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  1. Astros activating shortstop Jed Lowrie from disabled list

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie AP

    Jed Lowrie is once again between disabled list stints, as the oft-injured infielder is back after sitting out the Astros’ first five games with a sprained thumb suffered late in spring training. Lowrie went 3-for-6 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and the switch-hitter acquired from Boston for Mark Melancon will take over as Houston’s…

  2. Jeff Gray and the absurdity of pitcher “wins”

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Twins reliever Jeff Gray is a 30-year-old journeyman who, as of yesterday afternoon, had one career victory as a big leaguer. Now he has three career victories and how he got there is hilarious. Last night Gray entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and the Twins down 5-3. He retired Peter…

  3. Royals place Lorenzo Cain on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs

    Lorenzo Cain had a huge spring training, hitting .371 with five homers and a 1.193 OPS in 27 games, but he went just 2-for-15 to begin the season and has now been placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Cain suffered the injury Tuesday and the Royals indicated that he was likely to…

  4. Davey Johnson says Chien-Ming Wang “is doing very well” and could return this month

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Chien-Ming Wang has looked good enough throwing off a mound in extended spring training that he could be ready to join the Nationals’ rotation later this month, according to manager Davey Johnson. Johnson told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Wang “is doing very well” in his recovery from a hamstring injury and “is…

  5. Behold: 10,000 calories and 59 dollars of The StrasBurger

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Last month the Nationals announced that they’d be selling a massive eight-pound hamburger called “The StrasBurger” at the ballpark this season. It costs a whopping $59 and checks in around 10,000 calories and 700 grams of fat, which means you’d have to split it about 10 ways to have it qualify as “really bad for…

  6. Lance Berkman hoping to return Tuesday after MRI exam shows “minor” calf tear

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Goold reports that an MRI exam revealed a “minor” calf tear and Berkman says it’s “more than reasonable” for him to return on Tuesday. ========= Lance Berkman was able to play through a finger injury, but the Cardinals first baseman called himself “doubtful” to return this week after suffering a calf injury legging out…

  7. Must-click link: Predictions of Mariano Rivera’s demise have been wrong for a decade

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Seemingly every time Mariano Rivera blows an early season save the question of whether he’s finally going to cease being the most dominant pitcher in baseball becomes a discussion topic for a couple days. And then he goes back to shutting everyone down and it’s forgotten. Until now, as Deadspin has gone digging through the…

  8. Phillies close to getting Jose Contreras back from surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras‘ minor-league rehab assignment got off to a rough start last week, but since then he’s made a pair of good appearances and could be on the verge of returning from elbow surgery. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras is scheduled to pitch today and tomorrow, testing his arm with back-to-back…

  9. Brett Anderson on track for possible July return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    In addition to trading away a ton of young talent this offseason the A’s also lost perhaps their best young pitcher, Brett Anderson, to Tommy John elbow surgery in July. That knocked him out for at least 12 months, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Anderson’s recovery is going so well that returning almost…

  10. Fact of the Day: Jamie Moyer is really old and Madison Bumgarner is really young

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    At this point “Jamie Moyer is old” facts are getting a little out of control, but here’s a good one specific to today’s Rockies-Giants game. According to Elias Sports Bureau (via Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts): Moyer at 49 years old and Madison Bumgarner at 22 years old represents the largest age gap for a…

  11. Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at…

  12. Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday. Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field…

  13. Angels reliever Michael Kohn needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Shut down earlier this week following a setback with his forearm injury, Angels reliever Michael Kohn has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Kohn has been dominant at Triple-A with a 3.32 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings and got his fastball into the…

  14. Scott Baker to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker has battled elbow problems since 2010, throwing just 135 innings last year and beginning this year on the disabled list, and after a recent setback the Twins announced today that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery. It’s not Tommy John surgery, but rather a repair of his flexor pronator tendon, which carries a six-month recovery…

  15. Justin Verlander shut out the Rays for eight innings … and then lost for the first time since July

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander cruised through eight shutout innings this afternoon, toying with the Rays lineup while needing just 81 pitches to record 24 outs. And then everything unraveled in the ninth inning. Verlander allowed three singles and a walk before being removed with one out and a 2-2 tie, but Daniel Schlereth and Jose Valverde turned…

  16. Stephen Strasburg dominates the Mets, tops 100 pitches for the first time

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    This afternoon’s Stephen Strasburg-Johan Santana matchup was every bit as fun to watch as it looked on paper. Santana was very solid, albeit in another short outing, throwing five innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts despite averaging just 88.1 miles per hour with his fastball. Strasburg was very shaky early on, but quickly got…

  17. Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that they believed it’s a minor injury. Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the…

  18. David Wright could be back in the Mets’ lineup within days

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    David Wright‘s broken right pinkie finger is apparently a much less significant injury than it sounds, as the Mets third baseman will avoid surgery and might even be back in the lineup by the end of this week. “I think David’s gonna be fine,” manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I…

  19. Terry Francona won’t attend 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, got into an argument with Larry Lucchino

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Next week the Red Sox will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and Terry Francona was invited, but the former manager won’t be in attendance because of how his tenure in Boston ended. Here’s some of what Francona told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe: Somebody went out of their way to make me…

  20. Brandon Phillips on $72.5 million extension: “I cried … this is the best day of my life”

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips sat out yesterday’s game with a sore hamstring, but still had plenty of reason to celebrate after signing a six-year, $72.5 million million contract extension with the Reds earlier in the day. Here’s some of what an emotional Phillips said at the press conference announcing the deal: I cried about this. This is…

  21. Lance Berkman legs out a triple, sits out with a calf injury

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman was playing through a finger injury yesterday when he tweaked his left calf muscle legging out a rare triple, leaving the game two innings later. He’s also absent from the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, sitting out against right-hander Johnny Cueto and the Reds. Berkman described his calf as “tender” following the game and…

  22. Recovering from wrist surgery, Carl Crawford now also has a sore elbow

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Carl Crawford‘s ongoing comeback from wrist surgery became a bit more complicated yesterday when the left fielder traveled to Boston to have his sore left elbow examined by doctors. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Crawford had been close to playing in extended spring training games before the elbow problems arrived, but adds…

  23. Michael Morse “out indefinitely” after rehab setback

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for returning Thursday. Kilgore reports that Morse “felt soreness throwing last night” and is now “out indefinitely.” ========== Assuming that nothing goes wrong when he plays nine innings in left field at Single-A tonight and tomorrow Michael Morse is scheduled to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ lineup Thursday.…

  24. David Wright scratched from lineup with finger injury, going for X-rays

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright was a late scratch from the Mets’ lineup and will undergo X-rays on a right pinkie finger injury suffered yesterday. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Wright suffered the injury diving back into first base after hitting a single and “is hoping it’s not broken, but he’s unsure.” Ronny Cedeno is…

  25. Sergio Santos to be excused from Blue Jays for birth of child

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    After tomorrow’s game Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos will be away from the team through at least Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It’s not bad timing for a break after Santos blew back-to-back saves to begin the season and the Blue Jays can turn to Francisco Cordero as…

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