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  1. Chris Coghlan suffers setback rehabbing knee injury in minors

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Chris Coghlan‘s rehab assignment at Double-A has been put on hold because of more knee problems, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Spencer that Coghlan’s “knee stiffened up a bit” and the Marlins “want to back him off and get it completely healthy.” Coghlan has been…

  2. Justin Morneau cleared for baseball activities, but not hitting

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Justin Morneau has been cleared to resume “baseball activities” three weeks after undergoing surgery to address a pinched nerve in his neck, which according to trainer Rick McWane means “he’s ready to take ground balls, play catch, and run around.” Swinging the bat will come later, however, so even setting aside the Twins’ inability to…

  3. Diamondbacks cut ties with veteran reliever Aaron Heilman

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Aaron Heilman was spotted shaking hands with teammates and cleaning out his locker following yesterday’s game, which jibes with the report from Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona that the Diamondbacks will release the veteran right-hander. Heilman re-signed with the Diamondbacks for a one-year, $2 million deal in the hopes of snagging a rotation spot…

  4. Already out for season after elbow surgery, Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy too

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Somewhat buried in the news about Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena undergoing an emergency appendectomy this morning is George King of the New York Post reporting that Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy recently as well. Chamberlain went under the knife two weeks ago, according to King. He was already out for the season (and possibly…

  5. Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena has emergency appendectomy

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

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    Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season. George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay,…

  6. Twins prospect Alex Wimmers returns to mound after severe control problems

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

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    After taking three months off from game action following a disastrous season debut that saw him walk all six batters he faced, Twins prospect and 2010 first-round pick Alex Wimmers has finally taken a big step in his recovery from extreme control problems. He returned to the mound last week at rookie-ball with just one…

  7. Grady Sizemore on knee injury: “There’s a lot of concern”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Grady Sizemore was placed on the disabled list this morning after re-injuring his right knee yesterday and the Indians center fielder told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that “there’s a lot of concern” about his status. Sizemore missed just two weeks after bruising the same knee back in May, but indicated that he…

  8. Jack McKeon wants Mike Stanton to steal 30 bases for some reason

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Mike Stanton, Paul Janish

    Not satisfied with Mike Stanton being perhaps the best young slugger in baseball, Marlins manager Jack McKeon wants him stealing bases now too: He needs a little polish on the bases. But that’s because he has not had that much experience. I gave him the steal sign one night a while back and he stood…

  9. Alfredo Aceves has the best winning percentage of all time

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Alfredes Aceves was the winning pitcher in last night’s 16-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Rays, throwing three scoreless innings before Dustin Pedroia‘s hit finally broke a 0-0 tie. With the victory Aceves improved to 19-2 for his career, which is a .905 winning percentage that ranks as the best mark in MLB history…

  10. Tigers interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Matthew Pouliot wrote last week that Detroit’s primary focus heading into the trade deadline should be rotation help, so not surprisingly Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers are interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has a hideous 3-13 record, but his 4.45 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 123 innings are…

  11. Mike Adams applied for a passport in case he’s traded to AL

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Mike Adams

    San Diego is one-stop shopping for contending teams in need of bullpen help, with closer Heath Bell and setup men Mike Adams and Chad Qualls rumored to be on the trading block. Adams told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he applied for a passport at the suggestion of his agent in case…

  12. More knee problems send Grady Sizemore back to DL

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore, who spent part of May on the disabled list with a right knee contusion, re-injured the same knee yesterday and has been placed back on the DL. The good news is that it was Sizemore’s left knee that caused him to miss most of last season and the beginning of this year following…

  13. Jim Thome unleashes monster blast for 596th career homer

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jim Thome’s monstrous three-run homer yesterday was the 596th of his Hall of Fame career and the Twins measured it at 490 feet, which would be the longest homer in the brief history of Target Field and the longest homer hit by anyone in the majors this season. Oh, and it also turned a 1-1…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez wants to finish his career with the Rockies

