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  1. Brian Roberts shut down again with more back problems

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Brian Roberts had X-rays on his sore neck upon arriving at Orioles camp last month and now he’s been shut down again with back spasms. Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back, so the latest setback is definitely a big concern for the 33-year-old second…

  2. Bryce Harper not included in Nationals’ first round of cuts

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals made their first batch of spring training cuts and somewhat surprisingly 18-year-old Bryce Harper was not among the 11 players reassigned to the team’s minor-league camp. That won’t impact his status for this year–Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that he “has no realistic shot of making the Opening Day roster”–but it does…

  3. Thankfully for Nationals fans, F.P. Santangelo isn’t Rob Dibble

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Dibble was fired as the Nationals’ television analyst following comments he made about Stephen Strasburg, but before that he’d more than earned the firing with various other “controversial” statements and, most importantly, awful announcing. Included among Dibble’s many faults as an announcer was that he referred to “we” and “us” while openly cheering for…

  4. Unable to contact parents in Japan, Takashi Saito leaves Brewers camp

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Takashi Saito has been unable to get in touch with his parents in Japan following last night’s massive earthquake, so the veteran reliever has left Brewers camp after asking the team for an indefinite leave of absence. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Saito was able to contact his wife and three children, and teammates…

  5. Chris Carpenter throws to live hitters, will start Wednesday

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter was scratched from today’s start because of a hamstring injury, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw around 60 pitches against live hitters this morning and is now scheduled to start Wednesday against the Tigers. Carpenter gave Cardinals fans a scare in the wake of Adam Wainwright‘s…

  6. Ian Stewart is “a longshot” to be healthy for Opening Day

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has played all of one inning this spring, leaving his first game with a sprained right knee that has him looking like “a longshot to begin the season on anything other than the disabled list,” according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Stewart injured his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who fortunately…

  7. Already on the trading block, Ryan Doumit is now injured too

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    ryan-doumit-pirates

    For the past few months the Pirates have tried unsuccessfully to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million contract for 2011, but now the catcher/outfielder is sidelined by an oblique injury. Doumit was scratched from yesterday’s game after feeling soreness while taking batting practice and there’s no timetable yet for his return, with Jenifer Langosch…

  8. Dayan Viciedo out 3-4 weeks with fractured right thumb

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Dayan Viciedo left today’s game after being hit on the hand by a pitch and the White Sox just announced that he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb. It’s unfortunate timing for Viciedo, as he was seeing action in right field this spring after previously being exclusively a third baseman and…

  9. Brandon Webb’s first action against live hitters wasn’t very impressive

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb has all but been ruled out to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation, but he took the mound yesterday for his first action against live hitters and … well, manager Ron Washington didn’t sound very impressed: There were some good and some not so good. But there was some sink. It wasn’t…

  10. Matt Cain returns from elbow injury in 47-pitch simulated game

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain returned to the mound Monday with a bullpen session and threw a three-inning simulated game today, so it looks like he’s fully recovered from the elbow problems that caused him to miss a start last week. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cain threw 47 pitches today–including off-speed stuff–against teammates…

  11. Edinson Volquez returns to Reds camp after dealing with visa issues in Dominican Republic

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    Edinson Volquez arrived at Reds camp on time last month, but was forbidden from appearing in a game because of visa issues stemming from his 50-game suspension for failing a performance-enhancing drug test last year. In order to get things straightened out Volquez had to leave spring training and travel home to the Dominican Republic,…

  12. MRI exam on Derrek Lee’s injured wrist “came back normal”

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    derrek-lee-orioles-spring

    Derrek Lee had a specialist look at his injured right wrist earlier this week and the Orioles announced yesterday that an MRI exam “came back normal.” According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun “team officials continue to believe that the veteran is just experiencing some tendonitis that resulted from the inactivity following thumb surgery.”…

  13. Jon Garland out 4-6 weeks, will begin season on disabled list

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland‘s strained oblique muscle was confirmed today by an MRI exam and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’ll be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, meaning he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Coming into spring training the Dodgers had impressive pitching depth, but now Garland is out until at least late…

