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  1. Banged-up Dodgers have a very ugly lineup tonight

    May 16, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Matt Kemp, Juan Rivera, Juan Uribe, and Jerry Hairston Jr. are on the disabled list and A.J. Ellis, James Loney, Dee Gordon, and Mark Ellis are getting the night off, so the Dodgers’ lineup versus left-hander Clayton Richard and the Padres is really, really ugly: 1. Tony Gwynn Jr., CF 2. Elian Herrera, 2B 3.…

  2. Orlando Hudson is suddenly a triples machine at age 34

    May 16, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    While looking over some of the league leaders just now I stumbled across this odd stat: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson has an MLB-high five triples in 34 games. And he has zero doubles. Not surprisingly all five of Hudson’s triples have come in spacious Petco Park, but here’s the weird thing: Last season, playing…

  3. Orioles’ investment in Wei-Yin Chen is paying off early

    May 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Wei-Yin Chen

    In an effort to boost a rotation that had MLB’s worst ERA last season the Orioles brought in a pair of starters who’d thrived in Japan, signing Wei-Yin Chen for $11.3 million and Tsuyoshi Wada for $8.15 million. Wada experienced elbow problems early in spring training and will miss the entire season following Tommy John…

  4. Terry Collins: Jason Bay will “absolutely” be a starter when he returns from DL

    May 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Left field fill-in Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played so well that there’s been some speculation about Jason Bay returning from the disabled list as a part-time player, but Mets manager Terry Collins squashed that talk. Collins told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that Bay will “absolutely” be a starter once he’s healthy because…

  5. Vladimir Guerrero reports to Blue Jays, will work in minors

    May 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero‘s comeback is officially underway, as the former MVP reported to the Blue Jays’ minor-league complex in Florida yesterday after signing a minor-league contract last week. When asked how Guerrero fits into the Blue Jays’ plans general manager Alex Anthopoulos made it very clear that they view the 37-year-old as a low-cost flier who…

  6. Royals promote top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Triple-A

    May 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Kansas City’s next wave of young talent is now just one step from the majors, as the Royals promoted top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi from Double-A to Triple-A. Myers struggled at Double-A last season, hitting just .253 with eight homers in 99 games, but the outfielder still ranked 28th on Baseball America‘s annual…

  7. Sore elbow sends Phillies starter Vance Worley to DL

    May 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Vance Worley wouldn’t be making his scheduled start today because of a sore elbow and now they’ve placed him on the disabled list with inflammation. Kyle Kendrick will step into Worley’s rotation spot beginning tonight versus the Cubs and the Phillies called up left-handed reliever Joe Savery to take his…

  8. Allen Craig is hitting out of his mind for the Cardinals

    May 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig began the season on the disabled list following November knee surgery and returned to an uncertain role when he came off the shelf on May 1, but other injuries have quickly turned him into an everyday player for the Cardinals and he’s absolutely killing the ball. Craig went 3-for-4 with a double, a…

  9. Chris Young doubles twice on rehab assignment, nears return to Diamondbacks

    May 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    chris young getty

    Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young is close to coming off the disabled list after doubling twice in a minor-league rehab game yesterday at Single-A. It was Young’s second rehab outing and he’s expected to play one more game for Visalia before moving his assignment to Triple-A. From there a return to the Diamondbacks could happen…

  10. Kevin Youkilis to begin rehab stint tomorrow at Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Kevin Youkilis‘ minor-league rehab assignment will start tomorrow at Triple-A, according to Joseph McDonald of ESPN Boston. Youkilis, who’s been out since April 27 with a back injury and struggled before being shut down, is scheduled to be in Pawtucket’s lineup at designated hitter and get three at-bats. Barring a setback he’ll then play defense…

  11. Twins activating Justin Morneau from DL, demote Chris Parmelee to Triple-A

    May 15, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau‘s injured wrist must have felt pretty good after his batting practice session, because the Twins announced that he’ll be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow night’s game. To clear room on the roster Minnesota demoted Chris Parmelee to Triple-A after the 24-year-old first baseman struggled when asked to jump from Double-A to…

