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  1. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez becoming the next great Yankees shortstop

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    eduardo-nunez-yankees

    A funny thing happened while Derek Jeter was on the disabled list with a calf injury, as the Yankees went 14-4 without him in the lineup and fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez hit .339 with a .906 OPS. Jeter’s ongoing decline combined with Nunez’s impressive work in his absence has an awful lot of Yankees fans…

  2. Shane Victorino leaves Phillies to have thumb examined

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Injuries continue to pile up for the Phillies, as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that center fielder Shane Victorino has left the team in Florida and traveled back to Philadelphia to have his thumb examined by a hand specialist. Victorino injured his thumb Sunday and missed yesterday’s game while wearing a protective sleeve, with Michael…

  3. Mike Stanton to see specialist for blurred vision that’s “like looking through something hazy”

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    Mike Stanton hasn’t homered since June 11, which is the longest drought of the slugger’s young career, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Stanton will see a specialist tomorrow regarding blurred vision stemming from an eye infection. Stanton missed three games because of the infection last month and told Spencer that he’s…

  4. Ryan Madson won’t be back before the All-Star break

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    When the Phillies placed Ryan Madson on the disabled list they downplayed the severity of his hand injury, but yesterday the team officially ruled out his returning before the All-Star break. Madson last pitched on June 18, so he’s already eligible to come off the DL, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he only…

  5. Are the Braves riding dominant duo of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel into the ground?

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    venters and kimbrel

    Now that we’ve passed the midway point of the season I thought it would be interesting to examine reliever workloads to see which pitchers have been ridden the hardest in the first half. Atlanta’s late-inning duo of lefty setup man Jonny Venters and righty closer Craig Kimbrel has been incredibly dominant, combining for 2.01 ERA…

  6. Grant Balfour expected to rejoin A’s bullpen Thursday

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Balfour_Grant

    Assuming his rehab outing at Triple-A goes well tomorrow night Grant Balfour is expected to come off the disabled list Thursday, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com Balfour has been out for the past two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but reported no problems following a bullpen session yesterday and told Lee: “I want…

  7. Derek Jeter back from DL and leading off for Yankees

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As expected, the Yankees have activated Derek Jeter from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians and he’s back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter. Not only is his .324 on-base percentage the worst of Jeter’s career, it’s the lowest OBP among the nine Yankees hitters with at least 150 plate appearances…

  8. Tweet(s) of the Day: Ozzie Guillen really likes “Cake Boss”

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    cake boss

    Ozzie Guillen just posted three consecutive tweets expressing his love for the TLC reality show Cake Boss: Cake boss u are the man omg I have to meet this guy. Buddy you are out this world so awesome This a real reality show Cake boss bad ass If you’re not familiar, Cake Boss is a…

  9. John Lackey rocked again as ERA rises to 7.34

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Last week John Lackey denied speculation that he may need Tommy John elbow surgery and then tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies, but the Red Sox right-hander was back to his old tricks this afternoon. Lackey failed to make it out of the third inning versus the Blue Jays, coughing up seven…

  10. AL wins interleague play for eighth consecutive season, but just barely

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    interleague play logo

    For the eighth season in a row the American League has topped the National League during interleague play, but it was a lot closer than most of those years. With a record of 131-121 the AL had a winning percentage of .520, which is their lowest interleague mark since 2004: YEAR ALW% 2011 .520 2010…

  11. Placido Polanco on struggling with back injury, leg numbness: “It doesn’t feel right”

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco was voted into the All-Star game as a starter yesterday despite a modest .681 OPS that ranks 59th among NL hitters and the third baseman admitted to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s been playing through a back injury: I hate to use excuses, but it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t…

  12. All-Star selections: Everyone was snubbed!

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    life if not fair rabbits

    Every year the baseball world goes nuts arguing about who was “snubbed” by the All-Star selection process and every year within 24 hours of the All-Star game ending no one cares or remembers. This year Andrew McCutchen, Paul Konerko, and CC Sabathia seem to be the highest-profile cause de celebre, with tons of real and…

