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  1. After ugly rehab start, Chris Young to undergo 'further testing'

    May 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    What happens when you’re supposed to be tuning up for a return to the majors with a rehab start at Double-A and instead you cough up five runs without making it out of the first inning? Well, in the case of Chris Young and his injured shoulder the Padres have ordered “further testing.” “I think…

  2. Stephen Strasburg one step from the majors after promotion to Triple-A

    May 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    As expected, the Nationals officially promoted Stephen Strasburg to Triple-A today. Strasburg struggled in his final Double-A start, but finished his time there with a 1.64 ERA, .165 opponents’ batting average, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that Strasburg is now “roughly one month away” from the…

  3. Wilson Ramos makes even more history in his second game

    May 4, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Sunday afternoon Wilson Ramos went 4-for-5 against the Indians to become the 12th player in baseball history and the first since 1998 to have four hits in his MLB debut. For an encore he went 3-for-4 with two doubles last night versus the Tigers, becoming the eighth player to ever collect three or more hits…

  4. Carlos Beltran hopes to begin running next week

    May 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Reports last week had Carlos Beltran “not close to returning” from knee surgery, but yesterday the All-Star center fielder told the New York Daily News that he at least plans to begin running by early next week. Physically, I’m in good shape. I feel strong. When I’m hitting, I feel like I’m hitting good, with…

  5. Charlie Manuel says Brad Lidge 'looked ready' to close last night

    May 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel said Monday afternoon that Brad Lidge wasn’t ready to resume closing yet, but apparently changed his mind following a scoreless inning just a few hours later. After the game Manuel said: Tonight he looked ready. His slider was better. His fastball was better. Everything about it was better. Ryan Madson is set to…

  6. Rich Harden finally gets on track by dominating former team

    May 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Apparently all he needed was a matchup against his former team (or maybe it was the punchless lineup), because Rich Harden turned in his first impressive start of the season Monday night in Oakland. He shut out the A’s for seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out nine and walking zero. In his…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez improves to 6-0 with a 0.87 ERA

    May 4, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Monday afternoon Ubaldo Jimenez received NL Pitcher of the Month honors for April and then immediately started building his case for May with a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball against the Padres. He also threw 120 or more pitches for the third time in four starts and 115 or more pitches…

  8. Chris Young's first rehab start didn't go very well

    May 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Padres right-hander Chris Young has been on the disabled list with a strained shoulder since throwing six shutout innings in the second game of the season and his first rehab outing was a mess yesterday at Double-A. Young couldn’t make it out of the first inning, allowing five runs on two hits and four walks…

  9. Vicente Padilla likely sidelined until at least June

    May 3, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Surprisingly picked by Joe Torre as the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter, Vicente Padilla not so surprisingly allowed 18 runs in 21.2 innings before landing on the disabled list with a nerve problem in his forearm. Torre indicated yesterday that Padilla is unlikely to rejoin the rotation before June: He is feeling better, but I don’t…

  10. White Sox pitching coach: 'I don't give a [bleep] what our pitch count is right now'

    May 3, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Just in case you thought Ozzie Guillen was the only member of the White Sox’s coaching staff who likes giving expletive-filled quotes, here’s pitching coach Don Cooper on Jake Peavy and the rest of his staff struggling: You can talk about a whole lot of stuff–mechanics, this and that, and the other things–but it’s time…

  11. How bad is the Astros' offense? Really, really bad.

    May 3, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    With the Astros in the midst of their second six-game losing streak of the young season, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart has some details on just how horrendous Houston’s lineup has been so far. Some of my favorite tidbits … * Houston has scored 72 runs in 24 games, which is 13 fewer runs than the second-worst…

  12. Wilson Ramos replaces Joe Mauer and makes some history with four-hit debut

    May 3, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer is out for at least a few days with a heel injury, so the Twins called up 22-year-old prospect Wilson Ramos from Triple-A and he went 4-for-5 against the Indians yesterday in his big-league debut. Ramos ranked No. 3 on my list of the Twins’ top prospects heading into the season, but was…

