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Aaron Gleeman

  1. “Best Shape Of His Life” roster includes a blogger now too

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    gleeman bsohl

    I don’t normally link to my personal blog here, mostly because I figure HBT readers are sick of me already, but since we’ve been poking so much fun at all the players reporting to spring training in the “Best Shape Of His Life” it only seems right for me to join the BSOHL party: How…

  2. Zack Greinke plans to hire a new agent eventually

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke has been without an agent since leaving CAA last year, but the Brewers right-hander told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com that he plans to hire new representation before hitting the open market as a free agent after the season. Greinke initially indicated that he might try to negotiate a long-term deal by himself, which…

  3. Timetable for Brian Roberts’ return from concussion unclear

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since May 16 of last season, but there’s still no timetable for his return from multiple concussions. Roberts has progressed to taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, and Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the second baseman now has more good days than bad days, but that means…

  4. Mariano Rivera, seemingly leaning toward retirement, may reveal post-2012 plans at midseason

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Last month Mariano Rivera was coy about his future beyond this season, saying he’d already come to a decision but wasn’t going to share it publicly. That led to some speculation that he plans to retire and Rivera’s comments to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post today would seemingly strengthen those beliefs. Asked when…

  5. Neil Walker out with back injury, not close to contract extension with Pirates

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    Neil Walker was a last-minute subtraction from the Pirates’ lineup today because of lower back soreness. For now the Pirates are saying he’s likely to miss just 2-3 days, but it’ll be something to keep an eye on throughout camp. Walker played 159 of a possible 162 games last season, but saw his production decline…

  6. Freddie Freeman returns to lineup, says knee “feels great”

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    Initially when Freddie Freeman dislocated his right knee cap on February 28 the fear was that he’d miss several weeks, but instead the Braves first baseman has made a rapid recovery. Freeman rejoined the lineup today, playing four innings, and afterward told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his knee “feels great right…

  7. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Francisco_Juan

    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  8. Negotiations between Cole Hamels and Phillies “are heating up”

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels‘ agent is in Florida this week and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that long-term contract negotiations with the Phillies “are heating up.” According to Salisbury, agent John Boggs has already met with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. once and plans to do so again later this week. Asked to describe the present status…

  9. Picture of the Day: Thanks for the $51.5 million

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    mccutchen and bob nutting

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review snapped this shot of Andrew McCutchen, fresh off his $51.5 million contract extension, chatting with the man who’ll be signing his paychecks, Pirates owner Bob Nutting:

  10. Michael Morse scratched from Nationals lineup with lat strain

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was a last-minute scratch from the Nationals’ lineup today with a strained lat muscle. He’s listed as day-to-day for now, but lat strains tend to linger. Bryce Harper replaced Morse in the lineup today, but presumably the Nationals wouldn’t let the injury impact Harper’s timetable unless Morse was sidelined for an extended period.…

  11. Brian Wilson scheduled to make spring debut Sunday

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    brian wilson getty wide

    Brian Wilson‘s achy elbow is feeling good enough that the Giants closer is slated to make his spring training debut Sunday. Wilson admitted recently that he pitched through elbow problems throughout most of last season, but he threw live batting practice over the weekend and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow. Chris Haft of…

  12. Red Sox shut down Carlos Silva with shoulder injury

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    carlos-silva-cubs-spring

    Bobby Valentine said today that Carlos Silva is already out of the running for the Red Sox’s rotation because of shoulder inflammation. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Silva has been “shut down” indefinitely, which leaves Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubrant, Vicente Padilla, Aaron Cook, and Andrew Miller competing for the No. 5 starter gig. Silva…

  13. Three-time All-Star Carlos Guillen announces retirement

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on February 1, announced his retirement today. Guillen had a remarkable career, transitioning from light-hitting shortstop to an impact bat who played all over the diamond, but injuries limited him to just 81, 68, and 28 mostly ineffective games during the past three seasons. He…

