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  1. A’s planning for Manny Ramirez’s return in three weeks

    May 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Manny Ramirez has kept a remarkably low profile while serving the first half of his 50-game suspension, but he’s now about three weeks away from being eligible to return and about two weeks from likely beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Ramirez is currently working out at extended spring training and his suspension ends on May…

  2. Doug Fister is rejoining the Tigers’ rotation tonight

    May 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Out since April 7 with a strained abdominal muscle, Doug Fister is slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight. And he’ll be facing his former team, the Mariners. The injury forced Fister to exit his season debut in the fourth inning, but after a month off he felt good…

  3. Clay Buchholz and his 9.09 ERA will stay in the Red Sox’s rotation … for now

    May 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Clay Buchholz

    Our own Matthew Pouliot wrote yesterday about Clay Buchholz‘s struggles and wondered how much longer the Red Sox would leave him in the rotation. Buchholz failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday as his ERA rose to 9.09, but afterward manager Bobby Valentine told reporters: “I have no plans to change him…

  4. Huston Street to go on disabled list with shoulder strain

    May 5, 2012, 5:29 PM EST

    Huston Street

    5:30 p.m. EDT update: Street confirmed Saturday that he would go on the disabled list with his strained lat muscle. Miles Mikolas has joined the Padres and is expected to take Street’s roster spot. /// Huston Street immediately knew something was wrong when he threw ball four to Logan Morrison in the 10th inning last…

  5. Ryan Braun returns to Brewers lineup, but Carlos Gomez likely headed for DL

    May 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup after leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out last night with a sore Achilles’ tendon, but Carlos Gomez remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. No official move has been made yet, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Gomez is almost surely bound for the disabled list tonight…

  6. Chien-Ming Wang close to rejoining Nationals after strong rehab start

    May 5, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Chien-Ming Wang tossed six innings of two-run ball last night in a minor-league rehab start at Single-A and might be one more solid outing away from rejoining the Nationals. Wang has been out since injuring his calf covering first base on March 15 and has also battled major shoulder problems for the past three seasons,…

  7. Angels demote reliever Kevin Jepsen to Triple-A … again

    May 5, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

    Kevin Jepsen

    Kevin Jepsen spent 2009 and 2010 as a setup man for the Angels, throwing 114 innings with a 4.43 ERA and 109 strikeouts, but last night the 27-year-old right-hander was demoted to Triple-A for the second straight season. This time around Jepsen earned the demotion by coughing up nine runs in seven innings, whereas last…

  8. Marlins worried struggling Josh Johnson isn’t healthy

    May 5, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Josh Johnson AP

    Heath Bell isn’t the only big name pitcher struggling for the Marlins. Josh Johnson missed the final four months of last season with a shoulder injury and has looked nothing like his old self early on this year, leading manager Ozzie Guillen to worry that the Marlins ace is still hurting. Last night Johnson failed…

  9. Matt Garza feeling sick, “iffy” to make Sunday start

    May 5, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

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    There’s a flu bug going around the Cubs clubhouse and the latest victim is Matt Garza, with manager Dale Sveum saying this morning that the right-hander is “iffy” to make his scheduled Sunday start. Garza was originally supposed to start today before being pushed back in the rotation and Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago…

  10. Ozzie Guillen after another Heath Bell blown save: “We’ve got to do something about it”

    May 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell blew another save last night, coughing up his fourth lead in seven tries, and afterward manager Ozzie Guillen finally seemed ready to make a change at closer after previously saying he’d stick with Bell through the struggles: We’ll check tomorrow about what’s going to be the situation with the closer. We’ve got to…

  11. Lance Berkman not ready to return from calf injury

    May 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Lance Berkman tested his strained left calf yesterday, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “he felt some residual tightness and the plan now is for him not to try to run again until Monday.” Hummel notes that Berkman missed 21 days with a similar injury in 2009, so a similar…

  12. Tom Arnold retweeted HardballTalk, made Guy Fieri joke

    May 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    If you’re not already following HardballTalk on Twitter you’re missing out, because even celebrities like Tom Arnold use our Twitter feed to keep up to date on baseball news. For example, when the Padres traded reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels last night Arnold retweeted us and added in a joke about one of the…

