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  1. David Robertson is still weeks away from rejoining Yankees

    May 31, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    David Robertson has been out since May 11 with a strained oblique muscle and today general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees reliever is at least two weeks from potentially coming off the disabled list. Robertson was manager Joe Girardi’s initial choice to replace Mariano Rivera as closer,…

  2. A’s demote struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Ross_Tyson

    Tyson Ross began the season with back-to-back Quality Starts, but he’s gone just 1-6 with a 7.34 ERA since then and yesterday’s ugly outing versus the last-place Twins was apparently the final straw, as the A’s demoted the 25-year-old right-hander to Triple-A. No corresponding roster move has been announced yet, but Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon…

  3. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

  4. Don’t let 20-year-old Mike Trout be overshadowed by 19-year-old Bryce Harper

    May 31, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout scores on a sacrifice fly with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin getting out of the way during the first inning of their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is getting all sorts of attention for doing things rarely done by 19-year-old hitters, and rightfully so, but Angels outfielder Mike Trout probably deserves a little more attention for doing things rarely done by 20-year-old hitters. Trout doubled and drove in two runs against the Yankees last night and is now…

  5. Jason Hammel thinks the Blue Jays were stealing signs

    May 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    sign stealers

    Jason Hammel came into yesterday’s game with a 2.78 ERA and just three homers allowed in nine starts this season, but the Orioles right-hander served up four homers to the Blue Jays and afterward got about as close to accusing them of stealing signs as he could possibly get without actually doing it. Here’s what…

  6. Rangers unsure which role Neftali Feliz will fill once healthy

    May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Neftali Feliz Getty

    Neftali Feliz is expected to miss the remainder of the first half with a sprained elbow, so whenever Roy Oswalt is ready to join the Rangers there will be an open spot in the rotation waiting for him. As for what happens when Oswalt is starting every fifth day and Feliz is ready to return…

  7. Except for one clunker start A.J. Burnett has been dominant for the Pirates

    May 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett‘s overall numbers are plenty good, as last night’s seven innings of one-run ball versus the Reds lowered his ERA to 3.60 in 50 innings. However, one terrible start against the Cardinals on May 2 accounts for 60 percent of the earned runs Burnett has allowed all season. Seriously. He coughed up 12 runs…

  8. Travis Snider has setback with wrist injury at Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    snider batting getty

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays demoted starting left fielder Eric Thames to Triple-A despite the guy he beat out for the job in spring training, Travis Snider, being on the minor league disabled list with a wrist injury. And now any thoughts of Snider being ready to step back into the Blue Jays’ lineup…

  9. Nick Markakis to see specialist for wrist injury

    May 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    X-rays on Nick Markakis‘ injured wrist came back negative, but he’s out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight and Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the right fielder will be examined by a specialist during tomorrow’s scheduled off day. Markakis, who hasn’t missed more than five games in a season since his rookie…

  10. Phillies don’t expect Ryan Howard back before July

    May 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    There’s been a lot more secrecy than firm timetables when it comes to Ryan Howard‘s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, but today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally offered some news on the first baseman’s status. Asked by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com if Howard would be able to return at some point in…

  11. Roy Halladay gets second opinion on shoulder from Mets doctor, will address media Friday

    May 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks with a strained shoulder, but today the team revealed that Halladay got a second opinion on the injury from Dr. David Altchek in New York. While not as well known as Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, Altchek is the Mets team doctor…

  12. James McDonald is growing into the Pirates’ ace at age 27

    May 30, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game One

    James McDonald pitched well for the Pirates in the one-and-a-half seasons after they acquired him from the Dodgers for Octavio Dotel in mid-2010, but so far this season he’s taken a major step forward at age 27 to emerge as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter. McDonald threw 244 innings with a 4.15 ERA in 2010 and…

  13. Jonathan Lucroy: “My wife has been getting hate mail”

    May 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Lucroy_Jonathan

    Jonathan Lucroy will undergo surgery tomorrow to insert a pin into his fractured right hand, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the operation won’t change the catcher’s expected recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks. Lucroy also revealed during a radio interview with 1250-WSSP that his wife “has been getting hate mail on her Facebook” page…

