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  1. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth out until mid-May

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Initially when Blake Hawksworth underwent elbow surgery in January his status for Opening Day was said to be in question, but now it turns out the Dodgers right-hander is expected to miss much of the first half. Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Hawksworth won’t return from the disabled list until…

  2. Pirates sticking with struggling Pedro Alvarez at third base

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro Alvarez hit .191 in 74 games for the Pirates last season, wasn’t much better in 35 games back at Triple-A, and has seen his struggles carry over this spring, but the Pirates aren’t giving up on the 25-year-old former No. 2 overall pick as their starting third baseman. General manager Neal Huntington told Rob…

  3. Andrew Friedman: Matt Bush is “not going to play for us again”

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    For now Matt Bush remains on the Rays’ 40-man roster following his arrest on DUI, hit-and-run, and several other charges, but that may soon be changing. Executive vice president Andrew Friedman said yesterday that Bush is “not going to play for us again” and indicated that the ongoing investigation might be the only thing keeping…

  4. Brewers won’t try to sign impending free agent Shaun Marcum before he hits open market

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    This time of year there are lots of stories about teams trying to sign free agents-to-be before they hit the open market following the season, but in the Brewers’ case they plan to let Shaun Marcum‘s contract expire. Marcum has one year and $7.725 million left on his deal and general manager Doug Melvin told…

  5. Chris Carpenter “out indefinitely” with nerve irritation in shoulder

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Chris Carpenter left Cardinals camp earlier this week with what was described as a neck injury, but after several days of testing by specialists he’s been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his shoulder. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter is “out indefinitely” with an injury similar to one he had…

  6. Ian Kinsler’s agent met with Rangers, “not very optimistic” about extension

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler‘s agent, Jay Franklin, met with the Rangers today about a contract extension at their request, but told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’s “not very optimistic” about the two sides getting something done before Opening Day. Franklin did say that the Rangers are making “a sincere effort” in negotiations and normally there wouldn’t…

  7. Vicente Padilla no longer in Red Sox’s rotation mix

    Mar 23, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Vicente Padilla was really, really hoping to be a starter for the Red Sox, but that never seemed very likely and now it’s all but official that he’ll be working out of the bullpen to begin the season (assuming, of course, that he makes the team on a minor-league deal). Brian MacPherson of the Providence…

  8. Cubs demote top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    Neither player was expected to crack the Opening Day roster and today the Cubs made it official, optioning top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A. Rizzo was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January and is the Cubs’ long-term answer at first base, but the team made it pretty clear that…

  9. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  10. Matt Thornton favored over Jesse Crain and Addison Reed as White Sox’s closer

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has avoided naming a closer or even giving strong hints about which way he’s leaning among Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “the smart money” is on Thornton getting the job. Thornton struggled with some save chances early…

  11. Now the Phillies and Chase Utley won’t even talk about his health status

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    For a while the Phillies tried to downplay the fact that Chase Utley wasn’t playing in any games this spring, insisting that it was being done to keep the second baseman and his bad knees from wearing down during the long season. Eventually they had to give up that ghost because Utley left camp to…

  12. Astros send Mets castoff Fernando Martinez to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    Back in January the Astros claimed outfielder Fernando Martinez off waivers from the Mets and today Houston optioned the one-time top prospect to Triple-A. Being cut loose by the Mets for nothing and not being able to crack the Astros’ roster certainly aren’t good signs for Martinez, but he’s still just 23 years old and…

  13. Reds “don’t know” whether Aroldis Chapman will start or relieve

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched well as a starter this spring, but manager Dusty Baker said yesterday that the Reds remain unsure whether he’ll be in the rotation or the bullpen to begin the season. And according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer sending Chapman to Triple-A so he can continue starting there is also…

  14. Orioles prospect Matt Hobgood, picked No. 5 overall in 2009, to miss season following surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Matt Hobgood has been a disappointment since the Orioles selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, throwing 158 innings with a 5.48 ERA in the low minors, and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the 21-year-old right-hander will miss the entire season following shoulder surgery. According to Connolly…

  15. Tim Hudson “felt really good” after first BP session

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson continues to make good progress in his recovery from November back surgery, throwing live batting practice yesterday for the first time. Hudson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he “felt really good” and “felt like my stuff was pretty good for the first day out there.” He’s slated to throw another round of…

  16. Pirates choose Erik Bedard as Opening Day starter

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates starter Bedard walks to the dugout after pitching against the New York Yankees during a spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Considering his lengthy injury history making this official with two weeks left in spring training seems sort of risky, but the Pirates announced that Erik Bedard will start Opening Day. Manager Clint Hurdle told reporters that he’d planned to give the Opening Day assignment to A.J. Burnett after the Pirates acquired him from the Yankees,…

  17. Carlos Beltran may play some center field for Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran played zero innings in center field last season, but he was out there for today’s spring training game and the Cardinals are considering giving him some regular season starts. Jon Jay is the primary center fielder, but manager Mike Mathney told Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that he’d like to occasionally sub Beltran in…

  18. Rays unveil “Fortune Favors The Bald” t-shirts

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Last week when 70 members of the Rays organization shaved their heads for charity manager Joe Maddon explained that he hopes “fortunate favors the bald” this season and today the team began selling t-shirts with that catchphrase in an effort to raise even more money for pediatric cancer research. I’m going to buy a case…

  19. Zach Britton gets platelet-rich plasma treatment on shoulder

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Michael Morse isn’t the only big leaguer trying to get healthy via platelet-rich plasma treatment this week, as Orioles left-hander Zach Britton also underwent the procedure in an attempt to avoid shoulder surgery. Dr. James Andrews recommended the new and somewhat controversial treatment for Britton, who’s struggled with shoulder inflammation dating back to August of…

  20. Placido Polanco took batting practice, “felt pretty good”

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Placido Polanco took live batting practice today and afterward said that his sprained left index finger “felt pretty good.” Polanco has been out of the lineup since injuring his finger diving back into first base Sunday and according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer most of the swelling has subsided, but there’s no return…

  21. Michael Morse gets platelet-rich plasma treatment, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Morse‘s odds of being recovered from a lat injury by Opening Day are “dwindling” after the Nationals left fielder received platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Here’s a little more about the platelet-rich plasma treatment from Zuckerman: A relatively new procedure also referred to as “blood spinning,” in which blood plasma…

  22. Yasmani Grandal wonders where he fits in Padres’ plans after Nick Hundley extension

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    In writing about Nick Hundley‘s contract extension earlier this week I noted that the move blocks top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors, as he looks likely to be MLB-ready by 2013 at the latest and now Hundley is signed through 2015. Dan Hayes of the North County Times took it one step…

  23. Ryan Howard ditches protective boot, cleared for workouts

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Ryan Howard took a big step in his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon today, as doctors cleared him to stop wearing a protective boot and start working out. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Howard’s first post-boot workout involved fielding ground balls at first base while sitting on a stool, so he’s…

  24. Royals undecided on Jonathan Broxton or Greg Holland as Joakim Soria closer replacement

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Regardless of whether Joakim Soria is able to rest and rehab his damaged ulnar collateral ligament or undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery the Royals will need a new closer. Free agent signing Jonathan Broxton is the obvious replacement because of his previous experience in the role, but Greg Holland was great as a rookie setup…

  25. Red Sox are “monitoring the Mike Gonzalez market”

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Mike Gonzalez is one of the best remaining unsigned free agents and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox “are monitoring the Gonzalez market” as they search for left-handed bullpen help. After a long history of arm problems Gonzalez underwent knee surgery in October, but if healthy he’s an elite left-handed…

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