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  1. Casey Blake “expected to miss minimal time” with back injury

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

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    Casey Blake underwent a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back and the results showed lower thoracic spine inflammation, with Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reporting that “he’s expected to miss minimal time.” There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Blake reported feeling some improvement yesterday and is officially listed as day-to-day. Blake struggled with…

  2. Joe Mauer makes his spring training debut at designated hitter

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Joe Mauer is making his spring training debut this afternoon, batting third and starting at designated hitter after mostly sitting out the first two weeks of camp following offseason knee surgery. Mauer has already begun catching bullpen sessions and has repeatedly said that he has no doubts about being ready for Opening Day, so presumably…

  3. Ian Snell retires after being sent to minors by Cardinals

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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    Not so long ago Ian Snell was a promising young starter for the Pirates, throwing 208 innings with a 3.76 ERA and solid 177/68 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old in 2007. Unfortunately it’s been all downhill since then, as Snell pitched his way out of Pittsburgh and then failed to resurrect his career in Seattle,…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Will the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season?

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:50 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: The perpetually rebuilding Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Can the Royals avoid a third straight 95-loss season? Relative to the past 15…

  5. Kendrys Morales “more and more likely” to begin year on DL

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Initially there was talk that Kendrys Morales would be limited to designated hitter duties early on as he recovers from last season’s broken leg, but now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it appears more and more likely Morales won’t be ready for the opener” at all. If he does play in…

  6. Ron Washington wants experienced closer to replace Neftali Feliz, who had zero experience before 40 saves

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

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    Now that Neftali Feliz is apparently on board with the front office wanting to make him a starter Ron Washington is facing the very real possibility of being without his 40-save closer from last season and the manager told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com that he’d expect the Rangers to acquire a veteran reliever to fill…

  7. Tigers officially rule out Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    In news that was more or less expected at this point, the Tigers announced today that Carlos Guillen and Joel Zumaya have both been officially ruled out for Opening Day. Guillen recently experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and Zumaya is likely still several weeks away from being cleared to throw following…

  8. Ron Gardenhire’s “just fire it through the internet” quote is already a t-shirt

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

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    I wrote yesterday about Twins manager Ron Gardenhire being annoyed with reporters using Twitter to relay his words to the public much quicker than they were able to in the past and took particular delight in his frustratedly telling them: You can tweet that. Just tweet it. You don’t even have to write it. Just…

  9. Kyle Blanks sees first game action in 10 months and “the results weren’t pretty”

    Mar 15, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

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    Kyle Blanks started at designated hitter yesterday in a “B” game against the Mariners, marking the first time he’s faced live pitching in 10 months as he comes back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Blanks went 0-for-2 with one walk and two strikeouts, and John Maffei of the North County Times writes that “the results…

  10. Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez looks likely to claim Opening Day third base job

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

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    Matt Dominguez is just 21 years old and spent last season hitting just .252 with a .744 OPS at Double-A, but the 2007 first-round pick looks set to skip Triple-A and win the Marlins’ starting job at third base. In fact, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “if the season opened today, Dominguez would be…

  11. Grady Sizemore could make spring debut this weekend

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    Grady Sizemore‘s status for Opening Day remains uncertain, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the center fielder could be cleared to make his spring training debut as soon as this weekend. However, general manager Chris Antonetti stressed that seeing his first game action doesn’t necessarily mean Sizemore will be ready to begin the season…

  12. Justin Duchscherer back to square one with hip problems?

    Mar 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Justin Duchscherer missed most of last season following hip surgery and today the oft-injured right-hander indicated to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun that the problem that forced him to go under the knife has returned. He’s currently waiting to see the results of an arthrogram, but in what Zrebiec described as “an ominous comment”…

  13. Scott Podsednik to wear cast on left foot for at least 10 days

    Mar 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Scott Podsednik‘s setback with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot means that he’ll be wearing a cast for at least the next 10 days, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. That means the earliest he’d be able to resume baseball activities is March 25, which would leave Podsednik less than a week to get…

  14. Bill Hall calls Cole Hamels “a marked man” following on-field shouting match

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

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    During this afternoon’s Astros-Phillies game Bill Hall stepped out of the batters’ box to stop from being quick-pitched by Cole Hamels and Hamels responded by throwing the next pitch inside, at which point Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hall had to be “restrained by home plate umpire Laz Diaz.” It didn’t go…

  15. Why aren’t more MLB general managers former MLB players?

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    As a follow-up to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s recent four-year contract extension with the Phillies, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has an interesting article about how only three of the 30 current general managers played in the big leagues. Amaro is one, along with Kenny Williams of the White Sox and Billy Beane of the A’s. And…

  16. Nate Robertson out four weeks after surgery to remove “loose bodies” from elbow

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Nate Robertson was a long shot to claim a spot in the Mariners’ rotation to begin with, but whatever slim chance he had is now gone with news that he’ll be sidelined for at least a month following surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow. Robertson signed a minor-league contract with Seattle after posting…

  17. Casey Blake to have precautionary MRI exam on injured back

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

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    Despite manager Don Mattingly telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that he doesn’t expect Casey Blake to miss significant time, the veteran third baseman is scheduled to undergo what the Dodgers are calling a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back. For now Blake is expected to miss just a few days, but he also struggled…

  18. Carlos Guillen unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Carlos Guillen has experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, making it unlikely that the Tigers’ second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Jim Leyland didn’t quite rule out Guillen for Game 1, but did tell Beck that “the clock is ticking” and said: “There was…

  19. Ron Gardenhire doesn’t like when writers “just fire it through the internet” on Twitter

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    For some reason Ron Gardenhire is becoming increasingly annoyed with how quickly and efficiently reporters are able to relay his words to the Twins-loving public via Twitter. Here’s an amusing note from Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: When manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that Nick Blackburn had made the rotation, it caused a…

  20. Dustin McGowan’s comeback attempt moves to the bullpen

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Once upon a time Dustin McGowan was a promising young starter who threw 281 innings with a 4.20 ERA between 2007 and 2008, but injuries sidetracked his career and now the Blue Jays say he’ll be coming back as a reliever. If he comes back at all, that is. McGowan hasn’t pitched in a major-league…

  21. Heath Bell “definitely would take less” to re-sign with Padres

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

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    Heath Bell is eligible for free agency after this season, but the Padres closer said yesterday during a radio interview with MLB Network that he “definitely would take less” to re-sign with San Diego. Bell, who said this offseason that it “would be my dream” to sign a long-term deal with the Padres, explained that…

  22. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with “slow digestive tract”

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    Last month Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp to be examined by doctors in an effort to determine the cause of the stomach problems that have plagued him since last year and today the team announced “great news” for the center fielder. Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and team trainer Mitch Storey…

  23. Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Rather than make an appearance against the Astros in today’s game Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been scratched with biceps soreness, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Brookover that the Phillies “just wanted to back him off for a couple days.” Lidge was also scheduled to pitch…

  24. Nyjer Morgan thinks Ricky Nolasco purposely plunked him

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Ricky Nolasco hit Nyjer Morgan with a pitch yesterday and Morgan said afterward that he believes it was on purpose, as payback for his a) separating catcher Chris Hayes’ shoulder on a collision at the plate and then b) charging the mound and throwing a punch at Chris Volstad the next day. Both those incidents…

  25. UPDATE: Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. agree to four-year contract extension

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:27 AM EST

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    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain in the fold through 2015. 7:12 PM, Friday: A team source tells Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that a contract extension for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is “done.” 10:15…

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