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  1. Tony La Russa on Albert Pujols’ rehab assignment: “He doesn’t need it”

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not only are the Cardinals hoping Albert Pujols will be able to come back from a fractured wrist shortly after the All-Star break instead of the initial August return timetable, manager Tony La Russa said yesterday that they expect him to rejoin the lineup without even requiring a minor-league rehab assignment. “He doesn’t need it,”…

  2. Nationals promote Bryce Harper to Double-A at age 18

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper jumped directly to low Single-A to begin his pro career despite being just 18 years old and after dominating the South Atlantic League for a half-season the Nationals have decided they’ve seen enough from him in the low minors. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper has been promoted to Double-A, bypassing high…

  3. Elbow problems send Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz to DL

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Despite an outstanding track record that includes a dominant season for the White Sox last year J.J. Putz was available to the Diamondbacks at a relative discount this offseason because of his injury history. Putz provided a great early return on Arizona’s two-year, $10 million investment, converting all 16 save chances with a 1.45 ERA…

  4. Josh Johnson now hoping to return “at some point in August”

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson has been out since mid-May with a shoulder injury that was supposed to take just a couple weeks, but he received some good news from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and is now hoping to return “at some point in August,” according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Andrews found no structural damage in…

  5. Mets reliever Taylor Buchholz out for “foreseeable future” with depression and anxiety

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Buchholz_Taylor

    Taylor Buchholz has been on the disabled list since late May with a shoulder injury, but the Mets just announced that the reliever will remain on the shelf for the “foreseeable future” due to depression and anxiety. There’s probably a joke to be made here about playing for the Mets causing depression, but I tend…

  6. Nationals’ coaching shakeup continues with dismissal of first base coach Dan Radison

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    dan radison nationals

    Jim Riggleman resigned, John McLaren replaced him as interim manager for a weekend, Davey Johnson was hired as the full-time manager, and now the Nationals have fired first base coach Dan Radison. It certainly makes sense that Johnson would want to put together his own coaching staff and doing so in the middle of a…

  7. Cole Hamels hoping to start Tuesday despite hand injury

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels reacts to a balk call during the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels exited yesterday’s game in the fifth inning after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his non-pitching hand and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that he “had his visibly swollen and bruised right hand bandaged this morning.” However, the X-rays came back negative and Hamels said he’s hoping not to miss a turn…

  8. Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on DL, activate Kerry Wood

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    So much for Carlos Zambrano not having to miss any time with the back injury that forced him from yesterday’s start. He felt good enough to attend a softball game last night–and narrowly avoid getting hit with a foul ball while doing an on-camera interview–but the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list while…

  9. Chicago beer sales down 30 percent with Cubs and White Sox both below .500

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    beer vendors

    With the White Sox in third place at 40-42 and the Cubs in fifth place at 34-48 the baseball in Chicago hasn’t been pretty this season, but as Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Tribune writes the beer sales at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field have also suffered. O’Donnell reports that beer sales are down…

  10. Brief Digression Theater: Do you lie while getting a haircut?

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    pinocchio

    In the great HardballTalk tradition of “do you put your ketchup in the refrigerator?” comes another random question that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball … Earlier this week I got a haircut and shortly after sitting down the woman asked me what I did for a living. Without hesitation I replied “accountant” and…

  11. Dustin McGowan’s latest comeback is going well

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2008, experiencing multiple setbacks since then, but Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that he’s stayed injury free long enough to schedule a minor-league rehab assignment that begins tomorrow. According to Zwelling the 29-year-old right-hander “has made tremendous strides in his recovery from multiple arm surgeries” during…

  12. Life after Boston: Mike Cameron says “I’ll be back playing”

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cameron_Mike

    Designated for assignment by the Red Sox yesterday, Mike Cameron told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he has no plans to retire and hopes to find another big-league job once he’s released: I need to sort some things out, but if all goes as planned, I’ll be back playing. I haven’t played much…

