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  1. Hideki Matsui hits .170 at Triple-A, gets called up by Rays

    May 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    As expected the Rays have called up Hideki Matsui despite the 37-year-old veteran hitting just .170 at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract last month. Matsui went 8-for-47 with zero homers, two doubles, and a 10/4 K/BB ratio in 13 games for Durham, seemingly showing no signs of being ready to make an impact in…

  2. Magglio Ordonez to retire Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day”

    May 29, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez was unable to latch on with a new team after rehabbing his second ankle surgery and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the six-time All-Star will make his retirement official Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day” in Detroit. Ordonez spent his first eight seasons with the White Sox and his final seven seasons with…

  3. Brian Roberts is several weeks from returning to the Orioles

    May 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts hasn’t played for the Orioles in more than a year following multiple concussions, but the veteran second baseman started a minor-league rehab assignment last week and is now aiming to be back in the majors at some point next month. Roberts went 2-for-9 with two doubles and two walks in five games at…

  4. Brett Gardner starts another comeback from elbow injury

    May 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner has once again started down the path to coming off the disabled list after numerous setbacks have delayed his return from a strained right elbow. Gardner has been out since April 18, progressing in his recovery several times during that span only to be shut down again. For now he was cleared to…

  5. Rangers considered heavy favorites to sign Roy Oswalt

    May 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is reportedly close to choosing his new team and returning to the mound, and according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Rangers are heavy favorites to sign the 34-year-old right-hander. In fact, an unnamed “baseball official” told Crasnick that he “would be shocked” if Oswalt doesn’t end up in Texas. Along with the…

  6. Blue Jays demote starting left fielder Eric Thames to minors

    May 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Eric Thames had a solid 95-game debut with Toronto last season and then beat out Travis Snider for the starting left field job during spring training, but the Blue Jays have demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A after he hit just .243 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 46 games. That represents a 137-point…

  7. Torii Hunter returns to Angels two weeks after son’s arrest

    May 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Torii Hunter was back with the Angels yesterday, rejoining the team after more than two weeks away following his 17-year-old son’s arrest on sexual assault charges. Hunter remained on the restricted list for last night’s game, but indicated that he expects to be in the lineup tonight versus the Yankees. Here’s what Hunter said about…

  8. A’s rookie Ryan Cook’s 23-inning scoreless streak snapped

    May 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Coming into yesterday’s game A’s rookie Ryan Cook hadn’t allowed a run in 23 innings this season, but his scoreless streak ended when the Twins got to the 25-year-old right-hander for two runs in an eighth-inning comeback that snapped the streak and handed him a loss. And naturally the runs scored on a bloop double…

  9. Indians transfer reliever Rafael Perez to 60-day disabled list

    May 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rafael Perez Getty

    Showing decreased velocity led to Rafael Perez being placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder muscle in late April and yesterday the Indians transferred the left-hander to the 60-day DL, which means he’s not eligible to return until the end of June. Perez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but now he’ll…

  10. Shoulder injury sends Ted Lilly to the disabled list

    May 28, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Through seven starts Ted Lilly was 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA, but he coughed up eight runs in his last outing Wednesday and today the Dodgers placed him on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Double-A starter Nathan Eovaldi was scratched from his scheduled start over the weekend in order to be on call as…

  11. Twins release Jason Marquis

    May 28, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    As expected, Jason Marquis and his $3 million salary went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Twins released the veteran right-hander. I’m sure Marquis will be able to snag at least a minor-league contract somewhere and he might even have some modest success returning to the National League eventually,…

  12. Paul Konerko hitting .466 with 6 homers in his last 20 games

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Paul Konerko is on a ridiculous tear right now, hitting .466 with six homers and a 1.303 OPS in his last 20 games dating back to May 4. Even more amazing is that sitting out three days in the middle of that stretch after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face didn’t slow him…

  13. Bryce Harper on facing Livan Hernandez: “It sucks”

    May 28, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Livan Hernandez got the best of Bryce Harper in their first matchup last night, as the 19-year-old rookie swung wildly at an incredibly slow curveball from the 37-year-old veteran and whiffed. Harper’s eyes lit up when he saw the 65-mph pitch coming to the plate and you could tell he wanted to hit it approximately…

