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  1. Astros owner says "nothing imminent" with Roy Oswalt talks

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    While various Roy Oswalt trade rumors swirl, Astros owner Drayton McLane denied that the team is close to dealing the veteran right-hander: [General manager] Ed [Wade] and I talk several times every day, but nothing’s imminent. There is no imminent trade with the Phillies or anybody else. There have been lots and lots of discussions,…

  2. Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract. “We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.…

  3. Red Sox activate Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie from DL

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list. After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with…

  4. Carlos Zambrano scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With his anger-management courses complete, Carlos Zambrano is now scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow. Monday night Zambrano tossed a scoreless inning at rookie-ball for his first game action since June 25. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com he’s “not expected to join the Cubs until the end of the next road trip” that finishes…

  5. Twins dump Nick Blackburn and his 6.53 ERA from rotation

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    After another poor start Sunday raised his ERA to an MLB-worst 6.53 the Twins have decided to bump Nick Blackburn from the rotation and replace him with Brian Duensing. Blackburn’s situation is made more complicated by the fact that the Twins misguidedly signed him to a four-year, $14 million contract this offseason instead of simply…

  6. Erik Bedard is 'probably not' going to pitch this season

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    On the verge of joining the Mariners’ rotation before suffering a setback last week, Erik Bedard said last night that he’s “probably not” going to pitch this season. Bedard underwent an MRI exam and the team hasn’t released any details of the results yet, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he’s met…

  7. Ouch! Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a 'testicular contusion'

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Jake Arrieta threw over to first base as Carl Crawford took his usual lead in the first inning last night, but as the Rays left fielder stretched to get his foot back to the base the ball hit him right in the … well, let’s call it “groin.” MLB.com has video of the play, although…

  8. Rockies reportedly turned down Jed Lowrie for Chris Iannetta

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta has been linked to the Red Sox for a while now, in part because they need catching help both short and long term and in part because the Rockies don’t seem to appreciate what they have in a 27-year-old backstop with an .808 career OPS. However, according to Peter Gammons the Rockies aren’t…

  9. Joe Nathan throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in March, making 20 throws from flat ground at a distance of 45 feet. Starting to throw again from flat ground is merely the first big step on the long road back from Tommy John surgery and Nathan is still…

  10. David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday. According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe…

  11. Dodgers reportedly interested in Pirates starter Paul Maholm

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers “have been very aggressive in their pursuit of pitching” and today Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quotes “an industry source” who says they’re interested in Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm. General manager Neal Huntington indicated previously that the Pirates don’t plan to be very…

  12. A's lose Ryan Sweeney to season-ending knee surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney tried to play through a knee injury, receiving a cortisone shot and platelet-rich injections within the past two weeks, but ultimately decided to undergo season-ending surgery. A couple different doctors looked at the knee and it wasn’t a matter of if I needed the surgery. It was a matter of when I was…

  13. Armando Galarraga set to rejoin the Tigers' rotation tonight

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Demoted to Triple-A earlier this month just six starts after his imperfect game, Armando Galarraga is scheduled to rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight against the Rangers in Detroit. At the time of the demotion Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the move was made primarily to get Galarraga some work during the All-Star break and…

  14. Dodgers reliever George Sherrill goes unclaimed on waivers

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    As expected, George Sherrill has cleared waivers after the Dodgers made him available to any team willing to absorb the rest of his $4.5 million salary. For now he remains in the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning yesterday, but they’re free to remove him from the 40-man roster and demote…

  15. Twins finally call up dominant Triple-A reliever Anthony Slama

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Last night the Twins finally called up right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been so dominant in the minors and deserving of a chance for so long now that various Twins blogs have been running “Free Anthony Slama” campaigns. Clearly the front office doesn’t believe in the former 39th-round pick, keeping Slama in the minors until…

  16. Joe Cowley reports on the White Sox AND draws their injuries

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Joe Cowley’s artist rendition of Jake Peavy’s season-ending arm injury was a big hit earlier this month, so now the White Sox reporter sketched the hand injury that has Carlos Quentin day-to-day. Between the Nike swoosh and detailed hair, he really captures of the essence of Quentin.

  17. Edwin Jackson struggling since 149-pitch no-hitter

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon Edwin Jackson turned in his third straight clunker of a start since no-hitting the Rays on June 25, taking a loss against the Padres by allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings. Jackson has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings since the no-hitter, walking 11 batters while opponents…

  18. Ken Macha gets his wish, as Jonny Venters and Bobby Cox are suspended for Prince Fielder plunking

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if Ken Macha’s various complaints had anything do with it, but MLB has suspended Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters four games for plunking Prince Fielder in the back Saturday. Venters also threw a pitch over Fielder’s head on the previous offering after the Brewers first baseman tied the game with a homer…

  19. Oliver Perez as a 'lefty-on-lefty specialist' might actually work

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel said yesterday that when Oliver Perez returns from the disabled list–possibly as soon as this week–the Mets plan to use him as a situation left-handed reliever. Or as Manuel phrased it, a “lefty-on-lefty specialist.” Setting aside the unpleasant thought of paying someone $12 million per season to fill such a limited role, I…

  20. Rocco Baldelli stops coaching to begin comeback at Single-A

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli played reasonably well as a backup outfielder for the Red Sox last season, but after struggling with a shoulder injury in the second half he decided to spend the first half of this season as a “special assistant” for the Rays. That role involved mostly coaching minor leaguers, but now Baldelli is ready…

  21. Former closer Jason Isringhausen to throw for Reds

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch since last June, hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2007, will be 38 years old in a couple months, and is just 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the former Cardinals and A’s closer said during a radio interview today that he’s been invited to throw…

  22. Ken Macha complains to MLB about Brewers being plunked

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brewers batters have been hit by an MLB-high 47 pitches this season and after the latest plunking of Prince Fielder over the weekend manager Ken Macha revealed that he’s complained to officials about the situation. Macha said he’s spoken to former umpire and current umpiring department special assistant Bruce Froemming, and Guy Curtright of MLB.com…

  23. Phillies and Twins reportedly interested in Ben Sheets, but will the A's even trade him?

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets is signed to a one-year, $10 million contract and won’t bring back compensatory draft picks as a free agent because he missed all of last season, so with Oakland barely clinging to contention at 45-46 it would seemingly be a no-brainer for the A’s to trade him. Despite that Susan Slusser of the…

  24. No longer closing, Trevor Hoffman quietly turns things around

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman allowed three runs on May 18, blowing his fifth save in 10 chances as his ERA rose to 13.15. He was stripped of ninth-inning duties and given four days off, with 27-year-old rookie John Axford grabbing hold of the Brewers’ closer job. Axford has converted 11-of-11 save chances with a 2.96 ERA in…

  25. Cardinals no longer have a timetable for Brad Penny's return

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Brad Penny was shut down last week after suffering a setback in his return from a shoulder injury and general manager John Mozeliak said yesterday that there’s no longer a timetable for the right-hander coming off the disabled list: I would say that he will pitch again this season, but eight weeks wrong today, it…

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