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  1. Career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair had big April for Cubs

    May 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Not much has gone right for the Cubs early on this season, but the decision to give 29-year-old career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair the starting job at first base is looking very good. After knocking around Triple-A pitching for five-and-half seasons LaHair finally got his big break and has taken advantage in a huge way,…

  2. Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy finally gave up a hit

    May 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    It took until his fifth professional start, but Orioles prospect and 2011 first-round pick Dylan Bundy finally gave up a hit. Prior to yesterday low Single-A hitters were 0-for-39 against Bundy. That ended when he gave up a single to lead off the game, but then Bundy erased him on a double play and went…

  3. Pirates demote former All-Star Evan Meek to Triple-A

    May 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Two years ago Evan Meek was an All-Star, but yesterday the Pirates demoted the 28-year-old right-hander to the minors after he allowed runs in four of nine outings to begin the season. To call Meek a former All-Star is technically correct and also fairly misleading, since even in that 2010 season he was basically just…

  4. Miguel Olivo expects to miss extended time with groin injury

    May 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Miguel Olivo had to be helped off the field last night after suffering a groin injury, saying afterward that it was worse than the groin injury that caused him to miss three weeks last spring. Olivo told Greg Johns of MLB.com that he “felt a pop” while trying to make a play at first base…

  5. Justin Morneau leaves game with wrist injury, flies back to Minnesota to see doctor

    May 1, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    As if falling to 6-16 with a loss to the Angels wasn’t bad enough for the Twins tonight, Justin Morneau exited the game with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist. Even worse, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Morneau is flying back to Minnesota to be examined by a team doctor, which isn’t a…

  6. Mets make it official: Mike Pelfrey will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: And now it’s official. Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. ========== While not quite official yet, the Mets just announced that Mike Pelfrey will travel to Alabama tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews and is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Pelfrey pitched well through three starts, including eight innings of one-run…

  7. Dodgers activate reliever Todd Coffey from disabled list

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Javy Guerra‘s grip on the Dodgers’ closer job seems very shaky, but the bullpen is getting a little boost today with Todd Coffey returning from the disabled list. Coffey appeared in just three games before being shut down with a knee injury, but he returns after the minimum 15-day stay on the DL. He presents…

  8. Cliff Lee not ready to return from DL when eligible Friday

    Apr 30, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the left-hander’s strained oblique muscle hasn’t healed enough for that to happen. According to Zolecki he’s “improving” but will have to throw at least two bullpen sessions before being cleared to return and the first of those…

  9. Nick Swisher out of Yankees lineup with hamstring injury

    Apr 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Nick Swisher, who left yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury, is out of the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s matchup with the Orioles. In his place the Yankees are starting utility infielder Eduardo Nunez in left field, with Raul Ibanez shifting from left field to right field. Nunez has been playing professional baseball since 2006 and…

  10. Jorge Cantu opts out of minor-league deal with Angels

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jorge Cantu

    Considering the Angels’ logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters Jorge Cantu signing a minor-league deal with them in January was a pretty questionable decision. Cantu hit .291 with a .788 OPS in 21 games at Triple-A, but with very little chance of getting a call-up barring multiple injuries he decided to exercise…

  11. Report: MLB to suspend Delmon Young following arrest

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Delmon Young, Daniel J.Ollen

    Detroit removed Delmon Young from the 25-man roster and placed him on the restricted list following his arrest Thursday night and now Andy Soltis of the New York Post reports that MLB “has decided to suspend” Young. Young was charged with assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime for an altercation in which he allegedly…

  12. Brandon Inge joins A’s, will start tonight at third base

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge

    UPDATE: As expected, Inge finalized his deal and will be the A’s starting third baseman tonight. Luke Hughes was designated for assignment to make room on the roster after his reign as Oakland’s starting third baseman lasted a week. ========== Brandon Inge‘s deal with the A’s isn’t quite official yet, but Susan Slusser of the…

  13. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton is the fastest man in baseball

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton, Zack Cozart

    Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton is, by nearly all credible accounts, the fastest player in professional baseball. And the 21-year-old shortstop is a pretty good prospect too, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 50 both last season and this season. Last year Hamilton stole 103 bases in 135 games at low Single-A and was caught just…

