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  1. Rickie Weeks won’t need surgery for “severe ankle sprain”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Cubs Brewers Baseball

    Good news and bad news on Rickie Weeks‘ ugly looking ankle injury from last night. The good news is that he won’t need surgery. The bad news is that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe ankle sprain” and is expected to be out for “anywhere from 3-6 weeks,” according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.…

  2. Joe Blanton: “There’s zero percent chance I’ll start this year”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Joe Blanton may come back from an elbow injury to pitch again this season, but it won’t be as a starter. Blanton told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “there’s a zero percent chance I’ll start this year” because “there’s just not enough time” to build up his arm strength after missing the past two months.…

  3. Jed Lowrie is on the comeback trail from shoulder injury

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, Jed Lowrie made a big step in his recovery yesterday by taking live swings for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Lowrie took swings off a tee earlier this week and was happy enough with how he felt that the Red Sox cleared him…

  4. Dusty Baker questions Bronson Arroyo’s health after latest poor start

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Bronson Arroyo throwing

    Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in six innings yesterday, giving up at least four runs for the six straight start as manager Dusty Baker wondered publicly whether the veteran right-hander is pitching hurt: I don’t know. We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong. Everybody’s a little banged up.…

  5. Carlos Gomez hoping to play again this season after surgery on fractured clavicle

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Carlos Gomez

    Initially expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his clavicle while making a diving catch last week, Carlos Gomez is now hoping to rejoin the Brewers at some point in September. Gomez underwent surgery Monday to repair the fracture and insert a metal plate to help stabilize things, with doctors giving him…

  6. Tweet(s) of the Day: Anyone know what John Danks is up to?

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Apparently I follow a lot of people in the White Sox’s press box today:

  7. MLB investigating threats made against Jerry Meals’ family

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Meals blown call

    Team president Frank Coonelly handled things about as well as possible after the Pirates lost in the 19th inning on Jerry Meals’ call at the plate last night, filing an official protest with MLB and issuing a statement saying “he made the wrong call” without ripping into the veteran umpire too much. However, apparently not…

  8. Phillies “have done background work on Carlos Quentin”

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Beltran is apparently off the market and the Astros reportedly backed out of a near-deal for Hunter Pence, so the Phillies have turned their attention to … Carlos Quentin. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, at least. He says the Phillies “have done background work on Quentin” as they look for a right-handed-hitting outfielder.…

  9. Report: Phillies “had a deal” for Hunter Pence, but Astros “backed off”

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    At this point the Phillies’ strong interest in Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is no secret, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com takes it a step further by quoting sources who claim Philadelphia “had a deal for him earlier in the week, only to have Houston back off.” Stark couldn’t get confirmation of that from any Astros…

  10. White Sox bench Alex Rios, call up Alejandro De Aza

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Lost in the Edwin Jackson trade this morning is that Chicago’s shakeup didn’t end there, as the White Sox have benched center fielder Alex Rios and called up Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A. It’s unclear how long the benching will last, but the fact that Rios is owed $38 million for the next three seasons…

  11. Tests provide no explanation for Angel Pagan’s dizziness

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Angel Pagan underwent blood tests after dizziness forced him from Sunday’s game and kept him out of the lineup Monday and Tuesday, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that “no abnormality” was found. Pagan revealed to manager Terry Collins that he’s been dealing with dizziness and fatigue for the past week or so,…

  12. Twins top prospect Kyle Gibson out with elbow problems

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Kyle Gibson probably would’ve needed to dominate the International League for the Twins to have called him up already, but instead the 2009 first-round pick had a nice first two months at Triple-A and has struggled of late. Gibson was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in June and then took 17 days off before coughing…

  13. Colby Rasmus to Blue Jays, Edwin Jackson to Cardinals in eight-player swap

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    rasmus getty

    Sounds like the other shoe is about to drop. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Blue Jays have agreed to flip Edwin Jackson to the Cardinals along with relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski for center fielder Colby Rasmus. Buster Olney of ESPN.com says Toronto will also get Trever Miller,…

