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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Cue the injury jokes: Rich Harden is throwing again

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    I’ll try to avoid the usual durability jokes and simply pass this news along, because Rich Harden has certainly had it rough enough. The oft-injured right-hander has resumed throwing off a mound following two months on the sidelines with lat muscle soreness, but manager Bob Geren cautioned to Jane Lee of MLB.com that there’s no…

  2. David Freese on recovery from broken hand: “I’m way ahead of schedule”

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis’ medical staff hasn’t had the greatest track record this season, but David Freese was cleared to resume swinging yesterday and the third baseman said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken left hand. Freese underwent surgery on May 3 and visited a hand specialist yesterday, but Austin Laymance of…

  3. Spring training home run leader Jake Fox designated for assignment by Orioles

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    jake-fox-orioles

    Jake Fox made some headlines during spring training for hitting .333 with an MLB-leading seven homers, which got people who didn’t know any better way too excited about a 27-year-old journeyman without a defensive home. Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed that Fox would have to improve defensively to get much playing time and sure enough…

  4. Magglio Ordonez to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    Magglio Ordonez has been cleared for game action after taking two weeks off to rest his surgically repaired ankle, so he’ll begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers haven’t said how long they expect Ordonez to spend in the minors, so presumably his bat will determine the…

  5. Ron Gardenhire reiterates Joe Mauer isn’t changing positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    joe-mauer-and-ron-gardenhire

    There’s still no timetable for Joe Mauer‘s return from the leg problems traced back to offseason knee surgery, but manager Ron Gardenhire reiterated yesterday that whenever Mauer does come off the disabled list it will be as the Twins’ catcher. Ever since Mauer suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie in 2004 a certain…

  6. Matt Garza not ready to come off DL when eligible Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday and the Cubs were initially hoping his elbow injury would be healed enough for him to face the Cardinals this weekend, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says those plans have been scratched. Garza threw from flat ground Monday and said afterward that “everything…

  7. So you wanna be an MLB beat reporter, huh?

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Astros Cubs Baseball

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweeting about his duties as the Cubs beat writer, which this morning included asking Carlos Zambrano how he felt after breaking a bat over his leg last night: Oh jeez. Big Z just pulled his pants down to show me his legs. No bruises. “I got soccer legs.” Watching…

  8. Padres place Cameron Maybin on DL, but MRI exam shows no structural damage

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin‘s reign as the Padres’ center fielder is on hold after 50 games because of a knee injury that sent him to the disabled list. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but Maybin had been playing through the injury for two weeks before sitting out the past…

  9. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks make nice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    bobby-jenks-and-ozzie-guillen-white-sox

    Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks had a nasty breakup, with mud being slung from both sides after Jenks signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and Guillen hinting at having some further bombs to lob should things escalate. Eventually the situation died down and yesterday, with the White Sox in Boston for a…

  10. Justin Morneau reveals pinched nerve and then homers twice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau told reporters prior to last night’s game that he’s been playing through a pinched nerve in his neck that required cortisone shots and may lead to offseason surgery. And then he went out and homered twice against the Tigers. Morneau’s season totals are still ugly, but he hit .264 with four homers and…

  11. Albert Pujols starting at third base for second time this season

    May 31, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols went eight years between starts at third base before playing there on May 16, but now less than three weeks later he’s back at the hot corner. Pujols, who went 0-for-4 in that May 16 start, is playing third base and batting third for the Cardinals tonight against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants.…

  12. Ike Davis will spend the next three weeks in a walking boot

    May 31, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    So much for Ike Davis‘ speedy recovery. The Mets just announced that he’ll wear a walking boot on his injured ankle/foot for at least the next three weeks, meaning he’s likely more than a month away from potentially returning from the disabled list. Davis was unable to run three weeks after suffering the injury on…

  13. Cubs place Alfonso Soriano on DL, call up Tyler Colvin

    May 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Tyler Colvin is back with the Cubs following a two-week demotion to Triple-A because Alfonso Soriano has been placed on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps muscle. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com the Cubs don’t actually think Soriano would be unavailable for a full 15 days, but put him on the DL anyway…

