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  1. Jonathan Broxton “could be out for another six weeks”

    May 9, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    broxton getty

    When the Dodgers placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list Friday the initial word was that he’d be shut down for a couple weeks, but the latest from manager Don Mattingly is that he could miss six weeks. Beyond that, Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Vicente Padilla may keep the…

  2. Enough is enough: Milton Bradley designated for assignment by Mariners

    May 9, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    UPDATE: Turns out, it was just a temporary stay of execution for Bradley, as the Mariners have now designated him for assignment while recalling prospect Carlos Peguero from Triple-A. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for Bradley as a free agent given that he hasn’t hit well in several years…

  3. Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

    May 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Doug Davis

    Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow. The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors…

  4. Opening Day shortstop Alexi Casilla moves closer to the exit in Minnesota

    May 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    alexi-casilla-twins

    Alexi Casilla‘s ill-conceived reign as the Twins’ starting shortstop lasted all of a month, as he played his way out of the job by hitting .190 with predictably spotty defense at a position where he lacked both the skills and experience to succeed. Trevor Plouffe has now taken over at shortstop, earning a call-up by…

  5. Jim Tracy on Ian Stewart: “He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team”

    May 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    ian-stewart-rockies

    Demoting their starting third baseman of the past two seasons to Triple-A because of a bad first two weeks was a pretty strong indication that the Rockies have soured on Ian Stewart and yesterday manager Jim Tracy made that even more obvious. When asked why Stewart batted eighth in the Rockies’ lineup, Tracy told Troy…

  6. Prince Fielder thinks Albert Pujols “should command it all”

    May 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    albert-pujols-and-prince-fielder

    This weekend the Brewers were in St. Louis to play the Cardinals, so the local writers asked Prince Fielder what he thinks about fellow impending free agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Fielder naturally is in favor of Pujols breaking the bank, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he “should command it…

  7. Rays close to adding J.P. Howell to league’s best bullpen

    May 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    JP Howell

    Despite losing closer Rafael Soriano and setup men Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheeler to free agency the Rays’ bullpen leads the league with a 2.82 ERA and they’re close to adding left-hander J.P. Howell to the relief mix. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in 2008 and…

  8. Neftali Feliz returns from the disabled list “good to go”

    May 6, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    As expected, the Rangers activated Neftali Feliz from the disabled list and the closer told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com that he’s “good to go” after being out since April 21 with shoulder inflammation. Feliz struck out the side in a one-inning rehab appearance Wednesday at Double-A and his fastball was in the high-90s. Prior to…

  9. Angel Pagan suffers setback on verge of returning from DL

    May 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Earlier this week Angel Pagan played in an extended spring training game and was hoping to return from the disabled list when eligible Saturday, but those plans have been squashed. Terry Collins said that Pagan suffered a setback yesterday in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle and will travel to New York to be…

  10. Roy Oswalt scratched from Saturday start with back soreness

    May 6, 2011, 3:54 PM EST

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt rejoined the Phillies yesterday after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following last week’s tornadoes and was expected to start Saturday, but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he’s been scratched from the start. Oswalt is apparently still dealing with back soreness and could be headed for the disabled…

  11. Braves reliever Peter Moylan: “Looks like surgery is imminent”

    May 6, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan‘s back pain hasn’t subsided after taking two weeks to rest, so the Braves reliever told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he expects to undergo season-ending surgery. Moylan was examined yesterday by a surgeon in Atlanta and will travel to Los Angeles early next week to get a second opinion before…

  12. Travis Snider is hitting .524 with a 1.249 OPS since demotion to Triple-A

    May 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Last week the Blue Jays demoted Travis Snider to Triple-A after he hit just .184 in 25 games, with general manager Alex Anthopoulos explaining that they wanted the 23-year-old outfielder to work on his swing mechanics “and get back to what made him successful.” Not that a week’s worth of action proves anything either way,…

