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  1. Report: Phillies are front-runners for Padres relievers Heath Bell or Mike Adams

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    As further evidence that the Phillies have reached “Yankees of the National League” status and will now be linked to every big-name player being shopped, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that “they have been considered frontrunner to land a San Diego reliever.” Heath Bell is the Padres’ closer and biggest name in the bullpen, but…

  2. Marlins owner non-committal about keeping Jack McKeon

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    Jeffrey Loria spoke to the media today for the first time since June and the Marlins owner was non-committal about retaining Jack McKeon as manager beyond this season, saying: We’ll see where we are at the end of the year. There could be a number of candidates but right now Jack is the manager and…

  3. Foot injury sends Pat Burrell to DL, but Giants don’t call up Brandon Belt

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants will place Pat Burrell on the disabled list because of the bone spur in his right foot that’s been a problem for a while now. Brandon Belt is healthy and crushing the ball at Triple-A, hitting .336 with a 1.026 OPS in 39…

  4. Ryan Dempster and Mike Quade are friends again

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs manager Quade smiles with starting pitcher Dempster in Cincinnati

    Ryan Dempster was not happy about Cubs manager Mike Quade pulling him from Saturday’s start after the fifth inning and the two had an extended screaming match, but it sounds like they’ve patched things up. Here’s what Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: Everything is fantastic. I was going to tell you about…

  5. Carlos Zambrano slated to come off disabled list Saturday

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano had a problem-free bullpen session yesterday, clearing the path for him to return from the disabled list when eligible tomorrow against the Marlins. Zambrano has been out since July 1 with a lower back injury, but allowed zero earned runs over four innings in a rehab start last Friday at Single-A and will…

  6. Nationals GM cites “dangerous field conditions” and “safety threat” at high Single-A Potomac

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    ugly lawn

    When the Nationals promoted Bryce Harper from low Single-A to Double-A two weeks ago there was speculation that they decided to have the game’s best prospect skip high Single-A altogether because of the terrible field conditions in Potomoc. Mike Rizzo denied that was the case at the time, but yesterday the general manager issued a…

  7. Fausto Carmona throws simulated game, declares himself “ready to go”

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    carmona hurt ap

    On the disabled list with a quadriceps injury suffered while running the bases two weeks ago, Fausto Carmona threw a three-inning simulated game yesterday and declared himself “ready to go.” He threw 50 pitches and is now on track to return from the disabled list Monday against the Twins, although as Paul Hoynes of the…

  8. Ike Davis gets “last-ditch effort” cortisone injection as ankle surgery looms

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    The latest news on Ike Davis‘ ankle injury isn’t good. He got a cortisone shot yesterday and is slated to undergo an MRI exam over the weekend, with season-ending surgery looming if he doesn’t show significant improvement. Davis has already been out for more than two months with an injury that was initially deemed minor…

  9. Phillies place Placido Polanco on DL, activate Ryan Madson

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Placido Polanco initially planned to play in the All-Star game instead of taking the time to rest his injured back, but he was eventually scratched from the NL’s lineup after meeting with Charlie Manuel and now the Phillies have put him on the disabled list. Because the move is retroactive to Polanco’s last game on…

  10. Chipper Jones following knee surgery: “I’ve felt fine for a few days now”

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones‘ recovery from knee surgery last Saturday has gone well and the Braves third baseman said yesterday that he’s “felt fine for a few days now.” Jones told Chris Cox of MLB.com that he’s optimistic about coming off the disabled list when eligible on July 24, but remains undecided about whether he’ll head out…

  11. Vladimir Guerrero still out of lineup from Sunday plunking

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero is out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight with a wrist injury that dates back to Sunday, when he was hit by a pitch in the game against the Red Sox that featured ejections (and later suspensions) galore. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Guerrero isn’t even available off the bench and will be…

  12. Rays place catcher John Jaso on DL with oblique injury

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    jaso_john

    The dreaded oblique strain has claimed another victim, with the Rays placing starting catcher John Jaso on the disabled list. Jose Lobaton has been called up to take his spot on the roster after hitting well at Triple-A, but veteran Kelly Shoppach figures to see most of the playing time behind the plate. Jaso and…

