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  1. Terry Francona thinks neck problems may be sapping Adrian Gonzalez’s power

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Adrian Gonzalez has hit just one homer in 140 plate appearances since the All-Star break and manager Terry Francona speculated today that a stiff neck may be to blame for the lack of power. “I think he still feels it,” Francona told Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. “It may have cut into his power a…

  2. Angels first-round pick C.J. Cron to undergo knee surgery

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    cj cron angels

    When the Angels selected C.J. Cron with the 17th pick in June’s draft they did so knowing he had a shoulder injury that could eventually require surgery, but now the 21-year-old first baseman is going under the knife for a different reason. Cron dislocated his kneecap after playing 34 games in rookie-ball and Mike DiGiovanna…

  3. This year’s draft picks got $228 million in combined bonuses

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    stack of money

    Note: I’ve corrected some figures that were initially listed wrongly. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the 2011 draft class received a grand total of $228 million in signing bonuses, with their total guaranteed money rising to $236 million once major-league contracts are factored in. That represents a 16 percent increase over last season,…

  4. Tweet of the Day: Hunter Pence, firestarter

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    After this tweet I’m guessing Hunter Pence no longer has a 100 percent approval rating in Philadelphia.

  5. Grady Sizemore cleared to resume baseball activities, hopes to return in September

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore won’t be back in the Indians’ lineup this month, but the oft-injured center fielder has been cleared to resume baseball activities following sports hernia surgery on July 21 and is optimistic about returning at some point in September. In addition to the surgery Sizemore is also recovering from ongoing knee problems, but has…

  6. Two weeks after fracturing neck Juan Nicasio says “I want to pitch again”

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Juan Nicasio, Joe Diaz, Kieth Dugger

    Juan Nicasio spoke to the media yesterday about two weeks after a line drive to the head left the Rockies pitcher with a fractured neck and the 24-year-old right-hander said: “I want to pitch again.” Nicasio underwent surgery on a fractured C-1 vertebrae, which is the same injury that paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve and often…

  7. Chris Davis likely done for the season with torn shoulder

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis is likely finished for the season just 10 games after the Orioles acquired him from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade. Davis was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a right shoulder injury that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail described as “a small tear.” He’s scheduled to be examined Thursday…

  8. Alex Rodriguez “was a little tentative, a little hesitant” in rehab game

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab assignment yesterday at Triple-A, going 1-for-3 with a single, and afterward told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York that he “was a little tentative, a little hesitant” coming back from July 11 knee surgery. Rodriguez also played six innings defensively at third base, making one putout, and is scheduled to…

  9. Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch has emergency appendectomy

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Toronto has placed Jon Rauch on the disabled list after the closer underwent an emergency appendectomy in Seattle this morning. Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star speculates that the Blue Jays may give Jesse Litsch an opportunity to save games in Rauch’s absence, but turning back to former closer Frank Francisco seems more likely considering…

  10. After seven missed games Giants finally put Carlos Beltran on DL, activate Miguel Tejada

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since August 7 because of a wrist injury, missing seven games while taking up a spot on the active roster, but according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants have finally decided to place him on the disabled list. And to replace Beltran on the roster the…

  11. Pirates activate Jose Tabata from DL, send Pedro Alvarez back to Triple-A

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Pirates recalled Pedro Alvarez from Triple-A two weeks ago they hinted that the move was more due to other players being injured than anything Alvarez did, and sure enough today they sent him back to the minors while activating Jose Tabata from the disabled list. Tabata, who sat out the past seven weeks…

  12. Federal courthouse security guards investigated for accepting Roger Clemens autographs

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. are in trouble after allegedly accepting autographed baseballs from Roger Clemens before his perjury trial last month. According to the Washington Post the U.S. Marshals Service “is investigating why and how six signed balls were sent to a guard by someone on Clemens’ defense team” and…

  13. Sore elbow shuts down Giants setup man Sergio Romo

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo has been extraordinary for the Giants this season, throwing 38 innings with a 1.67 ERA, .153 opponents’ batting average, and ridiculous 53/4 K/BB ratio, but he’s been bothered by elbow soreness recently and was placed on the disabled list today. Dan Runzler, who struggled in 18 appearances for the Giants earlier this season,…

