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  1. Cole Hamels is “progressing really well” and “on course” to start next week

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:47 AM 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

    Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week because of shoulder inflammation, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he remains on course to rejoin the rotation next week.” Hamels will have to throw a problem-free bullpen session first, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that “he’s been progressing really well.” Hamels…

  2. Brian Wilson likely unavailable all weekend with sore elbow

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson was unavailable yesterday for the second straight game because of elbow inflammation and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants’ closer is unlikely to pitch again before Monday. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Wilson has avoided the disabled list so far and Dr. James…

  3. Post-concussion symptoms send Denard Span back to DL

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Denard Span returned from the disabled list two weeks ago despite admitted that he wasn’t fully recovered from a June 3 concussion, suggesting that after two months on the sidelines he felt like it was time to try to push through the symptoms. That has proven to be a big mistake, as Span went 2-for-35…

  4. Joe Mauer forced to play right field for short-handed Twins

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer high five

    Michael Cuddyer, Denard Span, and Matt Tolbert are injured, Jason Kubel is away from the team for a family emergency, and call-up Luke Hughes missed his flight to Target Field, so manager Ron Gardenhire had to improvise tonight’s Twins lineup and the result is Joe Mauer making his professional debut in right field. Prior to…

  5. MLB reduces Shane Victorino’s suspension to two games, beginning tonight

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Shane Victorino‘s three-game suspension from the Phillies-Giants scuffle on August 6 has been reduced to two games after the center fielder appealed to MLB. He’ll begin serving the reduced suspension tonight against the Diamondbacks and will also sit out tomorrow night’s game against the Nationals. Victorino was the only player who received a suspension, with…

  6. Rays to activate catcher John Jaso from disabled list Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay has today off and they’ll have John Jaso back in the lineup when they return to action tomorrow, as Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the catcher will come off the disabled list. Jaso has been out since July 9 with an oblique injury, leaving Kelly Shoppach and rookie Robinson…

  7. Red Sox to put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Ryan Lavarnway

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Boston’s league-leading offense will be short-handed for a while, as Kevin Youkilis has joined David Ortiz on the sidelines. Ortiz remains on the active roster for now despite a heel injury, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are expected to place Youkilis on the disabled list due to back…

  8. Jose Tabata wants to honor Roberto Clemente by wearing his retired number for one game

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    clemente retired number

    Now that he’s back from a two-month stint on the disabled list Jose Tabata told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that his “dream” is to play right field at PNC Park while wearing Roberto Clemente’s retired No. 21 for one game. No player has worn that number for the Pirates since the Hall…

  9. Mets won’t be trading Jason Isringhausen or Scott Hairston

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Now that the Mets are transitioning to Bobby Parnell as their primary closer trading 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen for a prospect might make sense, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that won’t be happening. According to Rubin the Mets placed Isringhausen on waivers along with fellow impending free agents Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak,…

  10. Phillies looking for left-handed bench bat, but will Jim Thome or Jason Giambi get to them on waivers?

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Last week the Phillies signed Jack Cust to a minor-league contract as a potential left-handed bench bat, but Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that they’re still looking to add a lefty swinging veteran for the stretch run. Jim Thome would be the most obvious solution, as he played for the Phillies from 2003…

  11. A.J. Pierzynski to see specialist for fractured wrist

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    On the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career, A.J. Pierzynski is scheduled to visit with a specialist today to determine a recovery timetable for his fractured left wrist. Pierzynski has said that he’s aiming to come off the DL when eligible on August 28 and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune…

  12. Logan Morrison injures groin in second game at Triple-A

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Logan Morrison ultimately decided not to file a grievance against the Marlins following his shocking demotion to Triple-A last week, which is probably the right move given that the grievance wouldn’t have gone anywhere and would have further angered a bunch of people in the process. Instead he simply reported to Triple-A, where he went…

  13. Hideki Irabu’s cause of death ruled as “self-inflicted with rope”

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu’s death last month was confirmed as a suicide and today the Los Angeles department of public health released his death certificate, which lists “self-inflicted with rope” as the official cause of death. Irabu, who was 42 years old and married with two children, passed away on July 27 at his home in Los…

  14. Indians teammates ponied up $35,000 so Jack Hannahan could be at son’s birth

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a great story about Indians utility man Jack Hannahan. Two weeks ago Hannahan’s wife went into labor with the couple’s first child nearly three months before her October 26 due date. Hannahan and Indians director of team travel Mike Seghi worked on finding a last-minute flight from…

  15. Brian Wilson has sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    San Francisco’s injuries keep piling up. Yesterday the Giants placed setup man Sergio Romo on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and now closer Brian Wilson is unavailable due to elbow problems of his own. For now the Giants are calling Wilson’s elbow injury inflammation as well, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury…

  16. Brian Roberts not close to returning to Orioles three months after concussion

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since a head-first slide into first base on May 16 left him with a concussion and even after three months on the sidelines his chances of returning this season remain unclear. Roberts spoke yesterday to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, discussing his frustration with the injury, his desire to return and remain…

  17. Mariners get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

    Aug 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chance Ruffin

    Chance Ruffin couldn’t technically be traded until now because the 2010 supplemental first-round pick hadn’t been under contract for a year, but reports pegged him as the player to be named later in the Doug Fister trade last month and today the Tigers and Mariners made it official. The full deal: Detroit gets Fister and…

  18. Terry Francona thinks neck problems may be sapping Adrian Gonzalez’s power

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Adrian Gonzalez has hit just one homer in 140 plate appearances since the All-Star break and manager Terry Francona speculated today that a stiff neck may be to blame for the lack of power. “I think he still feels it,” Francona told Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. “It may have cut into his power a…

  19. Angels first-round pick C.J. Cron to undergo knee surgery

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    cj cron angels

    When the Angels selected C.J. Cron with the 17th pick in June’s draft they did so knowing he had a shoulder injury that could eventually require surgery, but now the 21-year-old first baseman is going under the knife for a different reason. Cron dislocated his kneecap after playing 34 games in rookie-ball and Mike DiGiovanna…

  20. This year’s draft picks got $228 million in combined bonuses

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Note: I’ve corrected some figures that were initially listed wrongly. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the 2011 draft class received a grand total of $228 million in signing bonuses, with their total guaranteed money rising to $236 million once major-league contracts are factored in. That represents a 16 percent increase over last season,…

  21. Tweet of the Day: Hunter Pence, firestarter

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    After this tweet I’m guessing Hunter Pence no longer has a 100 percent approval rating in Philadelphia.

  22. Grady Sizemore cleared to resume baseball activities, hopes to return in September

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore won’t be back in the Indians’ lineup this month, but the oft-injured center fielder has been cleared to resume baseball activities following sports hernia surgery on July 21 and is optimistic about returning at some point in September. In addition to the surgery Sizemore is also recovering from ongoing knee problems, but has…

  23. Two weeks after fracturing neck Juan Nicasio says “I want to pitch again”

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Juan Nicasio, Joe Diaz, Kieth Dugger

    Juan Nicasio spoke to the media yesterday about two weeks after a line drive to the head left the Rockies pitcher with a fractured neck and the 24-year-old right-hander said: “I want to pitch again.” Nicasio underwent surgery on a fractured C-1 vertebrae, which is the same injury that paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve and often…

  24. Chris Davis likely done for the season with torn shoulder

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis is likely finished for the season just 10 games after the Orioles acquired him from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade. Davis was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a right shoulder injury that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail described as “a small tear.” He’s scheduled to be examined Thursday…

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