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  1. Dodgers place Javy Guerra on DL, call up Shawn Tolleson

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra has allowed just one run in 12 innings since losing the Dodgers’ closer role to Kenley Jansen, but that includes more walks (5) than strikeouts (4) and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. To replace Guerra on the roster and in the bullpen the Dodgers called up…

  2. Juan Rivera returns ahead of schedule from torn hamstring

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera is off the disabled list and back on the Dodgers’ active roster just four weeks after tearing his hamstring, which was initially expected to be a two-month recovery timetable. To make room for Rivera’s return the Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke back to Triple-A after he went 6-for-31 (.194) with one homer in…

  3. Cubs sign Hong-Chih Kuo to minor-league contract

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been looking for a new home since being released by the Mariners during spring training and the once-dominant and oft-injured left-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs. Kuo has struggled to come back from elbow problems and anxiety issues, but when healthy was one of the best relievers in baseball…

  4. Johan Santana’s no-hitter encore: Friday vs. the Yankees

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches in his no-hitter Friday night and the Mets decided to push back his next turn in the rotation to allow for extra rest, so his follow-up performance will come Friday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Santana has given no indication that his surgically repaired shoulder feels worn…

  5. Jamie Moyer clears waivers, released by Rockies

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins

    As expected, Jamie Moyer cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Rockies released the 49-year-old left-hander. Moyer got off to a nice start for Colorado after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery, but struggled overall with a 5.70 ERA, .328 opponents’ batting average, and 11 homers allowed in…

  6. Shoulder soreness keeping Brad Penny from Giants bullpen

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    When Brad Penny got out of his contract in Japan and signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last month there was talk of him making a quick path back to the majors and joining San Francisco’s bullpen almost immediately. Three weeks later that hasn’t happened, and in fact Penny’s first scheduled Triple-A appearance has…

  7. Orioles get good news on Adam Jones’ wrist injuries

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Sending a star player for an MRI exam just days after signing him to an $85 million contract extension is rough timing, but fortunately for the Orioles the news on Adam Jones‘ wrist injuries is pretty good. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that MRI exams on Jones’ right and left wrists both showed…

  8. “Gleeman and The Geek”: Draft Talk and Scouting Sano

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    I do a weekly podcast called “Gleeman and The Geek” but never actually link to it here because … well, the show is mostly about the Minnesota Twins. This week’s episode has the usual Twins talk, but also includes a whole bunch of discussion about tonight’s MLB draft and a special guest with a first-hand…

  9. Change of plans: Jason Bay is sick, won’t return Tuesday

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Bay’s return to the Mets will be delayed by at least one day because he’s “sick.” ========== Jason Bay is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured rib and manager Terry Collins said this morning that the outfielder is expected to come off the…

  10. Cuban free agent Jorge Soler wants all bids by Thursday

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Now that Cuban defector Jorge Soler has finally been declared a free agent his representatives have asked all interested teams to submit bids by this Thursday, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Levine reports that the price for Soler is expected to exceed $25 million and timing the bidding war for him during the…

  11. Carlos Zambrano ties Bob Gibson and Walter Johnson for seventh-most homers by a pitcher

    Jun 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Zambrano beat the Phillies with 7.2 innings of one-run ball yesterday and also homered for the first time since joining the Marlins and the 24th time in his career. That ties him with Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Walter Johnson for the seventh-most homers by a pitcher in baseball history and Zambrano has…

  12. Juan Nicasio comes back from broken neck, now hurts knee

    Jun 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Juan Nicasio Getty

    Juan Nicasio came back from a broken neck to reclaim his spot in the Rockies’ rotation, but now a knee injury has sent him to the disabled list. Last season Nicasio was struck on the side of the head by a line drive on August 5 and Saturday while moving out of the way of…

  13. Yuniesky Betancourt is off the DL, batting second for Royals

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Kansas City activated Yuniesky Betancourt from the disabled list and he’s starting at second base tonight against the A’s. Not only that, he’s batting second in the lineup. Because why wouldn’t you want a swing-at-everything hitter with a .293 career on-base percentage setting the table, right? Or something. Betancourt has been out since May 1…

