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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Local columnist tells injured Twins to “suck it up and play”

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

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    I’m told Ron Gardenhire spent part of today’s pregame media briefing angrily addressing Tom Powers’ column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Gardenhire ranted about it despite Powers not being in attendance, but after reading the column I can’t blame him. Injuries have decimated the Twins, with Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Kevin…

  2. Mat Latos has lost nine straight starts dating back to last year

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    I’m not normally one to treat win-loss records for pitchers as being particularly meaningful, but this stat has to be pretty scary for Padres fans: Mat Latos has lost nine consecutive starts dating back to last season. Latos was 14-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 26 starts through September 7 of last year. Since then…

  3. Twins trainer says Joe Mauer “wasn’t strong enough” to start season as everyday catcher

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    How bad have the mounting injuries gotten for the Twins? Today they had trainer Rick McWane speak directly to the media because Ron Gardenhire was sick of answering all the health-related questions and the front office was likely sick of the manager giving non-expert half-information to frustrated reporters. McWane gave an update on Joe Mauer‘s…

  4. TCU lefty, projected top 10 draft pick Matt Purke diagnosed with shoulder bursitis

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    TCU left-hander Matt Purke has been diagnosed with bursitis in his shoulder following a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, which actually qualifies as good news after the projected top-10 draft pick was shut down last week. Purke lost out on millions of dollars when he failed to sign with the Rangers coming out of high…

  5. How long will the Padres stick with struggling Brad Hawpe?

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Beginning the season in a 9-for-63 (.143) slump is bad enough, but yesterday Brad Hawpe‘s early struggles extended to his defense at first base, as his misplay contributed to the Braves’ five-run inning in a 7-0 defeat of the Padres. Hawpe had started a grand total of eight career games at first base prior to…

  6. Rays bounce back from 1-8 start to climb above .500

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay began the season 1-8 as many people rushed to write the Rays off after numerous key players departed as free agents, but with last night’s win over the Twins they’re now 12-11 overall, going 11-3 since the dreadful start. What’s particularly remarkable about the Rays climbing above .500 is that they’re winning with…

  7. Padres reliever Joe Thatcher to undergo shoulder surgery

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Joe Thatcher was a key part of the Padres’ excellent bullpen last season, making 65 appearances as a left-handed specialist while logging 35 innings with a 1.29 ERA and 45/7 K/BB ratio. He began this season on the disabled list with a strained shoulder and the Padres announced yesterday that the 28-year-old left-hander will need…

  8. Kendrys Morales still not running at full speed, re-examined by foot specialist

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    It’s hard to remember now, but at one point the Angels were hoping to have Kendrys Morales in the Opening Day lineup. Now they might settle for having him in the second half. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Morales still isn’t running at full speed on the fractured ankle that ended…

  9. Elbow injury sends Indians starter Carlos Carrasco to DL

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Carlos Carrasco had hoped to avoid the disabled list after leaving Saturday’s start against the Twins with elbow soreness, but the Indians have decided to put him on the shelf when he wasn’t able to throw a scheduled bullpen session today. No announcement has been made for a fill-in starter Saturday, but Jordan Bastian of…

  10. UPDATE: Rangers place Darren O’Day on 60-day disabled list with hip injury

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    UPDATE: Texas has officially placed O’Day on the 60-day disabled list, so his season is likely in jeopardy and the Rangers’ bullpen is suddenly even shakier. ========== Darren O’Day just posted the following on Facebook: Headed to the DL for a torn labrum in my left hip. Beyond that, I don’t know much. Hopefully recovery…

  11. Chris Coghlan leaves game with right shoulder soreness

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Chris Coghlan left this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers with a shoulder injury, but said afterward that he expects to be back in the Marlins’ lineup following tomorrow’s off day. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Coghlan “has dealt with tendinitis in his right shoulder since spring training” and apparently the soreness simply got progressively…

  12. Yankees sticking with Rafael Soriano in eighth inning setup role despite 7.84 ERA

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano had another ugly outing last night, blowing an eighth-inning lead and taking a loss while allowing two runs against the White Sox. He now has a 7.84 ERA on the season, allowing nine runs in 10.1 innings, and has already walked eight batters after issuing a grand total of just 14 free passes…

