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  1. Peter Moylan hoping to avoid surgery for bulging disk in back

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan came back incredibly strong after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2008, posting a 2.84 ERA in 2009 and a 2.94 ERA last season, but now he’s facing the possibility of another extended stay on the sidelines thanks to a bulging disk in his back. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports…

  2. What missing velocity? Aroldis Chapman hits 102.6 mph after taking four days off

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman had everyone worried last week when his triple-digit fastball dripped all the way into the low-90s, leading even teammates to publicly question his health. However, after being shut down for four days by the Reds he returned to the mound last night looking like his usual overpowering self against the Pirates, albeit in…

  3. Franklin Gutierrez taking stomach problems to Mayo Clinic

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    franklin-gutierrez-mariners-spring

    Franklin Gutierrez‘s ongoing stomach problems continue to stump the Mariners and various doctors he’s seen, so the Gold Glove center fielder is now headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Gutierrez, who’s been sidelined since mid-March and also struggled with the stomach issue for much of last season, began working out with the Mariners…

  4. Pedro Feliciano putting off decision on surgery for six weeks

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Pedro Feliciano said last week that he was leaning toward surgery on a torn shoulder capsule, but after meeting with Dr. James Andrews the Yankees reliever has decided to delay a decision for at least six weeks. Dr. Andrews advised against going under the knife, instead recommending a strength and conditioning program for the injured…

  5. Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, expects to start Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt exited his Friday start against the Marlins after six innings because of lower back soreness, but it looks like the injury will prove to be a minor one. Oswalt felt good enough to throw a 40-pitch bullpen session today and afterward indicated to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’ll make his scheduled Thursday…

  6. Jason Bay scheduled to return from disabled list Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jason Bay wide

    General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that Jason Bay wouldn’t be returning from the disabled list before April 26, but apparently the Mets have changed their mind and now he’s scheduled to come back from a strained ribcage muscle Thursday. He’ll have to avoid a setback first while playing minor-league rehab games tomorrow and…

  7. “Free” donuts cost Astros fan $237 (and the “donut” versus “doughnut” debate rages on)

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    homer simpson donuts

    Throughout each day Craig and I “claim” stories to write about. For instance, I’ll instant message him and say, “I’ll take the David Purcey trade” and then he’ll say something like, “OK, sucker.” However, sometimes there’s no claiming necessary. If there’s a story involving bourbon he gets it and if there’s a story about donuts…

  8. Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers makes one appearance between disabled list stints

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Tanner Scheppers was considered a top-20 talent who dropped to the Rangers with the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft because of an arm injury, but now back problems are slowing his rise to the majors. Scheppers began the season on the disabled list at Triple-A with back problems, came off the shelf to…

  9. A’s acquire David Purcey from Blue Jays for Danny Farquhar

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    david-purcey-blue-jays-spring

    Last week the Blue Jays designated David Purcey for assignment and today they traded the former first-round pick to the A’s for Danny Farquhar, who originally went from Toronto to Oakland in the Rajai Davis trade back in November. Once upon a time I thought Purcey had a chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter…

  10. A’s infielder Adam Rosales “unlikely” to return before June

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Adam Rosales missed the final six weeks of last season with a foot injury that required surgery in December, at which point the official timetable for his return was 3-4 months. Unfortunately it’s now four months later and Rosales isn’t even close to being cleared for baseball activities, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Lee…

  11. Brandon Webb still rehabbing, willing to pitch out of bullpen

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb is now more than two full years removed from his last big-league start, but the former Cy Young winner is still trying to get healthy following shoulder surgery and said yesterday that he’d be willing to pitch out of Texas’ bullpen once he does come off the disabled list. Webb, who threw a…

  12. Dallas Braden placed on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    UPDATE: Braden has been placed on the disabled list, so now he’ll miss at least 2-3 starts. ========== Dallas Braden was pulled from Saturday’s start after five innings because of shoulder soreness and told reporters yesterday that he expects to miss his next turn in the rotation at the very least. Having today off could…

  13. Red Sox recall reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple-A

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Despite re-signing with the Red Sox for $1.75 million this offseason Hideki Okajima lost the left-handed specialist competition to Dennys Reyes during spring training and began the season as a 35-year-old at Triple-A. Reyes lost his job after just one week and now the Red Sox have also sent the man who replaced him, Felix…