  14. Charlie Manuel on Chase Utley’s spring debut: “It’s going to be a while yet”

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Placido Polanco is recovered enough from offseason hernia surgery to make his spring training debut yesterday, but Chase Utley remained out of the Phillies’ lineup with no immediate plans for his return to game action. Manager Charlie Manuel told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “it’s going to be a while yet” before Utley debuts and…

  15. Should the Yankees be worried about Michael Pineda’s missing velocity?

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pineda warms up on the mound during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has a worrisome report about Michael Pineda‘s velocity early in Yankees camp, writing that “scouts yesterday had Pineda at 88-91[miles per hour]” after he averaged 94.7 mph with his fastball last season. He also quotes a scout as saying “and there was some effort to get to 91.” And then while…

  16. Injured Evan Longoria “won’t join the lineup anytime soon”

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria‘s bruised right hand has not healed as quickly as hoped and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that he “won’t join the lineup anytime soon.” Longoria had hoped to play today, but swelling in his hand kept him from getting through a batting practice session yesterday and now the Rays third baseman…

  17. Astros catcher Humberto Quintero leaves camp to have back examined in Houston

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Florida Marlins

    Backup catcher Humberto Quintero has left Astros camp and traveled to Houston to have his injured back examined by team doctors. Quintero told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he’s “feeling better,” but players tend not to leave spring training and fly to another state unless the injury has people worried. He’s hoping to get a…

  18. Francisco Cordero is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cordero throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Bradenton

    Maybe it’s just a bad angle or some weird lighting or whatever, but after looking at this picture of Francisco Cordero it’s safe to say we finally found a player who didn’t report to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life. Those giant eyes staring at him in the background seem awfully judgmental.…

  19. Evan Longoria not ready to return from bruised hand

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Evan Longoria had been hoping to rejoin the Rays’ lineup tomorrow after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his hand Thursday, but it looks like the bruise will keep him sidelined longer. Longoria told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he had to cut today’s batting practice session short and “shut it down” after…

  20. Lenny Dykstra sentenced to three years in state prison

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    When last we checked in on Lenny Dykstra he was living in a Los Angeles rehab center, seemingly showing some semblance of self awareness for the first time in a long time while awaiting his sentencing for a grand theft auto plea. That sentencing arrived today and a judge ruled that Dykstra will spend three…

  21. Carl Crawford out at least 5-7 more days, unlikely for opener

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    Last week Carl Crawford suffered a setback with his surgically repaired wrist and an examination today revealed inflammation, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters. Crawford is expected to be sidelined for at least 5-7 more games and Valentine indicated that he doesn’t expect the left fielder to be ready for Opening Day. Obviously the setback is…

  22. Details of Andrew McCutchen’s $51.5 million extension

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Late last night Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates announced a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension and now Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has the year-by-year breakdown: 2012: $0.5 million, plus $1.25 million signing bonus 2013: $4.5 million 2014: $7.25 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $13 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14.75 million option…

  23. Daric Barton gets cortisone shot in shoulder, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Oakland’s first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam won’t include Manny Ramirez for at least 50 games and may also be lessened by Daric Barton‘s shoulder problems. Barton, who underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in September, received a second cortisone injection this morning and will be shut down for at least a few days.…

  24. CC Sabathia is brown bagging his meals in Yankees camp

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bag Lunch with Fruit

    In an effort to lose weight or at least keep himself from packing on more pounds CC Sabathia brings his own breakfast and lunch to Yankees camp each day in a brown paper bag. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger notes that those meals are prepared by Sabathia’s personal chef, but still: Sabathia said…

  25. Drew Storen’s new nickname is “Tinkerbell”

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    tinkerbell

    I often lament the lack of interesting nicknames in baseball compared to decades ago, so this note from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post makes me very happy: Drew Storen overmatched all thee hitters he faced, striking out two and getting a ground ball using only 11 pitches. Afterward, [manager Davey] Johnson coined a nickname…

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