  13. Scott Feldman clears waivers, rejects assignment to minors

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    scott-feldman-rangers

    Scott Feldman predictably cleared waivers, as no team wanted anything to do with the $9 million he’s still owed through next season, but the veteran right-hander has rejected an assignment to the minors and forced the Rangers’ hand. At that point their choice was to either release him outright, eating the remainder of his contract…

  14. Trial set for road rage attack on Chris Snyder and family

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    road rage

    Shortly after undergoing back surgery last month Pirates catcher Chris Snyder was in the car with his kids, being driven around by his wife, when they nearly collided with a man riding a scooter. His name was Subhash Modhwadia and he followed them to a gas station, where the 44-year-old proceeded to scream at them,…

  15. Diamondbacks calling up first base prospect Brandon Allen

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Arizona first basemen rank 24th among MLB teams with a .691 OPS this season, so the Diamondbacks have decided to call up 25-year-old prospect Brandon Allen for his third shot in the majors. Allen saw some time with the Diamondbacks in both 2009 and 2010, but hit just .221 with five homers and 60 strikeouts…

  16. J.C. Romero released by Nationals, signs with Yankees

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that J.C. Romero wanted to be let out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals to sign a similar deal with the Yankees and sure enough that’s exactly what happened today. Washington released Romero and within minutes New York signed him, and according to Olney he’ll be available…

  17. A’s starter Brett Anderson undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson was placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow in early June and Dr. James Andrews later advised him to rest for at least six weeks, which at the time indicated he wouldn’t need to go under the knife. Unfortunately the time off must not have done much for Anderson’s elbow, as…

  18. Padres GM on chances of trading Heath Bell: “At this point right now I’m not certain”

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:44 AM 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

    Padres general manager Jed Hoyer did a radio interview with XX-1090 in San Diego yesterday and had an interesting response to a direct question about whether he’s going to trade closer Heath Bell, saying: “At this point right now, I’m not certain.” Hoyer also explained that ownership has not told him to trade Bell and…

  19. David Wright aiming to come off disabled list next Friday

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow and general manager Sandy Alderson revealed that the Mets are aiming to activate him from the disabled list next Friday. Previously manager Terry Collins indicated that Wright would need 30-40 at-bats in the minors before returning, but the timetable laid out by Alderson would…

  20. Marlins looking to trade closer Leo Nunez

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    In previewing what awaits the Marlins in the second half Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes that there’s “a good chance” closer Leo Nunez “is dealt before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.” Rodriguez notes that Nunez has one more season of arbitration eligibility, but “it’s doubtful the Marlins will absorb his…

  21. Hanley Ramirez got a new tattoo during the All-Star break too

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    hanley ramirez tattoo

    I posted this morning about the matching “Mom” and “Pops” tattoos Bryce Harper got on his wrists, but he wasn’t the only player to spend the All-Star break getting inked up. Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who failed to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2007, got a similar-looking tattoo on his forearm,…

  22. Lonnie Chisenhall set to rejoin Indians’ lineup tomorrow

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland

    The All-Star break came at a good time for Lonnie Chisenhall, as the Indians’ rookie third baseman had a chance to recover from a fractured sinus suffered on July 7. Chisenhall took a Carlos Villanueva pitch to the face and missed the final three games of the first half, but told Nick Camino of WTAM-1100…

  23. Rangers place Scott Feldman (and his contract) on waivers

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    scott-feldman-rangers

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers have placed injured right-hander Scott Feldman on outright waivers, which means he’s available to any team willing to claim the remainder of his contract. However, in addition to being on the disabled list following knee surgery that has kept him out of action since last season Feldman…

  24. Mark Prior is between injuries again

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior has been sidelined for the past three months with a groin injury, but is finally healthy enough to return to the mound today in a rookie-ball game. Prior threw two innings against Gulf Coast League hitters from the Braves’ organization, allowing one hit and an unearned run. According to the Associated Press he…

  25. Kris Medlen shut down for six weeks after surgery setback

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Medlen_Kris

    Kris Medlen‘s setback from Tommy John elbow surgery was initially deemed minor last month, but now Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves right-hander has been shut down for at least another six weeks. General manager Frank Wren told Rogers that Medlen “is suffering from lingering soreness in his elbow and…

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