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  1. Adrian Beltre on Grade 1 hamstring strain: “I’m a quick healer”

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Adrian Beltre was placed on the disabled list over the weekend after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain running the bases, but the Rangers third baseman said yesterday that he expects to spend the minimum 15 days on the shelf. Ron Washington expressed some doubt about Beltre’s ability to return that quickly, telling T.R. Sullivan…

  2. Mets send Angel Pagan for bloodwork to evaluate dizziness

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Angel Pagan initially deemed himself fine after leaving yesterday’s game in the fifth inning with dizziness, blaming things on dehydration, but he’s out of the lineup tonight and the Mets have sent him to undergo bloodwork to determine the cause. Pagan described how he was feeling to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com: I was in…

  3. Picture(s) of the Day: Alex Rodriguez has his hands full

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez is expected to return from knee surgery in mid-August, but in the meantime he’s staying busy on the disabled list by keeping his hands full with girlfriend Cameron Diaz and grocery shopping:

  4. Chipper Jones back from DL and batting third for Braves

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones is back from the disabled list after sitting out three weeks following minor knee surgery. Jones went 1-for-3 with two walks during a two-game rehab assignment at Single-A and returns to the Braves’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter against right-hander James McDonald and the Pirates tonight. Jones made the All-Star team despite…

  5. Ian Stewart is now “an afterthought” in the Rockies’ plans

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    ian stewart rockies

    Once upon a time Ian Stewart looked like one of the Rockies’ long-term building blocks, going from 2003 first-round pick and top-ranked prospect to starting third baseman for the past three seasons. Then he got off to a slow start this year, the Rockies demoted him to Triple-A for two months, and even now that…

  6. Nationals have talked to Twins about outfielder Denard Span

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Twins center fielder Denard Span “is high on the Nationals’ list of targets” and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds further that the two sides “have talked.” Minnesota is deep in outfielders throughout the organization and have Ben Revere as a potential replacement in center field, but he’s…

  7. Pedro Alvarez back with Pirates after hitting .365 at Triple-A

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a quadriceps injury and then demoted to Triple-A once healthy last month, Pedro Alvarez is back in the majors thanks to the Pirates putting outfielder Alex Presley on the DL. Just last week manager Clint Hurdle indicated that recalling Alvarez wasn’t in the team’s immediate plans and…

  8. Placido Polanco slated to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Those injections last week much have done their job, because Placido Polanco told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News that he expects to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Polanco, who’s been out since July 5 with back problems that have plagued him for much of the season, is scheduled to spend just a…

  9. Ozzie Guillen: “Are people in Chicago getting tired of talking about Dayan Viciedo?”

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Last week pitching coach Don Cooper hung up on a radio interviewer who asked him why the White Sox hadn’t called up Dayan Viciedo and yesterday manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn’t see a need to promote the prospect from Triple-A yet. Here’s what Guillen told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune: Are people in…

  10. Alex Rodriguez on track for mid-August return from surgery

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez‘s recovery from July 11 knee surgery is going as planned, with general manager Brian Cashman saying yesterday that the Yankees third baseman is on track to return as soon as “the second week of August.” Rodriguez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but Cashman indicated that even a mid-August return would involve…

  11. Koji Uehara drawing interest from Rangers, Twins, Tigers, and Pirates

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun “there’s growing speculation that Koji Uehara will be moved before the July 31 trade deadline” and the Rangers, Twins, Tigers, and Pirates are among the teams to express interest in the Orioles reliever. Uehara has quietly been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball since moving…

  12. Cancel that plan: No rehab start for Johan Santana this week

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    As of last week Johan Santana appeared to be on track to return from shoulder surgery with a minor-league rehab start Wednesday, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that those plans have changed. General manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that Santana will instead throw another simulated game at the Mets’ complex in Florida,…

  13. “At least four teams are zeroing in on” Kosuke Fukudome

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    Kosuke Fukudome‘s four-year, $48 million contract comes to an end in 60 games, but it sounds like the disappointing outfielder may not be in Chicago when that happens. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that “at least four teams are zeroing in on” Fukudome as a trade target and presumably even Cubs general manager Jim…

  14. Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum fractures finger

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    geoff-blum-diamondbacks

    Less than two weeks after coming off the disabled list Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum is headed back to the shelf. Blum, who missed the entire first half following knee surgery and has played just seven games all season, suffered a fractured right pinkie finger yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for at least…

  15. Nationals activating Chien-Ming Wang for first start since 2009

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang‘s rehab outing didn’t go very well yesterday, as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings at Triple-A, but the Nationals have decided he’s ready for the big leagues anyway. Or, more accurately, Wang’s rehab stint will reach the 30-day maximum Wednesday and unless a new injury is found the Nationals…

  16. Johan Santana could be cleared for rehab start next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana is about 10 months removed from shoulder surgery and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he might be ready for a return to game action in the minors. Santana threw a three-inning simulated game today and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, at which point the Mets could clear…

  17. After two years off and numerous setbacks, Brandon Webb needs another shoulder surgery

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Webb_Brandon

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009, undergoing shoulder surgery that August and experiencing multiple setbacks on the road to recovery. And now he’s going under the knife again, with Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reporting that the former Cy Young winner will have rotator cuff surgery on August 1.…

  18. Luke Scott comes off DL, will play through torn shoulder again

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Atlanta Braves

    Hitting two homers in a Double-A game yesterday apparently convinced the Orioles that Luke Scott was done resting and rehabbing his shoulder injury, because he’s off the disabled list and back in the lineup for tonight’s game. Scott performed horribly while trying to play through a partially torn labrum, hitting .187 in a 35-game stretch…

  19. Fractured back healed, David Wright returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    For the first time since May 15 the Mets will have David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran in the lineup together, with Wright coming off the disabled list after missing the past 58 games with a stress fracture in his lower back. And they may not have more a week together, with Beltran seemingly…

  20. After one week off, Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Mike Quade just announced that Carlos Marmol is back to being the Cubs’ closer, meaning his break/demotion from the role lasted all of a week and included just one non-closer appearance. Marmol walked two batters in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Monday, but also recorded two strikeouts after failing to strike out a…

  21. Report: Pat Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs”

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    Earlier this week Chicago radio station WSCR-670 (and later the Chicago Tribune) reported that the Cubs had talked to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick about taking a potential role with the team. The next day Cubs president Tom Ricketts denied having any talks with Gillick, saying: “Reports of a conversation are unfounded.” And now…

  22. Phillies activate Brad Lidge from DL, drop Danys Baez

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Phillies have activated Brad Lidge from the disabled list after the former closer missed the first 97 games of the season with shoulder and elbow problems. To make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Lidge they designated Danys Baez for assignment, which is a move that’s been a long…

  23. Edward Mujica would take over as the Marlins’ closer if Leo Nunez is traded

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Marlins closer Leo Nunez has been the subject of numerous trade rumors as the team contemplates cashing in a good but not great reliever whose value is inflated by his save total. If they do end up moving Nunez before the July 31 trade deadline manager Jack McKeon told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  24. Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury, but yesterday manager Joe Girardi told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’ll “probably” be cleared to come off the disabled list by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before the injury, but turned in five straight…

  25. Kyle Lohse cleared to make next start despite finger injury

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    Kyle Lohse has been cleared to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday after leaving the Cardinals to have his injured right index finger examined by team doctors in St. Louis yesterday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so Lohse has been placed…

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