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  1. David Wright scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that David Wright is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday at Single-A. There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but manager Terry Collins told Rubin that Wright will likely need at least 30-40 at-bats in the minors before the Mets consider activating him from the disabled…

  2. Luke Scott “progressing” enough to avoid in-season surgery

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    When a partially torn shoulder labrum finally sent Luke Scott to the disabled list last week there was speculation that he might end up opting for season-ending surgery, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that he “seems to be progressing” and “surgery does not seem necessary at this point.” Scott struggled mightily while…

  3. Scott Boras charmed the cargo shorts off the SABR crowd

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    sabr41 pic14

    I won’t bore you with many details from my trip to the SABR convention in California last week–if for some insane reason you want the details, click here–but there was one interesting event actually related to baseball that seems particularly relevant to HBT. Scott Boras (also known as “super agent Scott Boras”) gave the keynote…

  4. Shuffling the deck chairs: Dodgers acquire Juan Rivera from Blue Jays, drop Marcus Thames

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Rivera_Juan

    I’m not sure if this means the Dodgers think they’re buyers at 41-51 or what, but they’ve acquired Juan Rivera from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or “cash considerations” while designating Marcus Thames for assignment. Setting aside the absurdity of the Dodgers sending “cash considerations” to another team–surely the Blue…

  5. With no fans to fill seats, Marlins close upper deck

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Florida Marlins

    After a good start the Marlins have plummeted to last place in the NL East at 43-48 and rank dead last among MLB teams in attendance with 17,101 per game. And that’s tickets sold, which as I learned while attending games at Dodger Stadium a couple times last week can be incredibly misleading. With no…

  6. Reds have Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez “on their radar”

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds “have Ubaldo Jimenez on their radar” but also says “the Rockies will not trade Jimenez unless it is a perfect fit” and “the Reds are not certain buyers.” In other words … who knows. Rosenthal notes that the Reds, at 45-47 and four games back in the…

  7. Angels and Pirates “engaged in serious talks” about Jeff Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Mathis_Jeff

    Pittsburgh’s quest for catching help following injuries to Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit led them contact the Angels about Jeff Mathis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Morosi reports that the Pirates and Angels “engaged in serious talks” about Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap, but “the discussions fell apart after Pirates officials decided they couldn’t part…

  8. Good luck with that: David Ortiz wants a two-year contract extension from the Red Sox

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    During the All-Star game media session impending free agent David Ortiz told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that he wants the Red Sox to give him a two-year contract extension with an third-year option. Silverman kindly writes that Ortiz “is a couple of years beyond the age when the Red Sox normally get extremely…

  9. Gone nerding: 2011 SABR convention recap (with pictures!)

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    sabr41logo

    For anyone wondering where I’ve been during the past week or so–and just to be clear, that “anyone” is purely hypothetical–I wrote a very lengthy, picture-filled recap of my trip to Long Beach, California for the 41st annual SABR convention. If you’re into pictures of pale fat guys drinking, playing poker, and wearing cargo shorts…

  10. Brad Lidge needs “about six more appearances” in the minors

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge threw a scoreless inning last night at Double-A in his fourth minor-league rehab appearance, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be cleared to return from the disabled list this week. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lidge “still could require about six more appearances” in the minors before the Phillies consider…

  11. “Nothing” to report of Red Sox’s interest in Matt Garza

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Yesterday when Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Red Sox were interested in Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, Calcaterra noted that it’s been a while since any rumors in Rogers’ weekly column “actually happened.” And now 24 hours later Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com talked to “a baseball source familiar with the Cubs’ thinking”…

  12. Troy Tulowitzki out of the lineup, but says quadriceps injury “not serious”

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki is out of the Rockies’ lineup tonight, but the shortstop told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that his quadriceps injury “is not serious.” Instead he’s merely “a little sore” and “have learned the hard way I can’t rush it.” However, according to Renck he’s likely to miss “the next few games.” Tulowitzki…

  13. Rockies recall third baseman Ian Stewart from Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    ian stewart rockies

    Ian Stewart has rejoined the Rockies following a two-month demotion to Triple-A, although his current stay may be a brief one. He’s in the starting lineup tonight, playing third base and batting seventh, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post speculates that Stewart will likely be headed back to the minors if Carlos Gonzalez and…