  13. Jerry Hairston blames broken wrist on late-afternoon start time

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Jerry Hairston

    UPDATE: So much for avoiding the DL. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Hairston will indeed be put on the shelf and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ========== Jerry Hairston Jr. suffered what the Nationals are calling a “small break” in his left wrist when he was hit by a Dan Haren pitch during…

  14. Don’t let the SI poll fool you: LeBron James stinks at baseball

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    lebron james yankees hat

    This week’s Sports Illustrated has a poll asking MLB players “which athlete in another sport would make the best baseball player?” and LeBron James finished second with 13 percent of the vote, behind Michael Vick at 16 percent. James is obviously an amazing athlete, but as Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer explains he isn’t…

  15. Willie Harris takes bereavement leave as Mets call up Fernando Martinez

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Sad news from the Mets, as Willie Harris has left the team and been placed on the bereavement list after his wife lost their baby five months into her pregnancy. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Harris’ wife unexpectedly went into early labor last night and the baby passed away this morning. The couple has…

  16. Brad Lidge aiming to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge, who has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and shoulder problems, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow, at which point the Phillies may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the rehab stint could start…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman struggling with new throwing mechanics

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Last night Ryan Zimmerman made his fourth throwing error in 15 games since returning from an abdominal injury and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the third baseman made a decision to “overhaul his throwing mechanics in the middle of a season” to avoid future injuries. Despite his struggles, Zimmerman told Kilgore that…

  18. Scott Baker quietly emerges as current ace of Twins’ rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker was excellent for the Twins again yesterday afternoon, allowing zero or one run for the third time in four starts by shutting out the Dodgers for 7.1 innings. Baker racked up nine strikeouts without a walk until issuing a free pass to the final batter he faced, finishing June with a 1.46 ERA…

  19. Tigers send Phil Coke back to bullpen, add Charlie Furbush to rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke‘s transition from reliever to starter went well early on, as he posted a 3.69 ERA through 11 starts, but that came with an ugly 1-6 record and Coke has since fallen to 1-8 by giving up 18 runs in his last three starts. Today the Tigers ended the experiment, dropping Coke from the…

  20. Nolan Ryan in favor of realignment moving Astros to AL West

    Jun 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Count Nolan Ryan among those in favor of MLB’s rumored realignment to matching 15-team leagues, as the Rangers team president said yesterday that he’d love to see the Astros join the Rangers in the American League West. Ryan noted that having another Central Time Zone team in the division would be nice from a travel…

  21. Derek Jeter scheduled to rejoin the Yankees on Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    General manager Brian Cashman said last night that Derek Jeter was on track to come off the disabled list early next week and now the Associated Press reports that the injured shortstop is scheduled to be back in the Yankees’ lineup Monday. Before that happens Jeter will have to avoid a setback with his calf…

  22. John Lackey throws Quality Start, denies need for surgery

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    During a radio interview yesterday Peter Gammons speculated about whether John Lackey‘s struggles and elbow problems could lead to his needing Tommy John surgery, but then last night Lackey tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies and denied the need for surgery. Lackey told reporters that Gammons “straight made that up” and then…

  23. David Eckstein isn’t even playing, but he still leads the league in “grit and desire”

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    eckstein

    David Eckstein visited his brother, Washington pitching coach Rick Eckstein, before yesterday’s Nationals-Angels game and told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he’s not officially retired despite turning down multiple offers from teams this offseason. In fact, Eckstein revealed that he turned down an offer from an undisclosed team last month, although presumably…

  24. Doug Davis released by Cubs after going 1-7 with 6.50 ERA

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Second baseman Darwin Barney is back from the disabled list and to make room for his return the Cubs released Doug Davis, who went 1-7 with a 6.50 ERA in nine starts. Davis also went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts for the Brewers last season, making the 35-year-old left-hander 2-11 with a…

  25. Cardinals release former closer Ryan Franklin

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    Tony La Russa and the Cardinals did whatever they could to keep Ryan Franklin around despite the former closer’s struggles this season, using him in the lowest of low-leverage situations and often avoiding bringing him into home games so the St. Louis crowd couldn’t shower him with boos. Last night’s ugly outing was apparently the…

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