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  1. Carlos Beltran may play some center field for Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran played zero innings in center field last season, but he was out there for today’s spring training game and the Cardinals are considering giving him some regular season starts. Jon Jay is the primary center fielder, but manager Mike Mathney told Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that he’d like to occasionally sub Beltran in…

  2. Rays unveil “Fortune Favors The Bald” t-shirts

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Last week when 70 members of the Rays organization shaved their heads for charity manager Joe Maddon explained that he hopes “fortunate favors the bald” this season and today the team began selling t-shirts with that catchphrase in an effort to raise even more money for pediatric cancer research. I’m going to buy a case…

  3. Zach Britton gets platelet-rich plasma treatment on shoulder

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Michael Morse isn’t the only big leaguer trying to get healthy via platelet-rich plasma treatment this week, as Orioles left-hander Zach Britton also underwent the procedure in an attempt to avoid shoulder surgery. Dr. James Andrews recommended the new and somewhat controversial treatment for Britton, who’s struggled with shoulder inflammation dating back to August of…

  4. Placido Polanco took batting practice, “felt pretty good”

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Placido Polanco took live batting practice today and afterward said that his sprained left index finger “felt pretty good.” Polanco has been out of the lineup since injuring his finger diving back into first base Sunday and according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer most of the swelling has subsided, but there’s no return…

  5. Michael Morse gets platelet-rich plasma treatment, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Morse‘s odds of being recovered from a lat injury by Opening Day are “dwindling” after the Nationals left fielder received platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Here’s a little more about the platelet-rich plasma treatment from Zuckerman: A relatively new procedure also referred to as “blood spinning,” in which blood plasma…

  6. Yasmani Grandal wonders where he fits in Padres’ plans after Nick Hundley extension

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    In writing about Nick Hundley‘s contract extension earlier this week I noted that the move blocks top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors, as he looks likely to be MLB-ready by 2013 at the latest and now Hundley is signed through 2015. Dan Hayes of the North County Times took it one step…

  7. Ryan Howard ditches protective boot, cleared for workouts

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Ryan Howard took a big step in his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon today, as doctors cleared him to stop wearing a protective boot and start working out. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Howard’s first post-boot workout involved fielding ground balls at first base while sitting on a stool, so he’s…

  8. Royals undecided on Jonathan Broxton or Greg Holland as Joakim Soria closer replacement

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Regardless of whether Joakim Soria is able to rest and rehab his damaged ulnar collateral ligament or undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery the Royals will need a new closer. Free agent signing Jonathan Broxton is the obvious replacement because of his previous experience in the role, but Greg Holland was great as a rookie setup…

  9. Red Sox are “monitoring the Mike Gonzalez market”

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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

    Mike Gonzalez is one of the best remaining unsigned free agents and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox “are monitoring the Gonzalez market” as they search for left-handed bullpen help. After a long history of arm problems Gonzalez underwent knee surgery in October, but if healthy he’s an elite left-handed…

  10. Grady Sizemore’s injury replacement, Michael Brantley, is injured too

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Cleveland has shifted Michael Brantley from left field to center field following Grady Sizemore‘s latest injury setback, but now Brantley is hurting too. Brantley is expected to miss at least the next 3-5 days with a hamstring injury and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that “the Indians are taking a cautious approach to try to…

  11. Shaun Marcum throws in minors, expects to avoid DL

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Last week there was some concern that Shaun Marcum would have to begin the season on the disabled list because of his shoulder problems, but today he threw two innings in a minor-league game and said afterward that he doesn’t expect to miss a start. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Marcum threw 26 pitches…

  12. Cubs GM denies having agreement with Jorge Soler, calls rumors “completely bogus”

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

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    It’s been six weeks since Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs were going to sign Cuban defector Jorge Soler, yet the 19-year-old outfielder remains unsigned and still hasn’t even officially been granted free agent status. And today Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com not to believe…

  13. Cardinals have “no timetable” for Skip Schumaker’s return

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker underwent further testing after being diagnosed with a torn oblique muscle earlier this week and it doesn’t sound like the Cardinals should expect him back anytime soon. “There’s no timetable,” Schumaker told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “They just know there’s a significant injury in there. I kind of knew…

  14. Twins send Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    When the Twins selected Terry Doyle with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 draft it seemed like an odd choice because the 25-year-old right-hander had yet to even pitch at Triple-A and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about his track record or raw stuff. Afterward the Twins talked about how impressed they were…

  15. Jeff Francis won’t opt out of minor-league deal with Reds

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    As part of his minor-league contract with the Reds left-hander Jeff Francis the ability to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 28, but that won’t be happening. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his odds of securing a spot in the Reds’ rotation…

  16. Kevin Millwood beats out Hisashi Iwakuma for final spot in Mariners’ rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Manager Eric Wedge announced today that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will be joined in the Mariners’ rotation by Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan, and Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal in January after spending the end of last season with the Rockies and the 37-year-old beat out Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma for the fifth…

  17. Corey Hart has a headache and eight stitches after being “whacked on the head” lifting weights

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    Corey Hart is making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but now he has another issue to deal with. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Hart “got whacked on head by the bar while lifting weights and got eight stitches.” There’s no indication that it’s anything serious, although Hart did…

  18. Rangers don’t want Yu Darvish facing the Angels in a spring training game

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    This certainly isn’t unheard of, but it’s still interesting. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday instead of facing the Angels in a big-league game because the Rangers want to avoid giving their AL West rivals a look at their new ace. Manager Ron Washington told Sullivan…

  19. Second opinion confirms Joakim Soria’s ligament damage, Tommy John surgery looms

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria moved one step closer to Tommy John surgery, as a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the initial diagnosis of a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Soria is “taking a few days off to consider options” following the second opinion, but adds that surgery…

  20. Allen Craig returns from surgery to hit in minor-league game

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Chris Carpenter‘s setback is the biggest story in Cardinals camp, but they did get some good news yesterday as Allen Craig returned from knee surgery to play in a minor-league game. It was Craig’s first action since Game 7 of the World Series, although he was limited strictly to hitting and didn’t run or play…

  21. B.J. Upton still sore from collision, sctratched from lineup

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    B.J. Upton returned from last week’s outfield collision with Desmond Jennings to play in a minor-league game yesterday and was slated to make his return to the Rays’ lineup this morning, but those plans were canceled. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Upton “came in a little bit sore” today after going 0-for-2 with a…

  22. Nationals pick Stephen Strasburg as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg was impressive in his five-inning start against the Mets yesterday and today the Nationals announced that he’ll get their Opening Day assignment versus the Cubs. It will be the first Opening Day start for Strasburg, who wasn’t called up until June in 2010 and missed the beginning of last season recovering from Tommy…

  23. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp following setback with neck injury

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Whatever progress Chris Carpenter had made in his recovery from a neck injury has been wiped away, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the veteran right-hander has left Cardinals camp “to be further examined by nerve specialists after experiencing renewed symptoms associated with a bulging cervical disc.” In other words:…

  24. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  25. Royals acquire Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois from Astros

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has added a pair of bench players by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Astros for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. Quintero became expendable in Houston with Jason Castro back from injury and veteran Chris Snyder signed this offseason, but his ineptitude offensively…

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