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  1. Edinson Volquez pitches well as rehab stint moves to Triple-A

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    After making his first two rehab starts in the low minors, Edinson Volquez moved up to Triple-A this afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in August and allowed one run in five innings. Volquez threw 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, giving up three hits while striking out one and…

  2. Orioles might be close to cutting bait on Garrett Atkins

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli speculates that the Orioles could designate Garrett Atkins for assignment Saturday when they need a roster spot to call up scheduled starter Brad Bergesen. This offseason Atkins signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with an $8.5 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2011, which struck me as a bad investment for…

  3. A's would need 'a compelling offer' to trade Ben Sheets

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets has been a disappointment for Oakland, going 2-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts after signing a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that “the A’s do not plan to trade Sheets unless they receive a compelling offer.” Obviously the definition of “a compelling offer” is…

  4. Matt Holliday on fire since move to second spot in lineup

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday batted .289 with six homers and an .809 OPS through 61 games as the Cardinals’ cleanup (and occasional No. 3) hitter. For him that apparently qualifies as enough of a slump that manager Tony La Russa moved him to the second spot in the lineup last week. Since then Holliday has been on…

  5. Akinori Iwamura unclaimed on waivers, optioned to Triple-A

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    After designating Akinori Iwamura for assignment last week Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said “a small number of teams have expressed mild interest” in trading for him, but Iwamura and the $2.9 million remaining on his contract passed through waivers unclaimed yesterday. Various reports suggest that the Pirates were willing to eat the rest of…

  6. Tommy Hanson gives up career-high nine runs in loss

    Jun 23, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    I may have jinxed Tommy Hanson last week by writing about his outstanding numbers through 35 career starts, because his 36th outing was a disaster last night. He allowed a career-high nine runs on 13 hits against the White Sox and failed to record a strikeout for the first time as his ERA ballooned from…

  7. Jimmy Rollins returns, but Carlos Ruiz replaces him on DL

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins’ second month-long disabled list stint of the season is over, with the All-Star shortstop returning after being out since May 21 with the same calf injury that knocked him out for nearly five weeks earlier this year. In the 12 games he’s been healthy enough to play this season Rollins hit .341 with…

  8. Josh Beckett throws bullpen session, but not close to return

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with lower back soreness for the past five weeks, Josh Beckett threw a bullpen session yesterday at Fenway Park. According to general manager Theo Epstein he’ll likely need at least one more throwing session before potentially beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe speculates that “the earliest…

  9. Erik Bedard faces 12 batters in first minor-league rehab start

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Out since August shoulder surgery, Erik Bedard made his first minor-league rehab start last night and allowed one run in 2.2 innings against rookie-ball hitters. Bedard faced 12 batters and threw 52 pitches, striking out three, walking none, and giving up four hits. He’s scheduled to make his next rehab start Saturday, also against rookie-ball…

  10. A's give up on Jake Fox, trade him to Orioles for Ross Wolf

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jake Fox’s time in Oakland lasted all of 39 games, as the A’s traded him to the Orioles today after giving up three minor-league pitchers to get him from the Cubs this winter. Fox certainly didn’t do himself any favors by hitting just .214 with a .591 OPS, but giving up on him after just…

  11. Dustin McGowan could be out until 2012 following another shoulder surgery

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed yesterday that Dustin McGowan will need another shoulder surgery following his latest setback, knocking him out for a second straight season and putting the once-promising right-hander’s career in serious jeopardy. McGowan hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since July of 2008 and felt a “pop” while rehabbing…

  12. Blue Jays designate Edwin Encarnacion for assignment

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Blue Jays demoted Edwin Encarnacion to Triple-A after the 27-year-old third baseman had logged 2,314 plate appearances and six seasons in the majors, and this afternoon they designated him for assignment. Encarnacion is now off the 40-man roster and Toronto has 10 days to trade, waive, or release him, but my guess is…

  13. Billy Wagner dominating on verge of 400th save, but Braves are riding him awfully hard

    Jun 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    When the Braves signed Billy Wagner this offseason there was some thought that they’d have to be cautious with the 38-year-old’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Instead he’s on pace for 70 appearances and 67 innings, which is pretty standard for a modern closer, and the Braves ramped up…