  13. Marlins “keeping an eye on” Giants infielder Mark DeRosa

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Mark DeRosa has just 20 plate appearances through 22 games for the Giants after missing most of last season following wrist surgery, so it makes sense that he could be on the trading block and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are “keeping an eye on” him. Florida is…

  14. Talking about Don Mattingly’s goatee is no longer any fun

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Don Mattingly’s goatee was amusing for a brief moment earlier this week, but now the topic is just kind of sad. Mattingly said initially that he planned to keep the goatee until the Dodgers stopped winning most of their games and later reiterated that plan, saying he’d keep it against his wife’s wishes. And then…

  15. Must-click link: Save statistic silliness

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    I’m constantly railing against managers relying on the save statistic rather than logic to determine their bullpen usage, but the issue is rarely discussed as well or as thoroughly as it is in Matthew Leach’s new MLB.com column: Leach: Save rule has skewed skippers’ thinking It’s nice to see a mainstream writer with a big…

  16. Casey Blake hospitalized with infected elbow, could miss four weeks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Casey Blake “appears to be headed back to the 15-day disabled list” after being hospitalized yesterday in Florida for a fever that the Dodgers believe stems from a swollen, infected elbow. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte believes that Blake could be sidelined for a month and Don…

  17. Astros announcer criticizes Lance Berkman in Houston return

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    lance-berkman-cardinals-spring

    Lance Berkman returned to Houston yesterday for the first time since being traded by the Astros last season and was met with some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Appearing on a radio show, Hamilton rhetorically asked of Berkman: Why did you think it wasn’t necessary to get in shape your last couple…

  18. Hong-Chih Kuo struggles in rehab appearance at Single-A

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Pitching in back-to-back games for the first time since being placed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained back, Hong-Chih Kuo allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced last night at Single-A. Kuo had been slated to be activated Friday, but now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that his…

  19. Domonic Brown set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Domonic Brown was on the verge of replacing Jayson Werth as the Phillies’ starting right fielder when the 23-year-old top prospect suffered a broken hamate bone in mid-March. His comeback took a big step yesterday as Brown homered twice in an extended spring training game and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s scheduled to…

  20. Joe Mauer not ready to return from DL when eligible Thursday

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, but general manager Bill Smith confirmed today that he won’t be ready to return then. In fact, there’s no official timetable for Mauer’s return and his status continues to be somewhat mysterious between the initial diagnosis of bilateral leg weakness and a subsequent…

  21. Evan Longoria to begin rehab assignment Thursday, aiming to come off DL early next week

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria has been out since straining his oblique muscle in the second game of the season, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he’s scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing at Double-A, Longoria is aiming to come off the disabled…

  22. Josh Hamilton “still more than a month away from returning”

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    It’s been exactly two weeks since Josh Hamilton fractured his shoulder and was given a 6-8 week timetable, so T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reporting that he’s “still more than a month away from returning” makes sense. Sullivan notes that Hamilton has started “working out in left field” and is making some throws to second base,…

  23. Ian Desmond takes paternity leave from Nationals

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    As expected, Ian Desmond has taken a paternity leave from the Nationals. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that outfielder Roger Bernadina has been called up from Triple-A to replace Desmond on the roster for what will likely be just a day or two. Desmond joins Colby Lewis as the first players to take advantage of…

  24. Pirates claim outfielder Xavier Paul off waivers from Dodgers

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh is making good use of the No. 1 waiver position, claiming Brandon Wood from the Angels last week and now snagging Xavier Paul off waivers from the Dodgers today. I’m sure the Pirates will be mocked in some quarters for picking up other teams’ scraps and certainly neither waiver claim is going to be…

  25. Brandon Webb tops out at 84 mph in extended spring training

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Jason Grey of ESPN.com was on hand for Brandon Webb‘s extended spring training start yesterday and filed a report that suggests the former Cy Young winner is still nowhere near full strength more than two years after shoulder problems first surfaced. Webb threw two scoreless innings against the Mariners’ extended spring squad, but Grey notes…

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