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  1. Mat Latos will miss Saturday start with shoulder soreness

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Mat Latos

    Mat Latos has a 9.00 ERA in four spring training starts and also got knocked around in a minor-league game that doesn’t officially count in those totals, and now he’s been scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled outing because of shoulder soreness. Latos started Monday, allowing three runs in four innings, but according to manager Bud Black…

  2. Mariners GM: Franklin Gutierrez must play this weekend to avoid disabled list

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

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    Franklin Gutierrez continues to search for an explanation regarding his year-long stomach problems and Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik indicated that the Gold Glove center fielder is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Gutierrez probably “would have to play this weekend” in order to…

  3. Scouts “stunned by Phil Hughes’ lack of velocity this spring”

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    This morning my Twitter feed has been full of talk about Phil Hughes‘ declining velocity, starting with a couple reports quoting scouts. First, here’s Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com: Scouts following Yankees have been stunned by Phil Hughes’ lack of velocity this spring 87-89 mph, with more 87s than 89s. And now here’s Joel Sherman of…

  4. Yankees trade Sergio Mitre to Brewers for Chris Dickerson

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Just hours after adding some veteran rotation depth by agreeing to terms on a minor-league contract with Kevin Millwood the Yankees have traded Sergio Mitre to the Brewers, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that New York will receive outfielder Chris Dickerson, which is actually a pretty…

  5. Scott Kazmir is “in denial about his continuing struggles”

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir has a 7.79 ERA this spring after pitching horribly last season, yet after every poor outing he talks about stuff like “throwing the ball well” and feeling “so much better.” Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Kazmir “is either one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball, as he seems to…

  6. Pirates reliever Joe Beimel to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Joe Beimel was considered a near-lock for the Pirates’ bullpen despite signing only a minor-league contract in January, but the veteran left-hander will begin the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Beimel was shut down on March 1 and returned two weeks later, but was scratched from a scheduled outing Sunday due…

  7. Brent Morel beats out Mark Teahen for White Sox’s third base job

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

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    Ozzie Guillen announced that rookie Brent Morel has secured the starting job at third base, which means Mark Teahen will be a highly paid bench player for the White Sox. When they acquired Teahen from the Royals last year the White Sox handed him the third base job and then a three-year, $14 million contract…

  8. Orioles settle on Jeremy Guthrie as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    I’m sure you haven’t heard enough Opening Day starter talk for one day, so here’s another one: Baltimore will go with Jeremy Guthrie in Game 1, followed in the rotation by Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, and Jake Arrieta. Because the Orioles may not need a fifth starter for the first several weeks they could carry…

  9. Pirates pick Kevin Correia as Opening Day starter despite 5.40 ERA last season

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    It’s probably not quite as depressing to fans as Kansas City picking a guy with a 5.60 career ERA as the Opening Day starter, but it might be close. Pittsburgh announced that Kevin Correia will get the Opening Day assignment after going 10-10 with a 5.40 ERA for the Padres last year, which is some…

  10. Cody Ross is “certain” to begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 24, 2011, 3:42 PM EST

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    Cody Ross is “certain” to begin the season on the disabled list with the calf injury he suffered earlier this week, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. That could potentially open the door for top prospect Brandon Belt to make the Opening Day roster, but that would involve Aubrey Huff shifting…

  11. So much for that: Rangers will keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz went back and forth on whether he actually wanted to move to the rotation after saving 40 games as a rookie closer last season, but now it’s a moot point: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will remain in the bullpen. He’ll be joined there by fellow flame-thrower Alexi Ogando, whose spring…

  12. Nationals send one-time catcher of the future Jesus Flores back to the minors

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Jesus Flores

    With concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder likely limiting the potential trade market and two catchers ahead of him on the depth chart, the Nationals sent Jesus Flores to the minors today. Flores was once the Nationals’ catcher of the future, but suffered a shoulder injury after getting off to a great start in 2009…

