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  1. Tommy Hunter to resume rehab assignment Saturday

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Brandon Webb‘s latest setback means he won’t be joining the Rangers’ rotation any time soon, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Tommy Hunter is set to resume his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday. Hunter’s last rehab outing was on May 9, when he aggravated a groin injury originally suffered in spring training and was…

  2. Brian Roberts “is still several weeks away from returning”

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts has been out since May 16 with a concussion and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles second baseman “is still several weeks away from returning.” Initially when the Orioles placed Roberts on the new seven-day disabled list on May 19 they were hopeful he could return in a week…

  3. Hideki Okajima would rather be traded than rejoin Red Sox

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Rich Hill‘s injury leaves the Red Sox short of a left-handed reliever and opens the door for Hideki Okajima to potentially be called back up from Triple-A, but Okajima told Michael Vega of the Boston Globe that he “would rather not be called up in this situation.” Demoted to Triple-A for the second time this…

  4. Willy Aybar: Mediocre baseball player, world-class scumbag

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Willy Aybar‘s lack of free agent offers was explained a few weeks ago by a report that he spent three months in a Dominican Republic prison for allegedly beating his wife so badly that she was in intensive care. And now according to the St. Petersburg Times the former Rays, Dodgers, and Braves player–and brother…

  5. More injuries for Twins, as Jim Thome and Jason Kubel hit the disabled list

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Just when it looked like the Twins might be getting some positive news on the health front with Joe Mauer finally catching in extended spring training the team announced that Jim Thome and Jason Kubel are the latest members of the injury wrecked lineup to be placed on the disabled list. Thome and Kubel join…

  6. Joe Mauer catches three innings in extended spring training

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon, getting back behind the plate for the first time since being shut down in mid-April due to leg problems stemming from his offseason knee surgery. Mauer went 0-for-5 at the plate, but afterward told David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press that…

  7. Picture of the Day: Braves reliever Peter Moylan and his fiancee model black dresses

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Peter Moylan has plenty of time on his hands following back surgery last month, so the Braves reliever tweeted a picture of his fiancee in the dress she’s wearing to the ESPY awards … and then tweeted a picture of himself wearing a similar dress. The double tattoo sleeves sticking out of a sleeveless dress…

  8. Royals stud prospect John Lamb needs Tommy John surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Heading into this season Baseball America ranked Kansas City left-hander John Lamb as the 18th-best prospect in MLB, but the Royals just announced that the 20-year-old former fifth-round pick will miss the remainder of season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Lamb was one of nine Royals prospects to crack Baseball America‘s top 100 list after…

  9. Darin Erstad is the new head baseball coach at Nebraska

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Darin Erstad, who played baseball and football at the University of Nebraska before the Angels made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, will soon be named the Cornhuskers’ new head baseball coach, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. Erstad is just 36 years old and only two years removed from…

  10. Phil Hughes throws simulated inning, nears rehab assignment

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the only batter and he never actually took a swing, but technically Phil Hughes threw about 50 pitches in a simulated outing yesterday. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will face real hitters taking actual swings when he throws batting practice Saturday, at which point the…

  11. Must-click link: Rocco Baldelli, scout

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an excellent article about Rocco Baldelli, who’s quickly becoming one of the Rays’ top scouts after health problems ended his playing career at age 28: Crasnick: Rocco Baldelli’s new role Tampa Bay remarkably has 12 of the first 89 picks in the draft, so Baldelli’s reports on high school and…

  12. Jose Reyes returns to Mets after three-day bereavement leave

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is back with the Mets after spending three days on bereavement leave following his grandmother’s death. He’ll be in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Pirates, with the Mets placing Taylor Buchholz on the disabled list to make room on the roster. Even after missing three games Reyes leads the league…

  13. MLB bans Jim Joyce from umpiring games involving Armando Galarraga’s team

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    It’s a moot point for now after the Diamondbacks demoted Armando Galarraga to Triple-A, but Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that MLB has banned Jim Joyce from umpiring “any series in which Galarraga’s team plays.” Joyce’s botched call ruining Galarraga’s perfect game last season forever linked them in history and they’ve since become business…

