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  1. Nelson Cruz out three weeks with Grade 1 hamstring strain

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Cruz will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which won’t do anything to squash the Rangers’ rumored interest in Lance Berkman. ========== Nelson Cruz exited yesterday’s game after straining his left hamstring running out a double, which is…

  2. Brennan Boesch needs thumb surgery, but Tigers hope it can wait until offseason

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch is out of the lineup today for a fifth straight game with a partially torn thumb ligament and trainer Kevin Rand admitted that he’ll need surgery eventually, but the Tigers are putting it off in the hopes he can play again this season. “It’s going to be an issue the rest of the…

  3. Jon Rauch close to returning from emergency appendectomy

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Jon Rauch is on the verge of rejoining the Blue Jays’ bullpen less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Rauch has been cleared to throw a simulated game tomorrow and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday if everything goes well. What role…

  4. Details of Jered Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Jeff Mathis

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Jered Weaver‘s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012: $14 million 2013: $16 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million As part of the contract, which bought out his final season of arbitration and first…

  5. Scott Rolen working his way back from shoulder surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen has already missed five weeks following shoulder surgery that was initially expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks, but the third baseman with a lengthy history of shoulder problems said yesterday that he remains hopeful about playing again this season. Rolen spent the weekend fielding ground balls and taking swings in the batting cage,…

  6. B.J. Upton stays with Rays as deadline for deal passes

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was reportedly claimed off revocable waivers by an undisclosed team, but it’s a moot point now because the 48-hour window for the Rays to make a deal has passed. Tampa Bay pulled him back off waivers, meaning Upton is ineligible to be traded this season. He’s under team control for next season via…

  7. Giants still think Barry Zito is “potentially useful”

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    San Francisco needed to create an opening on the 40-man roster over the weekend, but instead of simply transferring Barry Zito to the 60-day disabled list the Giants designated Double-A pitcher Clayton Tanner for assignment. All of which makes Chris Haft of MLB.com speculate that the Giants “still deemed Zito, who’s recovering from a right…

  8. Nelson Cruz’s hamstring injury could motivate Rangers to pursue Lance Berkman

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    While the Rangers await word on Nelson Cruz‘s latest hamstring injury Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Lance Berkman of the Cardinals would be “their prime target … if the Rangers do go elsewhere for help.” Berkman cleared waivers last week, so the Cardinals are free to trade the 35-year-old outfielder, and…

  9. Jose Reyes is back, but not until Game 2 of doubleheader

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will come off the disabled list today, but not until after the Mets play Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Marlins. Reyes will remain inactive for this afternoon’s game, with Ruben Tejada starting at shortstop, but is expected to be in the lineup for Game 2 tonight. He hasn’t played since August…

  10. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Thursday … in the minors

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg was fantastic Saturday in his fifth minor-league rehab start, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Nationals are resisting the urge to move up his return timetable. MLB rosters expand Wednesday, so the Nationals could easily call up Strasburg and essentially have him replace Jordan Zimmermann in the rotation, but…

  11. Brian Matusz rocked again as ERA rises to 9.07

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz‘s miserable season continued yesterday, as he served up three homers and allowed six runs in 5.1 innings against the Yankees, falling to 1-7 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts. Matusz had a very promising rookie season last year and the 24-year-old left-hander looked like a big part of the Orioles’ long-term plans,…

  12. Finger healed, Freddy Garcia rejoins Yankees rotation

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    freddy-garcia-yankees-spring

    Freddy Garcia never wanted to go on the disabled list in the first place after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident, but now he’s back and starting tonight against the Orioles. Garcia ended up missing 20 days, although he would have rejoined the Yankees’ rotation over the weekend if not for Hurricane Irene. Prior…

  13. Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy leads the NL in wins

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    I’m not much for pitcher wins, as they involve so many factors beyond how well someone pitched, but with Justin Verlander getting all kinds of attention for reaching 20 victories it’s at least worth noting that the NL wins leader is now Ian Kennedy. Kennedy picked up his 17th victory with seven innings of one-run…

