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  1. Forced into retirement by hip problems, Mike Lowell needs another surgery

    May 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell

    A few months ago Mike Lowell ruled out returning to baseball because his surgically repaired hip was getting worse, admitting that he’d probably need hip replacement surgery eventually. That time hasn’t come yet, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Lowell is going under the knife again to have a hip “resurfacing.” Lowell tore his…

  2. Video: Bill James on The Colbert Report

    May 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Legendary baseball writer Bill James was a guest on The Colbert Report last night to promote his new non-baseball book, Popular Crime:

  3. Jon Heyman credits Ryan Howard for being “worth every penny” of a contract that hasn’t started

    May 6, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Here’s a tidbit from Jon Heyman’s latest column at SI.com: It’s early in Ryan Howard‘s $125 million contract. But Howard, who has a league-leading 29 RBIs, is worth every penny so far. Couple things. One, it’s so “early in Ryan Howard’s $125 million contract” that the contact hasn’t even started yet. He signed a five-year,…

  4. Roy Halladay has dominated the NL East since joining Phillies

    May 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com passes along a remarkable statistic about Roy Halladay: Since joining the Phillies last season he’s 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against NL East teams. Pretty crazy. To put that in some context, consider that the Phillies are 56-33 (.629) against the NL East during that time. They are…

  5. Rays place Jeff Niemann on DL, call up Brandon Guyer

    May 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As expected, the Rays have placed Jeff Niemann on the disabled list after he left Wednesday’s start with a strained back. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Niemann told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the injury “is very frustrating.” According to Steve Wiseman of the Durham Herald Sun the Rays…

  6. Bill Hall rips umpire after being tossed from last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Bill Hall was ejected from last night’s game in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes and today the Astros infielder had plenty to say about home plate umpire Tom Hallion. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the full transcript of Hall’s angry rant about Hallion yelling at him to get back into…

  7. Brandon Lyon diagnosed with partially torn rotator cuff

    May 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    After blowing his fourth save of the season yesterday the Astros sent Brandon Lyon back to Houston to have his shoulder examined and the news isn’t good. Lyon has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff and biceps tendinitis, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. No surgery has been scheduled for now, but Lyon…

  8. Felipe Lopez clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 5, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Designated for assignment by the Rays last week, veteran infielder Felipe Lopez cleared waivers and has accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Good news for the Rays, as they get to keep Lopez around as depth should they need some help at third base or second base. Bad news for Lopez, as no team felt he…

  9. Roy Oswalt rejoins Phillies, set to make Saturday start

    May 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt has rejoined the Phillies after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following the tornadoes last week. He threw a bullpen session today in preparation for starting Saturday against the Braves, which means he will have missed just one turn in the rotation. Oswalt’s last start came on April 26…

  10. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next start pushed back after relief outing

    May 5, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    UPDATE: Matsuzaka’s next start has indeed been pushed back from Friday to Sunday, but it’ll be Tim Wakefield and not Alceves taking his place tomorrow. ========== Daisuke Matsuzaka was needed in relief during last night’s 13-inning game against the Angels, coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career and allowing two…

  11. Blue Jays expected to get both Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill back Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    It sounds like Jose Bautista‘s neck injury isn’t serious despite needing an MRI exam, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s “expected to ride a stationary bike today” and “will hit tomorrow” before likely rejoining the lineup Sunday. Aaron Hill is also aiming to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup Sunday, but will need…

  12. J.J. Hardy scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    May 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    Out since April 7 with a strained oblique muscle, J.J. Hardy is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was unsure how long the rehab stint would last, telling Robert Falkoff of MLB.com “we’ll see how long he needs [to be] there … they have a good, long…

  13. Jeff Niemann undergoes MRI exam on injured back

    May 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Jeff Niemann exited last night’s start against the Blue Jays after just four innings because of back soreness and Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he underwent an MRI exam this morning. Niemann told Topkin that he’s “still pretty sore” after visiting with a back specialist and it sounds like his ending…

  14. Red Sox place Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler on disabled list

    May 5, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Bobby Jenks was unavailable to pitch in last night’s marathon loss to the Angels because of a forearm injury, so not surprisingly Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have placed him on the disabled list prior to this afternoon’s game. Dan Wheeler joins Jenks in heading to the DL, which allows Boston…