  14. Freddie Freeman orders prescription goggles, will visit specialist as eye problems persist

    May 28, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    Freddie Freeman‘s eye problems have not gotten any better and in fact the Braves first baseman has reacted poorly to multiple sets of contact lenses, so he’s ordered some prescription sports goggles and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that that he’ll be examined tomorrow by a specialist. Freeman has been battling blurred…

  15. Injuries force Mets to use David Wright at shortstop

    May 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Ronny Cedeno is unavailable because of a strained calf, so when Justin Turner left today’s game with a serious-looking leg injury the Mets shifted David Wright from third base to shortstop. Wright has never started a game at shortstop and has just one career appearance there, which came last season and involved him playing two…

  16. Indians put Jack Hannahan on DL, call up Lonnie Chisenhall

    May 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Veteran journeyman Jack Hannahan beat out 23-year-old Lonnie Chisenhall for Cleveland’s starting third base job this spring and played well in the early going, but today the Indians placed him on the disabled list and recalled Chisenhall from Triple-A. Hannahan missed 11 games with a back injury, returned to the lineup Saturday, and is now…

  17. Carlos Quentin off the DL, batting cleanup in Padres debut

    May 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres photo day

    Knee surgery caused Carlos Quentin to miss the first 49 games after the Padres acquired him from the White Sox in December, but now he’s off the disabled list and jumping right into the cleanup spot for his San Diego debut today. Quentin put up big power numbers for the White Sox, averaging 34 homers…

  18. Cubs activate Carlos Marmol, send Rafael Dolis to minors

    May 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Rafael Dolis‘ reign as Cubs closer was short and ugly, and today the 24-year-old rookie was demoted back to the minors after being stripped of ninth-inning duties. Dolis’ departure coincides with Carlos Marmol‘s sooner-than-expected return from a hamstring injury, as the Cubs deemed him ready to come off the DL after he tossed back-to-back scoreless…

  19. Boston’s banged-up outfield gets Ryan Sweeney back

    May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney passed his post-concussion tests and has been activated from the disabled list, giving the Red Sox a much-needed boost for their injury wrecked outfield. Prior to the concussion Sweeney had started 22 times in right field compared to six times in center field, but he’s in today’s lineup as the center fielder with…

  20. Brandon Inge rejoins A’s after two weeks on disabled list

    May 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Inge is back with the A’s after missing 14 games with a groin injury, as Oakland activated the veteran third baseman from the disabled list and optioned Anthony Recker to Triple-A. Inge signed with the A’s after being released by the Tigers and provided an unexpected spark for the lineup, smacking four homers and…

  21. Chipper Jones has fluid drained from leg contusion

    May 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones Getty

    On the disabled list with a left leg contusion, Chipper Jones underwent a minor surgical procedure over the weekend to remove 120 ccs of fluid from a hematoma. “I feel so much better now,” Jones told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It was throbbing. It let me know with everything that I did.…

  22. Jhoulys Chacin diagnosed with pectoral injury after getting second opinion

    May 25, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Chacin was diagnosed with an injury to his pectoral minor muscle involving a nerve entrapment. This rules out an injury to his biceps, shoulder or elbow. The injury can be treated through rest and exercise, but Chacin isn’t expected to resume throwing for at least another…

  23. Rockies place Ramon Hernandez on DL with hand injury

    May 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    After watching Ramon Hernandez perform poorly while playing through tendinitis in his left hand for most of the season the Rockies have placed the veteran catcher on the disabled list. Hernandez played well enough for the Reds in 2010 and 2011 that the Rockies gave him a two-year, $6.4 million contract at age 37, but he’s…

  24. Juan Carlos Oviedo gets visa, arrives in Florida next week

    May 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Earlier this week Juan Carlos Oviedo reportedly received his work visa, but then it turned out he received a pardon from the U.S. State Department that’s necessary before getting a visa but hadn’t gotten the actual visa yet. Now he has both, with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reporting that Oviedo has finally been…

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

    May 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    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…

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