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  1. Cubs GM denies having agreement with Jorge Soler, calls rumors “completely bogus”

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    bogus journey

    It’s been six weeks since Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs were going to sign Cuban defector Jorge Soler, yet the 19-year-old outfielder remains unsigned and still hasn’t even officially been granted free agent status. And today Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com not to believe…

  2. Cardinals have “no timetable” for Skip Schumaker’s return

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker underwent further testing after being diagnosed with a torn oblique muscle earlier this week and it doesn’t sound like the Cardinals should expect him back anytime soon. “There’s no timetable,” Schumaker told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “They just know there’s a significant injury in there. I kind of knew…

  3. Twins send Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    When the Twins selected Terry Doyle with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 draft it seemed like an odd choice because the 25-year-old right-hander had yet to even pitch at Triple-A and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about his track record or raw stuff. Afterward the Twins talked about how impressed they were…

  4. Jeff Francis won’t opt out of minor-league deal with Reds

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    As part of his minor-league contract with the Reds left-hander Jeff Francis the ability to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 28, but that won’t be happening. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his odds of securing a spot in the Reds’ rotation…

  5. Kevin Millwood beats out Hisashi Iwakuma for final spot in Mariners’ rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    kevin millwood getty

    Manager Eric Wedge announced today that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will be joined in the Mariners’ rotation by Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan, and Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal in January after spending the end of last season with the Rockies and the 37-year-old beat out Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma for the fifth…

  6. Corey Hart has a headache and eight stitches after being “whacked on the head” lifting weights

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    Corey Hart is making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but now he has another issue to deal with. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Hart “got whacked on head by the bar while lifting weights and got eight stitches.” There’s no indication that it’s anything serious, although Hart did…

  7. Rangers don’t want Yu Darvish facing the Angels in a spring training game

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    This certainly isn’t unheard of, but it’s still interesting. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday instead of facing the Angels in a big-league game because the Rangers want to avoid giving their AL West rivals a look at their new ace. Manager Ron Washington told Sullivan…

  8. Second opinion confirms Joakim Soria’s ligament damage, Tommy John surgery looms

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria moved one step closer to Tommy John surgery, as a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the initial diagnosis of a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Soria is “taking a few days off to consider options” following the second opinion, but adds that surgery…

  9. Allen Craig returns from surgery to hit in minor-league game

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Chris Carpenter‘s setback is the biggest story in Cardinals camp, but they did get some good news yesterday as Allen Craig returned from knee surgery to play in a minor-league game. It was Craig’s first action since Game 7 of the World Series, although he was limited strictly to hitting and didn’t run or play…

  10. B.J. Upton still sore from collision, sctratched from lineup

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    B.J. Upton returned from last week’s outfield collision with Desmond Jennings to play in a minor-league game yesterday and was slated to make his return to the Rays’ lineup this morning, but those plans were canceled. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Upton “came in a little bit sore” today after going 0-for-2 with a…

  11. Nationals pick Stephen Strasburg as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg was impressive in his five-inning start against the Mets yesterday and today the Nationals announced that he’ll get their Opening Day assignment versus the Cubs. It will be the first Opening Day start for Strasburg, who wasn’t called up until June in 2010 and missed the beginning of last season recovering from Tommy…

  12. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp following setback with neck injury

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    carpenter getty

    Whatever progress Chris Carpenter had made in his recovery from a neck injury has been wiped away, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the veteran right-hander has left Cardinals camp “to be further examined by nerve specialists after experiencing renewed symptoms associated with a bulging cervical disc.” In other words:…

  13. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Trumbo_Mark

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  14. Royals acquire Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois from Astros

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    humberto-quintero-astros

    Kansas City has added a pair of bench players by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Astros for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. Quintero became expendable in Houston with Jason Castro back from injury and veteran Chris Snyder signed this offseason, but his ineptitude offensively…

  15. Padres sign Nick Hundley long term, block prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Nick Hundley and the Padres have agreed to a multi-year contract that covers 2013 and 2014 while including a team option for 2015. Hundley was already signed for $2 million this season and under team control through 2014 via the arbitration process, so the Padres will pre-pay for two seasons of arbitration eligibility in exchange…

  16. Ryan Braun has played through a groin injury for several weeks, but sat out today’s game

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    braun reuters

    Ryan Braun was a late scratch from today’s game with a strained groin and manager Ron Roenicke revealed that the reigning MVP has been playing through the injury for several weeks. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the injury “flared up yesterday after Braun started against the Rangers.” Braun is expected to sit out tomorrow…

  17. Paul Goldschmidt: “I enjoy numbers in the business sense”

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has an interesting article about Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who was a finance major in college and had to pass up a scheduled offseason internship “shadowing a financial investor” after he was called up in August and played into October. And it sure sounds like the 24-year-old first baseman is a…

  18. Reid Brignac sidelined by “nasty little” foot injury, could miss Opening Day

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    brignac rays

    Reid Brignac will be shut down for at least a few days with what manager Joe Maddon called “a plantar fasciitis kind of a thing” and a “nasty little” foot injury. Maddon indicated to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that the injury could keep Brignac from beginning the season on the active roster,…

  19. B.J. Upton returns from collision, plays in minors game

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton returned to game action six days after being carted off the field following an ugly outfield collision with Desmond Jennings, going 0-for-2 with a walk in a minor-league game today. Upton reported no problems and is expected to play in a major-league game tomorrow against the Yankees, according to Joe Smith of the…

  20. Franklin Gutierrez won’t travel with Mariners to Japan

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    gutierrez ap

    Franklin Gutierrez has recovered enough from a torn pectoral muscle that he’s resumed swinging a bat, but the Mariners center fielder has not been cleared to throw yet and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he won’t accompany the team to Japan later this week. Gutierrez’s best-case scenario is probably a late-April debut,…

  21. Jesse Crain unsure when he’ll return from oblique injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain has been sidelined for more than a week with a strained right oblique muscle and said yesterday that there’s no timetable yet for his return. Crain was able to play catch Monday, but told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that “we haven’t even talked about” when he’ll see game action again and…

  22. Royals move Aaron Crow back to bullpen following Joakim Soria’s elbow injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    So much for Aaron Crow‘s transition from reliever to starter. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have decided to cancel those plans and move Crow back to the bullpen following Joakim Soria‘s elbow injury. Soria was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and might be headed for Tommy John…

  23. Zach Britton seeks second opinion from Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Two

    In news that won’t quell Orioles fans’ fears any, Zach Britton will get a second opinion on his injured shoulder from Dr. James Andrews. Last month Jim Duquette of MLB.com reported that Britton’s injury was lingering longer than initially expected and could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy. Britton immediately tried to downplay…

  24. Kendrys Morales “a little sore” after third game in four days

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    morales getty

    Kendrys Morales is finally making significant progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle. Morales played in a minor-league game yesterday for the third time in four days, afterward telling Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register that his twice-repaired ankle “is a little sore, but I’m fine and will hit again tomorrow.”…

  25. Miguel Cabrera expected to miss “a couple weeks” with fracture under right eye

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    There’s no official word yet from the Tigers regarding Miguel Cabrera‘s health status, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with “a small fracture under his right eye” and is expected to miss “only a couple weeks.” Cabrera also needed eight stitches after being hit near the eye by a Hunter Pence…

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