  14. Red Sox activate Bobby Jenks from DL, option Michael Bowden to Triple-A

    May 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    As expected, the Red Sox have activated Bobby Jenks from the disabled list following a four-week stay for a strained biceps muscle. Jenks struggled mightily before going on the DL, allowing 10 runs in 8.2 innings while opponents hit .333 with an .869 OPS off him, so he may have gain manager Terry Francona’s trust…

  15. Jake Peavy has 3.24 ERA and 16/1 K/BB ratio since returning from shoulder surgery

    May 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season following shoulder surgery and spent the first five weeks of this year on the disabled list as part of his recovery, but since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation on May 11 he’s 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts. Even more impressive than the nice-looking…

  16. Chuck James is back in the majors with the Twins

    May 31, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    chuck james braves

    Once upon a time Chuck James was a top prospect in the Braves’ system, posting great numbers in the minors before debuting in September of 2005. He joined Atlanta’s rotation the next season at age 24 and posted a 4.05 ERA with a 207/105 K/BB ratio in 280 innings over two years before blowing out…

  17. Rockies ask Aaron Cook to continue rehab assignment

    May 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook‘s rehab assignment for a broken finger was scheduled to consist of three starts, but instead he’s already pitched four times and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies “have asked” him to make at least one more start at Triple-A. Barring any further changes Cook is on track to rejoin the Rockies’…

  18. Adam Dunn (0-for-38 against lefties) sits versus Jon Lester

    May 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    After beginning the season in a 0-for-38 slump against left-handed pitching Adam Dunn got yesterday off versus one of the league’s toughest lefties, Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Ozzie Guillen talked previously about being patient with Dunn, but the manager has since moved him from the No. 3 spot in the batting order and is…

  19. Struggles at Triple-A likely mean Aroldis Chapman isn’t ready to rejoin Reds

    May 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his struggles while rehabbing a shoulder injury at Triple-A make it unlikely he’ll be activated. Chapman, who was placed on the DL in the first place for control problems…

  20. R.A. Dickey cleared to pitch through plantar fascia injury

    May 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey left last week’s start after injuring his foot covering first base and was diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia, but he threw a problem-free bullpen session Sunday and has been cleared to take his scheduled turn in the rotation tonight. In addition to throwing over the weekend Dickey also tested the foot…

  21. Jeff Niemann “ready to take the next step” to rehab stint

    May 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    Jeff Niemann threw a 45-pitch simulated game yesterday and announced afterward that he’s “ready to take the next step” and begin a minor-league rehab assignment for the back injury that has kept him out since May 6. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Niemann will get his wish with rehab stint in which…

  22. Twins place Francisco Liriano on DL with shoulder injury

    May 30, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    UPDATE: As expected, the Twins placed Liriano on the DL after today’s game. ========== Francisco Liriano and the Twins were hopeful that he’d miss just one start with shoulder soreness–and Anthony Swarzak nearly threw a no-hitter in his place Saturday–but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Liriano “did not feel well when…

  23. Seattle Times columnist says Miguel Olivo “might be the Mariners’ most indispensable player”

    May 30, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    say what

    In one of the oddest columns I’ve read in a while, Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times writes that Ichiro Suzuki needs to hustle more and supports his argument by a) acting as if Miguel Olivo sliding head-first into first base is the greatest thing he’s ever seen, and b) saying that Olivo “might be…

  24. Ike Davis to get second opinion, MRI exam on ankle injury

    May 30, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Out since May 10 with a bone bruise in his left ankle, Ike Davis told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he’ll seek a second opinion from doctors back in New York and will likely undergo an MRI exam. Initially the Mets were hopeful that Davis could return when eligible to come off the…

  25. Matt Holliday back in Cardinals’ lineup after missing six games

    May 30, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    holliday batting

    After missing the past six games with a strained quadriceps muscle Matt Holliday is back in the Cardinals’ lineup for today’s game against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Holliday also missed seven games in early April after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, but has been fantastic when in the lineup, hitting .347 with six homers, 13…

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