  15. Aaron talks Twins, Red Sox, Moneyball, and waitresses on the Red Sox Beacon podcast

    May 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    One of the reasons why I was up late last night watching the Fenway Park crowd sing Kevin Youkilis-inspired Biz Markie songs at 2:00 am is that I taped a late-night podcast with Marc Normandin and Matt Kory of Red Sox Beacon. We discussed my beloved Twins to preview the Red Sox-Twins four-game series that…

  16. Fenway Park crowd serenaded Kevin Youkilis with Biz Markie song at 2:00 am

    May 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    biz markie just a friend

    Craig recapped last night’s epic seven-hour, rain-delayed Red Sox-Angels game, but he left out my favorite part: At around 2:00 a.m. Boston time the crowd of about 500 or so fans at Fenway Park started singing “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie during Kevin Youkilis‘ at-bat, substituting “Youk” for “you” in the lyrics. Oh baby…

  17. A’s closer Andrew Bailey throws first round of batting practice

    May 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Andrew Bailey successfully faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since injuring his forearm in mid-March, throwing live batting practice. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Bailey threw 25 pitches, all of them fastballs, and afterward manager Bob Geren said the A’s closer “looked real good” and “felt good.” He’s expected to throw another…

  18. Phil Hughes at least 6-8 weeks from coming off disabled list

    May 4, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    General manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Phil Hughes‘ status, revealing that the right-hander got a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder last week and is likely at least 6-8 weeks from potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation. According to Cashman he “feels significantly better” but will remain shut down for two more weeks, at…

  19. Johnny Cueto rejoining Reds’ rotation will bump Mike Leake to bullpen

    May 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto is scheduled to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Reds’ rotation Saturday after being sidelined since mid-March with a triceps injury and to make room for his return Mike Leake is heading to the bullpen. Leake pitched well in his first two starts after being charged with shoplifting $60 worth of…

  20. No more running for O-Dog: Padres place Hudson on DL

    May 4, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    It took only 28 games for Orlando Hudson to tie his career-high with 10 steals at age 33, but he won’t be doing any more running for a while after the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Hudson, who tweaked his hamstring in yesterday’s game, has scored just nine…

  21. Dodgers struggling “to find an MRI tube large enough” for Jonathan Broxton

    May 4, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    As a fellow fatso I can definitely sympathize with Jonathan Broxton, but this note about the closer’s elbow injury from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com is still amusing: Mattingly said one of the immediate issues was to find an MRI tube large enough for Broxton to get his 300-pound frame into. “I’m serious,” said Mattingly. Broxton…

  22. More elbow problems for Dodgers: Andre Ethier scratched from today’s lineup

    May 4, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Casey Blake is on the disabled list with an infected elbow, Jonathan Broxton was shut down with elbow pain earlier this afternoon, and now Andre Ethier has been scratched from today’s lineup with elbow inflammation. Ethier played through the injury yesterday, going 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, and was initially in…

  23. Joel Zumaya is having another arm surgery

    May 4, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Two weeks ago the Tigers announced that Joel Zumaya was opting for rehab rather than surgery, but unfortunately those plans have changed. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Zumaya will undergo “exploratory” elbow surgery next week and while there won’t be a timetable for his recovery until after he’s under the knife the assumption is…

  24. Sure enough, he’s hurt: Jonathan Broxton shut down with elbow pain

    May 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Just as we suspected, the Dodgers announced that Broxton has been shut down with elbow pain. Not that an elbow injury qualifies as good news, but at least it potentially explains his struggles beyond “Broxton just stinks now.” ========== Jonathan Broxton‘s latest ugly outing last night has Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts wondering if…

  25. Twins place Jim Thome on DL, call up Trevor Plouffe and Ben Revere

    May 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano‘s no-hitter snapped Minnesota’s losing streak last night, but it didn’t put a stop to the Twins’ never-ending string of injuries. Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and backup outfielder Jason Repko joins him on the shelf with a sore quadriceps. To replace them on the…

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