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  1. Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum fractures finger

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Less than two weeks after coming off the disabled list Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum is headed back to the shelf. Blum, who missed the entire first half following knee surgery and has played just seven games all season, suffered a fractured right pinkie finger yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for at least…

  2. Nationals activating Chien-Ming Wang for first start since 2009

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang‘s rehab outing didn’t go very well yesterday, as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings at Triple-A, but the Nationals have decided he’s ready for the big leagues anyway. Or, more accurately, Wang’s rehab stint will reach the 30-day maximum Wednesday and unless a new injury is found the Nationals…

  3. Johan Santana could be cleared for rehab start next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana is about 10 months removed from shoulder surgery and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he might be ready for a return to game action in the minors. Santana threw a three-inning simulated game today and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, at which point the Mets could clear…

  4. After two years off and numerous setbacks, Brandon Webb needs another shoulder surgery

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009, undergoing shoulder surgery that August and experiencing multiple setbacks on the road to recovery. And now he’s going under the knife again, with Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reporting that the former Cy Young winner will have rotator cuff surgery on August 1.…

  5. Luke Scott comes off DL, will play through torn shoulder again

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Atlanta Braves

    Hitting two homers in a Double-A game yesterday apparently convinced the Orioles that Luke Scott was done resting and rehabbing his shoulder injury, because he’s off the disabled list and back in the lineup for tonight’s game. Scott performed horribly while trying to play through a partially torn labrum, hitting .187 in a 35-game stretch…

  6. Fractured back healed, David Wright returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    For the first time since May 15 the Mets will have David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran in the lineup together, with Wright coming off the disabled list after missing the past 58 games with a stress fracture in his lower back. And they may not have more a week together, with Beltran seemingly…

  7. After one week off, Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Mike Quade just announced that Carlos Marmol is back to being the Cubs’ closer, meaning his break/demotion from the role lasted all of a week and included just one non-closer appearance. Marmol walked two batters in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Monday, but also recorded two strikeouts after failing to strike out a…

  8. Report: Pat Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs”

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Chicago radio station WSCR-670 (and later the Chicago Tribune) reported that the Cubs had talked to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick about taking a potential role with the team. The next day Cubs president Tom Ricketts denied having any talks with Gillick, saying: “Reports of a conversation are unfounded.” And now…

  9. Phillies activate Brad Lidge from DL, drop Danys Baez

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Phillies have activated Brad Lidge from the disabled list after the former closer missed the first 97 games of the season with shoulder and elbow problems. To make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Lidge they designated Danys Baez for assignment, which is a move that’s been a long…

  10. Edward Mujica would take over as the Marlins’ closer if Leo Nunez is traded

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Marlins closer Leo Nunez has been the subject of numerous trade rumors as the team contemplates cashing in a good but not great reliever whose value is inflated by his save total. If they do end up moving Nunez before the July 31 trade deadline manager Jack McKeon told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  11. Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury, but yesterday manager Joe Girardi told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’ll “probably” be cleared to come off the disabled list by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before the injury, but turned in five straight…

  12. Kyle Lohse cleared to make next start despite finger injury

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Kyle Lohse has been cleared to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday after leaving the Cardinals to have his injured right index finger examined by team doctors in St. Louis yesterday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so Lohse has been placed…

  13. Justin Verlander has thrown 100+ pitches in 40 straight starts

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander shut down the Twins last night, holding Minnesota to one run in eight innings while improving to 13-5 with a 2.24 ERA. He also threw 126 pitches, which would be a noteworthy workload for just about anyone but Verlander, as he’s thrown at least 125 pitches five times this season and has yet…

  14. Cubs willing to eat millions to move Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Alfonso Soriano said earlier this week that he wouldn’t use his no-trade rights to block a move from Chicago, but as I wrote yesterday that won’t lead to a deal unless the Cubs are willing to eat a significant portion of the $18 million he’s owed in each of the next three seasons. And sure…

  15. Josh Hamilton ditches custom sunglasses after going 0-for-3

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    In an effort to solve his problems hitting in day games Josh Hamilton wore a pair of specially designed sunglasses yesterday, but after going 0-for-3 he ditched the shades in his final plate appearance … and drew a walk. Hamilton has also tried eye drops and what Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas describes as “lid…

  16. Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Anti-inflammatory medication didn’t do the trick, so Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain and swelling caused by a bulging disc in his lower back” yesterday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. He hasn’t been in the Phillies’ lineup since July 4 and has struggled to hit while playing through the injury…

  17. Marlins interested in Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Brandon Inge has said he’ll accept a demotion to the minors after being designated for assignment by the Tigers following yesterday’s trade for Wilson Betemit, but now Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “looking at” Inge. According to Frisaro “the Marlins have made it clear that they are seeking veteran experience at…

  18. Twins expected to get Jason Kubel back from DL tomorrow

    Jul 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    It sounds like the Twins are ready to welcome Jason Kubel back from the disabled list after he went 3-for-5 with a homer at Triple-A yesterday and 1-for-3 with a walk there today. Kubel has been out since May 30 with a sprained foot and his rehab timetable got delayed by setbacks several times, but…

  19. Mike Rizzo and the Nationals are feuding with their own Single-A team and things are getting ugly

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Last week Washington general manager Mike Rizzo went public with his complaints about the field conditions in Potomac, which is home to the Nationals’ high Single-A affiliate, calling them “dangerous” and “a safety threat.” That apparently didn’t sit very well with Potomac owner Art Silber, who fired back in the Washington Times today: He clearly…

  20. Daniel Bard sets Red Sox record with 21 straight scoreless appearances

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Daniel Bard allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Opening Day. Since then he’s allowed a grand total of seven runs in 47 innings, including a Red Sox-record 21 straight scoreless appearances dating all the way back to May 23. Or as Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com put it: “The last time Daniel Bard…

  21. Stat of the Day: ERA leaders since the beginning of 2009

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw’s latest masterpiece got me thinking about where he ranks among the best pitchers in baseball. And not just this season, but during the past 2-3 years. In three seasons as a full-time member of the Dodgers’ rotation Kershaw has posted ERAs of 2.79, 2.91, and now 2.72, with 564 strikeouts compared to just…

  22. Jose Canseco is having a rough day, you guys

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Of all the potential things to become known for after retiring from professional baseball, doing weird, vaguely controversial stuff and complaining about various incidents on Twitter seems like an ideal fit for Jose Canseco. Along those lines his latest project involves what appears to be a messy breakup and … well, I’ll let Canseco’s tweets…

  23. White Sox lose backup catcher Ramon Castro to broken hand

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Lost in Ozzie Guillen’s postgame rant last night is that the White Sox learned they’ll be without backup catcher Ramon Castro for 8-12 weeks due to the broken right hand and index finger he suffered on July 9. Castro was injured when Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla pulled his bat back after looking to bunt…

  24. Kyle Lohse leaves Cardinals to have “finger issue” examined

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    Another day, another injury for the Cardinals. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Kyle Lohse has left the team and is returning to St. Louis to have doctors examine what manager Tony La Russa called “a finger issue.” No one was able to provide much in the way of details beyond…

  25. Adrian Beltre owns Dan Haren

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with a double against Dan Haren last night, continuing his career-long dominance over one of the best starters in baseball. Beltre has now faced Haren in a total of 56 plate appearances and he’s batted .460 with 10 extra-base hits and six walks for a ridiculous 1.278 OPS. What makes that…

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