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  1. Orioles remove struggling Brian Matusz from rotation because “he can’t defend himself properly”

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    matusz wide getty

    As of yesterday afternoon the Orioles weren’t sure what to do with Brian Matusz, but they’ve now decided to bump the struggling left-hander from the rotation and have him work exclusively out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Matusz has followed up an impressive rookie season by going 1-7 with a 9.84…

  2. Rajai Davis shut down for year after hamstring injury setback

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis watches his two run double during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have shut down outfielder Rajai Davis for the remainder of the season after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Toronto acquired Davis from the A’s in November and then signed him to a two-year, $5.75 million contract hoping that he’d get on…

  3. A’s lose Jason Rice on waivers to Indians five days after trading Conor Jackson for him

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Jason Rice

    Last week the A’s traded Conor Jackson to the Red Sox for Triple-A reliever Jason Rice and now five days later they lost Rice on waivers to the Indians for nothing. He’s hardly an impact prospect, but it still seems odd to trade for someone and then immediately waive them. Obviously the A’s were hoping…

  4. Blue Jays recall Kyle Drabek from Triple-A despite 7.44 ERA

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kyle Drabek pitching

    Kyle Drabek’s rookie season got off to a great start, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball on April 2, but the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 6.17 ERA in his next 13 outings and was demoted to Triple-A in mid-June. Drabek was even worse at Triple-A, throwing 75 innings with a ghastly 7.44 ERA…

  5. With control issues behind him Twins prospect Alex Wimmers finishes season with no-hitter

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    alex wimmers twins

    Twins prospect and 2010 first-round pick Alex Wimmers walked the first six hitters he faced this year, was immediately removed from the Single-A rotation, and spent three months trying to avoid going further down the scary Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path. He rejoined Fort Myers as a reliever and then moved back into the rotation last…

  6. Brian Matusz has a 9.84 ERA and the highest homer rate ever

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz had the shortest start of his miserable season yesterday, recording just four outs while allowing five runs against the Yankees. He threw 176 innings with a 4.30 ERA as a 23-year-old rookie last season, but instead of establishing himself atop the Orioles’ rotation Matusz is 1-7 with a 9.84 ERA in 10 starts…

  7. Ryne Sandberg managed his Triple-A team to the playoffs

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    Ryne Sandberg was the Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 2010, but left the Cubs organization after being passed over for the big-league managerial opening and spent this season managing at Triple-A for the Phillies. Prior to Sandberg’s arrival Lehigh Valley had never finished above .500 since coming into existence in 2008, but…

  8. Will the Cubs give Triple-A MVP Bryan LaHair a chance?

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Bryan LaHair was called up from Triple-A after rosters expanded on September 1 and has gone 3-for-8 with a double through his first two starts, but will the Cubs give an extended opportunity to the 29-year-old Pacific Coast League MVP? LaHair started in left field Sunday and at first base yesterday, but with Alfonso Soriano…

  9. Punchless, unraveling Twins fall into last place

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer

    It might have been the low point of the Twins’ season had they been no-hit by Zach Stewart last night, but … well, I’ve lost count of low points by now. Instead they merely lost both ends of a doubleheader to their biggest rival while scoring one total run, losing to Johan Santana trade castoff…

  10. Rod Barajas “definitely” wants to re-sign with the Dodgers

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    This season hasn’t been much fun for anyone involved with the Dodgers, but Rod Barajas has enjoyed his time in Los Angeles so much that the impending free agent catcher wants to re-sign. “This is definitely a place I never want to leave,” Barajas told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. “If I could…

  11. Josh Johnson blames “tall man’s syndrome” for arm injuries

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    After months of false starts and setbacks Josh Johnson was finally shut down for the season a few days ago, meaning he ended up missing the final 120 games of the year with a shoulder injury that is still described as merely “inflammation.” Johnson has a long history of arm problems, limiting one of the…

  12. Johan Santana still hoping to pitch for Mets this season

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    Setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery ruined Johan Santana‘s plans to join the Mets by mid-August, but the two-time Cy Young winner is still holding out some hope of pitching in the majors before the end of the season. Santana resumed his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday at Single-A with two innings of one-run ball…

