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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Scott Rolen unlikely to return from DL when eligible Friday

    May 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the “odds are slim” he’ll be ready to return from a strained left shoulder by then. Reds trainer Paul Lessard told Groeschen that Rolen is progressing in his recovery, but added: “We don’t have a…

  2. Padres say new television deal will lead to increased payroll

    May 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    television money

    With an Opening Day payroll of just $45 million the Padres rank 27th in player spending, but chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team is negotiating a new local television contract that could increase the payroll by 10-20 percent as soon as 2012. Cox Communications’ current 10-year deal to broadcast Padres games…

  3. Ozzie Guillen calls his two-game suspension for tweeting “a good move” by MLB

    May 2, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    I thought MLB suspending Ozzie Guillen two games for posting on Twitter following his ejection last week was too extreme, but yesterday the White Sox manager told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that the punishment “was a very fair one”: I think it was good for baseball, myself and the integrity of the game. If MLB…

  4. Phillies activate Domonic Brown from DL, send him to Triple-A

    May 2, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Rather than keep him on a minor-league rehab assignment for his fractured hamate bone, the Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the disabled list yesterday and then optioned him to Triple-A. That means he’ll continue to play in the minors, but will do so as a Triple-A player rather than a rehabbing big leaguer. While perhaps…

  5. Carl Pavano loses to Royals, but defeats garbage can

    May 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Francisco Liriano‘s struggles are more extreme and have gotten more attention during the Twins’ awful first month, but Carl Pavano has been plenty terrible himself with a 5.84 ERA through six starts. More worrisome than the bloated ERA is that Pavano’s strikeout rate continues to plummet, dropping from 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2009…

  6. Rays say Alex Cobb was tipping pitches in debut yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    alex-cobb-rays-debut

    Called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Rays yesterday, Alex Cobb allowed four runs while failing to make it out of the fifth inning against the Angels and afterward pitching coach Jim Hickey told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the 23-year-old right-hander was tipping his pitches: It was…

  7. Andrew McCutchen talking long-term extension with Pirates

    May 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen declined to give any specifics when asked yesterday, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are discussing a long-term contract extension with the 24-year-old center fielder. McCutchen won’t be arbitration eligible until 2013, so to buy out any of his free agent years a contract extension would have…

  8. Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez to play through dislocated finger, torn ligament

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Rodriguez_Sean

    Sean Rodriguez dislocated his left pinkie finger sliding into second base last night and an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament as well, but the Rays infielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he plans to play through the injury. Actually, his exact words were: “It ain’t broken.” Joe Maddon agreed with Rodriguez’s…

  9. Mike Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge as odd shoplifting case comes to confusing conclusion

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    Mike Leake has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “unauthorized use of property” following his shoplifting arrest last week, agreeing to 30 hours of community service after being charged with stealing $60 worth of shirts from Macy’s. In addition to the community service attached to what is now a misdemeanor offense, Leake will enter…

  10. Ozzie Guillen suspended two games for post-ejection tweets

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the…

  11. Yankees activate Francisco Cervelli from disabled list

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list, returning to the Yankees after being sidelined since March 2 with a fractured foot. Cervelli’s injury looked like a tough break for the Yankees at the time because they were uncertain about how Russell Martin would hold up physically early on, but Martin has been healthy…

  12. Ron Gardenhire says Twins “talking about our options” with struggling Francisco Liriano

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    francisco-liriano-twins

    Ron Gardenhire indicated today that Francisco Liriano could be in danger of losing his spot in the Twins’ rotation after going 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA through five outings, telling Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that “we’ve been talking about our options with him.” Kevin Slowey moved from the rotation to the bullpen because the Twins…

  13. Bruce Bochy: “Hard to put a target date” on Barry Zito’s return

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    zito scoul

    Barry Zito is off crutches two weeks after being placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot, but manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that it’s “hard to put a target date” on his potential return. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Zito was examined Wednesday by a foot specialist and is no longer forced…

  14. Brian Matusz calls bullpen session “a big step forward”

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    matusz reuters

    Brian Matusz threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and afterward the injured Orioles starter called it “a big step forward” in his recovery from a strained intercostal muscle. Jeff Seidel of MLB.com reports that Matusz threw fastballs and off-speed pitches while reporting no problems and will now head to extended spring training in Florida. Barring…

  15. Kevin Towers used to mess with Brad Penny by altering the radar gun readings in San Diego

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    radar gun

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has an interesting article about the questionable accuracy of the radar gun readings used on various ballpark scoreboards, which is something I’ve noted in the past regarding people citing velocity figures well beyond a pitcher’s usual range. It turns out not all of the inaccurate scoreboard readings are on…

  16. Astros shortstop Clint Barmes returns from fractured hand

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    barmes big

    Out since a hit by pitch late in spring training left him with a fractured hand, Clint Barmes will be activated from the disabled list and make his Astros debut tonight. Barmes, who was acquired from the Rockies in November to take over as the Astros’ starting shortstop, returns from the injury in five weeks…

  17. Derek Lowe “was allegedly racing another driver” at the time of DUI arrest

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    derek lowe mugshot

    Further details about Derek Lowe‘s arrest last night are becoming available, with Mike Morris of the Atlanta Journal Constitution now reporting that the Braves right-hander “was allegedly racing another driver” when he was booked for a DUI. State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told Morris that “troopers observed two vehicles racing on Peachtree Road and were…

  18. Derek Lowe is fifth MLB player to be arrested for DUI this year

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    cop dui

    Last night Derek Lowe was pulled over by police and apparently failed a field sobriety test, becoming the fifth MLB player to be arrested and charged with a DUI already this year. Miguel Cabrera made the biggest headlines when he was arrested while driving to spring training, but Lowe also joins Austin Kearns, Adam Kennedy,…

  19. Lance Berkman returns to Houston with eight hits and seven RBIs in three games

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    After playing 11 seasons with the Astros as one of the best players in franchise history Lance Berkman returned to Houston for the first time and was met by some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Berkman handled things about as well as possible in responding to the criticism and then responded with…

  20. Travis Hafner to undergo MRI exam on injured right ankle

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner‘s strong start is on hold after the designated hitter was scratched from last night’s lineup with right ankle soreness and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today. Hafner has missed an average of 72 games per season during the past three years, but most of his health problems…

  21. Phillies place Joe Blanton on disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton was off to a shaky start as the forgotten man in the Phillies’ star-studded rotation, posting a 5.91 ERA in four starts, and the Phillies just placed him on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vance Worley will be called up from Triple-A…

  22. Indians call up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    alex-white-indians-spring

    Yesterday the Indians placed starter Carlos Carrasco on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’ll replace him in the rotation by calling up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A. White will start in Carrasco’s place Saturday against the Tigers after earning the call-up…

  23. Rangers prospect Engel Beltre suspended 15 games for throwing trash can at fans

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    beltre rangers

    Yesterday the Rangers announced that Double-A prospect Engel Beltre had been suspended indefinitely following an incident with fans and today they announced the length of the suspension: 15 games. Beltre’s team, Double-A Frisco, had a three-run homer overturned by umpires Tuesday night. Ejections followed and Beltre ended up throwing a trash can at a group…

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

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    get off my lawn cat

    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…

  25. 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…

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