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  1. Mets bullpen catcher charged with DUI after flipping car

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested last night and charged with a DUI after he crashed into a street sign and a concrete fountain near the team’s spring training complex in Florida, flipping his car over. WPTV-NBC reports that Langill drove his Honda Accord into the center of a traffic circle while turning into…

  2. Jason Pridie suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jason Pridie

    UPDATE #2: It took three days, but MLB has officially announced Pridie’s suspension. UPDATE #1: Shea says the positive test was for a “drug of abuse” rather than a performance-enhancing drug, which means this was actually Pridie’s second positive test. ========== Journeyman outfielder Jason Pridie has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug…

  3. Kendrys Morales runs the bases, finally nears game action

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is finally making major progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle and could make his spring training debut later this week. Morales ran the bases in cleats yesterday and afterward manager Mike Scioscia replied “absolutely” when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day, which is the most optimism…

  4. Converted pitcher Adam Loewen could make Mets as center fielder

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Scott Hairston‘s oblique strain leaves the Mets in need of a backup center fielder behind starter Andres Torres and converted pitcher Adam Loewen has a legitimate chance to claim the gig. Loewen was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2002 draft and started 29 games in the majors for the Orioles by age 24,…

  5. Tim Hudson aiming to return from back surgery by May 1

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Tim Hudson is recovered enough from November back surgery that he could be cleared to throw off a mound later this week and the veteran right-hander told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his targeted return date is May 1 “at the latest.” O’Brien describes Hudson as “upbeat and optimistic,” but any plans…

  6. Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ lineup after missed week

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since the Grapefruit League opener, sitting out a week with a sore shoulder and the flu, but he’s back in the Cardinals’ lineup today. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll start at designated hitter and bat third in a split-squad game against the Braves. Allen Craig…

  7. Logan Forsythe out eight weeks with fractured foot

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Logan Forsythe, who had been hoping to win a spot on the Padres’ bench, is expected to miss the next eight weeks after aggravating an old fracture in his left foot. John Schlegel of MLB.com reports that the 25-year-old infielder left Padres camp and headed back to San Diego to undergo surgery for a sesamoid…

  8. Adam Moore expected to miss 3-4 weeks with wrist injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Adam Moore‘s wrist injury from Tuesday is less serious than initially feared and the Mariners catcher is hoping to be ready for game action within 3-4 weeks. Immediate reports pegged the injury as a fracture, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times now says “a more detailed scan … found that he merely had a…

  9. Nolan Reimold escapes beaning without major injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Amazingly, Reimold managed to avoid a serious injury. No broken bones and a CT scan was negative, although according to Kubatko he does have some loose teeth. ========== Nolan Reimold was carted off the field and taken to a hospital after being hit in the face by a pitch this afternoon. Reimold was batting…

  10. David Robertson diagnosed with bone bruise after fall

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    ALCS Angels Yankees Baseball

    New York feared for the worst when David Robertson injured his right foot while falling down the stairs, but the Yankees got some good news after further testing. According to manager Joe Girardi the reliever has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and will be in a walking boot through the weekend, but may be…

  11. Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt passes away

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Harry Wendelstedt, who was an MLB umpire for more than 30 years before retiring in 1998, passed away today at age 73. Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series, four All-Star games, and a record-tying five no-hitters, was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago. The accompanying photo shows Wendelstedt with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt,…

  12. Mike Trout is “feeling weak and feverish with no appetite” and has lost 10 pounds

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Last month manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Mike Trout is likely bound for Triple-A, but the 20-year-old outfielder hasn’t even been able to fight for an Opening Day job because of a flu virus. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Trout has lost 10 pounds from “feeling weak and feverish with no…

  13. A’s release catcher Landon Powell, eat $100,000

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Landon Powell spent parts of the past three seasons with the A’s and avoided arbitration in December with a one-year, $620,000 contract, but this morning Oakland released the 30-year-old catcher. Powell hasn’t hit in the majors, batting just .207 with a .612 OPS in 123 games, and the 2004 first-round pick hasn’t even been particularly…

  14. DNA test for paternity case shows David Ortiz is not the father of 17-year-old

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Dionisio Soldevila of the Dominican newspaper Hoy reports that David Ortiz took a DNA test as part of a paternity case and the results showed that he’s not the father of a 17-year-old boy. Ortiz claims to have never met the child’s mother and the test revealed a 0.0 percent chance of him being the…

  15. Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers camp after being checked for heart palpitations

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    UPDATE: Good news, as Hernandez reports that Jansen is already back in Dodgers camp after going to the hospital and “has been cleared to resume workouts.” ========== Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who missed a month after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat last season, has left Dodgers camp to be examined by doctors after experiencing…

  16. Joe Maddon is shaving his head for charity

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Aside from reporting to camp in “The Best Shape Of His Life” shaving your head for charity might be the biggest trend of spring training this year. Jose Reyes did it first, live on MLB Network no less, and then Josh Johnson did it with considerably less fanfare. And now Rays manager Joe Maddon is…

  17. Domonic Brown to return from thumb injury next week

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Domonic Brown is hoping to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup next week after an MRI exam showed only inflammation in his injured thumb, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Brown has been diagnosed with a sprain after suffering the injury attempting a diving catch earlier this week, but Gelb notes that “much of the…

  18. Rangers won’t show clip of Nolan Ryan beating up Robin Ventura when White Sox are in town

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Robin Ventura is the White Sox’s manager now and not just an underrated former All-Star third baseman who once got put in a headlock and punched by Nolan Ryan, so the Rangers have decided to change their usual routine in the name of showing him more respect. Instead of regularly playing the 1993 clip of…

  19. Jon Heyman still trying to sell Johnny Damon to Orioles

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Earlier this week Jon Heyman’s ongoing efforts to land Johnny Damon a job led to his reporting that the Orioles “haven’t ruled out” signing him, but yesterday Baltimore executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and replied “I don’t think so” when asked about the possibility. That hasn’t stopped Heyman one bit or even slowed him…

  20. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with neck injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Monday and has left Cardinals camp to get a second opinion on his injured neck, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that the Cardinals have “remained intentionally vague about Carpenter’s timetable after initially suggesting he would miss one Grapefruit League start.” Carpenter…

  21. David Price injured his neck while wiping his head with a towel … again

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    David Price had to leave today’s start after two innings because he injured his neck while toweling off his head in the dugout. Seriously. And that’s not even the most bizarre part of the story, because as Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune writes Price has done this before. Several times, in fact: It was…

  22. Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    ALCS Angels Yankees Baseball

    UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.” ========== David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.…

  23. Bill Bray’s groin injury could send Aroldis Chapman back to the Reds’ bullpen

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Bill Bray had to cut a bullpen session short after aggravating a groin injury and if he’s unavailable for Opening Day the Reds may shift Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen. All offseason the Reds talked about stretching out Chapman for a potential move to the rotation, but they have plenty of starter depth even…

  24. HBT-endorsed candidate wins spot in MLB Fan Cave

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Last month when MLB announced the final 50 candidates for this year’s “Fan Cave” we gave Lindsay Guentzel the official HardballTalk endorsement for the gig, so I’m happy to say that she made the cut as one of nine fans chosen to participate all season long. Lindsay will be joined in New York by Ashley…

  25. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow apologizes to Rangers for “drunken sailors” comment

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    While speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow commented that the Rangers have spent money on the international market like “drunken sailors” recently. Today the GM told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he personally apologized to the Rangers their general manager Jon Daniels: I reached out to…

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