  14. Hanley Ramirez set to begin rehab assignment tonight

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    Out since August 3 with a sprained shoulder, Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Ramirez could come off the disabled list and rejoin the Marlins as soon as Monday. Emilio Bonifacio has started all 20 games at shortstop in…

  15. Jim Thome is gone, but the Jim Thome giveaway goes on in Minnesota

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    jim thome toy

    Minnesota traded Jim Thome last night and he’ll be in Cleveland’s lineup tonight, but that won’t stop the Twins from going through with their planned Thome “wind-up walker” giveaway. The first 10,000 fans through the turnstiles at Target Field tonight will receive the toy pictured to the right and the fact that the Twins had…

  16. Heath Bell to remain with Padres as deadline passes without Giants deal

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    San Francisco claimed Heath Bell off revocable waivers, but every indication was that the Giants were highly unlikely to acquire the impending free agent closer from the Padres and now it’s official. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the 48-hour window to work out a trade has passed without a deal, so Bell will stay…

  17. Adrian Beltre is “moving closer” to a rehab assignment

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Last time Adrian Beltre was this close to returning from a hamstring strain he tried to test himself by running the bases and aggravated the injury. Three weeks later he’s feeling good again and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Beltre “is moving closer to a medical rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues.” Beltre took…

  18. Remember when Adrian Gonzalez was in a power slump?

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    As recently as last week Adrian Gonzalez‘s lack of homers was making headlines, with Terry Francona speculating that neck problems were to blame for the power slump, Gonzalez later downplaying that notion, and some people even suggesting that participating in the Home Run Derby was the culprit. Suddenly it’s no longer even an issue. Gonzalez…

  19. Ivan Rodriguez will try another rehab assignment

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Ivan Rodriguez hasn’t played since July 6 due to an oblique injury and the Nationals don’t really have any room for him with Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores splitting time behind the plate, but the future Hall of Famer is determined to play again this season. Steven Miller of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez will begin…

  20. Josh Beckett was almost traded to the Rangers instead of the Red Sox

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett - All-Star

    Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell were traded to the Red Sox in a November of 2005 blockbuster deal that included then-prospects Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez going to the Marlins, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has an interesting article about how Beckett and Lowell were nearly dealt to the Rangers instead. According to Bradford the…

  21. GM says Cardinals will exercise Adam Wainwright’s 2012 and 2013 options

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Adam Wainwright has missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and will enter 2012 as a major question mark, which put the Cardinals in a tough position regarding his 2012 and 2013 options. As part of Wainwright’s contract the Cardinals must decide by the end of this season whether to exercise both future…

  22. Carlos Pena is happy the Cubs didn’t trade him to the Yankees

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Earlier this week Carlos Pena was claimed off revocable waivers by the Yankees, but the 48-hour window to work out a trade came and went without a move and the veteran first baseman is happy to remain with the Cubs. When asked why he wouldn’t want to leave a fifth-place team for a playoff team…

  23. Picture of the Day: “Better Days” at Wrigley Field

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Susan Tedeschi sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field today, which immediately becomes the highlight of the Cubs’ season:

  24. Indians on the verge of acquiring Jim Thome from the Twins

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

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    This morning we learned that the Indians claimed Jim Thome off revocable waivers from the Twins and now Nick Camino of 1100-WTAM in Cleveland reports that the two sides are very close to a deal. Thome would fill the void in the middle of the Indians’ lineup created by Travis Hafner‘s foot injury, which may…

  25. Tommy Hanson leaves Braves to have shoulder re-examined

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson had to cut short his bullpen session Monday because of shoulder pain and now he’s headed back to Atlanta to undergo another MRI exam. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Hanson has already had two MRI exams, with the first one leading to a disabled list stint and cortisone shot…

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