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  1. Adam LaRoche and his .172 batting average to get second opinion on shoulder injury

    May 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche has been playing through a partially torn shoulder labrum since being diagnosed with the injury in the middle of spring training, but a .172 batting average and .546 OPS through 43 games has motivated the Nationals first baseman to seek a second opinion. Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post reports that LaRoche will…

  2. A’s place starters Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross on DL

    May 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Oakland lost two-fifths of the starting rotation to the disabled list today, with Tyson Ross going on the shelf with a strained oblique and Brandon McCarthy revealing that he has a stress reaction in his shoulder. Ross was already filling in for an injured Dallas Braden, who’s now out for the season following shoulder surgery,…

  3. Indians place Travis Hafner on DL with strained oblique

    May 20, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Travis Hafner finally appeared to be over the shoulder problems that wrecked him for multiple years, hitting .345 with five homers and a .958 OPS while playing nearly every day for the Indians, but now a different injury has put his most productive season since 2006 on hold. Hafner was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup with…

  4. RIP, Randy Savage: Before the “Macho Man” Randy Poffo was a minor league baseball player

    May 20, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Some very sad news from the wrestling world, as Randy “Macho Man” Savage died this morning in a car accident at age 58. This isn’t a wrestling blog, so you’ll have to indulge me a bit, but as someone who grew up watching the WWF on Saturday mornings and used to jump off the couch…

  5. Rays designate Dan Johnson for assignment, activate J.P. Howell from DL

    May 20, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Tampa Bay did some roster shuffling, designating first baseman Dan Johnson for assignment and optioning reliever Rob Delaney back to Triple-A while calling up outfielder Justin Ruggiano and activating reliever J.P. Howell from the disabled list. Howell’s return is the most interesting development, as he had back-to-back impressive seasons as a reliever before blowing out…

  6. Oliver Perez notches win in Double-A debut for Nationals

    May 20, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Signed to a minor-league contract by the Nationals after being released by the Mets during spring training, Oliver Perez made his Double-A debut yesterday and picked up a victory with five innings of one-run ball. Perez, who’s being paid $12 million by the Mets this season, allowed just one run against the Twins’ affiliate and…

  7. Justin Morneau got cortisone injection for shoulder and neck pain last week

    May 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    I wrote recently that Justin Morneau has been totally healthy this season, but it turns out that’s not entirely true. He’s been free of any post-concussion symptoms and has been in the lineup just about every day, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Morneau got a cortisone shot for…

  8. Mike Gonzalez apologizes for beaning that left Chris Dickerson with concussion

    May 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Mike Gonzalez sought out Chris Dickerson prior to yesterday’s game, apologizing to the Yankees outfielder for hitting him in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday night and asking how he was physically after suffering a concussion: I just wanted to make sure that he was OK. Obviously, it wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to…

  9. Padres’ new television deal worth $25-30 million per season

    May 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Three weeks ago Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad revealed that the team had “several active discussions going on at the moment” for a new television contract and now John Maffei of the North County Times has the details. According to Maffei the Padres are close to signing a new deal with FOX “that will…

  10. No timetable yet for Jonathan Broxton’s return to Dodgers

    May 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Dodgers placed closer Vicente Padilla on the disabled list, but don’t expect the man he’s filling in for in the ninth inning, Jonathan Broxton, to return any time soon. Trainer Stan Conte told David Ely of MLB.com that there’s still no timetable for Broxton’s comeback from elbow problems, but did say that the…

  11. Adam Lind “at least 10 days away” from rejoining Blue Jays

    May 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Adam Lind has been out since May 8 with a back injury and manager John Farrell said this afternoon that he’s “at least 10 days away” from possibly coming off the disabled list. Lind is eligible to be activated Monday, but Farrell’s comments to John Lott of the National Post indicate that he may not…

  12. Glen Perkins emerging as rare bright spot for struggling Twins

    May 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    When the Twins let half of last season’s bullpen leave via free agency and chose to replace them with in-house options the hope was that several young relievers would step up to claim long-term roles. That not happening has played a big part in the team’s overall struggles, but the Twins have had one reliever…