  13. Jimmy Rollins not ready to return from groin injury

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explained yesterday that the shortstop isn’t ready to return from his groin injury. “I think it’s going to be a day-to-day thing as to when he’s going to be ready and ready to go, but he’s getting closer,”…

  14. Hideki Okajima thinking retirement or return to Japan after spending season in minors

    Sep 5, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima has spent nearly the entire season at Triple-A despite signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Red Sox and the 35-year-old left-hander told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that he’s thinking about retiring or going back to Japan. Okajima had three straight seasons with a sub-3.50 ERA setting up Jonathan Papelbon,…

  15. James Shields is first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to throw 11 complete games

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    James Shields

    James Shields threw his 11th complete game this afternoon, holding the Rangers to one run on four hits in a 4-1 victory. Not only does Shields lead MLB in complete games ahead of second-place Roy Halladay with seven, he’s the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1999 to throw 11 or more complete games in…

  16. Phillies activate Joe Blanton from DL for bullpen role

    Sep 5, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton is back slightly earlier than expected, as the Phillies activated him from the disabled list following just one minor-league rehab outing. Blanton has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury and won’t rejoin the rotation, instead filling a low-leverage bullpen role for now. Blanton has made just five relief appearances in eight…

  17. What took so long? Jesus Montero homers twice for Yankees in fourth career game

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero is progressing pretty nicely for the Yankees. He went hitless in his debut, collected one hit in his second game, notched two hits in his third game, and homered twice against the Orioles today in his fourth game. Not that there needed to be any more hype surrounding Montero at this point, but…

  18. Carlos Beltran out of Giants lineup with stomach illness

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    beltran scores getty

    Carlos Beltran was finally starting to produce for the Giants, collecting eight hits in his last three games, so naturally he’s been scratched from today’s lineup with what Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News describes as “food poisoning/stomach ailment.” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle called it “a gastric illness,” so I…

  19. Errors pushing Mark Reynolds across the diamond in 2012

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Mark Reynolds committed two errors yesterday to increase his season total to a franchise-record 26 errors at third base and he’s only started 111 games there, which has Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun expecting the Orioles to move him across the diamond to first base next season. Reynolds had been playing mostly first base…

  20. Jerome Williams let the Giants call him “Jeremy” for two years

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams returning to the majors with the Angels for the first time since 2007 is a pretty interesting story, but Sam Miller of the Orange County Register investigated something about the one-time Giants prospect that’s even more interesting. Apparently when Williams first arrived in the big leagues as a 21-year-old rookie in 2003 the…

  21. Bobby Jenks done for the season, Erik Bedard skipping start

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched since July 7 because of a back injury and manager Terry Francona told reporters this morning that the big right-hander is unlikely to return this season. This is Jenks’ third disabled list stint of the season and he allowed 12 runs in 16 innings in between the injuries, so the Red…

  22. Grady Sizemore batting leadoff in return from disabled list

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore is back from the disabled list following a brief minor-league rehab assignment and in the Indians’ lineup today for the first time since July 17, leading off against the Tigers. Sizemore was initially placed on the DL with a right knee contusion and then underwent sports hernia surgery while sidelined, missing a total…

  23. Is career-high workload catching up to Jered Weaver?

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Jered Weaver has turned in back-to-back ugly starts, allowing 13 runs in 11 innings while his ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.49, but manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “his arm feels good” and there are no physical issues to blame. Weaver is on pace for a career-high 238…

  24. Andrew McCutchen likely out several games with hand injury

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Andrew McCutchen exited today’s game against the Cubs after being plunked on the left hand by a Ryan Dempster pitch. The good news is that doctors examined the injury and found no fractures, so he’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise. The bad news is that he’s all but ruled out for tomorrow’s game and…

  25. Al Alburquerque cleared to resume pitching after concussion

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    Al Alburquerque has been cleared to resume pitching and is expected to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment nearly a month after the Tigers reliever suffered a concussion when he was struck by a ball during batting practice. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Alburquerque will pitch Saturday at Triple-A and possibly again Monday, which…

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