  14. Phillies to get Shane Victorino back from disabled list Friday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Out since mid-May with a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is expected to return from the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Victorino went just 2-for-13 (.154) in four minor-league rehab games at Single-A and Double-A, getting thrown out on his only stolen base attempt, but homered…

  15. Kevin Millwood struggles in first Triple-A start for Red Sox

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    Kevin Millwood’s chances of being called up by the Red Sox improved with the news that Daisuke Matszuaka will likely undergo season-ending elbow surgery, but the veteran right-hander couldn’t make it out of the third inning last night in his first Triple-A start for Boston. Millwood, who signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox…

  16. Japanese team sends Chan Ho Park to minors, tells him to “stop fooling around”

    Jun 1, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    CVhan Ho Park

    There wasn’t much of a free agent market for Chan Ho Park despite his sold performance down the stretch for the Pirates, so the 38-year-old veteran of 17 MLB seasons headed to Japan and signed with the Orix Buffaloes. And apparently it isn’t going very well. Alastair Himmer of Reuters reports that Park was demoted…

  17. Cue the injury jokes: Rich Harden is throwing again

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    I’ll try to avoid the usual durability jokes and simply pass this news along, because Rich Harden has certainly had it rough enough. The oft-injured right-hander has resumed throwing off a mound following two months on the sidelines with lat muscle soreness, but manager Bob Geren cautioned to Jane Lee of MLB.com that there’s no…

  18. David Freese on recovery from broken hand: “I’m way ahead of schedule”

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis’ medical staff hasn’t had the greatest track record this season, but David Freese was cleared to resume swinging yesterday and the third baseman said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken left hand. Freese underwent surgery on May 3 and visited a hand specialist yesterday, but Austin Laymance of…

  19. Spring training home run leader Jake Fox designated for assignment by Orioles

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Jake Fox made some headlines during spring training for hitting .333 with an MLB-leading seven homers, which got people who didn’t know any better way too excited about a 27-year-old journeyman without a defensive home. Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed that Fox would have to improve defensively to get much playing time and sure enough…

  20. Magglio Ordonez to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    Magglio Ordonez has been cleared for game action after taking two weeks off to rest his surgically repaired ankle, so he’ll begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers haven’t said how long they expect Ordonez to spend in the minors, so presumably his bat will determine the…

  21. Ron Gardenhire reiterates Joe Mauer isn’t changing positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    There’s still no timetable for Joe Mauer‘s return from the leg problems traced back to offseason knee surgery, but manager Ron Gardenhire reiterated yesterday that whenever Mauer does come off the disabled list it will be as the Twins’ catcher. Ever since Mauer suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie in 2004 a certain…

  22. Matt Garza not ready to come off DL when eligible Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday and the Cubs were initially hoping his elbow injury would be healed enough for him to face the Cardinals this weekend, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says those plans have been scratched. Garza threw from flat ground Monday and said afterward that “everything…

  23. So you wanna be an MLB beat reporter, huh?

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Astros Cubs Baseball

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweeting about his duties as the Cubs beat writer, which this morning included asking Carlos Zambrano how he felt after breaking a bat over his leg last night: Oh jeez. Big Z just pulled his pants down to show me his legs. No bruises. “I got soccer legs.” Watching…

  24. Padres place Cameron Maybin on DL, but MRI exam shows no structural damage

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin‘s reign as the Padres’ center fielder is on hold after 50 games because of a knee injury that sent him to the disabled list. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but Maybin had been playing through the injury for two weeks before sitting out the past…

  25. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks make nice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks had a nasty breakup, with mud being slung from both sides after Jenks signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and Guillen hinting at having some further bombs to lob should things escalate. Eventually the situation died down and yesterday, with the White Sox in Boston for a…

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