  13. Shockingly, a team has a beef with umpire Joe West

    May 19, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Dan Hayes of the North County Times writes that the Padres can be added to the list of teams that umpire Joe West has pissed off: Twenty four hours later, the Padres were still incensed on Wednesday afternoon about umpire Joe West’s blown call in Tuesday’s loss at Arizona. Reliever Mike Adams said many of…

  14. Colby Rasmus back in Cardinals lineup after 4-game absence

    May 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Colby Rasmus has rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup for today’s game against the Astros after missing the past four games with an abdominal injury. I’m presuming that Rasmus isn’t fully healthy quite yet, but agreed to play anyway because the Cardinals are without both Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday, who left yesterday’s game with injuries. Had…

  15. Daisuke Matsuzaka likely “out for a minimum of a month”

    May 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Yesterday the Red Sox announced that an MRI exam revealed “elbow tightness consistent with a UCL sprain” for Daisuke Matsuzaka and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that they expect him “to be out for a minimum of a month.” Believe it or not that would actually qualify as good news for Matsuzaka, because UCL…

  16. Stephen Strasburg ready to throw off a mound “any day”

    May 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg had a routine checkup on his surgically repaired elbow Tuesday and general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that the rehabbing right-hander will be cleared to throw off a mound “any day.” Strasburg hasn’t taken the mound since last August and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in September, which means he’ll…

  17. Hey, look at that: Ryan Madson thriving as the Phillies’ closer

    May 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last month when Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list I wrote that it may actually be a semi-positive thing for the Phillies because the injuries gave Ryan Madson a chance to prove that he can be a standout closer. Far too many Phillies fans had convinced themselves that Madson couldn’t possibly get…

  18. Desperate times: Red Sox considering Kevin Millwood

    May 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka joining John Lackey on the disabled list has the Red Sox searching for rotation help and Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that they’re desperate enough to consider Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees near the end of spring training, only to opt out of the contract two…

  19. Alex Rodriguez to have surgically repaired hip “checked out”

    May 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Alex Rodriguez will “have his surgically-repaired right hip checked out” after hitting coach Kevin Long noticed that he had difficulty making “a lower-body adjustment to bring balance back to his swing.” Rodriguez told Carig that the hip isn’t causing any pain or discomfort, emphasizing that “it’s…

  20. UPDATE: Colby Rasmus sits out fourth straight game

    May 18, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rasmus is out of the lineup again today. ========== Colby Rasmus missed his third straight game with an abdominal injury last night, but an ultrasound showed no structural damage and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that he “appears to be very close to a return to the starting lineup.” According to Leach “he’s dealing…

  21. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s injury “consistent with UCL sprain”

    May 18, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka injured

    Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list yesterday with an elbow injury and today the Red Sox announced that an MRI exam revealed “elbow tightness consistent with a UCL sprain and flexor mass strain.” Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Matsuzaka will be re-examined again in two weeks, but UCL sprains often end up requiring…

  22. Nationals GM rules out calling up Bryce Harper this season

    May 18, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    During a radio interview today Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that 18-year-old stud prospect Bryce Harper won’t be playing in the majors this season. Here’s an excerpt from the interview, via Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington: It’s not gonna happen, because he’s not ready for that to happen. He’s got to…

  23. Josh Hamilton cleared to begin rehab assignment tonight

    May 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton has been cleared for game action after sitting out the past month with a fractured arm and will begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Double-A. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Hamilton will serve as a designated hitter tonight and tomorrow, at which point he’ll likely move up to Triple-A. Nelson Cruz,…

  24. Joaquin Benoit demoted from setup role 16 appearances after signing $16 million deal

    May 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Joaquin Benoit was nearly unhittable for the Rays last season, throwing 60 innings with a 1.34 ERA, .147 opponents’ batting average, and 75/11 K/BB ratio. That earned him a three-year, $16.5 million deal from the Tigers as a free agent, but after allowing 15 runs in his first 16 appearances Benoit has been demoted from…

  25. Franklin Gutierrez returns from DL after missing first 41 games with irritable bowel syndrome

    May 18, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Franklin Gutierrez‘s stomach problems dating back to last season were finally diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome last month and the Mariners’ center fielder has been activated from the disabled list after missing the first 41 games. Gutierrez’s production suffered down the stretch last season, but even at less than full strength he almost can’t help…

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