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  1. Shaun Marcum may begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 16, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum bobbles a bunt from St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted today that Shaun Marcum is running out of time to recover from his shoulder inflammation by Opening Day, telling Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “the days are getting short.” Marcum threw a bullpen session today and reported no problems, so he’ll move on to throwing live batting…

  2. Chris Carpenter “felt good” after 30-pitch bullpen session

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter‘s status for Opening Day remains in question because of a neck injury and the Cardinals are preparing Lance Lynn to potentially step into the rotation, but Carpenter was healthy enough to throw off a mound yesterday. He was throwing for the first time in nearly two weeks and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports…

  3. Salvador Perez out 3-4 months after knee surgery; Royals interested in Ivan Rodriguez?

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    So much for Salvador Perez only missing a few weeks. Perez underwent his scheduled knee surgery today and the Royals announced afterward that he’s expected to be out for 12-14 weeks, which would mean a mid-June return at the earliest. In other words, there’s a strong chance the 21-year-old catcher will miss the entire first…

  4. Joe Magrane’s daughter voted off “American Idol”

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    shannon magrane

    Shannon Magrane advanced to the final 13 of “American Idol,” but the 16-year-old daughter of former big-league pitcher Joe Magrane was voted off the singing competition last night. Magrane finished in 11th place and her dad made several appearances on the show, thanks in part to his celebrity and in part to Steven Tyler saying…

  5. Chien-Ming Wang unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    The good news for Chien-Ming Wang is that what initially looked like a serious leg injury suffered during yesterday’s game turned out to be merely a strained hamstring. The bad news is that manager Davey Johnson said today that he expects Wang to be out of action for “a couple weeks minimum.” That will make…

  6. How close was Carlos Beltran to signing with the Red Sox?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran was linked to the Red Sox prior to signing with the Cardinals, but today the veteran outfielder explained to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal why he didn’t end up in Boston: I did feel that it was going to be a good fit for me. We talked a little bit, and they…

  7. Ervin Santana plays catch after being struck by line drive

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    Ervin Santana played catch yesterday after being hit on the shoulder by an Alexi Ramirez line drive Wednesday, telling Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times that “it’s better than I thought” and “I can move it and anything.” For now the Angels are leaving open the possibility that Santana won’t even miss a turn…

  8. End of the line for D-Train? Phillies release Dontrelle Willis

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    Last week after an ugly appearance Dontrelle Willis described his performance as “horse[bleep]” and it turns out the Phillies apparently agreed, releasing the veteran left-hander today. Willis signed a one-year, $850,000 deal in December and was expected to serve as a situational southpaw out of the bullpen after shutting down lefty bats in 2011, but…

  9. Giancarlo Stanton “will be out at least for another week”

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton is sidelined by a knee injury now in addition to his sore wrist, and Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that he “will be out at least for another week” after being diagnosed with inflammation. Stanton underwent an MRI exam yesterday and the Marlins are saying the injury isn’t major, but Stanton…

  10. Giancarlo Stanton has a knee injury now too

    Mar 15, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    stanton with trainer getty

    Giancarlo Stanton has been out of the Marlins’ lineup since being hit on the wrist by a pitch Sunday and today manager Ozzie Guillen revealed that he’s also dealing with a knee injury. X-rays on Stanton’s wrist were negative and there’s no indication that the knee problems are major, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports…

  11. Ryan Madson’s elbow “is pretty close to 100 percent”

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Sidelined early in camp by what manager Dusty Baker called “a little irritation in his arm,” Ryan Madson has been cleared for game action. Madson was officially diagnosed with elbow inflammation, but told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it’s pretty close to 100 percent right now.” Groeschen reports that Madson threw a 30-pitch…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Poor Chien-Ming Wang. After missing most of the past two seasons following shoulder surgery the 31-year-old right-hander was finally healthy and actually drawing positive reviews for his velocity and stuff early in Nationals camp. And then he fell while trying to make a play defensively in the third inning of today’s start. Initially reports sounded…

