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  1. Danny Duffy likely headed for Tommy John elbow surgery

    May 14, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Duffy winds up a pitch against Detroit's Jackson during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    UPDATE: After being examined by the Royals’ team doctor Duffy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which is the injury that requires Tommy John surgery. He’ll seek a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum first, but it looks like season-ending surgery for the promising left-hander. What a shame. ========== Danny Duffy exited…

  2. White Sox to use Adam Dunn in left field for interleague play

    May 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Last season Adam Dunn was hitting so poorly when interleague play began that the White Sox didn’t see much benefit to using him in the outfield to get his bat into the lineup. Dunn made just two starts in the outfield all season on the way to hitting .159 with 177 strikeouts in 127 games.…

  3. Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

    May 14, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Back-to-back ugly outings over the weekend left Frank Francisco with an 8.56 ERA, which along with three losses and two blown saves overall this season led to speculation that the Mets were considering a closer change. Instead manager Terry Collins said today that he’s sticking with Francisco and the team believes his struggles might stem…

  4. Dodgers release veteran reliever Mike MacDougal

    May 14, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    This is a tough day to be a 35-year-old reliever who can’t throw strikes. First the Cardinals released left-hander J.C. Romero and now the Dodgers have released right-hander Mike MacDougal, whom they designated for assignment last week. MacDougal had a nice-looking 2.05 ERA in 69 appearances for Los Angeles last season, but it came along…

  5. Chien-Ming Wang throws eight innings in rehab start

    May 14, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    I just watched Chien-Ming Wang‘s latest minor-league rehab start on MLB Network and he looked pretty good, throwing eight innings against the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate. The bad news is that Wang managed only one strikeout, gave up 11 hits, and allowed four runs. The good news is that recently demoted big leaguer Danny Valencia‘s double…

  6. Buster Posey’s surgically repaired ankle is “a little cranky”

    May 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey got Sunday off because, as manager Bruce Bochy put it, the catcher’s surgically repaired left ankle is “just a little cranky.” “It’s not bad, but it’s to the point he needs a day,” Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. “I think this is the best thing in the long run.” Posey has played…

  7. Red Sox place Darnell McDonald on DL with oblique injury

    May 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Darnell McDonald

    Darnell McDonald is the latest injured Red Sox outfielder, joining Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Jason Repko, and Ryan Kalish on the disabled list with an oblique strain. McDonald took the mound as a pitcher on May 6, but insisted yesterday that the outing had nothing to do with his injury and instead he’s “been trying…

  8. Derek Jeter is now 17th on all-time hit list, could be as high as 11th by end of season

    May 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a single yesterday and in doing so surpassed Tony Gwynn on the all-time hit list, moving into a tie with Robin Yount for 17th place with 3,142 hits. Next up is Paul Waner with 3,152, followed by George Brett with 3,154 and Cal Ripken Jr. with 3,184. If healthy Jeter…

  9. Jorge De La Rosa left rehab start with forearm tightness

    May 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    de la rosa getty

    Jorge De La Rosa‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery hit a snag over the weekend when he left a minor-league rehab start at Double-A with forearm tightness. It was the third of six total scheduled rehab outings, but De La Rosa lasted just 28 pitches and allowed four runs before exiting with a trainer…

  10. Cardinals release veteran reliever J.C. Romero

    May 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    J.C. Romero coughed up multiple runs Saturday for the third straight appearance and he won’t get a chance to snap that streak with the Cardinals, as they released the veteran left-hander this morning. Romero, who was signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal in December, finishes his time in St. Louis with a 10.13 ERA and…

  11. Justin Verlander leaves start with ripped, bloody callus

    May 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Justin Verlander tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the A’s yesterday, logging his 50th consecutive start of at least six innings, but the Tigers ace would have stayed in even longer if not for the callus on his right thumb splitting open. “I looked down there towards the end of the seventh inning and…

  12. Chris Sale feels good, healthy after move back to rotation

    May 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale began this season by shifting from the bullpen to the rotation, moved back to the bullpen when the White Sox decided to name him closer, and then dealt with elbow soreness while making it very clear that he’d prefer to remain a starter. Sale (and his agent) got his wish, returning to the…

  13. Josh Beckett: “I don’t want to be part of a reality show”

    May 11, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Josh Beckett spoke to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com and responded to the recent groundswell of criticism from fans and media members regarding his performance and golfing habits. The full interview is definitely worth reading, but here’s a particularly interesting excerpt about all the drama: I don’t want to be part of a reality show. If…

