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  1. Phillies close to getting Jose Contreras back from surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras‘ minor-league rehab assignment got off to a rough start last week, but since then he’s made a pair of good appearances and could be on the verge of returning from elbow surgery. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras is scheduled to pitch today and tomorrow, testing his arm with back-to-back…

  2. Brett Anderson on track for possible July return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    In addition to trading away a ton of young talent this offseason the A’s also lost perhaps their best young pitcher, Brett Anderson, to Tommy John elbow surgery in July. That knocked him out for at least 12 months, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Anderson’s recovery is going so well that returning almost…

  3. Fact of the Day: Jamie Moyer is really old and Madison Bumgarner is really young

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    At this point “Jamie Moyer is old” facts are getting a little out of control, but here’s a good one specific to today’s Rockies-Giants game. According to Elias Sports Bureau (via Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts): Moyer at 49 years old and Madison Bumgarner at 22 years old represents the largest age gap for a…

  4. Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at…

  5. Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday. Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field…

  6. Angels reliever Michael Kohn needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Shut down earlier this week following a setback with his forearm injury, Angels reliever Michael Kohn has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Kohn has been dominant at Triple-A with a 3.32 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings and got his fastball into the…

  7. Scott Baker to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker has battled elbow problems since 2010, throwing just 135 innings last year and beginning this year on the disabled list, and after a recent setback the Twins announced today that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery. It’s not Tommy John surgery, but rather a repair of his flexor pronator tendon, which carries a six-month recovery…

  8. Justin Verlander shut out the Rays for eight innings … and then lost for the first time since July

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander cruised through eight shutout innings this afternoon, toying with the Rays lineup while needing just 81 pitches to record 24 outs. And then everything unraveled in the ninth inning. Verlander allowed three singles and a walk before being removed with one out and a 2-2 tie, but Daniel Schlereth and Jose Valverde turned…

  9. Stephen Strasburg dominates the Mets, tops 100 pitches for the first time

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    This afternoon’s Stephen Strasburg–Johan Santana matchup was every bit as fun to watch as it looked on paper. Santana was very solid, albeit in another short outing, throwing five innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts despite averaging just 88.1 miles per hour with his fastball. Strasburg was very shaky early on, but quickly got…

  10. Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that they believed it’s a minor injury. Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the…

  11. David Wright could be back in the Mets’ lineup within days

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    David Wright‘s broken right pinkie finger is apparently a much less significant injury than it sounds, as the Mets third baseman will avoid surgery and might even be back in the lineup by the end of this week. “I think David’s gonna be fine,” manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I…

  12. Terry Francona won’t attend 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, got into an argument with Larry Lucchino

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Next week the Red Sox will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and Terry Francona was invited, but the former manager won’t be in attendance because of how his tenure in Boston ended. Here’s some of what Francona told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe: Somebody went out of their way to make me…

  13. Brandon Phillips on $72.5 million extension: “I cried … this is the best day of my life”

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips sat out yesterday’s game with a sore hamstring, but still had plenty of reason to celebrate after signing a six-year, $72.5 million million contract extension with the Reds earlier in the day. Here’s some of what an emotional Phillips said at the press conference announcing the deal: I cried about this. This is…

  14. Lance Berkman legs out a triple, sits out with a calf injury

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman was playing through a finger injury yesterday when he tweaked his left calf muscle legging out a rare triple, leaving the game two innings later. He’s also absent from the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, sitting out against right-hander Johnny Cueto and the Reds. Berkman described his calf as “tender” following the game and…

  15. Recovering from wrist surgery, Carl Crawford now also has a sore elbow

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Carl Crawford‘s ongoing comeback from wrist surgery became a bit more complicated yesterday when the left fielder traveled to Boston to have his sore left elbow examined by doctors. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Crawford had been close to playing in extended spring training games before the elbow problems arrived, but adds…

  16. Michael Morse “out indefinitely” after rehab setback

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    morse ap

    UPDATE: So much for returning Thursday. Kilgore reports that Morse “felt soreness throwing last night” and is now “out indefinitely.” ========== Assuming that nothing goes wrong when he plays nine innings in left field at Single-A tonight and tomorrow Michael Morse is scheduled to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ lineup Thursday.…

  17. David Wright scratched from lineup with finger injury, going for X-rays

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright was a late scratch from the Mets’ lineup and will undergo X-rays on a right pinkie finger injury suffered yesterday. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Wright suffered the injury diving back into first base after hitting a single and “is hoping it’s not broken, but he’s unsure.” Ronny Cedeno is…

  18. Sergio Santos to be excused from Blue Jays for birth of child

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    After tomorrow’s game Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos will be away from the team through at least Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It’s not bad timing for a break after Santos blew back-to-back saves to begin the season and the Blue Jays can turn to Francisco Cordero as…

  19. Details of Carlos Santana’s long-term contract with Indians

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians' catcher Carlos Santana waits for his turn at bat during their MLB spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the year-by-year breakdown of Carlos Santana‘s new contract with the Indians: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012: $501,900 2013: $550,000 2014: $3.5 million 2015: $6.0 million 2016: $8.5 million 2017: $12 million option or $1.2 million buyout That adds up to a minimum of $21.25 million for five…

  20. Braves activate Chipper Jones from disabled list

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones vowed to return in time for the Braves’ home opener after undergoing knee surgery on March 26 and sure enough he’s back in the lineup with three days to spare. Jones ended up missing just four games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Martin Prado and Juan Francisco…

  21. Brandon Inge begins rehab stint, eyes weekend return

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge‘s groin injury is healed enough that he’s scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Inge will serve as Toledo’s designated hitter tonight before moving to second base Wednesday and Thursday, at which point he might be cleared to come off the disabled list. Inge…

  22. Michael Kohn shut down after setback with forearm injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Michael Kohn has been shut down after experiencing a setback with his forearm injury and the Angels reliever is scheduled for a visit with Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. Kohn was initially shut down during spring training, but attempted to resume throwing after an MRI exam showed only a strained flexor tendon. Bill Plunkett of the…

  23. Luke Scott gets cortisone shot for “mild” hamstring injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    luke scott getty

    Recovering from shoulder surgery was the big question mark facing Luke Scott this season and has him limited to designated hitter duties for the Rays, but now his hamstring is a problem as well. Scott left Sunday’s game with what he called a “mild” hamstring strain and an MRI exam revealed no major damage, but…

  24. Vin Scully to miss Dodgers home opener with “a bad cold”

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully won’t be at Dodger Stadium to broadcast the Dodgers’ home opener this afternoon, as the team announced that he’ll stay at home to rest due to “a bad cold.” Any kind of sickness is obviously worrisome for an 84-year-old, so hopefully the beloved Scully will be back behind the microphone very soon and…

  25. Oft-injured Joey Devine to undergo another Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joey Devine‘s once-promising career has once again been derailed by injuries, as the A’s reliever will undergo elbow surgery today performed by Dr. James Andrews. Devine was the Braves’ first-round pick in 2005, was traded to the A’s for Mark Kotsay in 2008, and has a 2.75 ERA with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings for…

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