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  1. Chris Carpenter throws problem-free bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Chris Carpenter left last week’s start with a hamstring injury and then had to cut short Sunday’s bullpen session when he felt a “twinge” in the same area, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he successfully completed a problem-free bullpen session today. Carpenter described the 12-minute session as “definitely way…

  2. Neftali Feliz scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    One day after admitting that he’d prefer to remain a closer rather than join the rotation the Rangers announced that Neftali Feliz will pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow against the A’s. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve given up on making him a starter, as Feliz is scheduled to go well beyond a closer’s workload…

  3. Derrek Lee to have injured right wrist examined by specialist

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters this afternoon that Derrek Lee‘s spring training debut “is not imminent” and revealed that the veteran first baseman will have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. After struggling for much of last season Lee underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in November…

  4. Mark Trumbo’s power is turning heads in Angels camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Kendry Morales‘ uncertain status as he comes back from the broken leg that ended his 2010 season after 51 games has potentially opened the door for a minor leaguer to grab a roster spot and perhaps even a prominent early season role for the Angels. So far at least Mark Trumbo looks like the man…

  5. Ryan Madson hopes to stay with the Phillies, but wants to be a closer

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson is in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal and the setup man told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he “would love the opportunity to stay and finish my career here.” Madson also told Gelb that he’d like the chance to be a closer and with the Phillies likely…

  6. Baby steps: A.J. Burnett throws three perfect innings

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    It says a lot about how far A.J. Burnett has fallen that his throwing three perfect innings in an early March spring training game qualifies as news, but here we are. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Burnett threw 30 of 45 pitches for strikes yesterday and drew positive reviews from both…

  7. Matt Cain “let it go with no hesitation” in bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start last week with elbow inflammation, but returned to the mound yesterday for a bullpen session and manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that “he let it go with no hesitation.” Bochy told Chris Haft of MLB.com that Cain will likely be asked to throw batting practice or a…

  8. After eight months on the sidelines Justin Morneau is playing in a “B” game today

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Justin Morneau is starting at first base and batting cleanup in this morning’s “B” game between the Twins and Pirates, marking the first time he’s been in any lineup since suffering a concussion more than eight months ago. Normally a former MVP seeing game action for the first time since last July would have been…

  9. Joel Zumaya shut down for “at least” one week with more elbow problems

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Dr. James Andrews provided a second opinion on Joel Zumaya‘s injured elbow and confirmed that there’s no structural damage, but the Tigers announced that the oft-injured reliever will be shut down for “at least” one week. Zumaya has said–perhaps more out of frustration than fact–that he’d give serious thought to retiring if he suffers another…

  10. Domonic Brown set for surgery tomorrow; out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    As expected, Dominic Brown will undergo surgery tomorrow on the broken hamate bone in his right hand and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Hamate injuries can be tough to recover from, particularly for power hitters, as it often takes a while before their full strength returns. It’s an unfortunate setback for one of the…

  11. Carlos Silva pitched horribly again, but did manage to avoid fighting any teammates

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    The bad news? Carlos Silva got rocked again this afternoon, following two scoreless frames by coughing up eight runs in a disastrous third inning against the Angels. The good news? He exited the game without incident, avoiding a fight with anyone in his own dugout for what is now one consecutive game. Silva, who’s talked…

  12. Neftali Feliz wants to remain a closer even as the Rangers groom him to join the rotation

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    My assumption has been that Neftali Feliz is on board with the Rangers giving him an opportunity to join the rotation this season, but today the reigning Rookie of the Year told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that he’d prefer to remain a reliever: I’m comfortable there and I’ve done it before at…

  13. Astros interested in Nationals catcher Jesus Flores

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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    Jesus Flores seemed like a natural target for the Astros now that they’re pursuing catching help in the wake of Jason Castro‘s season-ending injury and sure enough Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that they’re “looking at” Flores. Any trade would likely be dependent on Flores showing that he’s healthy after missing nearly two years with…

  14. Nick Johnson’s minor league contract with Indians includes 2012 option

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson‘s minor-league deal with the Indians was first reported last Tuesday, but the two sides didn’t get around to actually finalizing (and announcing) the contract until this afternoon. Johnson won’t be ready for Opening Day after undergoing three wrist surgeries in the past year, but will be in line to receive $750,000 if he…

  15. Miguel Olivo out indefinitely with strained groin muscle

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Miguel Olivo was carted off the field during Saturday’s game after falling to the ground in pain from a groin injury and an MRI exam revealed that he has a strained adductor muscle. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times “there’s no real timeline on when he may be able to return to action”…

  16. Chris Carpenter doubtful for Friday start after feeling “twinge” in injured hamstring

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter had been hoping to get back on the mound Friday after leaving his start last week with a hamstring injury, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that’s now “doubtful” after the former Cy Young winner felt a “twinge” in the hamstring during a bullpen session yesterday. According to Strauss…

  17. Mat Latos freaked out a little bit after yesterday’s ugly outing

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    It’s not quite Carlos Silva scuffling with a teammate in the dugout because the defense made an error behind him in an exhibition game, but Padres ace Mat Latos had a mini-freakout following a rough spring training start yesterday. Don Norcross of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Latos, who has been known to…

  18. You decide: Twins beat reporter or 80s/90s utility infielder?

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Having witnessed an “are you Al Newman?” moment first-hand when I was in the press box at Target Field with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune last season, I got a chuckle out of this tweet from the Twins beat reporter who is frequently confused for the former Twins utility infielder: Don’t…

  19. Astros in market for catching help after Jason Castro’s injury

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Jason Castro‘s season-ending knee injury leaves the Astros with career-long backup Humberto Quintero and prospect bust J.R. Towles atop the catching depth chart, so not surprisingly Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that they’re now looking to add a veteran backstop. According to Campbell the Astros are already about $2 million over their $80…

  20. Former No. 1 overall pick Matt Anderson hoping comeback leads to spot in Phillies’ bullpen

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Matt Anderson was a bust of a No. 1 overall pick for the Tigers in 1997, posting a 5.19 ERA in 257 career innings and throwing his last big-league pitch at age 28 despite lighting up radar guns with a high-90s (and sometimes low-100s) fastball. He was last seen coughing up 17 runs in 10…

  21. Adam Dunn should visit Baseball-Reference.com some time

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman has an article about Adam Dunn “embracing” the designated hitter role with the White Sox after initially wanting to remain in the National League. Most of the piece revolves around his $56 million contract and his plans for being comfortable at DH, but there’s also this section about Dunn and his new hitter-friendly…

  22. Tim McCarver signs two-year contract extension with FOX

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Presented without comment, from Michael McCarthy of USA Today: Fox Sports is signing two-year contract extensions with Tim McCarver and Darrell Waltrip, its lead TV analysts for baseball and NASCAR coverage, respectively. The extensions are expected to be announced this week, said Fox spokesman Dan Bell, and will take McCarver through the end of Fox’s…

  23. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out with bug bite infection

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched. According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.” Yost added that it’s “nothing…

  24. Rangers extend GM Jon Daniels’ contract through 2015

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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    As expected the Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels have agreed to a contract extension, with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reporting that the deal will run through the 2015 season. Daniels was already signed for this season, so the new contract is a four-year deal. Texas has a 411-399 (.507) record since…

  25. Coco Crisp was being followed by “secret service” at time of DUI arrest

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

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    TMZ and the Arizona Republic have a more details on Coco Crisp‘s DUI arrest earlier this week, including that the police report notes he answered “secret service” when asked if he knew who was driving the other car on the road with him that also pulled over when the sirens flashed. Crisp told police “there…

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