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  1. Justin Morneau takes outdoor batting practice for the first time

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Justin Morneau took outdoor batting practice against live pitching today for the first time, which is a big step as he continues what is now an eight month-long recovery from a concussion suffered on July 7. Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that Morneau took 40 swings, “hit five balls over the fence, and kept a…

  2. Corey Hart had a career-year despite not wearing his contacts

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an interesting note about Corey Hart, who had a career-year in 2010 while everyone thought he was wearing contact lenses the Brewers recommended when a spring training physical exam revealed near-sightedness. However, after struggling to adjust to the contacts so much that he was worried about being…

  3. Reds choose Edinson Volquez as Opening Day starter over Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

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    Aaron Harang has been Cincinnati’s starter on Opening Day in each of the past five seasons, but he’s in San Diego now and manager Dusty Baker announced that Edinson Volquez will get the Game 1 assignment this year. Volquez is sort of an odd pick, because he missed most of last season while coming back…

  4. Vicente Padilla to undergo MRI exam on sore right elbow

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    Last week I wrote about the Dodgers’ impressive pitching depth, noting that their sixth starter likely headed to the bullpen, Vicente Padilla, could be the third starter on a lot of teams. Exhibition games haven’t even started yet and that depth may already have vanished, as Padilla has left Dodgers camp and returned to Los…

  5. David Aardsma getting “close” to walking without crutches

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    aardsma end game

    David Aardsma is still walking with crutches six weeks after hip surgery, but the Mariners’ closer said yesterday that he’s “close” to ditching them and is currently able to put about 80 percent of his weight on his legs. His return timetable has already been pushed back to mid-April at the earliest and even that…

  6. NFL lockout could lead to quarterback Jake Locker playing baseball for the Angels

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:37 PM EST

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    University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker is a couple months from being drafted by an NFL team, but in 2009 he was also a 10th-round pick in the MLB draft and signed for a $250,000 bonus that gives the Angels his baseball rights through 2015. Angels general manager Tony Reagins talked to Mark Saxon of…

  7. Edgar Renteria no longer feels “disrespected” by the Giants

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Renteria running

    When the Giants offered Edgar Renteria a one-year, $1 million contract in December the World Series MVP called the proposal “a total disrespect” and explained that he “would rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family” than accept a $9 million drop in salary. Renteria eventually signed with the Reds…

  8. R.A. Dickey on upcoming memoir: “I’m definitely throwing myself under the bus”

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    RA Dickey pitch

    R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of…

  9. Justin Morneau feeling better, but still not “100 percent” eight months after concussion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau arrived at Twins camp today and spoke to reporters about his health status, telling them he’s made significant progress in recent weeks but remains less than 100 percent recovered nearly eight months after suffering a concussion on July 7. Doctors have cleared Morneau to fully participate in all workouts, but he’s yet to…

  10. Scott Podsednik has plantar fasciitis and is wearing a boot

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    Scott Podsednik, who signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays last week after previously turning down $2 million from the Dodgers, is wearing a walking boot because of plantar fasciitis. John Lott of the National Post reports that Podsednik is due to be examined by doctors when he arrives at Blue Jays camp tomorrow…

  11. Cubs announce Ryan Dempster, not Carlos Zambrano, as Opening Day starter

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Cubs manager Mike Quade announced this afternoon that Ryan Dempster will be the Opening Day starter, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he slept on the decision last night and let his “instinct” make the call. Ultimately which pitcher takes the mound on Opening Day is mostly meaningless, as everyone in the rotation will be…

  12. Twins pitching coach blames Francisco Liriano’s shoulder soreness on lack of conditioning

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    Francisco Liriano was scratched from his first scheduled throwing session of the spring last week because of shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam gave him a clean bill of health and he’s expected to take the mound later this week. However, in the meantime Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson revealed to LaVelle E. Neal III…

  13. Ryan Braun says Brewers were “fighting the negativity” under former manager Ken Macha

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    ken macha brewers

    Ryan Braun talked to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how excited he is for this season after the Brewers added Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to the rotation and changed managers, and in doing so revealed just how bad things got in the clubhouse under former manager Ken Macha: My confidence never…

