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  1. Ryan Madson’s elbow “is pretty close to 100 percent”

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Sidelined early in camp by what manager Dusty Baker called “a little irritation in his arm,” Ryan Madson has been cleared for game action. Madson was officially diagnosed with elbow inflammation, but told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it’s pretty close to 100 percent right now.” Groeschen reports that Madson threw a 30-pitch…

  2. Chien-Ming Wang leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Poor Chien-Ming Wang. After missing most of the past two seasons following shoulder surgery the 31-year-old right-hander was finally healthy and actually drawing positive reviews for his velocity and stuff early in Nationals camp. And then he fell while trying to make a play defensively in the third inning of today’s start. Initially reports sounded…

  3. Joe Maddon and 70 other Rays shave their heads for charity

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe maddon haircut

    Not only did Joe Maddon shave his head today as promised, the manager convinced a total of 70 other members of the Rays organization to join him in the name of charity. Everyone from Evan Longoria and David Price to owner Stu Sternberg and executive vice president Andrew Friedman got in on the action, raising…

  4. Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers lineup after injuring heel

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    hamilton head getty

    The heel injury that forced Josh Hamilton from yesterday’s game is apparently very minor, as the former MVP is already back in the Rangers’ lineup today. Given his health history the Rangers would presumably play it very safe with Hamilton if they felt the injury was anything serious, so it says something that he’s in…

  5. Dallas Braden will not travel to Japan for A’s opening series

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    This season officially begins later this month when the A’s play a two-game series against the Mariners in Japan, but left-hander Dallas Braden will not make the trip with the team as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Braden threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, but told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  6. Royals agree to long-term contract with Alcides Escobar

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    alcides-escobar-royals-spring

    Alcides Escobar and the Royals have agreed to a four-year contract that includes team options for 2016 and 2017, the team announced. Escobar is just 25 years old and not even eligible for arbitration yet after being acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade last offseason, so the four-year contract simply buys out…

  7. Luke Scott won’t play any defense during spring training

    Mar 15, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Luke Scott is coming back from shoulder surgery and Rays manager Joe Maddon said today that he won’t play the field at all during spring training, sticking strictly to designated hitter duties. That isn’t such a big deal, as Scott is slated to be the Rays’ regular DH, but it does indicate that he’s not…

  8. Scott Baker’s elbow again has the Twins worried

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Last season Scott Baker made just four starts in the second half, including zero after August 8, spending two stints on the disabled list because of elbow problems that once again have the Twins worried this spring. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Baker’s “inability to get loose in a B game…

  9. Anibal Sanchez makes spring debut, says shoulder problems are “no big deal”

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez was sidelined by shoulder problems early in camp, but made his spring training debut yesterday and said afterward that he felt fine. Sanchez’s history of shoulder problems, including surgery as a minor leaguer, make any issues in that area a bigger concern than usual, but he tossed two scoreless innings against the Rays…

  10. Freddy Garcia leaves start after taking comebacker off hand

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative. ========== Freddy Garcia walked off the mound and into the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his right hand in the fourth inning of this afternoon’s start. Garcia tried to field the ball hit by Edwin Encarnacion and then immediately exited. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that…

  11. Nick Markakis makes spring debut, says “it was fine”

    Mar 14, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis made his spring training debut today after having abdominal surgery in January, going 0-for-2 with a walk as the Orioles’ designated hitter. Afterward he told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that “it was fine” and “I was just happy to get out there and get some at bats and start this thing…

  12. Diamondbacks still not looking to trade benched Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    parra getty

    From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him. Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested…

  13. Greg Dobbs diagnosed with partially torn hamstring

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Greg Dobbs

    Greg Dobbs has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring, jeopardizing the veteran bench player’s odds of beginning the season on the Marlins’ active roster. Dobbs re-signed with the Marlins in January, getting $3 million for two seasons after hitting .275 with eight homers and a .701 OPS in 439 plate appearances last year.…