  14. He’s baaaaack: Albert Pujols returns from fractured wrist, but not in lineup tonight

    Jul 5, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: Pujols has officially been activated from the disabled list after going through pregame workouts, but surprisingly he’s not in the starting lineup tonight. He is, however, available to pinch-hit. ========== Amazing. Brian Stull of 101-ESPN in St. Louis reports that doctors have cleared Albert Pujols to return just two weeks after a fractured wrist…

  15. Torn labrum finally sends Luke Scott to DL, surgery possible

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    Luke Scott has played through a torn shoulder labrum for much of the season, with horrible results, and now the Orioles have finally decided to shut him down. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Scott will be placed on the disabled list after hitting just .223 with a .712 OPS that’s 135 points…

  16. Ted Lilly’s sore left elbow has “been off and on for a while”

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly

    Ted Lilly has allowed six runs in each of his last three starts and had his next turn in the rotation pushed back a day because of what Ken Gurnick of MLB.com calls “a tender left elbow.” And even while trying to downplay the injury’s impact on his recent performance Lilly told Gurnick that his…

  17. Injured, slumping Placido Polanco will play in All-Star game

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    polanco fist bump

    Placido Polanco has slumped horribly following a great first month, hitting just .219 with a .541 OPS in 56 games since May 1, and admitted yesterday that he’s struggled to play through a back injury that has led to leg numbness and “doesn’t feel right.” The injury and two-month slump didn’t keep him from being…

  18. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez becoming the next great Yankees shortstop

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    eduardo-nunez-yankees

    A funny thing happened while Derek Jeter was on the disabled list with a calf injury, as the Yankees went 14-4 without him in the lineup and fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez hit .339 with a .906 OPS. Jeter’s ongoing decline combined with Nunez’s impressive work in his absence has an awful lot of Yankees fans…

  19. Shane Victorino leaves Phillies to have thumb examined

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Injuries continue to pile up for the Phillies, as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that center fielder Shane Victorino has left the team in Florida and traveled back to Philadelphia to have his thumb examined by a hand specialist. Victorino injured his thumb Sunday and missed yesterday’s game while wearing a protective sleeve, with Michael…

  20. Mike Stanton to see specialist for blurred vision that’s “like looking through something hazy”

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    Mike Stanton hasn’t homered since June 11, which is the longest drought of the slugger’s young career, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Stanton will see a specialist tomorrow regarding blurred vision stemming from an eye infection. Stanton missed three games because of the infection last month and told Spencer that he’s…

  21. Ryan Madson won’t be back before the All-Star break

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    When the Phillies placed Ryan Madson on the disabled list they downplayed the severity of his hand injury, but yesterday the team officially ruled out his returning before the All-Star break. Madson last pitched on June 18, so he’s already eligible to come off the DL, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he only…

  22. Are the Braves riding dominant duo of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel into the ground?

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    venters and kimbrel

    Now that we’ve passed the midway point of the season I thought it would be interesting to examine reliever workloads to see which pitchers have been ridden the hardest in the first half. Atlanta’s late-inning duo of lefty setup man Jonny Venters and righty closer Craig Kimbrel has been incredibly dominant, combining for 2.01 ERA…

  23. Grant Balfour expected to rejoin A’s bullpen Thursday

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Balfour_Grant

    Assuming his rehab outing at Triple-A goes well tomorrow night Grant Balfour is expected to come off the disabled list Thursday, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com Balfour has been out for the past two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but reported no problems following a bullpen session yesterday and told Lee: “I want…

  24. Derek Jeter back from DL and leading off for Yankees

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As expected, the Yankees have activated Derek Jeter from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians and he’s back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter. Not only is his .324 on-base percentage the worst of Jeter’s career, it’s the lowest OBP among the nine Yankees hitters with at least 150 plate appearances…

  25. Tweet(s) of the Day: Ozzie Guillen really likes “Cake Boss”

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    cake boss

    Ozzie Guillen just posted three consecutive tweets expressing his love for the TLC reality show Cake Boss: Cake boss u are the man omg I have to meet this guy. Buddy you are out this world so awesome This a real reality show Cake boss bad ass If you’re not familiar, Cake Boss is a…

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