  13. GM on possibility of Bryce Harper going back to the minors: “We’re not dumb”

    May 4, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

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    Bryce Harper has started his big-league career 6-for-16 (.375) with four doubles and last night became just the fourth 19-year-old since 1980 to bat third in a major-league game. Just in case that wasn’t enough evidence to suggest he’s not going back to the minors, general manager Mike Rizzo basically confirmed that Harper is in…

  14. Delmon Young met with a rabbi in Detroit and had “a really wonderful conversation”

    May 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Delmon Young AP

    While serving his seven-game suspension for, among other things, allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks, Delmon Young met with Detroit-area rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel. Bennett described the meeting as coming from “a mutual reaching out” initiated in part by the Tigers and Young’s agent, and told Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News that they had…

  15. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  16. Twins claim Erik Komatsu off waivers from Cardinals, designate Clete Thomas for assignment

    May 4, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Komatsu gets ready for batting practice during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers

    Three weeks ago the Twins claimed Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers and gave him the fourth outfielder job, sending Ben Revere back to Triple-A for some additional seasoning. Thomas homered in his second at-bat for Minnesota … and then went 3-for-26 with 16 strikeouts, and today the Twins designated him for assignment while…

  17. Rangers get Ryan Spilborghs from Indians for minors depth

    May 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Ryan Spilborghs

    Triple-A center field prospect Leonys Martin is out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, so the Rangers have acquired Ryan Spilborghs from the Indians to provide some minor-league outfield depth. Spilborghs spent six seasons with the Rockies as a semi-regular, but was non-tendered in December and then failed to win a spot on the Indians’ bench…

  18. Delmon Young returns from week-long suspension, Tigers drop Brad Eldred

    May 4, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young is back from his seven-day suspension and to make room for his return to the roster the Tigers designated Brad Eldred for assignment. Eldred was called up last week after absolutely destroying Triple-A pitching and manager Jim Leyland talked about “running him out there” to see if he could provide some power, but…

  19. Padres’ veteran double play duo Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett “could be released”

    May 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    In trading standout reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels yesterday the Padres picked up a prospect they hope will be their long-term second baseman in Alexi Amarista. He doesn’t project as a star player and for now Amarista is at Triple-A anyway, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the clock may…

  20. A’s place Coco Crisp on DL, call up prospect Michael Taylor

    May 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    As expected the A’s have placed Coco Crisp on the disabled list with an inner-ear infection, calling up Michael Taylor from Triple-A to replace him on the roster and in the outfield. Taylor was a top prospect when the A’s acquired him from the Blue Jays via the Phillies in mid-2009, ranking No. 29 on…

  21. No, the Mets aren’t calling up their young pitching prospects

    May 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Mike Pelfrey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery and the Mets’ various options to replace him in the rotation aren’t very appealing, but general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team isn’t going to call up any of its top pitching prospects for a short-term fix. Zack Wheeler, who…

  22. Danny Espinosa “nervous” about being demoted to minors

    May 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    Danny Espinosa has been the Nationals’ starting second baseman since late 2010, playing 210 games since then, but a slow start this season has the 25-year-old worried about a demotion to the minors. Espinosa has hit just .182 with a league-leading 32 strikeouts in 24 games, which is abysmal production even for the modest standards…

  23. Sergio Santos aiming to return as Blue Jays closer in two weeks

    May 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    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

    Francisco Cordero has struggled as the Blue Jays’ fill-in closer, but he may only have to do the job for another couple weeks. Sergio Santos is scheduled to resume throwing on Tuesday and told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he hopes to return from an inflamed shoulder within 2-3 weeks. Santos has been out since…

  24. Yankees place Eric Chavez on seven-day disabled list for concussion, call up Jayson Nix

    May 3, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Eric Chavez, Joe Girardi

    Eric Chavez suffered whiplash diving for a ball defensively last night, leaving the game with a possible concussion, and the Yankees have now placed him on the seven-day disabled list designed specifically for concussions. Chavez initially remained in the game and came to the plate in the next half-inning, but had to leave in the…

  25. Bryce Harper is batting third for the Nationals tonight

    May 3, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper batted seventh in the Nationals’ lineup for each of his first four games, but manager Davey Johnson has decided to promote the 19-year-old to the No. 3 spot tonight. That’s where the best hitter on the team generally bats and obviously in time the Nationals expect Harper to be that guy, but to…

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