  14. Mets get catcher Josh Thole back after concussion

    Jun 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Josh Thole is back from the disabled list, returning to the Mets after missing the past 22 games with a concussion from a home plate collision on May 7. To make room for Thole on the roster the Mets demoted Rob Johnson to Triple-A, choosing to stick with Mike Nickeas as their backup despite his…

  15. Mike Morse making season debut as Nationals cleanup man after missing 50 games

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    After missing the first 50 games with a strained lat muscle Mike Morse is off the disabled list and hitting cleanup for the Nationals tonight in his season debut. During the past two-and-a-half seasons Morse quietly emerged as one of the NL’s best bats, hitting .295 with 49 homers and an .889 OPS in 276…

  16. Carlos Beltran in center field tonight for first time since 2010

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jon Jay and Skip Schumaker are on the disabled list, along with a half-dozen of the Cardinals’ other key players, so manager Mike Matheny is getting creative with tonight’s lineup: Carlos Beltran is playing center field for the first time since 2010. That last center field start in 2010 came for the Mets, but tonight…

  17. Mariners call up hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Seattle is adding a power arm to the bullpen, calling up right-hander Stephen Pryor after the 2010 fifth-round pick posted a 0.64 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Pryor was similarly dominant in his first two pro seasons as well and arrives in the majors with a 2.87 ERA and…

  18. Vladimir Guerrero headed to Triple-A for first time at age 37

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    After signing Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract on May 10 the Blue Jays sent the 37-year-old to extended spring training for some workouts and then assigned him to Single-A. Guerrero predictably destroyed Single-A pitching, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four homers in four games against pitchers 15 years his junior, prompting the Blue Jays to…

  19. A’s activate Yoenis Cespedes from disabled list

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    As expected, the A’s have activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list after he spent four weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury. Cespedes went 3-for-9 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and Oakland cleared a spot for his return yesterday by demoting struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A. Prior to the injury…

  20. Desmond Jennings begins rehab assignment for knee injury

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings Reuters

    Out since May 11 with a sprained left knee, Desmond Jennings began a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday at Single-A by going 1-for-3 with a double. He also tested his knee by playing left field and is expected to move his rehab stint to Triple-A, with Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reporting that Jennings…

  21. Byron Buxton, possible No. 1 pick as a hitter, struck out 18 as a pitcher to win state title

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Georgia high school center fielder Byron Buxton will be one of the top five picks in Monday’s draft and might go No. 1 overall because of his five-tool skill set that includes spectacular speed and a high-upside bat. Oh, and a great arm too. Buxton’s team made the Georgia state championship series and they turned…

  22. Cardinals activate Allen Craig, put Skip Schumaker on DL

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Another day, another Cardinals player on the disabled list, as Skip Schumaker was placed on the shelf with a right hamstring strain. This time around at least the Cardinals are getting a key player back off the DL, as they activated Allen Craig following the minimum 15-day stay for a hamstring injury of his own.…

  23. Brooks Conrad is 0-for-23 after being Babe Ruth at Triple-A

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brooks Conrad

    I don’t want to pick on Brooks Conrad too much, since he’s already destined to be best known for a bunch of ugly defensive miscues for the Braves in 2010, but while watching him fly out as a pinch-hitter last night I noticed that he’s now 0-for-23 for the Brewers. That’s somewhat noteworthy in itself,…

  24. Ernesto Frieri has been unhittable since joining the Angels

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was plenty dominant with the Padres, throwing 108 innings with a 2.33 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings, but what the reliever has done since being traded to the Angels is just silly. Frieri, who was acquired from San Diego for prospects Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach on May 3, has thrown…

  25. Banged-up Red Sox give Will Middlebrooks shortstop reps

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks

    Injuries have already forced the Red Sox to do some weird things defensively and now the possibility of Dustin Pedroia missing significant time with a thumb injury has led to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks getting work at shortstop. Middlebrooks hasn’t played the position since high school and in fact has never played a position…

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