  14. White Sox lose catcher A.J. Pierzynski to fractured wrist

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    X-rays on A.J. Pierzynski‘s left wrist initially came back negative after he was hit by a pitch Friday, but he hasn’t played since then and apparently a re-examination showed a fracture. Pierzynski has been placed on the disabled list, with the White Sox calling up Donny Lucy to take his roster spot. Pierzynski’s backup, Ramon…

  15. Ben Revere’s almost inside-the-park homer “didn’t feel good at all”

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Ben Revere, Alex Avila, Bill Miller

    Ben Revere made one of the most exciting outs I’ve ever seen last night, hitting a ball into the right-center field gap at spacious Comerica Park and getting thrown out at the plate in an inside-the-park homer attempt. Nearly every other player in baseball would have stopped at third base, but Revere’s incredible speed actually…

  16. Vernon Wells studied video of when he used to be good

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells returned to Toronto over the weekend for the first time since being traded to the Angels this offseason and took the opportunity to study the Blue Jays’ video library for footage of his prime. Wells told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “2006 is the year I’m concentrating on” because “that…

  17. Drew Pomeranz switches from Indians to Rockies to complete Ubaldo Jimenez trade

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Drew Pomeranz was always the centerpiece of the four-prospect package heading from the Indians to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez, but because the 2010 first-round pick wasn’t eligible to be traded on July 31 he was officially included as a “player to be named later.” Today marks the one-year anniversary of Pomeranz signing with the…

  18. Blue Jays pick Tyler Beede is only first-rounder not to sign

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    tyler beede

    Despite nearly every negotiation going down to the wire last night all but one first-round pick ultimately ended up signing, with No. 21 overall pick Tyler Beede turning down the Blue Jays’ offer to attend Vanderbilt. And according to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star the two sides weren’t even particularly close, with the Blue…

  19. Mets begin “transition” to Bobby Parnell as closer

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Now that Jason Isringhausen has his 300th career save the Mets are ready to give Bobby Parnell a chance as their primary closer. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes that “according to manager Terry Collins the transition to Parnell as closer begins now.” Parnell has just one career save, but he’s been a good setup man…

  20. It’s official: Everyone has a podcast now

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    podcast logo

    After years of threatening I finally took the leap and started a podcast.

  21. Jorge Posada on 2012 plans: “I could catch next year”

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    jorge posada yankees throwing

    I wrote yesterday about Jorge Posada‘s plans to continue playing next season and how that almost surely would mean leaving the Yankees, speculating that he’ll have a very hard time finding a guaranteed job because the market for 40-year-old designated hitters with .388 slugging percentages isn’t going to be pretty. It sounds like Posada had…

  22. Juan Nicasio visits Rockies clubhouse after neck surgery

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Juan Nicasio

    Juan Nicasio was back in the Rockies’ clubhouse yesterday, two weeks after suffering a broken neck when he was struck in the head by a line drive. Nisasio fractured his C-1 vertebrae and as Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes “actor Christopher Reeves was paralyzed after injuring the C-1.” Fortunately for Nicasio he’s already…

  23. Doctors say Bryan Stow “has made significant improvement”

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    San Francisco General Hospital chief of neurosurgery Dr. Geoff Manley gave a progress report today on Bryan Stow that matches the optimism level expressed by his family last week. According to the Associated Press, he “has made significant improvement” and “is responding well to surgery last week to replace a missing skull fragment.” Last week…

  24. Tweet of the Day: Colby Rasmus knows how to dress

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

    It turns out maybe Tony La Russa was just intimidated by his style. Via teammate Ricky Romero, here’s Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus on the team plane yesterday:

  25. Torii Hunter doesn’t plan to recruit any more free agents for the Angels this offseason

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Frustrated by unsuccessfully attempting to woo free agents Mark Teixeira and Carl Crawford to the Angels in past offseasons, Torii Hunter said yesterday that he’s done trying to recruit players to join him in California. “I’m retired,” Hunter told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “It hasn’t been working out. If somebody wants to…

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