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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Jack Zduriencik is safe: Mariners "not thinking about changing the general manager at all"

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong told Ken Rosenthal of that general manager Jack Zduriencik will be back in 2011, which isn’t a surprise. In fact, given the praise heaped on him during Zduriencik’s first year on the job the surprising part is that his status is even in question near the end of Year…

  2. Braves to use Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    With their spot in the playoffs no longer secure and Jair Jurrjens’ knee injury looking more serious than initially believed, the Braves have decided to adjust their rotation by starting both Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest. Hudson fill face the Marlins tonight, followed by Lowe tomorrow, and they’ll both be pitching on…

  3. Jarrod Saltalamacchia out 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with a leg infection one week after joining the Red Sox, returned to get 13 at-bats, and has now been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament that will require surgery. He won’t play again this season and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time, which leaves him ample opportunity to…

  4. Return to Cubs seems unlikely with Ted Lilly selling Chicago home for $2.4 million

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    When the Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Dodgers two months ago there was some speculation that he could return to Chicago by re-signing as a free agent this offseason, but that seems pretty unlikely now that Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly has his “Wrigleyville mansion” on the market. Lilly has…

  5. Mark Ellis may renegotiate contract to remain in Oakland

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Bob Geren removed Mark Ellis in the seventh inning yesterday so he could get a standing ovation from the Oakland crowd in the A’s final home game of the year, which suggests the manager doesn’t expect him back in 2011. Oakland has a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout on Ellis, who’s 33 years old…

  6. You can watch all 52 of Jose Bautista's homers in 2 minutes

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if has done this for other hitters in the past or if it’s a special thing for perhaps the most unlikely 50-homer hitter in baseball history, but they put together a video showing all 52 of Jose Bautista’s homers in the span of two minutes, 16 seconds. Click here to watch…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman likely done for the season with rib injury

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals’ lineup today for the fifth straight game and William Ladson of reports that he’s “likely done for the season because of a rib injury.” He doesn’t get much attention because the Nationals are so bad, but Zimmerman has put together back-to-back excellent seasons. He batted .292/.364/.525 with…

  8. Takashi Saito suffers setback in recovery from shoulder injury

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito had hoped to be available out of the Braves’ bullpen over the weekend after an MRI exam revealed merely tendinitis in his sore shoulder, but those plans were ruined when he felt pain while playing catch Saturday. Saito seems pretty frustrated by the setback: I’m starting to think I should just stop saying…

  9. Rickey Henderson wants to be on the A's coaching staff

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson has spent this season as a “roving baserunning instructor” throughout Oakland’s minor league system and while visiting the big league club yesterday the Hall of Famer told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that he’d like to be on the A’s coaching staff: It could be the same thing. If they…

  10. Cliff Lee "could go" on short rest for Rangers in postseason

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Rangers announced that they’ll start Cliff Lee, C.J. Wilson, and Colby Lewis in the first three games of the ALDS against the yet-to-be-determined AL East champions, and manager Ron Washington said that Lee “could go” on short rest for Game 4 “if we think we need him.” Presumably “if we think we need…

  11. Uh oh: Justin Upton to get second opinion on ailing shoulder from Dr. James Andrews

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Justin Upton has just seven at-bats this month and has missed 11 straight starts thanks to a sore left shoulder, and Andrew Pentis of reports that the 23-year-old outfielder will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. And while plenty of athletes visit Dr. Andrews and leave his offices without going under the…

  12. Frank Francisco getting close to rejoining Rangers bullpen

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Out since August 27 with a back injury, Frank Francisco threw 20 pitches from flat ground yesterday in what Anthony Andro of the Dallas Morning News called “the most extensive throwing session he’s had since he went on the disabled list.” Andro reports that Francisco will advance to throwing off a mound tomorrow, with a…

  13. Mike Pelfrey interested in long-term contract with Mets

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey will be eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for the first time, but the 26-year-old right-hander told Anthony DiComo of that he’s interested in working out a long-term contract with the Mets: I would be interested. They’d have to bring it up, but I’m sure we’ll explore it. I’m definitely open to…