  14. Flipped car, DUI arrest result in one-week suspension for Mets bullpen catcher

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    eric lanhill dui

    Earlier this week Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was charged with a DUI after crashing into a street sign and flipping his Honda Accord following some drinks at a bowling alley. Today the Mets suspended him without pay for seven days. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Langill, who spent seven seasons in…

  15. Indians restructure Fausto Carmona’s contract amid false identity charges

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Fausto Carmona agreed to participate in a work program in exchange for false identity charges being dropped in the Dominican Republic, but the story is hardly over. Carmona has yet to receive clearance for a visa and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the man now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia has agreed to have…

  16. Back from injury, Felix Pie returns to lineup … on Pi Day

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    pi day

    Today is national Pi Day–not to be confused with “cake or pie?” day, which is every day here at HBT–so it’s only fitting that Felix Pie is returning to the Indians’ lineup after crashing into the outfield wall over the weekend. And yes, I know in this case “Pie” isn’t pronounced like “pie” or “pi”…

  17. Back injury puts Taylor Teagarden’s status for Opening Day “in jeopardy”

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles Photo Day

    Taylor Teagarden is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after being diagnosed with a slight ligament tear in his lower back. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that the injury is less severe than it sounds, but also admitted that Teagarden’s status for Opening Day “is in jeopardy.” Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Teagarden got…

  18. GM says Nationals “are not actively shopping” John Lannan

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported earlier this week that John Lannan is a strong candidate to be traded before Opening Day, naming the Red Sox, Tigers, and Astros are teams interested in the Nationals left-hander. Today general manager Mike Rizzo responded to that report, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that the Nationals have…

  19. Gavin Floyd on trade rumors: “It’s a good thing in a way … teams want you”

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Trade rumors swirled around Gavin Floyd all offseason as the White Sox shed various veterans in rebuilding mode and have picked up again with a report that the Blue Jays are interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Floyd tossed four innings of one-run ball yesterday and then responded to questions from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  20. Rays catcher Robinson Chirinos suffers concussion

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chirinos_Robinson

    Things have been rough for Robinson Chirinos since the season ended. First the 27-year-old Rays catcher broke his hand playing winter ball and now he’s sidelined for at least the next few days after suffering a concussion from a foul tip to the mask on Monday. Chirinos was acquired from the Cubs last winter in…

  21. Astros sign A’s castoff Landon Powell to minor league deal

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Powell_Landon

    Released by the A’s last week, Landon Powell has signed with the Astros on a minor-league contract. Houston was in the market for some catching depth because of Humberto Quintero‘s back problems, although with Jason Castro coming back from a lost season and veteran Chris Snyder signed as a free agent odds are Powell will…

  22. Chris Denorfia may not be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    chris-denorfia-padres

    Chris Denorfia has yet to play a spring training game because of a lower back injury and manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that the Padres are worried he won’t have enough to time be ready for Opening Day. There is a little concern. He’s not progressing to the…

  23. Erick Aybar’s agent to talk contract extension with Angels

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    erick aybar ap

    Back in January the Angels were said to be interested in long-term contract extensions with impending free agent middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. They got a deal done with Kendrick, signing the second baseman for $33.5 million over four years, but talks with Aybar have stalled. Until now perhaps, as Mark Saxon of…

  24. Michael Wuertz to hold tryout for teams next week

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Wuertz_Michael

    Michael Wuertz is one of the few intriguing pitchers still left unsigned and his lengthy injury history has no doubt scared teams off, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the reliever will hold a tryout next week. According to Wolfson the Twins are among the teams expected to attend, which makes sense because they…

  25. Chipper Jones was just kidding about the “I don’t know if I can make it through this year” stuff

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones made headlines yesterday for his “I don’t know if I can make it through this year” quote, but not surprisingly he clarified those comments today and made it very clear that he was just kidding around: Unfortunately, I said it around two guys who don’t know me very well and they didn’t realize…

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