  14. Carl Pavano and his mustache are eating innings for Twins

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota’s bullpen was gassed after Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey both failed to make it out of the second inning in their Friday and Saturday starts against the Phillies, so yesterday afternoon the Twins desperately needed a long outing and got it from either a likely or unlikely source depending on your point of view.…

  15. Houston's 'exciting youth movement' is anything but in reality

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    MLB.com Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart is about to be very disappointed. Following last night’s moves to call up Jason Castro and Chris Johnson from Triple-A, he wrote: Simply put, this youth movement is exciting. The Astros will never admit to rebuilding, but the arrival of Castro could be a watershed moment in the franchise’s…

  16. GM says multiple teams are interested in Akinori Iwamura

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    General manager Neal Huntington said yesterday that “a small number of teams have expressed mild interest” in Akinori Iwamura after the Pirates designated him for assignment last week. However, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “a trade remains far from certain” and “it’s extraordinarily unlikely that any team would assume more than the…

  17. Tim Lincecum cleared for next start after liner to shoulder

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum took a line drive off the back of his right shoulder on the final pitch of his start last Wednesday, but the Giants insisted afterward that he could have remained in the game had he not already thrown 111 pitches and sure enough his next start will come right on schedule. Lincecum threw…

  18. Angels turning to Mike Napoli as Kendry Morales' replacement

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Speculation will continue to swirl about the Angels being in the market for a veteran first baseman thanks to Kendry Morales’ broken ankle, but for now Mike Scioscia is giving career-long catcher Mike Napoli a shot to grab hold of the position: Mike’s going to get a lot of looks at first. We have some…

  19. Angels optimistic Erick Aybar will avoid the disabled list

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Erick Aybar “did agility drills and rode an exercise bike for about 20 minutes” today and “the Angels are confident the shortstop won’t need to go on the disabled list.” Aybar appeared to have suffered a major leg injury when Casey McGehee slid into him while…

  20. R.A. Dickey and his knuckler making Mets history at age 35

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 64 innings as a long reliever and mop-up man for Minnesota last season, giving the 35-year-old knuckleballer a 5.22 ERA in 481 career innings. Let go by the Twins after previously being cut loose by the Rangers and Mariners, he signed a minor-league contract with the…

  21. Tommy Hanson already among baseball's best pitchers after his first 'full season'

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg is overshadowing every young pitcher in baseball right now, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes 23-year-old Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson deserves some attention for what he’s done through 35 career starts. After basically one full season in Atlanta’s rotation Hanson is 18-7 with a 3.08 ERA, .231 opponents’ batting…

  22. Don't worry Steve Stone, ex-managers are now criticizing Lou Piniella too

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella reacted harshly (and then some) to Steve Stone last week in large part because he didn’t feel Stone was qualified to criticize him given that he’d never managed in the majors himself. Piniella’s exact words were: We’ve got a lot of people here that haven’t managed and won any games in the big…

  23. White Sox ditch Jayson Nix, call up Dayan Viciedo

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    They initially turned to Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel at third base following Mark Teahen’s broken finger, but the White Sox designated Nix for assignment yesterday and called up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A. His stock has declined since signing out of Cuba for $10 million, but Viciedo hit .288/.328/.515 with 13 homers and 14 doubles…

  24. Marlins send Cameron Maybin back to Triple-A

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton’s arrival pushed Cameron Maybin to the bench and after not playing him for a single inning in 10 days the Marlins finally demoted him to Triple-A, where he can at least play regularly again. Maybin has been a big disappointment, hitting .246/.311/.376 with an ugly 136/37 K/BB ratio and just 16 steals in…

  25. Rafael Furcal leaves Dodgers to be with sick family member

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal left the Dodgers and has returned home to the Dominican Republic to be with a sick family member. He’s been placed on the bereavement list, which means Furcal will miss at least three games. Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Furcal called Joe Torre at around one o’clock this morning and the manager…

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