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  1. Blue Jays place Ben Francisco on DL, call up David Cooper

    May 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Blue Jays rightfielder Ben Francisco dives for and misses a fly ball during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Ben Francisco exited yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring and today the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list while recalling first baseman David Cooper from Triple-A. Francisco has played sparingly for the Blue Jays, getting most of his starts versus left-handed pitching and hitting just .206 with a .535 OPS in 37 plate…

  2. Mets release D.J. Carrasco, eat $1.2 million salary

    May 25, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Carrasco_D.J.

    As expected, D.J. Carrasco and his $1.2 million salary passed through waivers unclaimed after the reliever was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and today they released the veteran right-hander. Carrasco’s solid track record suggested he was a nice bargain signing for two years and $2.4 million last offseason, but he proved to…

  3. Tim Stauffer gets second opinion on lingering elbow injury

    May 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    stauffer getty

    Tim Stauffer is on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a sprained right elbow and was able to make just one start in between DL stints, so not surprisingly he sought a second opinion on the injury. Rob Terrnova of the North County Times reports that Stauffer was examined recently…

  4. Brewers may turn to Manny Parra as rotation replacement

    May 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Milwaukee will be without Marco Estrada for at least 3-4 starts because a quadriceps strain and he was only in the rotation to begin with as an injury replacement for Chris Narveson, so the Brewers are running short on starters. Instead of dipping down into the minors for help manager Ron Roenicke indicated that he’ll…

  5. Lance Berkman out at least 8-10 weeks after knee surgery

    May 25, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    The total extent of Lance Berkman‘s knee injury was unclear until he underwent surgery this morning and now the verdict is in, as the Cardinals announced that he’ll miss “approximately 8-10 weeks.” According to the team the surgery repaired Berkman’s torn meniscus, but there was no mention of his ACL after the veteran switch-hitter and…

  6. Eric Wedge says cutting Chone Figgins “is not even an option for us”

    May 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Chone Figgins

    Many people were surprised–or perhaps more accurately disappointed–that the Mariners chose not to drop Chone Figgins when they needed a roster spot for Miguel Olivo‘s return yesterday. And for those same people manager Eric Wedge has some bad news. Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that dropping Figgins “is not even an option…

  7. Snoop Dogg threw a pretty good first pitch last night

    May 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg threw out the ceremonial first pitch at last night’s White Sox-Twins game in Chicago and actually showed off a pretty decent arm once he was done mugging for the cameras:

  8. Josh Hamilton hasn’t homered in two weeks

    May 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton got off to amazing home run pace, going deep 18 times in his first 31 games. However, since homering nine times in a six-game stretch from May 7 to May 12–including his four-homer game on May 8–he’s yet to leave the ballpark. Hamilton is homerless since May 12, which is a span of…

  9. Hideki Matsui is struggling at Triple-A for the Rays

    May 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    Because the Rays don’t have a pressing need for a designated hitter Hideki Matsui likely needs to put up some impressive numbers at Triple-A to turn his minor-league contract into a return to the majors. So far at least it isn’t happening, as the 38-year-old Matsui has hit just .121 with zero homers in nine…

  10. Miguel Olivo returns from DL, Chone Figgins keeps his job

    May 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Miguel Olivo is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a groin injury and the Mariners created a spot on the roster for his return by optioning outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A. That means, despite some speculation to the contrary and plenty of fans calling for his job, Chone Figgins…

  11. Emilio Bonifacio out 4-6 weeks after thumb surgery

    May 24, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    New York Mets v Miami Marlins

    So much for those initial reports that an MRI exam ruled out structural damage in Emilio Bonifacio‘s injured thumb, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll undergo surgery tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. When the Marlins placed Bonifacio on the disabled list Sunday they indicated that the plan was…

  12. Mets tell Ike Davis he’s in no danger of being sent to minors

    May 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    ike davis getty

    Ike Davis has been about as bad as a major leaguer can be this season, hitting .159 with 44 strikeouts in 42 games at an offense-driven position while producing a .503 OPS that ranks 172nd out of 176 qualified batters. That’s more than 400 points below the mark he posted in 38 games last season…

  13. Orioles sign well-traveled J.C. Romero to minor-league deal

    May 24, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    At this point J.C. Romero is running out of teams for which he hasn’t already played, but the Orioles are one of the few holdouts and today they signed the 35-year-old reliever to a minor-league contract. Romero was released by the Cardinals two weeks ago and spent time in four different organizations last season, bouncing…

