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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

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

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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”:

  16. Decreased velocity leads to DL stint for Rafael Perez

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. Bill “Moose” Skowron: 1930-2012

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Jose Reyes is taking the night off, but Hanley Ramirez will stay at third base

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez

    Prior to the season Ozzie Guillen said that Hanley Ramirez wouldn’t be asked to shift from third base to shortstop if Jose Reyes was out of the lineup for a short period of time and sure enough the manager is following through with that today. Reyes is taking the night off against the Diamondbacks in…

  20. Andres Torres expected to rejoin Mets on Monday

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Andres Torres

    Barring another setback with his calf injury Andres Torres is slated to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Mets lineup Monday. Before that happens his minor-league rehab assignment will move from Single-A to Triple-A, with Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reporting that he’ll play for Buffalo tonight and tomorrow. Torres’ return will…

  21. Shoulder injury sends Astros starter Kyle Weiland to DL

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Washington Nationals

    Kyle Weiland was going to have his next turn in the rotation skipped anyway, but instead the Astros have placed him on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. Weiland, who was acquired from the Red Sox in the Mark Melancon-for-Jed Lowrie swap in mid-December, went 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in three starts while…

  22. Padres place Micah Owings on DL with strained forearm

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Micah Owings

    Micah Owings went six days between appearances in an effort to heal his sore forearm, pitched 1.2 innings Wednesday, and has now been placed on the disabled list. His injury is officially being called a strained forearm and the Padres called up Dale Thayer from Triple-A to take Owings’ spot on the roster and in…

  23. Ryan Zimmerman to see specialist for shoulder injury

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman‘s shoulder injury showed no improvement after a round of batting practice yesterday, so the Nationals third baseman will be examined by a specialist in Los Angeles. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Zimmerman is expected to get a cortisone shot, which typically knocks players out of action for at least 2-3…

  24. In addition to assault Delmon Young is being charged with a hate crime for “anti-Semitic remarks”

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Not only was “a highly intoxicated” Delmon Young arrested and charged with assault last night in New York, the Detroit Free Press reports that he’s also being charged with an “aggravated harassment hate crime” for what detective Joseph Cavitolo called “anti-Semitic remarks” during the assault. Police told the Free Press that it’s unclear if the…

  25. Delmon Young’s arrest comes on the six-year anniversary of his suspension for throwing bat at umpire

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    According to the New York Post a “highly intoxicated” Delmon Young was arrested and charged with assault late last night/early this morning while in New York to play the Yankees. After reading Craig Calcaterra’s post about the incident one reader tipped me off to the fact that the arrest comes on the six-year anniversary of…

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