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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Hey, look at that: Ryan Madson thriving as the Phillies’ closer

    May 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last month when Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list I wrote that it may actually be a semi-positive thing for the Phillies because the injuries gave Ryan Madson a chance to prove that he can be a standout closer. Far too many Phillies fans had convinced themselves that Madson couldn’t possibly get…

  2. Desperate times: Red Sox considering Kevin Millwood

    May 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka joining John Lackey on the disabled list has the Red Sox searching for rotation help and Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that they’re desperate enough to consider Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees near the end of spring training, only to opt out of the contract two…

  3. Alex Rodriguez to have surgically repaired hip “checked out”

    May 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Alex Rodriguez will “have his surgically-repaired right hip checked out” after hitting coach Kevin Long noticed that he had difficulty making “a lower-body adjustment to bring balance back to his swing.” Rodriguez told Carig that the hip isn’t causing any pain or discomfort, emphasizing that “it’s…

  4. UPDATE: Colby Rasmus sits out fourth straight game

    May 18, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rasmus is out of the lineup again today. ========== Colby Rasmus missed his third straight game with an abdominal injury last night, but an ultrasound showed no structural damage and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that he “appears to be very close to a return to the starting lineup.” According to Leach “he’s dealing…

  5. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s injury “consistent with UCL sprain”

    May 18, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list yesterday with an elbow injury and today the Red Sox announced that an MRI exam revealed “elbow tightness consistent with a UCL sprain and flexor mass strain.” Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Matsuzaka will be re-examined again in two weeks, but UCL sprains often end up requiring…

  6. Nationals GM rules out calling up Bryce Harper this season

    May 18, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    During a radio interview today Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that 18-year-old stud prospect Bryce Harper won’t be playing in the majors this season. Here’s an excerpt from the interview, via Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington: It’s not gonna happen, because he’s not ready for that to happen. He’s got to…

  7. Josh Hamilton cleared to begin rehab assignment tonight

    May 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton has been cleared for game action after sitting out the past month with a fractured arm and will begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Double-A. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Hamilton will serve as a designated hitter tonight and tomorrow, at which point he’ll likely move up to Triple-A. Nelson Cruz,…

  8. Joaquin Benoit demoted from setup role 16 appearances after signing $16 million deal

    May 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Joaquin Benoit was nearly unhittable for the Rays last season, throwing 60 innings with a 1.34 ERA, .147 opponents’ batting average, and 75/11 K/BB ratio. That earned him a three-year, $16.5 million deal from the Tigers as a free agent, but after allowing 15 runs in his first 16 appearances Benoit has been demoted from…

  9. Franklin Gutierrez returns from DL after missing first 41 games with irritable bowel syndrome

    May 18, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Franklin Gutierrez‘s stomach problems dating back to last season were finally diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome last month and the Mariners’ center fielder has been activated from the disabled list after missing the first 41 games. Gutierrez’s production suffered down the stretch last season, but even at less than full strength he almost can’t help…

  10. Questionable call leads to Mariners loss, Eric Wedge ejection

    May 18, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez had a great pitchers’ duel last night, with the Twins taking a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning in Seattle. With a runner on first base and one out Jack Cust hit a ground ball to third baseman Danny Valencia, who decided to throw to second base…

  11. Padres rewarded for sticking with slow-starting Brad Hawpe

    May 18, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

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    Brad Hawpe had the worst season of his career in 2010, signed a one-year deal with San Diego as a free agent, and hit just .098 through 18 games, at which point there was speculation about when the Padres would drop him and perhaps even call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo ahead of schedule. Instead…

  12. Great moments in reporters quoting anonymous scouts

    May 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Reporters are quoting anonymous scouts with more and more frequency, often substituting scouts’ opinions for actual analysis and conveniently using them to drive specific storylines. All of which leads to some amusing series of events. For instance, yesterday afternoon Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted: And then last night, just hours later, this happened: Not bad…

  13. Justin Morneau is healthy, but hitting just .223 with one homer in concussion comeback

    May 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    The biggest question mark facing the Twins coming into the season was whether Justin Morneau would be in the lineup after missing the final three months of last season following a concussion. Morneau got a late start in spring training, got a few days off early in the schedule, and has spent more time at…