  14. Jon Heyman really, really doesn’t like Luis Castillo

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

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    Jon Heyman’s recent tweets about Luis Castillo have caught my eye, as the SI.com writer seems to have a very strong dislike of the Mets second baseman. It started with this bit of reporting last Thursday: among overpriced #mets on bubble, word is ollie perez will get more time to show he belongs than luis…

  15. Travis Snider sidelined by rib injury suffered while golfing

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    travis-snider-blue-jays

    Travis Snider has sat out the early workouts in Blue Jays camp because of a rib-cage injury suffered while golfing last week. Snider told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s “taking a very cautious approach with the idea in mind that the ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day.” In other words, don’t…

  16. Rangers taking things slow with rehabbing Brandon Webb

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Brandon Webb was “sore” following an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday, which is to be expected from a pitcher who hasn’t seen game action since Opening Day of 2009 because of shoulder problems. For now the Rangers are planning to have him throw every three days–rather than the standard every-other-day…

  17. Red Sox had scout tracking Carl Crawford “at the ballpark and away from the ballpark” last season

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    During a radio interview on WEEI this morning Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein revealed some interesting details regarding the team’s pursuit of Carl Crawford, including the fact that they “had a scout on him literally the last three, four months of the season at the ballpark, away from the ballpark.” That suggests Crawford choosing…

  18. Yorvit Torrealba and MLBPA lose grievance against Mets

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Torrealba dropping popup

    Back in November of 2007 the Mets agreed to a three-year, $14.4 million contract with free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, only to nix the deal when a pre-signing physical exam raised concerns about his right shoulder. Torrealba and the MLB players’ association later filed a grievance, but yesterday an arbitrator ruled in favor of the…

  19. Ivan Rodriguez will be the Nationals’ starting catcher at age 39

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

    Washington’s former catcher of the future Jesus Flores is finally healthy after missing nearly two years with shoulder problems and current catcher of the future Wilson Ramos is just about MLB-ready after spending last season at Triple-A, yet manager Jim Riggleman announced today that Ivan Rodriguez will be the starter behind the plate: We’re going…

  20. Injury forces should-be Hall of Famer Jim Edmonds to retire

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jim Edmonds has decided to retire rather than attempt a comeback with the Cardinals because the Achilles’ tendon injury he suffered late last season “has not come around.” It’s a shame too, because Edmonds remained a very productive player last season even after sitting out…

  21. Vicente Padilla on uncertain role: “It’s all the same, no? You’re just throwing a ball”

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    Last year the Dodgers surprisingly tabbed Vicente Padilla as their Opening Day starter, but this year he’s not even slated for a spot in the rotation after re-signing for $2 million in guaranteed money. Padilla can also earn a ton of money in incentives, as his contract includes up to $8 million in bonuses tied…

  22. Blue Jays finalize five-year, $65 million deal with Jose Bautista

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays made things official this afternoon, announcing his five-year contract extension worth $65 million. The contract breaks down as follows: 2011 – $8 million 2012 – $14 million 2013 – $14 million 2014 – $14 million 2015 – $14 million 2016 – $14 million team option or $1 million buyout.…

  23. Mark Buehrle stands behind comments about Michael Vick

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week Scott Merkin of MLB.com wrote an article about Mark Buehrle‘s passion for animal rights and Buehrle made some comments about Michael Vick, including stuff like “I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt” and “everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen…

  24. White Sox decide to keep Chris Sale in the bullpen

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Chris Sale throwing

    After an offseason full of speculation about whether the White Sox would move Chris Sale into the rotation or keep him in the bullpen the drama is already over, as general manager Ken Williams announced that Sale will be used as a reliever. Making that decision now is interesting because part of the reason why…

  25. Rays planning to use rookie Jake McGee as a reliever

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    jake-mcgee-rays

    Jake McGee was a starter for 128 of his first 129 appearances as a minor leaguer, establishing himself as one of the top pitching prospects around, but he shifted to the bullpen at Triple-A in the second half of last season and then made his big-league debut as a reliever for the Rays in September.…

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