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  1. Astros prospect suspended 25 games for unauthorized possession of a syringe

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    syringe

    MLB announced that four minor leaguers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but one of the suspensions caught my eye. Astros right-hander Euris Quezada, who’d been pitching at low Single-A, was suspended 25 games for what Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports as “unauthorized possession of a…

  2. Carlos Beltran “doubtful” to play Friday after cortisone shot

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran got a cortisone shot in his injured wrist and manager Bruce Bochy said during a radio interview this morning that he’s “doubtful” to return to the lineup tomorrow following the Giants’ off day. That seemingly makes a trip to the disabled list realistic, as Friday would be the fourth game Beltran has missed…

  3. What do Kyle Davies, Todd Van Poppel, Kevin Jarvis, and Claude Willoughby have in common?

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    Yesterday the Royals released Kyle Davies, whom they acquired from the Braves for Octavio Dotel in July of 2007 and gave 99 starts to despite a 29-44 record and 5.34 ERA. Toss in Davies’ early work in Atlanta prior to the trade and he’s thrown 768 innings with a 5.59 ERA for his career. Not…

  4. Adam Jones calls last night’s “barking” at Ozzie Guillen “part of the competition”

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Barking-Sign

    Nolan Reimold smacked a walk-off homer against the White Sox last night and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that during the Orioles’ on-field celebration Adam Jones “was in the back of the scrum barking at the visitor’s dugout.” His target was none other than Ozzie Guillen and the center fielder explained that they…

  5. Matt Bush went bust as a hitter, but former No. 1 overall pick still has some pitching potential

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Matt Bush Padres

    Matt Bush has had numerous off-the-field issues, suffered multiple injuries, spent time in three different organizations in three years, and made the switch from shortstop to pitcher in an effort to avoid being a complete bust … and now the former No. 1 pick is blowing away hitters in the minors. Well, sort of. Bush…

  6. Alex Rodriguez to begin rehab assignment tomorrow, return to Yankees next week

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joe Girardi announced that Alex Rodriguez will begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow in Florida, with the current plan calling for him to start at designated hitter before moving to third base Saturday. Barring a setback that means Rodriguez will likely come off the disabled list by next Thursday, when the Yankees begin a…

  7. Davey Johnson says Ivan Rodriguez “is not doing too well”

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Davey Johnson didn’t sound very optimistic when asked yesterday about Ivan Rodriguez‘s recovery from a strained oblique muscle. Johnson told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Rodriguez “is not doing too well” and “is pushing it too hard” in attempt to return from the disabled list, causing him to suffer a setback that required…

  8. Jake Arrieta set for season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in…

  9. Josh Johnson looking for “peace of mind for the offseason”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched since mid-May and could end up missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that continues to be described as merely inflammation, and yesterday the Marlins ace explained that he’s now just looking for “peace of mind for the offseason.” Johnson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’d be…

  10. MRI finds no structural damage in Tommy Hanson’s shoulder

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    hanson wide getty

    Tommy Hanson has already been scratched from Friday’s scheduled start and received a cortisone injection because of shoulder problems, but the Braves got some good news yesterday when an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the current plan is for Hanson to avoid the disabled list…

  11. Logan Morrison takes “not so subtle jab at Hanley Ramirez”

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Florida Marlins

    Shortly after the Marlins placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder Logan Morrison took what Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel describes as a “not so subtle jab at Ramirez.” Rodriguez has the details: “What we don’t have is experience and a veteran who is in the…

  12. Bruised shoulder sends Dodgers rookie Dee Gordon to DL

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dee Gordon took over as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop when Rafael Furcal was traded to the Cardinals, but now the 23-year-old rookie will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a bruised right shoulder. Don Mattingly described the decision to place Gordon on the disabled list as “precautionary” and an MRI exam revealed no…

  13. Bryce Harper ejected from Double-A game after confrontation with umpire

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:08 AM EDT

    bryce harper ejection

    Bryce Harper thought he drew a 3-2 walk in the seventh inning at Double-A last night, but as he headed to first base home plate umpire Max Guyll called him out on strikes and the 18-year-old Nationals uber-prospect angrily slammed his helmet down in disgust. Guyll immediately ejected him from the game, at which point…

  14. Tigers promised Brandon Inge he’ll be back in September

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge

    Brandon Inge is currently at Triple-A after being designated for assignment on July 20, but told the Associated Press that the Tigers have promised to call him back up to the majors once rosters expand on September 1. To do so they’ll have to re-add him to the 40-man roster, as Inge was outrighted off…

  15. Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio released from hospital after neck surgery and “resting comfortably”

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news. ========== Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the…

  16. Fired scouting director on Angels GM Tony Reagins: “He’s not a guy I’d want to hang out with”

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    eddie bane

    When the Angels fired longtime scouting director Eddie Bane back in October the reason given was an unhappiness with the team’s recent drafts. That seemed somewhat difficult to believe given that, among other solid prospects, stud outfielder Mike Trout was a product of the 2009 draft after 24 other teams passed on him. And sure…

  17. Brandon Phillips out five days with elbow that “looks like a balloon”

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    phillips wide

    Brandon Phillips was hit on the elbow by a pitch last night and posted the following note on Twitter when he woke up this morning: Woke up today and my elbow looks like a ballon… Can’t fully extend it!!!! I think I need an XRay… Please don’t let it be broken #Pray4Me X-rays showed nothing…

  18. Picture of the Day: New look, same bad pitching

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett changed his hair style prior to last night’s game, but unfortunately for the Yankees his pitching style stayed the same.

  19. CEO says Padres will increase payroll to at least $50 million in 2012

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team’s payroll will rise to at least $50 million in 2012, adding that “our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million.” That would be a big raise over this season’s $45 million payroll, but even $70 million would rank just 20th among all MLB…

  20. Carlos Beltran out of Giants’ lineup for third straight game

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Giving up a prospect as good as Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran was costly enough for the Giants when they thought they’d have him for 60 games, but a wrist injury has him out of the lineup today for the third straight game. Beltran hit just .244 with a .616 OPS in 11 games for…

  21. Reds rookie Zack Cozart to undergo season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE: Cozart will have the surgery Friday, knocking him out until 2012. ========== Zack Cozart hit his way into the Reds’ plans with a .310 batting average and .825 OPS at Triple-A and then pushed past veteran Edgar Renteria as the starting shortstop, only to suffer a hyper-extended elbow in his 11th game. Cozart has…

  22. Men accused of beating Bryan Stow enter not guilty plea

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, the two men accused of brutally beating Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, were arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include mayhem, assault, and battery. They’re each being held on $500,000 bail until September 30 hearings. Stow remains hospitalized more than four…

  23. Reid Brignac back with Rays after brief demotion to Triple-A

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    brignac rays

    Justin Ruggiano landing on the disabled list with a knee injury has opened the door for Reid Brignac’s return to the majors following a three-week stint at Triple-A. Brignac didn’t play particularly well in Durham, but with Sean Rodriguez struggling mightily as the Rays’ primary shortstop and Elliot Johnson no one’s idea of a quality…

  24. Jorge Posada on benching: “I’m not happy with it … but I’m moving on”

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    Jorge Posada has handled his benching as the Yankees’ designated hitter about as well as possible, admitting yesterday that he’s “not happy with it” while adding that “I’m moving on and I’ll be ready to play whenever I happen to play.” Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York asked Joe Girardi how he felt back in…

  25. Royals add to prospect influx by calling up 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Salvador Perez is the latest prospect on his way to Kansas City, with the Royals calling up the 21-year-old catcher from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game and releasing historically awful starter Kyle Davies to make room on the roster. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that Perez “is expected to become the…

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