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    As rumors swirl around the Rockies’ asking price for Ubaldo Jimenez and various teams’ interest level in the 27-year-old right-hander, Jimenez made it clear yesterday that he’s not looking to be traded and wants to remain in Colorado for the rest of his career, telling Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post: As a player, you…

  15. Astros will limit rookie Jordan Lyles to 165-170 total innings

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Jordan Lyles was called up to replace an injured Wandy Rodriguez in late May and has struck in the Astros’ rotation, but the 20-year-old’s workload figures to be limited down the stretch. Brad Mills told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Lyles likely won’t be allowed to throw more than 165-170 total innings this season between…

  16. Carlos Marmol yanked from save chance with two outs

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Mike Quade threw Carlos Marmol right back into the fire following his disastrous blown save yesterday, but the Cubs’ closer looked extremely shaky again today and was yanked with two outs in the ninth inning against the Marlins. Marmol came on to close out a 2-0 lead, but walked leadoff man Omar Infante on four…

  17. Vladimir Guerrero has small “crack” in right hand, couldn’t get through batting practice

    Jul 15, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero hasn’t played since being plunked on the right hand as part of the Orioles-Red Sox brouhaha Sunday and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that X-rays revealed a small “crack” in the hand. Guerrero was hoping to play through the injury and perhaps even rejoin the Orioles’ lineup tonight, but “couldn’t get…

  18. Chien-Ming Wang looking good in minors, finally close to joining Nationals

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

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    Chien-Ming Wang hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since July of 2009 and has given the Nationals nothing in return for a pair of one-year contracts, but it sounds like he’s finally close to returning to the majors. Wang tossed six shutout innings last night at Double-A, giving him a 1.00 ERA and .203 opponents’…

  19. Report: Phillies are front-runners for Padres relievers Heath Bell or Mike Adams

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    As further evidence that the Phillies have reached “Yankees of the National League” status and will now be linked to every big-name player being shopped, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that “they have been considered frontrunner to land a San Diego reliever.” Heath Bell is the Padres’ closer and biggest name in the bullpen, but…

  20. Marlins owner non-committal about keeping Jack McKeon

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Jack McKeon

    Jeffrey Loria spoke to the media today for the first time since June and the Marlins owner was non-committal about retaining Jack McKeon as manager beyond this season, saying: We’ll see where we are at the end of the year. There could be a number of candidates but right now Jack is the manager and…

  21. Foot injury sends Pat Burrell to DL, but Giants don’t call up Brandon Belt

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Pat Burrell

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants will place Pat Burrell on the disabled list because of the bone spur in his right foot that’s been a problem for a while now. Brandon Belt is healthy and crushing the ball at Triple-A, hitting .336 with a 1.026 OPS in 39…

  22. Ryan Dempster and Mike Quade are friends again

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs manager Quade smiles with starting pitcher Dempster in Cincinnati

    Ryan Dempster was not happy about Cubs manager Mike Quade pulling him from Saturday’s start after the fifth inning and the two had an extended screaming match, but it sounds like they’ve patched things up. Here’s what Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: Everything is fantastic. I was going to tell you about…

  23. Carlos Zambrano slated to come off disabled list Saturday

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano had a problem-free bullpen session yesterday, clearing the path for him to return from the disabled list when eligible tomorrow against the Marlins. Zambrano has been out since July 1 with a lower back injury, but allowed zero earned runs over four innings in a rehab start last Friday at Single-A and will…

  24. Nationals GM cites “dangerous field conditions” and “safety threat” at high Single-A Potomac

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    When the Nationals promoted Bryce Harper from low Single-A to Double-A two weeks ago there was speculation that they decided to have the game’s best prospect skip high Single-A altogether because of the terrible field conditions in Potomoc. Mike Rizzo denied that was the case at the time, but yesterday the general manager issued a…

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