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  1. Donnie Murphy not expected to return from concussion this season

    Sep 14, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Donnie Murphy

    Donnie Murphy suffered a concussion Wednesday when Chase Utley‘s leg hit his head during a slide at second base and today manager Ozzie Guillen said the Marlins utility man is not expected to play again this season. Murphy actually remained in the game after the collision with Utley, flying out in an at-bat the next…

  2. Orioles release Kevin Gregg

    Sep 14, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with Kevin Gregg‘s remaining contract, even for just a few weeks of salary, so the Orioles released the veteran reliever after designating him for assignment Tuesday. Gregg produced a 4.53 ERA and 64 walks in 103 innings for the Orioles on a two-year, $10…

  3. Astros meeting with Larry Bowa about … something

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Larry Bowa

    Nationals third base coach Bo Porter traveled to Houston yesterday and became the first known candidate to interview for the Astros’ managerial opening. MLB Network analyst and former Phillies manager Larry Bowa is in Houston today talking to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, although it’s not clear if he’s interviewing for the manager job or…

  4. Chris Carpenter on the verge of rejoining Cardinals rotation

    Sep 14, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    carpenter getty

    Chris Carpenter‘s miraculous comeback from what was supposed to be season-ending thoracic outlet syndrome surgery is nearly complete, with just one more hurdle to clear before rejoining the Cardinals’ rotation. Carpenter is scheduled to throw a 90-pitch simulated game Saturday and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that “barring any surprise development Carpenter is set to…

  5. Edwin Encarnacion joins the 40-homer club

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    For the third straight season the Blue Jays have a 40-homer hitter, as Edwin Encarnacion went deep last night for the 40th time after Jose Bautista reached that mark in both 2010 and 2011. Encarnacion has always had a ton of offensive upside, especially in terms of power potential, so much so that the Reds…

  6. And the award for the worst player in baseball goes to …

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    last-place-ribbon

    I wrote earlier this week about how Mike Trout is blowing away the competition in terms of Wins Above Replacement this season and is the first position player to reach double-digit WAR since Barry Bonds in 2004. There’s a flip side to that coin, of course. It’s tough to identify the worst player in baseball…

  7. Hot-hitting impending free agent Marco Scutaro “would love to” re-sign with Giants

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Scutaro road jersey

    Marco Scutaro didn’t hit much for the Rockies, batting .271 with a .684 OPS in 95 games, but he’s been on fire since a July 27 trade to the Giants with a .341 batting average, .808 OPS, and 30 RBIs in 44 games. At the time of the trade Scutaro seemed unhappy to be leaving…

  8. Twins lose Cole De Vries for the season with cracked rib

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals

    It took a bunch of injuries for undrafted 28-year-old career minor leaguer Cole De Vries to get a shot in the Twins’ rotation and now an injury has ended his season with three weeks remaining. De Vries was hit in the ribs by a comebacker during his September 8 start and stayed in the game,…

  9. MRI shows no damage, so Adrian Beltre returns to lineup

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    adrian beltre getty

    UPDATE: Change of plans, as Beltre apparently talked manager Ron Washington into letting him be the Rangers’ designated hitter tonight. ========== Adrian Beltre is not in the Rangers’ lineup tonight after leaving last night’s game with a shoulder injury, but the good news is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage. Jeff Wilson of…

  10. Andy Pettitte to start Tuesday for the Yankees

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte declared himself ready to return to the rotation following a 55-pitch bullpen session yesterday and apparently the Yankees agreed, because he’ll start Tuesday against the Blue Jays in New York. Pettitte has been out since a line drive fractured his ankle on June 27, but before that he was having a fantastic comeback…

  11. Bo Porter is the first candidate to interview for Astros job

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals

    General manager Jeff Luhnow said earlier this week that the Astros would soon begin interviewing 6-8 candidates for their managerial opening and sure enough Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Nationals third base coach Bo Porter is in Houston this afternoon interviewing for the job. It’s a little unusual that the interviews would start while…

  12. Orioles “cautiously optimistic” about Jim Thome’s return

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Jim Thome Getty

    Baltimore losing Nick Markakis for the rest of the regular season was a big blow, but the Orioles may be adding a different strong left-handed bat to the lineup soon. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles are “cautiously optimistic” about Jim Thome being ready to return from a herniated disk in his neck…

