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  1. David Robertson diagnosed with bone bruise after fall

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    ALCS Angels Yankees Baseball

    New York feared for the worst when David Robertson injured his right foot while falling down the stairs, but the Yankees got some good news after further testing. According to manager Joe Girardi the reliever has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and will be in a walking boot through the weekend, but may be…

  2. Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt passes away

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Harry Wendelstedt, who was an MLB umpire for more than 30 years before retiring in 1998, passed away today at age 73. Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series, four All-Star games, and a record-tying five no-hitters, was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago. The accompanying photo shows Wendelstedt with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt,…

  3. Mike Trout is “feeling weak and feverish with no appetite” and has lost 10 pounds

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Last month manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Mike Trout is likely bound for Triple-A, but the 20-year-old outfielder hasn’t even been able to fight for an Opening Day job because of a flu virus. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Trout has lost 10 pounds from “feeling weak and feverish with no…

  4. A’s release catcher Landon Powell, eat $100,000

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Landon Powell spent parts of the past three seasons with the A’s and avoided arbitration in December with a one-year, $620,000 contract, but this morning Oakland released the 30-year-old catcher. Powell hasn’t hit in the majors, batting just .207 with a .612 OPS in 123 games, and the 2004 first-round pick hasn’t even been particularly…

  5. DNA test for paternity case shows David Ortiz is not the father of 17-year-old

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Dionisio Soldevila of the Dominican newspaper Hoy reports that David Ortiz took a DNA test as part of a paternity case and the results showed that he’s not the father of a 17-year-old boy. Ortiz claims to have never met the child’s mother and the test revealed a 0.0 percent chance of him being the…

  6. Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers camp after being checked for heart palpitations

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    UPDATE: Good news, as Hernandez reports that Jansen is already back in Dodgers camp after going to the hospital and “has been cleared to resume workouts.” ========== Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who missed a month after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat last season, has left Dodgers camp to be examined by doctors after experiencing…

  7. Joe Maddon is shaving his head for charity

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Aside from reporting to camp in “The Best Shape Of His Life” shaving your head for charity might be the biggest trend of spring training this year. Jose Reyes did it first, live on MLB Network no less, and then Josh Johnson did it with considerably less fanfare. And now Rays manager Joe Maddon is…

  8. Domonic Brown to return from thumb injury next week

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Domonic Brown is hoping to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup next week after an MRI exam showed only inflammation in his injured thumb, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Brown has been diagnosed with a sprain after suffering the injury attempting a diving catch earlier this week, but Gelb notes that “much of the…

  9. Rangers won’t show clip of Nolan Ryan beating up Robin Ventura when White Sox are in town

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Robin Ventura is the White Sox’s manager now and not just an underrated former All-Star third baseman who once got put in a headlock and punched by Nolan Ryan, so the Rangers have decided to change their usual routine in the name of showing him more respect. Instead of regularly playing the 1993 clip of…

  10. Jon Heyman still trying to sell Johnny Damon to Orioles

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Earlier this week Jon Heyman’s ongoing efforts to land Johnny Damon a job led to his reporting that the Orioles “haven’t ruled out” signing him, but yesterday Baltimore executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and replied “I don’t think so” when asked about the possibility. That hasn’t stopped Heyman one bit or even slowed him…

  11. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with neck injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Monday and has left Cardinals camp to get a second opinion on his injured neck, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that the Cardinals have “remained intentionally vague about Carpenter’s timetable after initially suggesting he would miss one Grapefruit League start.” Carpenter…

  12. David Price injured his neck while wiping his head with a towel … again

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    David Price had to leave today’s start after two innings because he injured his neck while toweling off his head in the dugout. Seriously. And that’s not even the most bizarre part of the story, because as Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune writes Price has done this before. Several times, in fact: It was…

  13. Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    ALCS Angels Yankees Baseball

    UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.” ========== David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.…

  14. Bill Bray’s groin injury could send Aroldis Chapman back to the Reds’ bullpen

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Bill Bray had to cut a bullpen session short after aggravating a groin injury and if he’s unavailable for Opening Day the Reds may shift Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen. All offseason the Reds talked about stretching out Chapman for a potential move to the rotation, but they have plenty of starter depth even…

  15. HBT-endorsed candidate wins spot in MLB Fan Cave

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Last month when MLB announced the final 50 candidates for this year’s “Fan Cave” we gave Lindsay Guentzel the official HardballTalk endorsement for the gig, so I’m happy to say that she made the cut as one of nine fans chosen to participate all season long. Lindsay will be joined in New York by Ashley…

  16. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow apologizes to Rangers for “drunken sailors” comment

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    I-am-sorry

    While speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow commented that the Rangers have spent money on the international market like “drunken sailors” recently. Today the GM told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he personally apologized to the Rangers their general manager Jon Daniels: I reached out to…

  17. Jonathan Papelbon: Phillies fans “tend to know the game a little better” than Red Sox fans

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Papelbon throws in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    Not only is Jonathan Papelbon ditching “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music, now he’s talking about how Phillies fans are better than Red Sox fans. During an interview on 94-WIP in Philadelphia today Papelbon said: The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes…

  18. Anibal Sanchez is having shoulder problems again

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Anibal Sanchez has yet to make his spring training debut because of a shoulder injury and manager Ozzie Guillen said today that it’ll probably be a while before the right-hander is cleared for game action. “We’re not going to put a guy out there just because,” Guillen told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “When…

  19. Domonic Brown headed for MRI exam on sprained thumb

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Domonic Brown injured his right thumb diving for a ball in the outfield earlier this week and now he’s headed for an MRI exam. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the initial diagnosis is a sprained thumb, but the Phillies will have a better idea about his recovery timetable once the MRI results are in.…

  20. Jonathan Papelbon ditches “Shipping Up To Boston” as entrance song

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    There was some confusion earlier this week regarding statements the Dropkick Murphys made about whether or not they wanted Jonathan Papelbon to continue using their song “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music now that he’s pitching in Philadelphia. Turns out, it was a moot point. Papelbon told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’s…

  21. Orioles laugh at Jon Heyman’s report that they “haven’t ruled out” signing Johnny Damon

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and then replied “I don’t think so” when asked about Heyman’s report that they “haven’t ruled out” signing Damon. Shocking. ========== Remember last month, when we had a post about how Jon Heyman was trying his best to get Johnny Damon a…

  22. Pirates send No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole to minor league camp

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Gerrit Cole’s first taste of big-league camp is over, as the Pirates reassigned last year’s No. 1 overall pick to the minor-league side of spring training this morning. Cole is 21 years old and has yet to officially pitch in the minors, so the move is anything but a surprise. He appeared in a couple…

  23. Adam Moore breaks wrist after missing last season with knee injury

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Mariners catcher Adam Moore, a former top prospect who missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury suffered in his second game, broke his right wrist Tuesday when a ball in the dirt struck his throwing hand. There’s no word yet on how long the Mariners expect Moore to be sidelined, but he’s…

  24. Twins ink Glen Perkins to three-year, $10.3 million extension

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota and reliever Glen Perkins have agreed to a three-year, $10.3 million contract extension that includes a team option for 2016. Perkins, who avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.55 million deal this season, was under team control via arbitration again for 2013 and then would have been a free agent. By signing him the Twins…

  25. Dontrelle Willis is hurting and “horse(bleep)”

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

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

    Dontrelle Willis struggled today in his second appearance of spring training, allowing four runs, and afterward told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I was horse[bleep].” Willis also indicated that he was pitching through some arm fatigue–which isn’t a great sign so early in camp–and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’ll be “checked out”…

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