  14. Yankees place Phil Hughes on DL with “dead arm” and move Bartolo Colon into rotation

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    After watching Phil Hughes post a 13.94 ERA while showing significantly decreased velocity through three starts the Yankees have removed him from the rotation and placed him on the disabled list with what Joe Girardi called “dead arm.” That sounds bad, but it’s basically another way of saying “fatigue” or “he’s not throwing as hard,…

  15. Scout says Kevin Millwood looks “terrible” in Yankees’ extended spring training

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    millwood face

    Kevin Millwood was signed by the Yankees to provide a fallback option for the rotation and now Phil Hughes is struggling enough to make removing him from the rotation a possibility, but it doesn’t sound like Millwood will be back in the majors any time soon. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com spoke to a scout who…

  16. Tigers manager Jim Leyland one win from 1,500 for his career

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers manager Leyland argues with home plate umpire Cooper during their MLB American League game against the New York Yankee in New York

    Jim Leyland will be going for the 1,500th win of his managerial career tonight when his Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland. He’ll be the 19th manager in MLB history to reach 1,500 victories, joining Tony La Russa of the Cardinals as the only active managers in the club. Leyland has 851 wins with…

  17. No timetable for A’s closer Andrew Bailey’s return from DL

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Andrew Bailey has been sidelined since mid-March with a strained forearm, but the Oakland closer told Jane Lee of MLB.com that “there’s really no timetable” for his return. Bailey threw a 25-pitch bullpen session yesterday, but hasn’t progressed to mixing in off-speed pitches yet and said afterward that “we’re just going as we feel.” Brian…

  18. Twins’ first-round pick Alex Wimmers shut down after six straight walks in first start

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    alex wimmers twins

    Alex Wimmers was the Twins’ first-round pick last June after winning back-to-back Big Ten pitcher of the year awards at Ohio State and ranked No. 5 on my annual list of the Twins’ top prospects. After signing Wimmers debuted with a 0.57 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings at Single-A, but his first…

  19. Tim Lincecum donates $25,000 to help fund Bryan Stow’s medical bills

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Tim Lincecum has donated $25,000 to the Bryan Stow Fund, which will help pay the medical bills for the 42-year-old Giants fan who was attacked in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Stow remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma, with a $150,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest…

  20. Cliff Lee throws first shutout with double-digit strikeouts and under 100 pitches since 2009

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee was brilliant against the Nationals last night, hurling a complete-game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk. He also struck out 12 and needed only 99 pitches to record 27 outs, becoming the first pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2009 to throw a complete-game shutout with double-digit strikeouts while using fewer…

  21. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson released from hospital

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    brooks-robinson-orioles

    Brooks Robinson was hospitalized on March 31 following emergency surgery, but the 73-year-old Hall of Famer has been discharged. According to the hospital Robinson received more than 500 get-well e-mails during his stay and the longtime Orioles third baseman issued a statement noting that he “spent countless hours reading your kind words of encouragement.” Robinson…

  22. Phil Hughes struggles again as concerns about velocity mount

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    Not only hasn’t Phil Hughes‘ velocity improved since initially emerging as an issue during spring training, his fastball was slower than ever in last night’s sub par outing against the Orioles. Hughes allowed five runs in four innings, serving up two homers and managing just one strikeout while his average fastball clocked in at a…

  23. Twins’ lack of catching depth makes replacing Joe Mauer even tougher

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota has had to replace Joe Mauer for extended stretches before, but unfortunately by trading both Wilson Ramos and Jose Morales the Twins are exceptionally short on catching depth this time around. Drew Butera will take over as the primary catcher and the Twins have called up minor-league veteran Steve Holm from Rochester to serve…

  24. Adam Kennedy is the Mariners’ designated hitter and batting cleanup tonight (seriously)

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    adam-kennedy-mariners-spring

    Last season the Mariners ranked dead last in baseball with 513 runs, which was 74 runs fewer than the 29th-ranked Pirates and a historically inept total. They’ve been slightly better so far this year, ranking 24th in scoring, but their lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals might be more embarrassing than anything that happened…

  25. Velocity loss leads to disabled list stint for Robinson Tejeda

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Earlier this week the Royals stripped Robinson Tejeda of his setup duties following some ugly outings and a disturbing loss of velocity. Not surprisingly, today they placed him on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. While certainly not a good thing, the fact that they’ve identified an actual cause of the lost velocity and…

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