  14. Jimmy Rollins returns from paternity leave

    May 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Jimmy Rollins is back with the Phillies after taking a paternity leave and will be in the lineup tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Rollins ended up missing three games for the birth of his daughter, with Freddy Galvis shifting from second base to shortstop and Mike Fontenot drawing all three starts at second…

  15. Giants activate Ryan Theriot from the disabled list

    May 24, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Ryan Theriot Getty

    Ryan Theriot is back from the disabled list, as the Giants activated the veteran infielder following a minimum 15-day stay for an elbow injury. To make room on the roster San Francisco optioned Charlie Culberson to Triple-A after the rookie went 3-for-22 (.136) in his first taste of the big leagues. Prior to injuring his…

  16. Reports of the Blue Jays placing Adam Lind on waivers were apparently incorrect

    May 24, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Adam Lind

    Last week Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported that the Blue Jays had placed Adam Lind on outright waivers, essentially removing him from the 40-man roster because there was very little chance of another team claiming the $8.5 million left on his contract. However, now comes word from Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that Knobler’s information was…

  17. Juan Rivera ahead of schedule in return from torn hamstring

    May 24, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera was initially scheduled to miss two months with a ruptured hamstring, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the veteran outfielder/first baseman is “healing faster than expected.” Barring a setback Rivera could begin a minor-league rehab assignment shortly and Gurnick speculates that he might be cleared to come off the disabled list as…

  18. Snoop Dogg to throw out first pitch at White Sox game

    May 24, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    snoop dogg dodgers hat

    Before the White Sox and Twins finish their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago tonight Snoop Dogg will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. It takes a lot to upstage Cole De Vries’ big-league debut, but that might just do it. Or maybe this is just me feeling nostalgic and elderly, because…

  19. Marco Estrada expected to miss 3-4 starts for Brewers

    May 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Milwaukee Brewers

    Marco Estrada‘s first-inning double yesterday extended the Brewers’ lead to 6-0, but the Milwaukee starter couldn’t stick around to benefit from the run support because he suffered a quadriceps injury on the play and immediately exited the game. Estrada has been diagnosed with a strained quadriceps–not a hip injury, as initially reported–and general manager Doug…

  20. Pitching-starved Royals have found a gem in Felipe Paulino

    May 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Felipe Paulino

    One of the things holding the Royals’ rebuilding effort back despite a steady influx of young talent is their lack of quality starting pitching, as former No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar has a 5.39 career ERA at age 28 and 23-year-old Danny Duffy blew out his elbow after showing lots of promise. Kansas City’s…

  21. Padres closer Huston Street nearing return from DL

    May 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Huston Street

    At age 31 career minor leaguer Dale Thayer has done an excellent job as the Padres’ fill-in closer, saving five games with a 0.00 ERA and 10/0 K/BB ratio in 10 innings stepping into the ninth-inning role for Huston Street. However, before going on the disabled list with a shoulder injury Street was also pitching…

  22. Manny Ramirez will have to produce in minors before call-up

    May 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension on May 30, but manager Bob Melvin indicated yesterday that the A’s aren’t committed to adding him then unless he actually starts hitting in the minors first. Ramirez is currently on a 10-game rehab stint at Triple-A, but so far the 39-year-old hasn’t shown many…

  23. Robin Ventura finally names a closer and it’s Addison Reed

    May 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    For months Robin Ventura has played coy about the White Sox’s closer role, refusing to give anyone that title, but yesterday he finally relented and made official what has been obvious: The job belongs to rookie Addison Reed. “He’s earned that,” Ventura told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. “I feel comfortable with him in there.…

  24. Lance Berkman to undergo knee surgery tomorrow

    May 23, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    UPDATE: Berkman’s surgery is set for tomorrow morning, says Strauss. ========== Lance Berkman told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’ll undergo knee surgery either tomorrow or Friday, but rather than have the operation in Colorado as expected he’ll instead go under the knife in Houston. Berkman still lives in Houston after…

  25. Bud Selig on replay: “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more”

    May 23, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    While speaking at a “sport and society conference” in Wisconsin today MLB commissioner Bud Selig said that he doesn’t believe additional video replay is needed beyond the current system. In explaining that opinion Selig said: “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more.” I’m not sure who Selig has been…

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