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  1. Brian Matusz calls bullpen session “a big step forward”

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Brian Matusz threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and afterward the injured Orioles starter called it “a big step forward” in his recovery from a strained intercostal muscle. Jeff Seidel of MLB.com reports that Matusz threw fastballs and off-speed pitches while reporting no problems and will now head to extended spring training in Florida. Barring…

  2. Kevin Towers used to mess with Brad Penny by altering the radar gun readings in San Diego

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has an interesting article about the questionable accuracy of the radar gun readings used on various ballpark scoreboards, which is something I’ve noted in the past regarding people citing velocity figures well beyond a pitcher’s usual range. It turns out not all of the inaccurate scoreboard readings are on…

  3. Astros shortstop Clint Barmes returns from fractured hand

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Out since a hit by pitch late in spring training left him with a fractured hand, Clint Barmes will be activated from the disabled list and make his Astros debut tonight. Barmes, who was acquired from the Rockies in November to take over as the Astros’ starting shortstop, returns from the injury in five weeks…

  4. Derek Lowe “was allegedly racing another driver” at the time of DUI arrest

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

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    Further details about Derek Lowe‘s arrest last night are becoming available, with Mike Morris of the Atlanta Journal Constitution now reporting that the Braves right-hander “was allegedly racing another driver” when he was booked for a DUI. State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told Morris that “troopers observed two vehicles racing on Peachtree Road and were…

  5. Derek Lowe is fifth MLB player to be arrested for DUI this year

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

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    Last night Derek Lowe was pulled over by police and apparently failed a field sobriety test, becoming the fifth MLB player to be arrested and charged with a DUI already this year. Miguel Cabrera made the biggest headlines when he was arrested while driving to spring training, but Lowe also joins Austin Kearns, Adam Kennedy,…

  6. Lance Berkman returns to Houston with eight hits and seven RBIs in three games

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

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    After playing 11 seasons with the Astros as one of the best players in franchise history Lance Berkman returned to Houston for the first time and was met by some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Berkman handled things about as well as possible in responding to the criticism and then responded with…

  7. Travis Hafner to undergo MRI exam on injured right ankle

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    Travis Hafner‘s strong start is on hold after the designated hitter was scratched from last night’s lineup with right ankle soreness and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today. Hafner has missed an average of 72 games per season during the past three years, but most of his health problems…

  8. Phillies place Joe Blanton on disabled list with elbow injury

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

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    Joe Blanton was off to a shaky start as the forgotten man in the Phillies’ star-studded rotation, posting a 5.91 ERA in four starts, and the Phillies just placed him on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vance Worley will be called up from Triple-A…

  9. Indians call up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Indians placed starter Carlos Carrasco on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’ll replace him in the rotation by calling up 2009 first-round pick Alex White from Triple-A. White will start in Carrasco’s place Saturday against the Tigers after earning the call-up…

  10. Rangers prospect Engel Beltre suspended 15 games for throwing trash can at fans

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Rangers announced that Double-A prospect Engel Beltre had been suspended indefinitely following an incident with fans and today they announced the length of the suspension: 15 games. Beltre’s team, Double-A Frisco, had a three-run homer overturned by umpires Tuesday night. Ejections followed and Beltre ended up throwing a trash can at a group…

  11. Local columnist tells injured Twins to “suck it up and play”

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    I’m told Ron Gardenhire spent part of today’s pregame media briefing angrily addressing Tom Powers’ column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Gardenhire ranted about it despite Powers not being in attendance, but after reading the column I can’t blame him. Injuries have decimated the Twins, with Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Kevin…

  12. Mat Latos has lost nine straight starts dating back to last year

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

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    I’m not normally one to treat win-loss records for pitchers as being particularly meaningful, but this stat has to be pretty scary for Padres fans: Mat Latos has lost nine consecutive starts dating back to last season. Latos was 14-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 26 starts through September 7 of last year. Since then…

  13. Twins trainer says Joe Mauer “wasn’t strong enough” to start season as everyday catcher

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

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    How bad have the mounting injuries gotten for the Twins? Today they had trainer Rick McWane speak directly to the media because Ron Gardenhire was sick of answering all the health-related questions and the front office was likely sick of the manager giving non-expert half-information to frustrated reporters. McWane gave an update on Joe Mauer‘s…