  13. Dodgers place Jonathan Broxton on DL, recall Kenley Jansen

    May 6, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton won’t need surgery after no structural damage was found in his elbow, but the Dodgers have placed him on the disabled list with a bone spur. Shutting him down for a while certainly makes sense even if the Dodgers are convinced there’s nothing significantly wrong with Broxton’s elbow. His velocity has been down,…

  14. Forced into retirement by hip problems, Mike Lowell needs another surgery

    May 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Mike Lowell

    A few months ago Mike Lowell ruled out returning to baseball because his surgically repaired hip was getting worse, admitting that he’d probably need hip replacement surgery eventually. That time hasn’t come yet, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Lowell is going under the knife again to have a hip “resurfacing.” Lowell tore his…

  15. Video: Bill James on The Colbert Report

    May 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Legendary baseball writer Bill James was a guest on The Colbert Report last night to promote his new non-baseball book, Popular Crime:

  16. Jon Heyman credits Ryan Howard for being “worth every penny” of a contract that hasn’t started

    May 6, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Here’s a tidbit from Jon Heyman’s latest column at SI.com: It’s early in Ryan Howard‘s $125 million contract. But Howard, who has a league-leading 29 RBIs, is worth every penny so far. Couple things. One, it’s so “early in Ryan Howard’s $125 million contract” that the contact hasn’t even started yet. He signed a five-year,…

  17. Roy Halladay has dominated the NL East since joining Phillies

    May 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com passes along a remarkable statistic about Roy Halladay: Since joining the Phillies last season he’s 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against NL East teams. Pretty crazy. To put that in some context, consider that the Phillies are 56-33 (.629) against the NL East during that time. They are…

  18. Rays place Jeff Niemann on DL, call up Brandon Guyer

    May 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    jeff-niemann-rays

    As expected, the Rays have placed Jeff Niemann on the disabled list after he left Wednesday’s start with a strained back. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Niemann told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the injury “is very frustrating.” According to Steve Wiseman of the Durham Herald Sun the Rays…

  19. Bill Hall rips umpire after being tossed from last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    bill-hall-astros-spring

    Bill Hall was ejected from last night’s game in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes and today the Astros infielder had plenty to say about home plate umpire Tom Hallion. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the full transcript of Hall’s angry rant about Hallion yelling at him to get back into…

  20. Brandon Lyon diagnosed with partially torn rotator cuff

    May 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    brandon-lyon-astros

    After blowing his fourth save of the season yesterday the Astros sent Brandon Lyon back to Houston to have his shoulder examined and the news isn’t good. Lyon has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff and biceps tendinitis, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. No surgery has been scheduled for now, but Lyon…

  21. Felipe Lopez clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 5, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Designated for assignment by the Rays last week, veteran infielder Felipe Lopez cleared waivers and has accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Good news for the Rays, as they get to keep Lopez around as depth should they need some help at third base or second base. Bad news for Lopez, as no team felt he…

  22. Roy Oswalt rejoins Phillies, set to make Saturday start

    May 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt has rejoined the Phillies after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following the tornadoes last week. He threw a bullpen session today in preparation for starting Saturday against the Braves, which means he will have missed just one turn in the rotation. Oswalt’s last start came on April 26…

  23. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next start pushed back after relief outing

    May 5, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    UPDATE: Matsuzaka’s next start has indeed been pushed back from Friday to Sunday, but it’ll be Tim Wakefield and not Alceves taking his place tomorrow. ========== Daisuke Matsuzaka was needed in relief during last night’s 13-inning game against the Angels, coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career and allowing two…

  24. Blue Jays expected to get both Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill back Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    It sounds like Jose Bautista‘s neck injury isn’t serious despite needing an MRI exam, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s “expected to ride a stationary bike today” and “will hit tomorrow” before likely rejoining the lineup Sunday. Aaron Hill is also aiming to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup Sunday, but will need…

  25. J.J. Hardy scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    May 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    Out since April 7 with a strained oblique muscle, J.J. Hardy is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was unsure how long the rehab stint would last, telling Robert Falkoff of MLB.com “we’ll see how long he needs [to be] there … they have a good, long…

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