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  1. DL bound Kendrys Morales “still isn’t running full speed”

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Mike Scioscia has said that Kendrys Morales needs to see game action by Sunday if he’s to have any chance of being on the Opening Day roster, but there’s almost zero chance of that happening with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reporting that Morales “still isn’t running full speed.” Morales is 10 months…

  2. What do the Twins really think of Delmon Young’s defense?

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press did a terrific job incorporating advanced defensive metrics into a recent article about Delmon Young. She spoke to sabermetricians Bill James and John Dewan while noting that the 30 pounds Young lost last offseason didn’t actually lead to major improvement in his fielding numbers and then used…

  3. Andrew Bailey gets positive news on elbow, but status for Opening Day still uncertain

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey gave the A’s a scare when he left Monday’s game grabbing his surgically repaired elbow, but Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage and Bailey said today that the “ripping” sensation he felt was likely just scar tissue breaking up. Bailey told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he hopes to…

  4. Omar Minaya “antsy” to return to baseball, has offer from Mets

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    “An industry source” told Mike Puma of the New York Post that former general manager Omar Minaya is “antsy” to find another job in baseball after being fired by the Mets. However, according to Puma he “still is exploring options” while being paid $2 million this season as part of his contract with the Mets.…

  5. Chase Utley is visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist” today

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed that Chase Utley and Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan are spending today visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist.” Amaro declined to give any other details, but told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Utley and the Phillies are “trying to exhaust all ways not to have surgery” for the patellar tendinitis in…

  6. Springtime Storylines: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders?

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Buck Showalter and the optimistic Orioles. The Big Question: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders? I tend…

  7. Chris Coghlan on injury: “My arm is just not ready to go”

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    All offseason I’ve been wondering if the Marlins are nuts for thinking Chris Coghlan can hack it defensively as an everyday center fielder, but it may be a while before we find out. Coghlan has been sidelined by a inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff and recently suffered a setback, with Joe Capozzi of…

  8. Corey Hart running out of time to get healthy as oblique “kills”

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Three weeks ago Corey Hart was expected to miss two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but he’s yet to rejoin the lineup and yesterday told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s worried about being ready for Opening Day: It’s still not coming as fast as I want it to. It won’t go away. I…

  9. Adrian Beltre’s head-rubbing nightmare continues in Texas

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre really, really hates it when someone touches his head and his Red Sox teammates did it so much in the dugout last season that there’s a website filled with video clips of him freaking out. He changed teams during the offseason and signed a five-year, $80 million contract, but that won’t keep his…

  10. Adam Wainwright’s rotation replacement likely Kyle McClellan

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    The competition to replace Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals’ rotation is still officially humming along, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that Kyle McClellan has all but locked up the job after spending the past three seasons in the bullpen. Tony La Russa was also full of praise for McClellan, but…

  11. Kevin Millwood threw this morning in front of several teams, including the Yankees

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood held a “showcase” for teams this morning on the UC-Irvine campus and the Yankees were among those scouting him. Last month Sherman reported that Millwood rejected a minor-league contract offer from the Yankees, which was exceptionally … well, let’s say “bold”…

  12. Felix Hernandez’s no-trade clause blocks 10 teams, including nearly all high-payroll clubs

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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    No matter how many times the Mariners make it incredibly clear that they aren’t going to trade their 25-year-old Cy Young winner who’s signed through 2014 the speculation about Felix Hernandez deals doesn’t seem to stop, but perhaps this at least will cause it to die down for a while. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com…

  13. Are the Nationals getting fed up with Nyjer Morgan?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    We’ve been rough on Nyjer Morgan here at HBT, criticizing the Nationals outfielder for various on-field altercations, horrendous base-stealing, and his overall ineptitude last season. I’m sure annoying bloggers isn’t a particularly big concern for Morgan, but now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals may be getting sick of him too.…

  14. Scott Downs out a month after breaking toe “playing around with my kids”

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Scott Downs, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Angels this offseason, revealed today that he broke the big toe on his left foot while “playing around with my kids” and “just doing normal dad stuff at home.” He’ll be out for at least two weeks and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  15. Marty Marion: 1917-2011

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Marty Marion, an eight-time All-Star who spent 11 seasons as the Cardinals’ starting shortstop and won the NL MVP in 1944, has passed away at age 94. Marion’s reputation was always much bigger than his numbers, even during his MVP season, as he hit just .267 with six homers and a .686 OPS that ranked…

  16. Brian Cashman disagrees with Cliff Lee saying the Yankees “are getting older”

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Last week during a radio interview Cliff Lee said that he chose Philadelphia over New York in part because “it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older.” First of all, technically “some of the Yankee guys are getting older” is a statement of fact. We’re all “getting older” (with the notable exceptions…

  17. Diamondbacks pick Ian Kennedy as Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Arizona announced that Ian Kennedy will get the Opening Day assignment after throwing 194 innings with a 3.80 ERA last season. Kennedy has bounced back nicely after injuries took him from top prospect to afterthought with the Yankees and he led the team in both wins and ERA last year, but as senor Calcaterra pointed…

  18. Bryce Harper’s minor league at-bats will have a sponsor

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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    After spending a couple weeks in big-league camp Bryce Harper was optioned to high Single-A Hagerstown, where each of his at-bats will apparently be sponsored by “Miss Utility,” which is a service for construction workers to contact for information before digging into underground utility mains. Seriously. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post passes along the…

  19. Casey Blake “expected to miss minimal time” with back injury

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Casey Blake underwent a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back and the results showed lower thoracic spine inflammation, with Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reporting that “he’s expected to miss minimal time.” There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Blake reported feeling some improvement yesterday and is officially listed as day-to-day. Blake struggled with…

  20. Joe Mauer makes his spring training debut at designated hitter

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer is making his spring training debut this afternoon, batting third and starting at designated hitter after mostly sitting out the first two weeks of camp following offseason knee surgery. Mauer has already begun catching bullpen sessions and has repeatedly said that he has no doubts about being ready for Opening Day, so presumably…

  21. Ian Snell retires after being sent to minors by Cardinals

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago Ian Snell was a promising young starter for the Pirates, throwing 208 innings with a 3.76 ERA and solid 177/68 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old in 2007. Unfortunately it’s been all downhill since then, as Snell pitched his way out of Pittsburgh and then failed to resurrect his career in Seattle,…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Will the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season?

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The perpetually rebuilding Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Can the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season? Relative to the past 15…

  23. Kendrys Morales “more and more likely” to begin year on DL

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    Initially there was talk that Kendrys Morales would be limited to designated hitter duties early on as he recovers from last season’s broken leg, but now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it appears more and more likely Morales won’t be ready for the opener” at all. If he does play in…

  24. Ron Washington wants experienced closer to replace Neftali Feliz, who had zero experience before 40 saves

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Now that Neftali Feliz is apparently on board with the front office wanting to make him a starter Ron Washington is facing the very real possibility of being without his 40-save closer from last season and the manager told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com that he’d expect the Rangers to acquire a veteran reliever to fill…

  25. Tigers officially rule out Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    In news that was more or less expected at this point, the Tigers announced today that Carlos Guillen and Joel Zumaya have both been officially ruled out for Opening Day. Guillen recently experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and Zumaya is likely still several weeks away from being cleared to throw following…

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