  14. Pirates issue statement: Jerry Meals “got this one wrong”

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    protest sign

    Not that it will do any good, but the Pirates have filed an official protest with MLB over the Jerry Meals call at the plate that ended last night’s 19-inning marathon loss to the Braves. Team president Frank Coonelly also issued the following statement: The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is extremely disappointed by the way its…

  15. Edwin Jackson traded to Blue Jays, but will they swap him to Cardinals for Colby Rasmus?

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    UPDATE: Sure enough, Jackson appears headed to St. Louis for Rasmus. ========== The deal sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart is official, with Jackson learning of his fate after entering the White Sox clubhouse moments ago. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  16. Royals sign Raul Mondesi’s 16-year-old son for $2 million

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    raul mondesi

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed Raul Mondesi’s son, 16-year-old shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, for a $2 million bonus. Today is his 16th birthday and thus the first day Adalberto Mondesi was eligible to sign. He’s expected to begin his pro career in the Dominican Summer League next season after catching…

  17. Prelude to a trade? Tony La Russa says Colby Rasmus “doesn’t listen” to Cardinals coaches

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa

    UPDATE: TLR got his wish, as Rasmus has been traded to the Blue Jays. ========== At this point the feud between manager Tony La Russa and center fielder Colby Rasmus is no secret, with various details being reported since last year and Rasmus having the benchings to show for it. However, yesterday it may have…

  18. What has happened to Neftali Feliz?

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Last night Neftali Feliz blew his fifth save of the season and was yanked in the middle of the ninth inning after giving up three hits and a walk while recording just one out against the Twins. Even after the poor appearance his ERA stands at a still-impressive 3.35, but he’s already blown more saves…

  19. Johan Santana to make rehab start tomorrow at Single-A

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana‘s plans for this week have changed several times–or at least reports of his plans have changed several times–but now he’s officially scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a start tomorrow at high Single-A. That will start the 30-day clock on his rehab stint, which means barring a setback Santana is on…

  20. Daric Barton has torn shoulder labrum, likely needs surgery

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Daric Barton

    Five weeks after being demoted to Triple-A by the A’s, first baseman Daric Barton has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will visit Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Barton called it “a little labrum tear” and “nothing big,” but told Slusser that…

  21. Diamondbacks get closer J.J. Putz back from elbow injury

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

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    Arizona has activated J.J. Putz from the disabled list after the closer missed the past month with elbow tendinitis. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly the Diamondbacks move Putz back into the closer role, because he struggled mightily prior to being shut down in late June and fill-in closer David Hernandez has been nearly…

  22. Vladimir Guerrero is batting cleanup in his return from the DL

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero has missed the past two weeks with a small fracture in his right hand and had a measly .385 slugging percentage in 83 games before the injury, so naturally the Orioles have him batting cleanup tonight in his return from the disabled list. Obviously the Orioles aren’t overflowing with fantastic cleanup-hitting options, but…

  23. Eric Chavez is off the DL and in the Yankees’ starting lineup

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez isn’t due back from knee surgery until mid-August, but instead of relying on Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird as fill-ins the Yankees have another option at third base: Eric Chavez. The oft-injured veteran has been on the disabled list since May with a fractured foot, but went 7-for-21 (.333) with a homer and…

  24. Hong-Chih Kuo might be traveling down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path again

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    Hong-Chih Kuo missed time in 2009 with the dreaded “yips” and was on the disabled list earlier this season with “anxiety issues,” both of which make his inability to throw strikes last night doubly worrisome for the Dodgers. When healthy and on top of his game Kuo is among the elite, most dominating relievers in…

  25. Brandon Inge clears waivers, accepts assignment to minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    inge getty

    As expected, Brandon Inge has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Tigers last week and accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Inge is hitting .177 this season, hasn’t been a productive offensive player since 2006, and is owed around $7.5 million through the end of next season, so it’s no surprise that he…

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