  14. Ugly start for Cubs’ $6 million signee Gerardo Concepcion

    Apr 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Gerardo Concepcion failed to make it out of the first inning in his start at low Single-A today, getting knocked around for seven runs. Concepcion signed a five-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in March after defecting from Cuba, but the 20-year-old left-hander has now allowed 12 runs through his first 5.2 innings against…

  15. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year winner Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Chris Coghlan

    For the second straight season Chris Coghlan has been sent down to Triple-A, as the Marlins demoted the former Rookie of the Year winner yesterday after he hit just .118 in 36 plate appearances as a bench player. Coghlan took the news well, telling Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that the demotion wasn’t as…

  16. Former closer Chad Cordero wants to make a comeback

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Chad Cordero hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007, but the former All-Star closer is apparently preparing for a comeback next year. Bill Ladson of MLB.com caught up with Cordero at yesterday’s Nationals-Dodgers game and reports that he’s “in great shape after losing…

  17. Rays announce minor-league deal with Hideki Matsui

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Tampa Bay has finally made official what was reported last week, announcing a minor-league contract with Hideki Matsui. Why the signing was delayed for a week is unclear, but Matsui was never going to immediately join the Rays anyway. Instead he’ll head to Triple-A, where the Rays will evaluate whether the 38-year-old has anything left…

  18. Vladimir Guerrero is getting a tryout with the Diamondbacks

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Charges against Vladimir Guerrero were apparently dropped after a police officer in the Dominican Republic accused the former MVP of assault earlier this month and now the Diamondbacks are giving him a tryout. General manager Kevin Towers broke that news while appearing on the team’s television broadcast yesterday, although he indicated pretty strongly that there’s…

  19. Johnny Damon set to join Indians two weeks after signing

    Apr 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Two weeks after signing with the Indians on a minor-league contract Johnny Damon is expected to join the team for their series against the White Sox that begins tomorrow, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Damon has been playing extended spring training games to get ready and has apparently looked good enough…

  20. Angels strip Jordan Walden of closing duties, give job to Scott Downs

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden

    One blown save was all it took for Jordan Walden to lose the Angels’ closer job. After saving 32 games as a rookie last season Walden didn’t get his first save opportunity until April 20 this year. He converted it, but then coughed up two runs yesterday to blow his second save chance. And today…

  21. Bryce Harper is on his way to the majors at 19, as Nationals place Ryan Zimmerman on DL

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Ryan Zimmerman needing a stint on the disabled list certainly isn’t a surprise considering the third baseman’s shoulder injury hasn’t shown any improvement, but the Nationals’ choice to replace him on the roster is a shocker. General manager Mike Rizzo announced that Bryce Harper will be called up from Triple-A tomorrow to make his MLB…

  22. Picture of the Day: Chris Parmelee “looks like he got punched by Mike Tyson”

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    chris parmelee shiner

    The good news is that Twins rookie Chris Parmelee has yet to experience any concussion-related symptoms after being drilled in the helmet Wednesday and seems likely to avoid the disabled list. The bad news, as Twins media communications staffer explains, is that Parmelee now “looks like he got punched by Mike Tyson”:

  23. Decreased velocity leads to DL stint for Rafael Perez

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Rafael Perez Getty

    Rafael Perez showed significantly diminished velocity in his last outing, with his fastball topping out in the mid-80s, and not surprisingly it turns out he was injured. Cleveland has placed Perez on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle in his shoulder, recalling Nick Hagadone from Triple-A to replace him on the roster. Perez…

  24. White Sox reliever Jesse Crain on DL with oblique injury

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since April 20 because of an oblique injury and after leaving him on the active roster for a week the White Sox placed the reliever on the disabled list today. Crain missed time during spring training with a right oblique strain, but this injury is to his left side and Bruce…

  25. Bill “Moose” Skowron: 1930-2012

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    bill skowron

    Bill “Moose” Skowron, a six-time All-Star first baseman who starred for the Yankees from 1954-1962, passed away today at age 81 after a long battle with lung cancer. Skowron hit .292 with 165 homers and an .842 OPS in 1,087 games spread over nine seasons for the Yankees before being traded to the Dodgers for…

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