  14. Indians minor leaguer, former first-round pick John Drennen suspended for fertility drug

    May 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Indians minor leaguer John Drennen has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the banned substance Clomphene, which according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer “is a female fertility drug used to start ovulation.” Drennen, who was the 33rd overall pick in the 2005 draft, is hitting .267 with three homers and…

  15. Jorge Posada is back in the Yankees’ lineup … hitting seventh

    May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if all the drama was worth it for Jorge Posada, but at the very least he got his wish. Posada is back in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays and he’s hitting seventh, rather than the ninth spot that bothered him so much over the weekend. He’s started as…

  16. Yankees place Rafael Soriano on DL with elbow injury

    May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: No word yet on a return timetable, but as expected the Yankees have placed Soriano on the disabled list. ========== Already ruled out for the two-game series against the Rays that began last night, Rafael Soriano had to cut short his bullpen session due to elbow soreness and has flown back to New York…

  17. Mike Quade after blown lead, loss: “That was embarrassing”

    May 17, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Cubs manager Mike Quade wasn’t very happy in the clubhouse after his team turned a four-run lead after six innings into a 7-4 loss to the Reds. Here’s some of what he said: That was embarrassing.That [stuff] has got to stop. And it’s everybody that was in that room for that meeting. Myself, the players…

  18. White Sox put Mark Teahen on DL, call up Dallas McPherson

    May 17, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Mark Teahen had hoped to avoid the disabled list after straining his oblique muscle last Wednesday, but after leaving him on the active roster as long as possible the White Sox have put him on the shelf and called up Dallas McPherson from Triple-A. McPherson was once a top prospect with the Angels, but injuries…

  19. Former manager Bob Melvin rejoins the Diamondbacks as a “special baseball advisor”

    May 17, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Bob Melvin was fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager in mid-2009 after compiling a 337-340 (.498) record in four-plus seasons on the job, but he’s rejoined the organization as a “special baseball advisor” to team president Derrick Hall. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Melvin “will assist not just the baseball operations department, but also other…

  20. Joe Mauer’s rehab progresses to extended spring training

    May 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    There’s still no timetable for his return from bilateral leg weakness, but Joe Mauer is taking a significant step in his recovery by reporting to extended spring training in Florida. For now he’ll merely work out in Fort Myers alongside Jim Thome and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, building up strength in his surgically repaired knee after admitting…

  21. Orlando Hudson expected to rejoin Padres on Thursday

    May 17, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Orlando Hudson completed a brief minor-league rehab assignment last night and is expected to return from the disabled list when eligible Thursday, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. Hudson has been out since May 4 with a strained hamstring and didn’t hit much prior to the injury, but had already matched his career-high with 10…

  22. Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew dies after battle with cancer

    May 17, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Harmon Killebrew entered into hospice care last week following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and the Twins just announced that the Hall of Famer passed away this morning at age 74. Killebrew is arguably the greatest player in Twins history and one of the greatest power hitters in MLB history, ranking fifth all time in…

  23. Franklin Gutierrez on verge of return from stomach problems

    May 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has yet to play this season due to ongoing stomach problems that date back to last year, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Gold Glove center fielder “will rejoin the team as early as Wednesday” barring a setback. Gutierrez has been playing at Triple-A and Eric Wedge told Baker…

  24. Royals calling up prospect Danny Duffy for Wednesday start

    May 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kyle Davies leaving last night’s start after just one inning with a shoulder injury was terrible news for Vin Mazzaro, who took one for the team while allowing a remarkable 14 runs in 2.1 innings of relief. However, it ultimately may be good news for the Royals. Davies has long been one of the worst…

  25. Rafael Soriano unavailable for two-game series against Rays

    May 16, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano won’t be facing his old teammates in a two-game series that begins tonight, as the reliever’s elbow soreness will keep him unavailable against the Rays. Soriano walked two in a scoreless inning Friday for his only action since May 8, but told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s hoping to throw a problem-free…

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