  13. Tony La Russa on Albert Pujols’ rehab assignment: “He doesn’t need it”

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not only are the Cardinals hoping Albert Pujols will be able to come back from a fractured wrist shortly after the All-Star break instead of the initial August return timetable, manager Tony La Russa said yesterday that they expect him to rejoin the lineup without even requiring a minor-league rehab assignment. “He doesn’t need it,”…

  14. Nationals promote Bryce Harper to Double-A at age 18

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper jumped directly to low Single-A to begin his pro career despite being just 18 years old and after dominating the South Atlantic League for a half-season the Nationals have decided they’ve seen enough from him in the low minors. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper has been promoted to Double-A, bypassing high…

  15. Elbow problems send Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz to DL

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    j-j-putz-diamondbacks

    Despite an outstanding track record that includes a dominant season for the White Sox last year J.J. Putz was available to the Diamondbacks at a relative discount this offseason because of his injury history. Putz provided a great early return on Arizona’s two-year, $10 million investment, converting all 16 save chances with a 1.45 ERA…

  16. Josh Johnson now hoping to return “at some point in August”

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson has been out since mid-May with a shoulder injury that was supposed to take just a couple weeks, but he received some good news from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and is now hoping to return “at some point in August,” according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Andrews found no structural damage in…

  17. Mets reliever Taylor Buchholz out for “foreseeable future” with depression and anxiety

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Buchholz_Taylor

    Taylor Buchholz has been on the disabled list since late May with a shoulder injury, but the Mets just announced that the reliever will remain on the shelf for the “foreseeable future” due to depression and anxiety. There’s probably a joke to be made here about playing for the Mets causing depression, but I tend…

  18. Nationals’ coaching shakeup continues with dismissal of first base coach Dan Radison

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    dan radison nationals

    Jim Riggleman resigned, John McLaren replaced him as interim manager for a weekend, Davey Johnson was hired as the full-time manager, and now the Nationals have fired first base coach Dan Radison. It certainly makes sense that Johnson would want to put together his own coaching staff and doing so in the middle of a…

  19. Cole Hamels hoping to start Tuesday despite hand injury

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels reacts to a balk call during the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels exited yesterday’s game in the fifth inning after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his non-pitching hand and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that he “had his visibly swollen and bruised right hand bandaged this morning.” However, the X-rays came back negative and Hamels said he’s hoping not to miss a turn…

  20. Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on DL, activate Kerry Wood

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    So much for Carlos Zambrano not having to miss any time with the back injury that forced him from yesterday’s start. He felt good enough to attend a softball game last night–and narrowly avoid getting hit with a foul ball while doing an on-camera interview–but the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list while…

  21. Chicago beer sales down 30 percent with Cubs and White Sox both below .500

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    beer vendors

    With the White Sox in third place at 40-42 and the Cubs in fifth place at 34-48 the baseball in Chicago hasn’t been pretty this season, but as Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Tribune writes the beer sales at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field have also suffered. O’Donnell reports that beer sales are down…

  22. Brief Digression Theater: Do you lie while getting a haircut?

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    pinocchio

    In the great HardballTalk tradition of “do you put your ketchup in the refrigerator?” comes another random question that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball … Earlier this week I got a haircut and shortly after sitting down the woman asked me what I did for a living. Without hesitation I replied “accountant” and…

  23. Dustin McGowan’s latest comeback is going well

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2008, experiencing multiple setbacks since then, but Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that he’s stayed injury free long enough to schedule a minor-league rehab assignment that begins tomorrow. According to Zwelling the 29-year-old right-hander “has made tremendous strides in his recovery from multiple arm surgeries” during…

  24. Life after Boston: Mike Cameron says “I’ll be back playing”

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cameron_Mike

    Designated for assignment by the Red Sox yesterday, Mike Cameron told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he has no plans to retire and hopes to find another big-league job once he’s released: I need to sort some things out, but if all goes as planned, I’ll be back playing. I haven’t played much…

  25. Jerry Hairston blames broken wrist on late-afternoon start time

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Jerry Hairston

    UPDATE: So much for avoiding the DL. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Hairston will indeed be put on the shelf and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ========== Jerry Hairston Jr. suffered what the Nationals are calling a “small break” in his left wrist when he was hit by a Dan Haren pitch during…

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