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  1. Nationals return Jesus Flores to Triple-A after brief comeback

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    After missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 with shoulder problems Jesus Flores made it back to the majors last week for his first game action since September 12, 2009, singled in his first at-bat … and is now going back to Triple-A. Flores’ comeback story is a good one, but when the Nationals…

  2. Brewers to put Nyjer Morgan on disabled list with thigh bruise

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Nyjer Morgan was off to a great start in Milwaukee, hitting .455 in 27 plate appearances as a part-time player, but now he’s headed for the disabled list with a deep thigh bruise suffered in collision at the plate with Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit. Brandon Boggs, who last saw extended action in the majors with…

  3. Justin Morneau missing fifth straight game with flu

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau is out of the Twins’ lineup tonight for the fifth straight game with the same flu bug that exacerbated Joe Mauer‘s health problems last week. Morneau missing five games with a flu has understandably raised some eyebrows after last year’s concussion sidelined him for eight months, but Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul…

  4. Logan Morrison has a sprained foot, is awesome

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison “felt a pop” in his foot Tuesday and an MRI exam revealed a sprained ligament that’s expected to keep him out for 2-4 weeks. Morrison reacted to the news on Twitter, further solidifying his status as the best-tweeting MLB player: Breaking news: sprained ligament in my foot out 2 to 4 weeks. Suck…

  5. Blue Jays demote struggling starter Brett Cecil to Triple-A

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Along with activating Brandon Morrow from the disabled list the Blue Jays have made another rotation move, surprisingly demoting left-hander Brett Cecil to Triple-A. Cecil has struggled early on with a 6.86 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio in 21 innings spread over four starts, but he went 15-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 117/54 K/BB…

  6. Ryan Braun and Brewers agree to 5-year, $105 million contract extension through 2020

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun was already under contract through 2015 thanks to a seven-year, $45 million deal signed in mid-2008, but today the Brewers and the slugging left fielder agreed to an extension that will keep him in Milwaukee through 2020. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the new deal is worth $105 million for five seasons…

  7. Jason Bay batting fifth for Mets in return from disabled list

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay has been activated from the disabled list after going 6-for-12 with two homers during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A and he’ll bat fifth in the Mets’ lineup tonight against the Astros. Bay hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on July 25 of last year, but his season-opening DL stint was…

  8. Blue Jays activate Brandon Morrow from DL for Saturday start

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Out since mid-March with a strained forearm, Brandon Morrow has been activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays and will make his season debut tomorrow afternoon against the Rays. I tabbed Morrow as one of my “breakout picks” for 2011, which naturally led to him being shut down with arm problems, but the…

  9. Michael Young will be able to veto any trade starting on May 7

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Right now Michael Young‘s contract has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 22 of 29 teams, but Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com notes that come May 7 he’ll be able to veto all potential moves. That’s when Young will become a “10-and-5″ player, meaning he has 10 full seasons of MLB…

  10. Maicer Izturis calls fans doubting durability “ignorant people”

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Maicer Izturis fired back at fans who question his durability, as the Angels infielder told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “those are ignorant people who say that” and “they don’t know the game.” Izturis, who was on the disabled list three times last season and has played just 254 of a possible…

  11. Joel Zumaya opts for rehab rather than exploratory surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Joel Zumaya said this offseason that he might retire if faced with another arm surgery, so not surprisingly the oft-injured Tigers reliever has opted to try rest and rehab rather than undergo exploratory surgery on his elbow. Surgery likely would have ruled Zumaya out for this season, whereas in theory at least rehabbing gives him…

  12. Stat-head setup man? Daniel Bard reads Fan Graphs

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    In general pitchers seem much more willing to embrace sabermetrics than position players, as guys like Zack Greinke, Brian Bannister, and Max Scherzer have been vocal about their interest in and reliance on various new-school numbers. Daniel Bard joined that club yesterday by admitting to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he visits Fan…

  13. Geoff Blum likely to miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    geoff-blum-diamondbacks

    Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.” Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum…

