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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break. Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts…

  2. Indians place Travis Hafner on disabled list with foot injury

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner exited yesterday’s game with a sprained right foot and the Indians have placed the designated hitter on the disabled list. Hafner also missed time with a foot injury in April and spent a month on the DL with an oblique strain around midseason, but he’s been very productive when healthy enough to be…

  3. A’s pull back Rich Harden after Indians claim him on waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Last month the A’s had a Rich Harden trade worked out, only to have the Red Sox back away because of concerns about his health. And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the A’s put Harden on waivers only to pull him back when the Indians claimed him and “couldn’t work out a deal.”…

  4. Phillies lose Jimmy Rollins, but activate Placido Polanco

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jimmy Rollins was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin, but the Phillies have replaced him on the roster by activating Placido Polanco from the DL. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6 because of a hip injury and hasn’t played well since April because of assorted health problems, but his return allows the…

  5. Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the…

  6. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon is ready for some football

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Rays manager Joe Maddon channels Ricky Williams by doing a press conference with a football helmet on.

  7. Jimmy Rollins placed on disabled list with strained groin

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins, who left yesterday’s game with a strained groin, just announced via Twitter that he’s headed for the disabled list. According to Rollins’ tweet he’s been diagnosed with a mild, Grade 2 strain, which means he might be able to return from the DL when eligible in early September. Philadelphia leads the NL East…

  8. Anthony Swarzak replaces injured, ineffective Nick Blackburn in Twins’ rotation

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Nick Blackburn isn’t a particularly effective starting pitcher but the one thing he always does is throw strikes, so when the right-hander walked four of the first eight batters he faced yesterday something was obviously wrong. He left the game in the second inning and is headed for the disabled list with a strained forearm,…

  9. Neck injury could force Casey Blake into retirement

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake‘s latest injury is a pinched nerve in his neck, which has caused him to miss four straight games, and the 37-year-old is thinking ahead to how it could impact his health long after retiring from baseball. “Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious,” Blake told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I…

  10. Frank Francisco unavailable after feeling shoulder soreness warming up

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    Toronto closer Jon Rauch is out following an emergency appendectomy, so Frank Francisco was warming up to pitch the ninth inning of a 1-0 game yesterday when his shoulder started barking. Francisco stopped throwing and the Blue Jays instead let Casey Janssen finish the game by pitching a third inning. Today is an off day…

  11. Will the Phillies give Cole Hamels a Jered Weaver-like deal?

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Jered Weaver‘s new five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels has set the market for young aces nearing free agency and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer speculates that that Phillies may try to sign Cole Hamels to a similar contract. Weaver is a year older than Hamels, but in terms of service time they’re…

  12. Ubaldo Jimenez has allowed 21 runs in 21 innings for Indians

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Cleveland gave up such a valuable package of prospects to get Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado in large part because he’s signed through 2014 and thus not simply a stretch-run pickup, but the Indians can’t be happy with how he’s looked in the early on. Jimenez failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday…

  13. Dodgers had first baseman James Loney ready to pitch

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney hasn’t hit this season, so yesterday the Dodgers figured maybe he could help them as a pitcher. With the bullpen on fumes thanks to Saturday night’s 13-inning loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, manager Don Mattingly had Loney warm up in the bullpen before yesterday’s game in case he was needed as…

  14. Pitching coach Dave Duncan away from Cardinals due to personal reasons

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    St. Louis was without Dave Duncan all weekend after the pitching coach left the team due to an undisclosed personal matter. Duncan’s son, Cleveland bench player Shelley Duncan, also left the Indians for the same reason. Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist filled in for Duncan as pitching coach as the Cardinals lost two of three games…

  15. Report: Sandy Alderson nixed talk of Mike Pelfrey becoming Mets’ closer in 2012

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that manager Terry Collins recently asked Mike Pelfrey if he’d be willing to serve as the Mets’ closer next season and the 27-year-old right-hander agreed, but general manager Sandy Alderson shot down the idea before it gained much traction. Collins declined to discuss the situation and…

  16. Yankees place Freddy Garcia on DL, claim Aaron Laffey

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Aaron Laffey was claimed off waivers by the Yankees after being designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this week and New York cleared a roster spot for the left-hander by placing Freddy Garcia on the disabled list. Garcia was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident. He…

  17. Pirates also working on long-term contract with Neil Walker

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    This morning Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Pirates and Jose Tabata are close to agreeing to a six-year contract and now Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review says they’re also working on signing Neil Walker to a similar long-term deal. According to Biertempfel the Tabata deal will cover six seasons and…

  18. Indians place hot-hitting rookie Jason Kipnis on disabled list

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    kipnis getty

    Jason Kipnis was slated to return from a strained oblique muscle yesterday, but instead he was a last-minute scratch from the lineup and the Indians have now placed him on the disabled list. Called up from Triple-A on July 22, the 2009 second-round pick hit .279 with six homers, four doubles, and a .903 OPS…

  19. White Sox place Phil Humber on DL after line drive to head

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Phil Humber left last night’s game in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head, but actually tried to talk the White Sox’s trainer into letting him stay in and then told reporters afterward that he was planning to make his next start. He won’t, as the White Sox have placed Humber…

  20. Report: Jose Tabata and Pirates agree to six-year contract

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Pirates are close to signing outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract. Tabata, who just returned from the disabled list Tuesday after missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury, won’t be arbitration eligible for the first time until 2014. Presumably the six-year deal would include a team…

  21. Jim Thome putting up historic production for a 40-year-old

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome ruined the Twins’ plans to have him reach 600 career home runs at Target Field by being too damn good, hitting his 599th and 600th homers Monday night in Detroit and then delivering No. 601 against the Tigers two nights later. Thome has been deserving of the Hall of Fame for years already,…

  22. Pat Gillick “doubtful” to be interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    Last month there was speculation regarding Pat Gillick talking to the Cubs about a job in the front office, but now that the general manager spot is open Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Gillick won’t be replacing Jim Hendry. According to Rosenthal “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because Gillick “is…

  23. Pirates and Nationals lead 2007-2011 draft spending at $52 million and $51 million

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    Jim Callis of Baseball America crunched the numbers for the past five drafts and reports that the Pirates led all MLB teams in spending by handing out $52 million in total signing bonuses. Much of that has to do with having the No. 1 pick once, the No. 2 pick twice, and the No. 4…

  24. Chris Davis chooses rehab over shoulder surgery for now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday and has decided to continue rehabbing his partially torn right shoulder rather than undergo surgery. Davis was acquired from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade last month, but went just 9-for-40 (.225) with 14 strikeouts in 10 games before being shut down on August 14. He…

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