining that one of his few rules as a manager is making sure all players are on time and in the dugout when the National Anthem is performed before each game. And because Ozzie is Ozzie, the explanation for why that’s so important to him was both insightful…

  19. Angels say they’ve “handled” the “El Hombre” billboards that Albert Pujols didn’t like

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Last week Albert Pujols expressed his displeasure with the Angels’ marketing campaign that used billboards bearing his face and the “El Hombre” nickname that he’s never liked being associated with and now the team has responded. Angels president John Carpino told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the situation has been “handled” and after…

  20. Cardinals and Yadier Molina closing in on five-year, $70-75M extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that the two sides are closing in on a five-year deal in the $70-75 million range. Molina would make $14-15 million per season if Rosenthal is correct, which would give him the second-highest AAV (average annual value) for a catcher ever behind Joe Mauer‘s current eight-year, $184 million contract ($23 million). As…

  21. After 10 seasons and $43 million, Danys Baez is retiring

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Danys Baez, who was released by the Phillies in the middle of last season, is retiring following a 10-year career, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Baez defected from Cuba in 1999 and had a few standout seasons for the Indians and Rays early in his career, but was a bust for the Orioles after…

  22. Details of Ryan Zimmerman’s extension with the Nationals

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    zimmerman pose getty

    There have been some conflicting reports about the details of Ryan Zimmerman‘s contract extension with the Nationals, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has the year-by-year breakdown of the deal: 2012: $12 million 2013: $14 million 2014: $14 million 2015: $14 million 2016: $14 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14 million 2019: $18 million 2020: $18…

  23. Allen Craig has “a nice jog” for first time since knee surgery

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig still has a long road back from knee surgery, but today he ran for the first time since having screws inserted into his kneecap in November. “I was able to pick up the pace to a nice jog,” Craig told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “It wasn’t a run or…

  24. Peter Bourjos will likely need hip surgery after the season

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Peter Bourjos made certain to say that he’s currently feeling “good, normal, 100 percent” but the Angels center fielder also said today that he’ll likely need hip surgery after the season. Bourjos told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he would’ve had the operation to repair labrum fraying during the offseason, except he…

  25. Reds sign Sean Marshall to $16.5 million extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Sean Marshall Getty

    Two months after acquiring him from the Cubs the Reds have signed Sean Marshall to a three-year contract extension, which keeps the 29-year-old reliever from hitting the open market as a free agent next offseason. Marshall was already under contract for $3.1 million this season, which is his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the…

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