  13. Joe Maddon and 70 other Rays shave their heads for charity

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe maddon haircut

    Not only did Joe Maddon shave his head today as promised, the manager convinced a total of 70 other members of the Rays organization to join him in the name of charity. Everyone from Evan Longoria and David Price to owner Stu Sternberg and executive vice president Andrew Friedman got in on the action, raising…

  14. Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers lineup after injuring heel

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    hamilton head getty

    The heel injury that forced Josh Hamilton from yesterday’s game is apparently very minor, as the former MVP is already back in the Rangers’ lineup today. Given his health history the Rangers would presumably play it very safe with Hamilton if they felt the injury was anything serious, so it says something that he’s in…

  15. Dallas Braden will not travel to Japan for A’s opening series

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    This season officially begins later this month when the A’s play a two-game series against the Mariners in Japan, but left-hander Dallas Braden will not make the trip with the team as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Braden threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, but told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  16. Royals agree to long-term contract with Alcides Escobar

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    alcides-escobar-royals-spring

    Alcides Escobar and the Royals have agreed to a four-year contract that includes team options for 2016 and 2017, the team announced. Escobar is just 25 years old and not even eligible for arbitration yet after being acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade last offseason, so the four-year contract simply buys out…

  17. Luke Scott won’t play any defense during spring training

    Mar 15, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Luke Scott is coming back from shoulder surgery and Rays manager Joe Maddon said today that he won’t play the field at all during spring training, sticking strictly to designated hitter duties. That isn’t such a big deal, as Scott is slated to be the Rays’ regular DH, but it does indicate that he’s not…

  18. Scott Baker’s elbow again has the Twins worried

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Last season Scott Baker made just four starts in the second half, including zero after August 8, spending two stints on the disabled list because of elbow problems that once again have the Twins worried this spring. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Baker’s “inability to get loose in a B game…

  19. Anibal Sanchez makes spring debut, says shoulder problems are “no big deal”

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez was sidelined by shoulder problems early in camp, but made his spring training debut yesterday and said afterward that he felt fine. Sanchez’s history of shoulder problems, including surgery as a minor leaguer, make any issues in that area a bigger concern than usual, but he tossed two scoreless innings against the Rays…

  20. Freddy Garcia leaves start after taking comebacker off hand

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative. ========== Freddy Garcia walked off the mound and into the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his right hand in the fourth inning of this afternoon’s start. Garcia tried to field the ball hit by Edwin Encarnacion and then immediately exited. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that…

  21. Nick Markakis makes spring debut, says “it was fine”

    Mar 14, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis made his spring training debut today after having abdominal surgery in January, going 0-for-2 with a walk as the Orioles’ designated hitter. Afterward he told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that “it was fine” and “I was just happy to get out there and get some at bats and start this thing…

  22. Diamondbacks still not looking to trade benched Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    parra getty

    From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him. Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested…

  23. Greg Dobbs diagnosed with partially torn hamstring

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Greg Dobbs

    Greg Dobbs has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring, jeopardizing the veteran bench player’s odds of beginning the season on the Marlins’ active roster. Dobbs re-signed with the Marlins in January, getting $3 million for two seasons after hitting .275 with eight homers and a .701 OPS in 439 plate appearances last year.…

  24. Flipped car, DUI arrest result in one-week suspension for Mets bullpen catcher

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    eric lanhill dui

    Earlier this week Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was charged with a DUI after crashing into a street sign and flipping his Honda Accord following some drinks at a bowling alley. Today the Mets suspended him without pay for seven days. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Langill, who spent seven seasons in…

  25. Indians restructure Fausto Carmona’s contract amid false identity charges

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Fausto Carmona agreed to participate in a work program in exchange for false identity charges being dropped in the Dominican Republic, but the story is hardly over. Carmona has yet to receive clearance for a visa and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the man now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia has agreed to have…

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