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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.”…

  10. Indians release veteran infielder Cristian Guzman

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    So much for Cristian Guzman‘s comeback. This morning the Indians released Guzman, who signed a minor-league deal last month after sitting out all of last season due to personal issues. Guzman had been trying to win a bench spot, but the 34-year-old former All-Star shortstop has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and never impressed.…

  11. Neftali Feliz: “I feel like I’m ready for the season”

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Any worries about Neftali Feliz‘s sore shoulder can probably be put to rest for now, as the right-hander threw four innings against a Double-A lineup yesterday and said afterward: “I feel like I’m ready for the season.” Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Feliz topped out at 96 miles per hour…

  12. Sean Marshall, unlike Dusty Baker, is sure he can thrive as the Reds’ closer

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Dusty Baker may be unsure if Sean Marshall can step into the closer role for the injured Ryan Madson, but Marshall’s performance over the past two seasons suggests he’d be fantastic in the ninth inning and yesterday the left-hander made it clear that he’d “like the opportunity to pitch in that role.” Part of Baker’s…

  13. Drew Storen plays catch, says elbow “felt really good”

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Drew Storen

    Nationals closer Drew Storen hasn’t ruled out being ready for Opening Day after testing his injured elbow by throwing from flat ground yesterday and reporting no problems. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he still “seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list” in part because Storen has pitched in…

  14. Mike Matheny: “We’ve taken a step back” with Allen Craig’s return timetable

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig had made such good progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery that beginning the season on the Cardinals’ active roster as a bench player became a possibility earlier this week, but this morning manager Mike Matheny all but squashed those plans. Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that…

  15. Twins release Joel Zumaya ahead of Tommy John surgery, must pay entire $850,000 salary

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    zumaya ap

    Joel Zumaya is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery tomorrow, but he won’t do so as an official member of the Twins after Minnesota released the oft-injured right-hander this morning. Minnesota could have simply transferred him to the 60-day disabled list and cleared the 40-man roster spot that way, which is generally more common…

  16. Rockies release veteran third baseman Casey Blake

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake talked about possibly retiring following September neck surgery, but instead signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Rockies and entered spring training atop the third base depth chart. Today the Rockies released Blake after the 37-year-old went just 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts while showing signs of not being fully healthy. This may be…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    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: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  18. John Grabow opts out of Dodgers deal, becomes free agent

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Florida Marlins

    John Grabow, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in mid-December, has opted out of the deal to become a free agent again. Grabow threw six innings with a 0.00 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio this spring, but the Dodgers informed the 33-year-old reliever that they didn’t plan to keep a second left-hander in…

  19. Sam Fuld out for Opening Day, may need wrist surgery

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    In seeking a second opinion on his wrist injury Sam Fuld will visit a specialist and the Rays outfielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune that surgery may prove necessary. According to Fuld his current wrist injury “is the same basic thing as last year” when he suffered an injury while playing the…

  20. Vladimir Guerrero requested that workout with the Indians

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that Vladimir Guerrero worked out for the Indians in the Dominican Republic and “there seems to be genuine interest from the Indians.” However, today Indians general manager Chris Antonetti threw cold water on the story by saying that Guerrero is the one who requested the workout and indicating…

  21. Jordan Schafer leaves Astros camp to see hand specialist

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Jordan Schafer, who injured his left hand making a catch in the outfield on March 18 and hasn’t played since, has left Astros camp to be examined by a hand specialist in Atlanta. Schafer has a long history of left hand injuries that have stalled his career in past seasons and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com…

  22. Indians send Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt LaPorta to minors

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Lonnie Chisenhall was Cleveland’s starting third baseman down the stretch last season as a rookie and headed into spring training as the presumed Opening Day starter, but today the Indians sent him back to Triple-A while handing the job to veteran Jack Hannahan. Matt LaPorta was also optioned to Triple-A and unlike Chisenhall his place…

  23. Reds undecided on closer replacement for Ryan Madson

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    As soon as news broke of Ryan Madson needing season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption was that the Reds would move setup man Sean Marshall into the closer role, but manager Dusty Baker apparently hasn’t made up his mind yet. Baker told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he’s “been getting that question from all…

  24. A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan. Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power…

  25. Brewers sign Jonathan Lucroy to $11 million extension

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the deal is for five years and $11 million in guaranteed money. ========== Jonathan Lucroy and the Brewers are on the verge of agreeing to a multi-year contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. No details yet, but Rosenthal reports that the extension will be…

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