  13. Jim Tracy eschews save-based managing in win

    May 3, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last night Jim Tracy did something I’ve been begging managers to do for years, which is use his best reliever in most important spot regardless of whether it involved a so-called “save situation.” Tracy brought in closer Franklin Morales with a four-run lead, one out, and runners on the corners in the eighth inning, in…

  14. Jimmy Rollins still several weeks from returning

    May 3, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins began a running program last week, but said Sunday that his strained calf remains sore and speculated that he won’t be ready to come off the disabled list for at least two more weeks. I’ve had pulled muscles, strained my groin and missed a game. Something like this where it felt like somebody…

  15. Ben Sheets looks like waste of $10 million for A's

    May 3, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets was awful again Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays, allowing nine runs while failing to make it out of the fourth inning. Here’s what he said afterward: My breaking ball is absolutely getting walloped every time I throw it. I wouldn’t say my location has been this bad maybe since my rookie year.…

  16. UPDATE: Agent 'wouldn't anticipate' Cliff Lee re-signing with Mariners

    May 1, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Lee tried to soften the situation in a chat with reporters after Saturday’s game: “Basically during the season I want to focus on pitching and not worry about that stuff. That’s more spring training and offseason type of stuff,” Lee said. “During the season I want to worry about pitching and focus on getting…

  17. UPDATE: Granderson to DL with left groin strain

    May 1, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Further tests revealed a Grade 2 strain of Granderson’s left groin, according to the Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera. He has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list and could miss up to four weeks. 4:18pm: Curtis Granderson pulled up lame while running from first to third against the White Sox and has been…

  18. Nationals set to promote Stephen Strasburg from Double-A to Triple-A

    May 1, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his final Double-A start tomorrow, with a Nationals source telling MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the 21-year-old phenom will be promoted to Triple-A following the game. Strasburg has more than earned the promotion by absolutely toying with Double-A hitters, going 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA, .115 opponents’ batting average, and 23/3 K/BB…

  19. Chris Dickerson out indefinitely following surgery

    May 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Chris Dickerson “will have surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand along with arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist.” No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but Dickerson is scheduled to go under the knife Monday and will obviously be…

  20. Rangers promote prospect Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Earlier this week I wondered if Tanner Scheppers could be close to joining Neftali Feliz and Frank Francisco as late-inning options in Texas’ bullpen. He’s one step closer this afternoon, as the Rangers promoted him from Double-A to Triple-A after the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 0.82 ERA, .079 opponents’ batting average, and 19/0 K/BB ratio…

  21. Quote of the Day: GM on criticism of Howard deal

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., on criticism of the Ryan Howard contract extension: The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business. However, I choose to ignore their opinions. Fair enough. However, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com notes: “Amaro is getting criticized for the Howard deal not just by sabermetricians, but also…

  22. Ryan Zimmerman back in the Nationals' starting lineup after seven games

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    After missing seven straight starts with a strained hamstring Ryan Zimmerman is back in Washington’s lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman stayed off the disabled list while making two pinch-hitting appearances since his last start on April 21, which is the same approach the Nationals took when he initially missed time with a…

  23. Did you know? Barry Zito has a 2.46 ERA since last season's All-Star break

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Barry Zito is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a lengthy article about the oft-criticized southpaw’s resurgence, noting that he’s gone from “the most sunken of sunk costs” to thinking about pitching until he’s Jamie Moyer’s age. One great month after multiple hugely disappointing seasons obviously…

  24. Red Sox coach blames 'bad habits' from Indians on Victor Martinez's throwing struggles

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Victor Martinez has tried to improve his woeful throwing numbers by participating in twice-daily workout sessions with catching instructor Gary Tuck. Tuck praised Martinez’s work ethic while adding that “he came over here with some really bad habits” and “you can’t break them overnight.” I’d be interested to hear…

  25. Rick Ankiel likely sidelined through the weekend

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Rick Ankiel got off to a great start with the Royals, hitting .308 with three homers and three doubles through 11 games, but then went into a 1-for-21 slump that dropped his OPS nearly 250 points and suffered a strained right quadriceps muscle while running out a ground ball Saturday. Ankiel hasn’t played since the…

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