  14. Andrew McCutchen leaves Pirates for “personal matter”

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen missed last night’s game after leaving the Pirates to attend to what the team is calling a “personal matter.” No other details have been offered, with manager Clint Hurdle saying only that McCutchen “went home today to deal with a personal matter” and “we’re respecting his privacy.” Left fielder Jose Tabata shifted to…

  15. Yankees promote Mark Prior to Triple-A … and put him on DL

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior reported to Single-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees, but after allowing two runs in three innings there they promoted him to Triple-A. And now–you may want to sit down for this–he’s on the disabled list. The good news is that is has nothing to do with his arm, as the…

  16. Mets place Bobby Parnell on disabled list with numb finger

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Bobby Parnell has been experiencing numbness in the middle finger of his right hand and the Mets placed him on the disabled list, with the reliever scheduled to undergo further testing on the injury. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com there’s speculation that the problem may have to do with blood clotting, which “may be…

  17. Giants demote Brandon Belt to minors, activate Cody Ross from disabled list

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Cody Ross is back from the disabled list and batting cleanup for San Francisco this afternoon, and to make room on the roster the Giants have optioned top prospect Brandon Belt back to Triple-A. Belt played regularly after somewhat surprisingly making the team out of spring training, starting 13 of 17 games, but he hit…

  18. LaTroy Hawkins expected to come off disabled list Friday

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    LaTroy Hawkins has been out since last August following shoulder surgery and rejoined the Brewers earlier this week, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that they’ll likely wait to activate him from the disabled list until Friday. Hawkins is 38 years old and had an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings before being shut down last…

  19. Ian Desmond set to take “paternity leave” from Nationals

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    desmond hitting

    No one tell Richie Witt, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will soon join Rangers starter Colby Lewis is taking advantage of MLB’s new “paternity leave” roster rule. Lewis missed one start, which has become a surprisingly big deal (or at least surprisingly frequent talking point), whereas Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Desmond…

  20. Mets prospect Sean Ratliff to miss season after being struck in the eye by foul ball

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    sean ratliff mets

    Mets prospect Sean Ratliff broke six bones and suffered a partially detached retina when a foul ball struck him in the right eye while he stood in the on-deck circle during a game this spring and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the 2008 fourth-round pick will miss the entire season. Ratliff has undergone two…

  21. Francisco Cervelli nearing return from broken left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Initially given a 4-8 week recovery timetable after breaking his left foot on March 2, backup catcher Francisco Cervelli could be close to returning to the Yankees after catching six innings in an extended spring training game. Joe Girardi said yesterday that “everything is going according to plan” with Cervelli’s rehab and Wallace Matthews of…

  22. Buster Posey’s softball-playing sister can hit a little bit too

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    samantha posey

    Buster Posey‘s sister, Samantha Posey, is a junior third baseman on the Division II softball team at Valdosta State and ESPN.com reports that she “hit for the home run cycle” in a doubleheader, smacking a one-run homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer, and a grand slam. She drove in a total of 11 runs…

  23. Potential top 10 pick and former Rangers first rounder Matt Purke shut down with shoulder pain

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt-purke-tcu

    Matt Purke turned down millions to sign out of high school after the Rangers selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, opting instead to go to college (and wear his hat slightly askew) at TCU. His decision appeared to pay off when he went 16-0 last season to win national freshman…

  24. Logan Morrison wears protective boot after injuring foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    logan-morrison-marlins

    Logan Morrison‘s hot start has been put on hold thanks to leaving last night’s game with foot injury and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins’ left fielder was wearing a protective boot in the clubhouse afterward. Morrison has been diagnosed with a strained arch in his left foot, but manager…

  25. Rockies send struggling third baseman Ian Stewart to Triple-A

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has been Colorado’s starting third baseman since mid-2008, turned 26 years old earlier this month, and has more than 1,300 career plate appearances in the majors, but today the Rockies demoted him to Triple-A following a 2-for-26 start. Stewart missed time during spring training with knee and hamstring injuries and started just five…

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