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  1. Nationals pick Stephen Strasburg as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg was impressive in his five-inning start against the Mets yesterday and today the Nationals announced that he’ll get their Opening Day assignment versus the Cubs. It will be the first Opening Day start for Strasburg, who wasn’t called up until June in 2010 and missed the beginning of last season recovering from Tommy…

  2. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp following setback with neck injury

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Whatever progress Chris Carpenter had made in his recovery from a neck injury has been wiped away, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the veteran right-hander has left Cardinals camp “to be further examined by nerve specialists after experiencing renewed symptoms associated with a bulging cervical disc.” In other words:…

  3. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  4. Royals acquire Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois from Astros

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has added a pair of bench players by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Astros for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. Quintero became expendable in Houston with Jason Castro back from injury and veteran Chris Snyder signed this offseason, but his ineptitude offensively…

  5. Padres sign Nick Hundley long term, block prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Nick Hundley and the Padres have agreed to a multi-year contract that covers 2013 and 2014 while including a team option for 2015. Hundley was already signed for $2 million this season and under team control through 2014 via the arbitration process, so the Padres will pre-pay for two seasons of arbitration eligibility in exchange…

  6. Ryan Braun has played through a groin injury for several weeks, but sat out today’s game

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun was a late scratch from today’s game with a strained groin and manager Ron Roenicke revealed that the reigning MVP has been playing through the injury for several weeks. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the injury “flared up yesterday after Braun started against the Rangers.” Braun is expected to sit out tomorrow…

  7. Paul Goldschmidt: “I enjoy numbers in the business sense”

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has an interesting article about Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who was a finance major in college and had to pass up a scheduled offseason internship “shadowing a financial investor” after he was called up in August and played into October. And it sure sounds like the 24-year-old first baseman is a…

  8. Reid Brignac sidelined by “nasty little” foot injury, could miss Opening Day

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Reid Brignac will be shut down for at least a few days with what manager Joe Maddon called “a plantar fasciitis kind of a thing” and a “nasty little” foot injury. Maddon indicated to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that the injury could keep Brignac from beginning the season on the active roster,…

  9. B.J. Upton returns from collision, plays in minors game

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton returned to game action six days after being carted off the field following an ugly outfield collision with Desmond Jennings, going 0-for-2 with a walk in a minor-league game today. Upton reported no problems and is expected to play in a major-league game tomorrow against the Yankees, according to Joe Smith of the…

  10. Franklin Gutierrez won’t travel with Mariners to Japan

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has recovered enough from a torn pectoral muscle that he’s resumed swinging a bat, but the Mariners center fielder has not been cleared to throw yet and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he won’t accompany the team to Japan later this week. Gutierrez’s best-case scenario is probably a late-April debut,…

  11. Jesse Crain unsure when he’ll return from oblique injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain has been sidelined for more than a week with a strained right oblique muscle and said yesterday that there’s no timetable yet for his return. Crain was able to play catch Monday, but told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that “we haven’t even talked about” when he’ll see game action again and…

  12. Royals move Aaron Crow back to bullpen following Joakim Soria’s elbow injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    So much for Aaron Crow‘s transition from reliever to starter. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have decided to cancel those plans and move Crow back to the bullpen following Joakim Soria‘s elbow injury. Soria was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and might be headed for Tommy John…

  13. Zach Britton seeks second opinion from Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Two

    In news that won’t quell Orioles fans’ fears any, Zach Britton will get a second opinion on his injured shoulder from Dr. James Andrews. Last month Jim Duquette of MLB.com reported that Britton’s injury was lingering longer than initially expected and could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy. Britton immediately tried to downplay…

  14. Kendrys Morales “a little sore” after third game in four days

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is finally making significant progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle. Morales played in a minor-league game yesterday for the third time in four days, afterward telling Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register that his twice-repaired ankle “is a little sore, but I’m fine and will hit again tomorrow.”…

  15. Miguel Cabrera expected to miss “a couple weeks” with fracture under right eye

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    There’s no official word yet from the Tigers regarding Miguel Cabrera‘s health status, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with “a small fracture under his right eye” and is expected to miss “only a couple weeks.” Cabrera also needed eight stitches after being hit near the eye by a Hunter Pence…

  16. Rangers sign Derek Holland to five-year, $28 million deal

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland and the Rangers have agreed to a five-year, $28 million contract that includes team options for 2017 and 2018, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Holland wasn’t even arbitration eligible yet and Texas had him under team control through 2015 already, so the five-year contract cancels out his previous…

  17. Mike Trout lost 12 pounds due to flu, had two hits yesterday

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Described last week as being “weak and feverish with no appetite” because of the flu, Mike Trout saw just his second game action of spring training yesterday in a minor-league game and went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register reports that Trout lost 12 pounds…

  18. Royals closer Joakim Soria has damaged elbow ligament

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria‘s fears were justified, as an MRI exam on his injured elbow revealed ulnar collateral ligament damage. No word yet on the extent of the damage, but torn UCLs are what lead to Tommy John surgeries and 12-month recoveries. Soria has actually already had Tommy John surgery, way back in 2003 when he was…

  19. Skip Schumaker diagnosed with torn oblique muscle

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    An MRI exam revealed that Skip Schumaker has a torn right oblique muscle, making it all but certain that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals won’t have a timetable for his return until getting more information tomorrow, but general manager John…

  20. Ryan Braun on hearing boos: “I don’t think anything of it”

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    For the most part the Brewers have limited Ryan Braun‘s exposure to unfriendly spring training crowds by playing him almost exclusively at their home ballpark, but he’s still been booed at times there and got a harsh reaction Saturday when he played a rare road game against the Angels. In addition to downplaying the worries…

  21. Mariners release oft-injured reliever Hong-Chih Kuo

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been a mess all spring as he attempts to come back from elbow surgery and anxiety issues. Today the Mariners decided they’d seen enough, releasing the once-dominant left-hander. When healthy Kuo has been one of the best relievers in baseball, logging 170 innings with a 1.96 ERA and 201 strikeouts from 2008-2010,…

  22. Without MLB offers Vladimir Guerrero “will explore Japan”

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero remains unsigned and wasn’t even linked to many teams all offseason, but his agent told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the 37-year-old plans to play somewhere this season and may turn to Japan if he doesn’t get any MLB offers. Fernando Cuza indicated to Heyman that Guerrero will wait around for the phone…

  23. Yoenis Cespedes reaches “demigod” status, will be A’s starting center fielder over Coco Crisp

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    As soon as the A’s signed Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million and started talking about him as an option in center field Coco Crisp made it clear that he wouldn’t be giving up the position without a fight, saying: “Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me…

  24. Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all: I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I…

  25. Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies. Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he…

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