  13. Cortisone injection saved Ryan Zimmerman’s season

    Sep 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    zimmerman getty

    Ryan Zimmerman was struggling to play through a shoulder injury and hitting just .218 with three homers and a .590 OPS in 55 games through June 23. The next day the Nationals third baseman got a cortisone injection in his shoulder and since then he’s been on fire. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com broke down the…

  14. Skipped start can’t stop Ricky Romero’s shocking collapse

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    After watching Ricky Romero go 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his previous 13 starts the Blue Jays mercifully decided to skip his turn in the rotation last week, giving the former All-Star a much-needed break. Unfortunately it didn’t do much good. Romero rejoined the rotation last night against the Mariners and failed to make…

  15. Ramon Hernandez out for the season with torn hamstring

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Ramon Hernandez‘s rough season came to a painful end Monday night, as the Rockies catcher tore his left hamstring while running to first base on what proved to be a ground-rule double. Hernandez previously missed a big chunk of the season with a hand injury and finished with just 52 games after playing at least…

  16. Rod Barajas would take less money to stay with the Pirates

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Rod Barajas‘ one-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates includes a $3.5 million team option for 2013 that is all but certain to be declined considering he’s 37 years old and hitting .197. However, the veteran catcher told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that he’d be willing to take a lesser salary if…

  17. Mat Gamel won’t play in the Arizona Fall League after all

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    Mat Gamel has missed nearly the entire season with a torn ACL, so there was some thought that the Brewers would send him to the Arizona Fall League to make up for the lost at-bats. Assistant general manager Gord Ash squashed those plans yesterday, telling Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that Gamel “has not made enough…

  18. Denard Span returns from disabled list, leads off for Twins

    Sep 12, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins’ lineup for the second straight game with back spasms, but Denard Span is off the disabled list and back in Minnesota’s leadoff spot for the first time since August 27. Span has played just four of the Twins’ last 28 games due to a shoulder injury suffered on…

  19. Bobby Valentine brings boxing gloves to radio show, plans to manage Red Sox in 2013 “and beyond”

    Sep 12, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Last week Bobby Valentine made headlines for saying he wanted to punch WEEI radio host Glenn Ordway following what the Red Sox manager thought was an obnoxious question. Valentine was back on WEEI and Ordway’s show this afternoon and jokingly brought boxing gloves to the studio. In addition to proving (or at least attempting to…

  20. Dee Gordon back with Dodgers, but mostly as pinch-runner

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Dee Gordon Getty

    Dee Gordon was the Dodgers’ starting shortstop from Opening Day through early July, when a torn thumb ligament sent him to the disabled list. While he was out Los Angeles traded for Hanley Ramirez, leaving Gordon without a job now that he’s finally healthy. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list yesterday, but manager…

  21. Stat of the Day: Best records since the All-Star break

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    stat of the day

    In a 162-game marathon it’s easy to lose sight of which teams have played well following a rough first couple months or which teams have faded since a fast start, so with about three weeks remaining in the season let’s take a look at the best records since the All-Star break. First up, the National…

  22. Jared Hughes issues statement to address Brandon Phillips’ racism allegations

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jared Hughes and Brandon Phillips have already squashed whatever beef they had, but Phillips alleging that Hughes made racist comments during Monday night’s game continues to be a story. Hughes addressed the allegations by issuing the following statement today: In response to Brandon Phillips’ TV interview yesterday prior to the game, I feel compelled to…

  23. Corey Hart on foot problems: “It’s not going to go away”

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Corey Hart

    Corey Hart, who was already dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, hasn’t played since injuring the foot running the bases Sunday and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers first baseman/outfielder “will be fitted with a custom foot support.” The hope is that will allow Hart to rejoin the lineup relatively soon,…

  24. Joe Nathan lost a bet to Mike Adams and had to dress up like Tony Romo

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    joe nathan as tony romo

    Rangers bullpen-mates Joe Nathan (who grew up in New York) and Mike Adams (who grew up in Texas) made a bet on Wednesday night’s Giants-Cowboys game. Nathan took the Giants, Adams took the Cowboys, and the loser had to dress up like Tony Romo and wear a full football uniform for all of batting yesterday…

  25. Mike Napoli catches in minors, nears return to Rangers

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    napoli getty square

    Mike Napoli has been out since August 11 with a quadriceps injury, but the Rangers catcher took a big step in his recovery yesterday by spending seven innings behind the plate in a minor-league rehab game. In addition to catching seven innings Napoli went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch in Game 2 of the…

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