  14. For some reason the Royals want Billy Butler stealing bases

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Billy Butler royals

    Billy Butler is a 6-foot-1, 240-pound first baseman who should probably be a designated hitter, could best be described as “lumbering,” and has a grand total of one stolen base in 533 games. Yet for some reason the Royals are convinced he should be running more this season. Butler stole a base in yesterday’s game…

  15. Jake Peavy throwing well and aiming “to break camp with the team”

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Back in November general manager Ken Williams said he expected Jake Peavy to begin the season on the disabled list and there were some reports that he might not be ready to join the rotation until June, but Peavy has recovered from shoulder surgery more quickly than anticipated and has looked good enough in his…

  16. David Aardsma plays catch for first time since hip surgery

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma played catch yesterday, marking the first time the Mariners closer has thrown since undergoing hip surgery in January. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin called it “a good start” and told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Aardsma “felt good.” Aardsma just shed his crutches last week, so he still has a long way to go…

  17. Diamondbacks “renewed efforts to trade” for Michael Young

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported in mid-February that the Diamondbacks were interested in Michael Young and today he writes that they “renewed their efforts to trade” for him last week only to balk when the Rangers “asked for a strong package of prospects and major leaguers.” Rosenthal is probably the best national reporter in the…

  18. Someone should tell Nyjer Morgan to stop trying to steal bases

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Nyjer Morgan was caught stealing twice in yesterday’s game (although one came on a botched hit-and-run try) and manager Jim Riggleman revealed that he gave Morgan a little pep talk in the dugout following the first failed steal attempt: I said, “You know what? It seems like they throw the ball right on the button.”…

  19. Everyone has been spelling Kendry Morales’ name wrong

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Kendry Morales revealed today that his actual name is Kendrys Morales–with an extra “S” in the first name–which means everyone has been spelling his name wrong for at least seven years. That seems like sort of a long time to let that type of thing go unchanged, but according to Kevin Baxter of the Los…

  20. Charlie Manuel close to two-year extension with Phillies

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel and the Phillies are “close to agreeing on a contract extension” that Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports will be worth “between $3.5 million and $4 million per season” for two years. Manuel is already under contract for $2.4 million this season, so a two-year extension would keep the 67-year-old managing the Phillies through…

  21. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for Phillies as Chase Utley insurance

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    ramon-santiago-tigers

    Danny Knobler, who covered the Tigers in Detroit prior to working at CBSSports.com, reports that Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for the Phillies as they look to add depth following the latest news on Chase Utley‘s knee injury. Santiago has split time at shortstop for the Tigers during the past few seasons, but is…

  22. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen versus Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Here’s the latest “Quote of the Day” winner from manager/quote machine Ozzie Guillen: I’m the Charlie Sheen of baseball, but without drugs and a prostitute. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports provides a bit more context for the quote, noting that Guillen “was talking about the double-standard with him,” but it stands on its own pretty…

  23. Brendan Donnelly retires after nine seasons in the majors

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    brendan donnelly angels

    Brendan Donnelly has announced his retirement, ending what was a remarkable career for someone who didn’t reach the majors for the first time until age 30 and was never allowed to join the MLB players’ association. Donnelly spent a decade in the minors pitching for six different organizations–and was a spring training replacement player during…

  24. Oliver Perez to get brief bullpen tryout, followed by release

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    Oliver Perez is no longer competing for a rotation spot following another poor start yesterday, but the Mets aren’t ready to release him quite yet and will instead give him a chance to claim a bullpen job. Perez is much better suited for relief work at this point, as he actually remained somewhat effective against…

  25. Justin Morneau “pleased” with how he felt the morning after first game in eight months

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Throughout his eight-month recovery from a concussion Justin Morneau often felt good enough to workout on a particular day, only to have his symptoms return the next morning and sidetrack his progress. That was the fear after Morneau played in a game yesterday for the first time since July 7 and the former MVP admitted…

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