  14. TCU lefty, projected top 10 draft pick Matt Purke diagnosed with shoulder bursitis

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

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    TCU left-hander Matt Purke has been diagnosed with bursitis in his shoulder following a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, which actually qualifies as good news after the projected top-10 draft pick was shut down last week. Purke lost out on millions of dollars when he failed to sign with the Rangers coming out of high…

  15. How long will the Padres stick with struggling Brad Hawpe?

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

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    Beginning the season in a 9-for-63 (.143) slump is bad enough, but yesterday Brad Hawpe‘s early struggles extended to his defense at first base, as his misplay contributed to the Braves’ five-run inning in a 7-0 defeat of the Padres. Hawpe had started a grand total of eight career games at first base prior to…

  16. Rays bounce back from 1-8 start to climb above .500

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    Tampa Bay began the season 1-8 as many people rushed to write the Rays off after numerous key players departed as free agents, but with last night’s win over the Twins they’re now 12-11 overall, going 11-3 since the dreadful start. What’s particularly remarkable about the Rays climbing above .500 is that they’re winning with…

  17. Padres reliever Joe Thatcher to undergo shoulder surgery

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

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    Joe Thatcher was a key part of the Padres’ excellent bullpen last season, making 65 appearances as a left-handed specialist while logging 35 innings with a 1.29 ERA and 45/7 K/BB ratio. He began this season on the disabled list with a strained shoulder and the Padres announced yesterday that the 28-year-old left-hander will need…

  18. Kendrys Morales still not running at full speed, re-examined by foot specialist

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

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    It’s hard to remember now, but at one point the Angels were hoping to have Kendrys Morales in the Opening Day lineup. Now they might settle for having him in the second half. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Morales still isn’t running at full speed on the fractured ankle that ended…

  19. Elbow injury sends Indians starter Carlos Carrasco to DL

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Carlos Carrasco had hoped to avoid the disabled list after leaving Saturday’s start against the Twins with elbow soreness, but the Indians have decided to put him on the shelf when he wasn’t able to throw a scheduled bullpen session today. No announcement has been made for a fill-in starter Saturday, but Jordan Bastian of…

  20. UPDATE: Rangers place Darren O’Day on 60-day disabled list with hip injury

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Texas has officially placed O’Day on the 60-day disabled list, so his season is likely in jeopardy and the Rangers’ bullpen is suddenly even shakier. ========== Darren O’Day just posted the following on Facebook: Headed to the DL for a torn labrum in my left hip. Beyond that, I don’t know much. Hopefully recovery…

  21. Chris Coghlan leaves game with right shoulder soreness

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Chris Coghlan left this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers with a shoulder injury, but said afterward that he expects to be back in the Marlins’ lineup following tomorrow’s off day. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Coghlan “has dealt with tendinitis in his right shoulder since spring training” and apparently the soreness simply got progressively…

  22. Yankees sticking with Rafael Soriano in eighth inning setup role despite 7.84 ERA

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

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    Rafael Soriano had another ugly outing last night, blowing an eighth-inning lead and taking a loss while allowing two runs against the White Sox. He now has a 7.84 ERA on the season, allowing nine runs in 10.1 innings, and has already walked eight batters after issuing a grand total of just 14 free passes…

  23. Marlins “keeping an eye on” Giants infielder Mark DeRosa

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    Mark DeRosa has just 20 plate appearances through 22 games for the Giants after missing most of last season following wrist surgery, so it makes sense that he could be on the trading block and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are “keeping an eye on” him. Florida is…

  24. Talking about Don Mattingly’s goatee is no longer any fun

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    Don Mattingly’s goatee was amusing for a brief moment earlier this week, but now the topic is just kind of sad. Mattingly said initially that he planned to keep the goatee until the Dodgers stopped winning most of their games and later reiterated that plan, saying he’d keep it against his wife’s wishes. And then…

  25. Must-click link: Save statistic silliness

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    I’m constantly railing against managers relying on the save statistic rather than logic to determine their bullpen usage, but the issue is rarely discussed as well or as thoroughly as it is in Matthew Leach’s new MLB.com column: Leach: Save rule has skewed skippers’ thinking It’s nice to see a mainstream writer with a big…

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