  14. Yankees activate Eric Chavez from DL, send Eduardo Nunez to minors

    May 11, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    eduardo-nunez-yankees

    Eduardo Nunez has struggled defensively at every position he’s tried for the Yankees, which recently includes starts in left field for the first time in his professional career. That has limited his playing time despite a decent .728 OPS and today the Yankees decided he’d be better off starting regularly at Triple-A, demoting him to…

  15. Lance Berkman not ready to return from disabled list

    May 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman had hoped to return from his calf injury today, but general manager John Mozeliak just announced that the Cardinals first baseman is not ready to come off the disabled list. Berkman got off to a great start this season, but has been dealing with the injury since April 10. He played through it…

  16. Ronny Cedeno is off the DL and in the Mets’ lineup

    May 11, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno

    When the Mets lost Ruben Tejada to a quadriceps strain earlier this week they had to turn to Justin Turner and Jordany Valdespin at shortstop because utility man Ronny Cedeno was on the disabled list with an intercostal strain of his own. Cedeno is now off the DL and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York…

  17. Everth Cabrera was arrested for alleged domestic violence

    May 11, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    cabrera_everth

    Everth Cabrera is hitting .325 with 13 steals at Triple-A, so what’s keeping the Padres from calling up the 25-year-old former big leaguer for some middle infield help? Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that Cabrera was arrested during spring training and charged with misdemeanor assault for an alleged domestic violence incident. According…

  18. Twins prospect Miguel Sano started near-brawl by ‘pimping’ his game-winning homer

    May 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    pimpin aint easy

    Happy birthday to Twins top prospect Miguel Sano, who turned 19 years old today and is hitting .303 with 10 homers, 20 walks, and a 1.072 OPS in 33 games at low Single-A. One of those homers was a game-winner last week against the Angels’ affiliate in the Midwest League and the benches cleared because,…

  19. Mark DeRosa aggravated his oblique injury high-fiving Bryce Harper

    May 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Mark DeRosa is on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Davey Johnson revealed that he may have aggravated the injury high-fiving Bryce Harper. Seriously. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details: DeRosa’s progress returning from a strained left oblique muscle was stunted in an odd way, Johnson said. As…

  20. Agent “extremely concerned” with how the White Sox are handling Chris Sale

    May 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    First the White Sox moved Chris Sale from the bullpen to the rotation, then they moved him back to the bullpen after five starts, and most recently they allowed him to pitch with a sore elbow that eventually led to an MRI exam. Meanwhile, Sale has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to…

  21. Blue Jays GM on signing Vladimir Guerrero: “I have no idea how he’s going to perform”

    May 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    vladimir guerrero getty

    After failing to find a big-league job Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a minor-league contract with Toronto yesterday, but the Blue Jays’ plans for the 37-year-old former MVP are unclear. In fact, general manager Alex Anthopoulos basically told reporters that Guerrero isn’t even in their plans: This isn’t someone right now that we’re prepared to say…

  22. Mark Melancon is back on track at Triple-A, but when will the Red Sox call him back up?

    May 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    Boston demoted Mark Melancon to Triple-A after he went 0-2 with a 49.50 ERA in four appearances to begin the season, allowing 11 runs in two innings while opponents knocked him around to the tune of a .667 batting average and five homers. It was about as bad as any big leaguer has ever pitched,…

  23. Stephen Strasburg has 1.59 ERA since Tommy John surgery

    May 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg‘s latest dominant start last night featured 13 strikeouts and just one earned run in six innings against the Pirates, including blowing a 96-mph fastball past Garrett Jones with the bases loaded on his 103rd and final pitch. Strasburg’s combined numbers since returning from Tommy John surgery in September are absolutely ridiculous: 68 innings,…

  24. Baseball America mock draft has Astros taking Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with No. 1 pick

    May 10, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Mark Appel

    Jim Callis of Baseball America just published his first mock draft with about four weeks to go until the actual picks start on June 4. The whole thing is worth reading, as Callis gives plenty of analysis along with the projected picks, but to whet your appetite he has the Astros selecting Stanford pitcher Mark…

  25. Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero to minor-league deal

    May 10, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero recently asked for and received tryouts with the Indians and Diamondbacks, but neither team decided to sign him. However, the 37-year-old former MVP has finally found a taker: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays that will be worth a prorated share of…

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