  13. A’s select 23-year-old Trevor Cahill as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

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    Oakland waited longer than most teams to name an Opening Day starter, but today manager Bob Geren announced that Trevor Cahill will get the Game 1 assignment. After a so-so rookie season Cahill went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA as a 22-year-old sophomore, so giving him the Opening Day nod was a relatively easy call…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez undergoing more medical tests for year-long stomach problems

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    Franklin Gutierrez remains sidelined by the stomach problems that have plagued him since last season and Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the center fielder will undergo additional medical tests. Two weeks ago the Mariners announced that Gutierrez had been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and would be able to manage…

  15. Phillies GM admits Chase Utley will begin year on disabled list

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Confirming what has been expected for a while now, today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied “I would think so” when asked if Chase Utley will begin the season on the disabled list because of his knee problems. Amaro stopped just short of making it official, but said: “I haven’t seen him on the…

  16. Jorge Posada would consider leaving Yankees in 2012 “if it’s the right situation”

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

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    Jorge Posada has no plans to retire, but his four-year, $52 million contract is up after this season and the career-long Yankee told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that he’d be willing to play for another team “if it’s the right situation.” Posada’s future in New York will obviously depend on how well…

  17. Marlins considering options at third base after sending Matt Dominguez to minors

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    As recently as last week 21-year-old prospect Matt Dominguez was considered the favorite to make the jump from Double-A and claim the Marlins’ starting job at third base, but today they sent him to the minors. Florida newspapers were full of praise for Dominguez when it looked like he’d get the job and his defense…

  18. UPDATE: OK, so apparently Matt Albers isn’t going to Japan

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    UPDATE: So much for all that. I’m now told by a reliable source that it’s not true. Kind of a weirdly random thing for Mullen to report inaccurately, but oh well. Sorry to get everyone so excited by the huge non-news! ========== Maureen Mullen reports that the Red Sox have released Matt Albers “to allow…

  19. Nationals have “reached a near-final decision” to bench Nyjer Morgan for Rick Ankiel

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    Last week there was speculation about the Nationals benching Nyjer Morgan in favor of Rick Ankiel and now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that they’ve “reached a near-final decision” to make Ankiel the starting center fielder. Morgan has certainly earned the demotion by hitting like a fifth outfielder, running the bases recklessly, and…

  20. Top prospect Kyle Drabek secures spot in Blue Jays’ rotation

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

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    Brandon Morrow beginning on the season on the disabled list ends whatever competition there was for rotation spots in Blue Jays camp, so 23-year-old top prospect Kyle Drabek has won a starting job. In fact, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that Drabek will take Morrow’s place in the rotation and pitch Game 2…

  21. Springtime Storylines: When will the Indians be finished with their rebuilding phase?

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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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: Another rebuilding year in Cleveland. The Big Question: When will the Indians be finished with their rebuilding phase? After three consecutive .500-or-worse seasons,…

  22. Aaron Hill no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    Aaron Hill returned from a quadriceps injury to make his spring training debut yesterday, but afterward expressed some doubt about his status for Opening Day: It was good to get out there and see what I’ve got. I can play but it’s going to be their decision. Hopefully it will be fine by then but…

  23. Brandon Webb shut down again with more arm problems

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Already slated to begin the season on the disabled list, Brandon Webb was scratched from his scheduled live batting practice session today and has been shut down indefinitely, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Webb last started a game on Opening Day of 2009, but his recovery from shoulder surgery has been full of slow…

  24. Brandon Morrow to begin season on disabled list with right forearm inflammation

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

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    I’m not sure if this qualifies as a jinx, since I haven’t actually posted the article yet, but Brandon Morrow is one of my “breakout” picks for this season (along with, among others, Carlos Santana) and … well, the Blue Jays just announced that he’ll begin the year on the disabled list with right forearm…

  25. Heath Bell and the Padres are talking contract extension

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

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    Heath Bell has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to stay in San Diego, saying that signing a long-term deal with the Padres “would be a dream” and then revealing that he’d “definitely take less” to get something done. Throughout all that the Padres’ interest in actually committing to an expensive closer into…

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