  14. Roy Oswalt thinks he’ll be ready to join the Rangers within a month

    May 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    oswalt getty

    Roy Oswalt held a conference call with Rangers reporters today and said he expects to be ready to join the rotation after just four minor-league starts, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday at Triple-A. While deciding which team to sign with Oswalt was throwing regularly at his home in Mississippi and feels stretched…

  15. Kerry Wood wrote a children’s book

    May 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    kerry wood book

    Kerry Wood has been retired for all of two weeks now and he’s already keeping himself busy promoting a children’s book he co-wrote with MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat. Here’s a photo of Muskat holding the book, entitled “All You Can Be: Learning and Growing Through Sports”: Wood describes the book as “a positive…

  16. Juan Rivera nearing return from torn hamstring

    May 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera was initially expected to miss two months with a torn hamstring suffered on May 9, but the Dodgers outfielder/first baseman is so far ahead of schedule in his recovery that he’s hoping to come off the disabled list this weekend. Rivera has already played two games on a minor-league rehab assignment and told…

  17. Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

    May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s huge contract and disappointing production already made him the target of Cubs fans’ scorn, so when he got off to a slow start this season that only increased along with the perception that his presence was playing a part in top prospect Anthony Rizzo remaining in the minors. But a funny thing happened…

  18. Grady Sizemore: “I’m beyond being anxious or frustrated”

    May 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    As recently as three weeks ago Grady Sizemore seemed optimistic about returning from the disabled list in early June, but as has so often been the case with the former star setbacks have squashed those plans. In updating Sizemore’s status yesterday manager Manny Acta admitted that the center fielder is nowhere close to returning from…

  19. Chad Tracy could miss entire season with torn groin muscle

    May 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Chad Tracy

    Chad Tracy pulled up lame while running out a double Saturday, leaving the game in obvious pain, and it turns out the injury was a bad one. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Tracy suffered a torn groin muscle that will require surgery. He’ll miss at least 6-8 weeks and the 32-year-old veteran could be…

  20. Tigers demote longtime regular Ryan Raburn to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    ryan-raburn-tigers

    Ryan Raburn is 31 years old with 1,632 plate appearances and a .750 OPS in the majors, but a brutal start this season has him back at Triple-A. Detroit decided it had seen enough after Raburn hit just .146 with an ugly 35/8 K/BB ratio in 37 games split between second base and the outfield,…

  21. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper thinks you should shut up about pitch counts

    May 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Don Cooper

    Chris Sale throwing 115 pitches in his dominant, 15-strikeout start Monday has led to some talk about whether the White Sox were smart to let him stay in the game that long considering it was his ninth career start and came just weeks after temporarily shifting him to the bullpen amid elbow problems. White Sox…

  22. Travis Hafner on DL, out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    May 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    hafner getty wide

    UPDATE: Hafner will have his knee scoped tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the Indians announced. ========== Travis Hafner has missed the past six games with a sore right knee and this morning the Indians placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Scott Barnes from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.…

  23. Orioles demote Tommy Hunter back to Triple-A

    May 29, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    For the second time this season the Orioles have optioned Tommy Hunter back to Triple-A, with the latest demotion coming after he failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday versus the Blue Jays. Hunter has a 5.59 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 58 innings, allowing 13 homers and a .300 opponents’…

  24. The rich get richer: AL-leading Rangers sign Roy Oswalt

    May 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    oswalt face getty

    Reports all day have said Roy Oswalt was close to choosing a new team and the Rangers were heavy favorites, and now Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News writes that Texas has indeed signed the 34-year-old free agent. Fraley quotes “an individual familiar with the process” as saying it’s a done deal. Oswalt has…

  25. Steve Clevenger returns from DL, will be Cubs’ main catcher

    May 29, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo are both on the disabled list with knee injuries, so Steve Clevenger will have an opportunity to get most of the playing time behind the plate for the Cubs. Clevenger has been on the DL himself with a strained oblique muscle, but is now healthy and Doug Padilla of ESPN…

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