  12. Yankees place new closer David Robertson on disabled list with strained oblique

    May 15, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: After keeping Robertson active but unavailable for several days New York placed him on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, leaving Soriano to close for the near future. ========== David Robertson‘s attempt to replace Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer isn’t off to a great start. Robertson narrowly escaped a jam to record…

  13. Derek Lowe becomes first pitcher to throw a shutout without a strikeout since 2002

    May 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Derek Lowe came into today’s start with a 5-1 record and 2.47 ERA despite totaling just 13 strikeouts in 44 innings, but what he did this afternoon is even more remarkable. Lowe tossed a complete-game shutout against the punchless Twins and did so without recording a strikeout. The last pitcher to throw a shutout without…

  14. Bryce Harper hit his first homer last night … and his second homer this afternoon

    May 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon. Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works…

  15. Jason Bay cleared for baseball activities, but not close to return from fractured rib

    May 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Three weeks ago Jason Bay suffered a non-displaced rib fracture that came with a 3-6 week recovery timetable and the Mets left fielder has now been cleared to resume baseball activities after being examined by team doctors yesterday. There’s still no specific timetable for his return and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Bay will…

  16. Chien-Ming Wang to make at least one more rehab start

    May 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    I watched Chien-Ming Wang‘s latest minor-league rehab start yesterday on MLB Network and thought he looked pretty good in throwing eight innings at Triple-A, but not surprisingly the Nationals aren’t ready to welcome him back from the disabled list yet. For one thing Wang allowed four runs on 11 hits, which isn’t great even if…

  17. White Sox activate reliever Jesse Crain from disabled list

    May 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Crain_Jesse

    Chicago’s bullpen is in flux after the White Sox reversed their decision to make Chris Sale a closer, but the relief corps gets a boost today with Jesse Crain coming off the disabled list. Crain has been out since April 21 with a strained oblique muscle, but was pitching well before getting hurt and made…

  18. Cubs sign Dodgers castoff Mike MacDougal to minors deal

    May 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mike MacDougal has found a new team after being released by the Dodgers, signing a minor-league contract with the Cubs. MacDougal’s shiny 2.05 ERA last season masked unimpressive secondary numbers and he’s always struggled to consistently throw strikes, but for a minor-league deal he’s still worth a flier at age 35. He allowed five runs…

  19. Another day, another Nationals catcher suffers major injury

    May 15, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Sandy Leon

    In losing starting catcher Wilson Ramos to a torn ACL over the weekend the Nationals turned to oft-injured backup Jesus Flores as their new starter behind the plate and called up Sandy Leon from Double-A to serve as their new backup. Leon made his big-league debut last night and the 23-year-old had to be carried…

  20. Jon Jay is disabled list bound with lingering shoulder injury

    May 15, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jon Jay

    Jon Jay has played (and played well) through shoulder pain since running into the outfield wall on April 19, hitting .339 in 16 games, but Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals center fielder is headed to the disabled list. Carlos Beltran is also out of St. Louis’ lineup today for the second straight…

  21. Juan Uribe goes on the DL after a month of wrist problems

    May 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    uribe batting

    It kind of got lost in the shuffle amid Matt Kemp being placed on the disabled list, but the Dodgers have also put Juan Uribe on the shelf with the wrist injury that has plagued him for the past month. Uribe was hitting just .250 with one homer and a .640 OPS in 25 games…

  22. Freddie Freeman diagnosed with slight corneal abrasion

    May 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    UPDATE: Freeman has been diagnosed with a slight corneal abrasion, which apparently isn’t as bad as it sounds because David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that he could be available as soon as tonight. ========== Freddie Freeman left last night’s game in the seventh inning because of blurred vision in his right eye,…

  23. Justin Morneau tests injured wrist with live batting practice

    May 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    On the disabled list since May 1 after aggravating his surgically repaired left wrist, Justin Morneau felt good enough to take 30-40 swings in batting practice yesterday. Afterward the former MVP told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that his wrist is still sore, but added that no new problems emerged from the BP session and he’s…

  24. Orioles’ former first-round pick Billy Rowell suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

    May 14, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    billy rowell card

    It took Billy Rowell six seasons to reach Double-A after Baltimore selected him out of high school with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2006 draft and he hasn’t played yet this season because he’s moving from hitter to pitcher. And now his mound debut will have to wait even longer, as the 23-year-old…

  25. 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…

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