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  1. Bruised hand sends Phillies closer Ryan Madson to DL

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    Apparently serving as the Phillies’ closer is hazardous to your health. Brad Lidge has been on the disabled list all season with a shoulder injury, shortly after replacing him in the ninth inning Jose Contreras was shut down with an elbow injury, and now Ryan Madson has been put on the shelf with a bruised…

  2. White Sox GM on signing Adam Dunn for $56 million: “I would make the same move tomorrow”

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn, Ken Williams

    Adam Dunn is hitting .173 with 100 strikeouts in 67 games, including a ridiculous 1-for-53 mark against lefties, but White Sox general manager Ken Williams said yesterday that he’d sign the struggling slugger to a four-year, $56 million deal again. “I would make the same move tomorrow,” Williams told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago…

  3. Adam Wainwright’s “modest goal” is to be on the Cardinals’ playoff roster

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Expecting to miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery during spring training, Adam Wainwright has progressed far enough in his recovery that the Cardinals right-hander is now hoping to pitch in 2011. “My modest goal is try to talk them into letting me play on the playoff roster in October,” Wainwright told Rick…

  4. Rangers reliever Darren O’Day nearing return from hip surgery

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Rangers setup man Darren O’Day is on the verge of coming off the disabled list two months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. O’Day isn’t exactly a household name, but his returning healthy would be a huge boost to the Rangers’ bullpen. In parts of three seasons in Texas the…

  5. Rockies “have expressed interest in” Dodgers’ Jamey Carroll

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado second basemen have hit just .240 with a .641 OPS that ranks 21st among MLB teams and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Dodgers utility man Jamey Carroll “is among the targets” the Rockies are pursuing. According to Renck the Rockies would also like to improve the rotation, but may promote a…

  6. Joe Mauer taking reps at first base with Justin Morneau out

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    joe mauer twins first base

    Justin Morneau‘s third major injury in three years has the Twins talking about using Joe Mauer somewhere other than catcher for the first time and he took some reps at first base prior to tonight’s game. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com snapped the attached photo and Mauer got some personal instruction from manager Ron Gardenhire. When…

  7. Indians call up third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    After falling out of first place by beginning the month 8-16 the Indians have turned to their farm system for help, calling up standout third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall in time for tonight’s game in Arizona. Chisenhall’s numbers in the minors haven’t been jaw-dropping and include a modest .265 batting average and .779 OPS in…

  8. Jim Riggleman lands job as guest analyst on CSN Chicago

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    It didn’t take long for Jim Riggleman to find work after resigning as Nationals manager last week, as CSN Chicago just announced that he’ll serve as a guest analyst on their pregame and postgame broadcast during the White Sox-Cubs series. Riggleman was the Cubs’ manager from 1995 through 1999, going 374-419 (.472), and the CSN…

  9. Joakim Soria has thrown 12 scoreless innings since demotion

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    In late May the Royals stripped Joakim Soria of closing duties after back-to-back blown saves, but he reclaimed the job a week later and has been his usual unhittable self since, throwing 12 scoreless innings with a 12/2 K/BB ratio and .098 opponents’ batting average. Soria’s season totals are still below his lofty standards, but…

  10. Cardinals activate David Freese and Nick Punto from DL

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    David Freese

    St. Louis’ packed disabled list got a little lighter today, as the Cardinals activated third baseman David Freese and utility infielder Nick Punto. Freese has been out for two months with a broken left hand, but hit .356 with an .865 OPS in 25 games before the injury and will slide right back into the…

  11. Astros will be sellers, but “unlikely to trade” Hunter Pence

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    Houston has MLB’s worst record at 28-51, which puts them on a 57-105 pace and all but guarantees the Astros will be trying to unload various veterans for any kind of long-term help they can get before the trade deadline. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com “the Astros remain unlikely to trade right fielder…

  12. Adam Dunn reaches 100 strikeouts in his 67th game

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn struck out four times yesterday to reach 100 strikeouts for the season, which is pretty remarkable considering the White Sox have played 79 games and Dunn himself has appeared in just 67 of them. To put that in some context, 100 strikeouts in 67 games works out to 239 strikeouts per 160 games…