  14. Gavin Floyd unlikely to pitch again this season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    After hinting at it last week, it sounds like the White Sox will indeed shut down Gavin Floyd because of shoulder soreness. Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of that there’s really no sense in having him make one final start with the White Sox out of contention: In my mind, I think we should…

  15. Jair Jurrjens cuts bullpen session short because of knee pain

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens had to end today’s bullpen session after just 10 pitches because of pain in his injured right knee, which means Brandon Beachy is likely to take his place again Sunday versus the Nationals. Jurrjens had hoped to pitch through a minor cartilage tear, but described the injury as “like somebody is stabbing you.”…

  16. Evan Longoria likely out until Monday with quadriceps injury

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Evan Longoria is out of the Rays’ lineup tonight and could be sidelined for the entire weekend series with the Mariners due to a quadriceps injury suffered while turning a double play against the Yankees yesterday. Longoria has been absent from the lineup just one previous…

  17. Jimmy Rollins available off bench tonight, could start Sunday

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins hasn’t played since September 8 because of a hamstring injury, but told Todd Zolecki of that he’ll be available off the bench tonight. Charlie Manuel indicated to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that Rollins could be cleared to rejoin the Phillies’ starting lineup as soon as Sunday, which would give him…

  18. Good luck, rest of baseball: The Big Three could start 17 of 19 playoff games for Phillies

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    I’ve already written plenty about how dangerous the Phillies will be in the postseason, including the fact that finishing with the league’s best record would allow them to rely exclusively on the stud trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the first round, but David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News takes…

  19. For real this time: Cardinals shut down rookie Jaime Garcia

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Last week the Cardinals announced that they were shutting down Jaime Garcia in order to limit the 23-year-old rookie’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Then earlier this week they announced that, well, maybe he’ll make one or two more starts after taking a couple rotation turns off. And now…

  20. Ron Gardenhire on Justin Morneau returning this season: "I don't see how it can possibly happen"

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau hasn’t played since suffering a concussion from a knee to the helmet on July 7 and this afternoon manager Ron Gardenhire finally admitted that the Twins don’t expect him back in the lineup this season. Appearing on 1500-ESPN with hosts Patrick Reusse and Phil Mackey, Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it can…

  21. Former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton threatening to break Ichiro Suzuki's hit record in Japan

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Matt Murton was a 2003 first-round pick who hit .286/.352/.436 in 1,058 plate appearances spread over 354 games for the Cubs, Rockies, and A’s, but for whatever reason never really got a shot to be an everyday player despite doing very well as a 24-year-old regular in 2004. After spending most of last season at…

  22. Brewers still trying to find a long-term position for Mat Gamel

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Third base prospect Mat Gamel began getting some reps at first base recently as the Brewers plan ahead for the possibility of life without Prince Fielder, but yesterday he made his first career start in left field subbing for an injured Ryan Braun and now it sounds like Milwaukee’s coaching staff may like him more…

  23. Josh Hamilton's fractured ribs feeling better after injections

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton reported feeling better yesterday after receiving an epidural injection and several cortisone shots for his fractured ribs earlier this week, but there’s still no timetable yet for his return. Hamilton rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes yesterday and also did what T.R. Sullivan of described as “some light exercises.” Here’s what…

  24. Now a free agent, No. 6 pick Barret Loux throws for 15 teams

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Selected by Arizona with the sixth overall pick in June’s draft, Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux was declared a free agent by MLB when a pre-signing physical exam revealed a torn labrum and the Diamondbacks backed out of a $2 million deal. Now free to sign whenever and with whomever, Loux threw yesterday in front…

  25. Considering retirement, Edgar Renteria says "I'm not proud of what I've done" for Giants

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Edgar Renteria has played just 71 games this season due to an assortment of injuries and poor production, and yesterday the 34-year-old infielder told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s considering retirement after 15 seasons in the majors: I feel good. My mind is good, but sometimes the body says, “No,” because…

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