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  1. Astros catcher Jason Castro may play in Arizona Fall League after missing season

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro has missed the entire season after tearing his ACL early in spring training, so the Astros may get their projected starting catcher some 2011 playing time by asking him to play in the Arizona Fall League. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Castro is eligible for the AFL despite playing 67…

  2. Rockies place Huston Street on DL, activate Jason Giambi

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle. To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a…

  3. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to come off DL before Thursday

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez remains on track to return from knee surgery and rejoin the Yankees next week, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s unlikely to come off the disabled list before Thursday. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York the current plan is for Rodriguez to play minor-league games in Florida tomorrow and…

  4. Ozzie Guillen not yet ready to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn‘s historic ineptitude against left-handed pitching has convinced Ozzie Guillen to frequently bench him versus southpaws, but the manager said yesterday that he’s not yet to the point of pinch-hitting for Dunn once he’s already in the lineup: I would rather put him on the bench against lefties and give him some time than…

  5. Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed. Stark notes that the…

  6. Former Village People lead singer planning to sue Rays

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    village people

    Victor Willis, who was the lead singer (and cop) in the Village People before leaving the group in 1984, announced yesterday that he plans to sue the Tampa Bay Rays “within the next 30 days.” Willis is upset because in promoting a Village People concert at Tropicana Field last August the Rays used some video…

  7. Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need…

  8. Phillies sign Mariners castoff Jack Cust to minor-league deal

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    Released by the Mariners last week, Jack Cust has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. If he makes it back to the majors Cust will have gained 27 games in the standings by going from Seattle to Philadelphia, but he’d be no more than a bench bat for…

  9. Justin Morneau rejoins Twins six weeks after neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is back in the Twins’ lineup, coming off the disabled list slightly ahead of schedule following neck surgery six weeks ago. Morneau sped up his return timetable by going 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in seven games at Triple-A, reportedly texting various Twins decision-makers to tell them he wanted back…

  10. Former big leaguers Tony Phillips and Mike Marshall fight as Jose Canseco manages

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    grumpy old men

    When he’s not busy tweeting about his depressing love life Jose Canseco manages the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American Baseball League, which believe it or not isn’t even close to the weirdest part of this story detailed by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. One of the Yuma players is Tony Phillips,…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo returns ahead of schedule from broken thumb

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Shin-Soo Choo was scheduled to come off the disabled list next week, but in a surprise move the Indians activated him today about six weeks into what was initially an 8-10 week recovery timetable for a broken left thumb. They’re obviously confident that Choo is healthy, but he certainly didn’t show it by going 0-for-6…

  12. Albert Pujols is still ALBERT PUJOLS

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols‘ season totals are still well below his usual standards because of his bad start, but he’s somewhat quietly been his usual dominant self and then some for the past two months. Last night Pujols went 4-for-4 against the Brewers, smacking his 28th homer to move into a tie for the NL lead with…

  13. Brian Matusz pitching his way back into the Orioles’ plans?

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Just a couple weeks ago Brian Matusz was struggling in the minors following his demotion to Triple-A and complaining publicly about the changes Baltimore pitching coaches asked him to make this season. However, yesterday Matusz threw a complete-game shutout at Triple-A and the Orioles dropped Chris Tillman from the rotation, leading Dan Connolly of the…

  14. First-place Diamondbacks match last season’s win total in dramatic comeback

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    Paul Goldschmidt hit just .200 with 13 strikeouts in his first 30 at-bats, but the Diamondbacks called on the rookie slugger with two outs in the ninth inning last night and he delivered a monstrous pinch-hit homer that turned a 5-3 deficit into a 5-5 tie with the Astros. An inning later Chris Young put…

  15. Cardinals sign Rangers castoff Arthur Rhodes

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    UPDATE: They got their man, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Rhodes and he’ll join the bullpen tomorrow. ========== Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals “were among the teams to instantly make overtures” to Arthur Rhodes after the veteran reliever…

  16. Astros prospect suspended 25 games for unauthorized possession of a syringe

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    syringe

    MLB announced that four minor leaguers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but one of the suspensions caught my eye. Astros right-hander Euris Quezada, who’d been pitching at low Single-A, was suspended 25 games for what Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports as “unauthorized possession of a…

  17. Carlos Beltran “doubtful” to play Friday after cortisone shot

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran got a cortisone shot in his injured wrist and manager Bruce Bochy said during a radio interview this morning that he’s “doubtful” to return to the lineup tomorrow following the Giants’ off day. That seemingly makes a trip to the disabled list realistic, as Friday would be the fourth game Beltran has missed…

  18. What do Kyle Davies, Todd Van Poppel, Kevin Jarvis, and Claude Willoughby have in common?

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    Yesterday the Royals released Kyle Davies, whom they acquired from the Braves for Octavio Dotel in July of 2007 and gave 99 starts to despite a 29-44 record and 5.34 ERA. Toss in Davies’ early work in Atlanta prior to the trade and he’s thrown 768 innings with a 5.59 ERA for his career. Not…

  19. Adam Jones calls last night’s “barking” at Ozzie Guillen “part of the competition”

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Barking-Sign

    Nolan Reimold smacked a walk-off homer against the White Sox last night and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that during the Orioles’ on-field celebration Adam Jones “was in the back of the scrum barking at the visitor’s dugout.” His target was none other than Ozzie Guillen and the center fielder explained that they…

  20. Matt Bush went bust as a hitter, but former No. 1 overall pick still has some pitching potential

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Matt Bush Padres

    Matt Bush has had numerous off-the-field issues, suffered multiple injuries, spent time in three different organizations in three years, and made the switch from shortstop to pitcher in an effort to avoid being a complete bust … and now the former No. 1 pick is blowing away hitters in the minors. Well, sort of. Bush…

  21. Alex Rodriguez to begin rehab assignment tomorrow, return to Yankees next week

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joe Girardi announced that Alex Rodriguez will begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow in Florida, with the current plan calling for him to start at designated hitter before moving to third base Saturday. Barring a setback that means Rodriguez will likely come off the disabled list by next Thursday, when the Yankees begin a…

  22. Davey Johnson says Ivan Rodriguez “is not doing too well”

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Davey Johnson didn’t sound very optimistic when asked yesterday about Ivan Rodriguez‘s recovery from a strained oblique muscle. Johnson told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Rodriguez “is not doing too well” and “is pushing it too hard” in attempt to return from the disabled list, causing him to suffer a setback that required…

  23. Jake Arrieta set for season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in…

  24. Josh Johnson looking for “peace of mind for the offseason”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched since mid-May and could end up missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that continues to be described as merely inflammation, and yesterday the Marlins ace explained that he’s now just looking for “peace of mind for the offseason.” Johnson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’d be…

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