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  1. Rockies send struggling third baseman Ian Stewart to Triple-A

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has been Colorado’s starting third baseman since mid-2008, turned 26 years old earlier this month, and has more than 1,300 career plate appearances in the majors, but today the Rockies demoted him to Triple-A following a 2-for-26 start. Stewart missed time during spring training with knee and hamstring injuries and started just five…

  2. Justin Morneau out of Twins’ lineup for third straight game with flu

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau successfully came back from the concussion that sidelined him for eight months, but now he’s out with the same flu that has contributed to Joe Mauer‘s muddled health status. Morneau is absent from the Twins’ lineup tonight for the third straight game after serving as their designated hitter Saturday, leaving the Twins without…

  3. Cardinals place Skip Schumaker on DL, activate Nick Punto

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    St. Louis placed starting second baseman Skip Schumaker on the disabled list with a strained right biceps that he suffered Friday and Nick Punto was activated to take his spot on the roster after being sidelined since late February following hernia surgery. Schumaker’s injury likely pushed up the timetable on Punto’s return a bit, as…

  4. Evan Longoria hoping to come off disabled list by April 29

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria hasn’t been cleared to take swings against live pitching yet, but the Rays third baseman told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that he expects to return from a strained oblique muscle by April 29. He has quite a few hurdles to clear (and setbacks to avoid) before then, but Longoria is slated to take…

  5. Phillies lose J.C. Romero to calf injury, call up Mike Zagurski

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    J.C. Romero went down in a heap after throwing a pitch in the ninth inning last night and today the Phillies placed him on the disabled list with a strained right calf. Romero’s overall numbers are usually ugly because he struggles so much against right-handed hitters and often can’t find the strike zone, but he’s…

  6. Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus goes from Mets’ Opening Day starter to designated for assignment

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus won the starting job at second base by hitting .294 with an .831 OPS in 24 games this spring, but after playing poorly in 14 games to begin the season the Mets have decided to cut him loose. Emaus, who got the Opening Day nod and started 10 of the…

  7. Blue Jays activate closer Frank Francisco from disabled list

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Sidelined since mid-March with a strained pectoral muscle, Frank Francisco has been activated from the disabled list and figures to take over as the Blue Jays’ closer fairly soon. Much like he did stepping for Joe Nathan with the Twins last season Jon Rauch has done a solid job in place of Francisco, converting all…

  8. David Aardsma to begin rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    David Aardsma‘s comeback from January hip surgery will take a big step tonight when he begins a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A. Mariners manager Eric Wedge told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Aardsma will likely be asked to make three or four rehab appearances before a return from the disabled list is considered, which means…

  9. Ned Yost on Billy Butler wanting to play first base: “I’d like to be an astronaut”

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Billy Butler spent the past two seasons as the Royals’ primary first baseman, starting 143 games there in 2009 and another 126 games there in 2010, but this year manager Ned Yost has opted to go with Kila Ka’aihue at first base while using Butler at designated hitter. Butler is still holding out hope that…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Franklin Gutierrez taking stomach problems to Mayo Clinic

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. 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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. Jason Bay scheduled to return from disabled list Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

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

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. 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…

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