  13. Marlon Byrd to begin rehab assignment and wear specially designed helmet

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    marlon byrd helmet

    Marlon Byrd has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment five weeks after suffering facial fractures from a beaning and the Cubs center fielder showed Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune the special protective helmet he’ll wear. As for how long he’ll wear it, Byrd told Sullivan that he’s not sure yet: I might…

  14. Mike Quade on Starlin Castro’s lack of hustle: “It better not happen again”

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

    I’m sure Jack McKeon would have benched Starlin Castro for the rest of the decade by now, but Cubs manager Mike Quade has taken a less extreme approach to handling the 21-year-old shortstop’s lack of hustle. In the first inning of yesterday’s game Castro failed to run after a ground ball that went past him…

  15. Twins’ momentum vanishes as they fall back into last place

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Digging out of their massive early season hole seemed possible and then some when the Twins chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner from last Tuesday’s game with an eight-run first inning. They’d won eight in a row as part of a 15-2 stretch that improved the Twins from an MLB-worst 17-37 to 32-39, miraculously bringing .500…

  16. Mariners won’t limit rookie Michael Pineda’s workload

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April the Mariners indicated that they planned to limit Michael Pineda‘s workload, but never got into specifics as pitching coach Carl Willis said: “We’ll come up with a number, maybe another month in.” We’re now another two months in and apparently they’ve changed their minds, at least somewhat, as Willis told Greg Johns…

  17. Aaron Harang (foot) unlikely to return before All-Star break

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday as he recovers from a foot injury, but manager Bud Black told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that the right-hander is unlikely to rejoin the Padres’ rotation before the All-Star break. Harang provided a nice return on the Padres’ modest $4 million offseason investment by throwing…

  18. A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy has some interesting thoughts about “The Golden Girls”

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    golden girls

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison gets all the attention for being worthwhile follow on Twitter–and rightfully so, because he’s great–but A’s starter Brandon McCarthy has flown under the radar a bit as an interesting, funny tweeter. For instance, he just posted these deep thoughts about “The Golden Girls”: The Golden Girls isn’t as enjoyable when you…

  19. Justin Morneau to undergo neck surgery, expected to miss six weeks

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau just can’t catch a break. After sitting out nine months following a concussion last July he returned to the Twins’ lineup to hit just .225 with four homers and a .619 OPS in 55 games before being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury last week. And now Jim Souhan of…

  20. Jose Contreras out 4-6 weeks; Phillies may pursue Heath Bell

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list, with Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia writing that he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained forearm, and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that “the Phillies are asking around about bullpen help.” Olney doesn’t get into specifics about who’re they’re “asking around about” yet, but did…

  21. Nationals name John McLaren interim manager, but will pick new guy (Davey Johnson?) by Monday

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    As expected, John McLaren has officially been named the Nationals’ interim manager following Jim Riggleman’s resignation yesterday, but apparently he’s not long for the job either. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that McLaren will manage the team this weekend but “general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.” Most of…

  22. Phillies place Roy Oswalt on disabled list, release J.C. Romero

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is worried about his back problems forcing him into retirement, so it’s no surprise that the Phillies have placed him on the disabled list before even waiting for the results of the MRI exam scheduled for Monday. There seems to be a legitimate fear that he’ll never pitch again and if he does…

  23. Reds activate Aroldis Chapman from DL after shaky 30-day rehab assignment

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman‘s minor-league rehab assignment wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but after a maximum 30-day stint recovering from shoulder inflammation (and control problems) the Reds have activated him from the disabled list. Chapman allowed 12 runs in 13 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but did post a strong 20/8 K/BB ratio and threw a scoreless inning…

  24. Jim Thome not ready to return, “still having some issues”

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but instead the 40-year-old designated hitter will likely remain on the sidelines through at least the weekend with his back and quadriceps injuries. Ron Gardenhire told 1500-ESPN that Thome “is still having some issues” while rehabbing at extended spring training in Florida. He’s been…

  25. Guessing the preferred drinks of big league managers

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    bartenders manual

    It’s tough to say for sure from just looking at a cellphone picture, but I’m going to guess that Jim Riggleman was downing Jack and Cokes while “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night. He seems like a Jack and Coke kind of guy, although probably Diet Coke because he has…

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