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  1. Brandon Morrow to begin season on disabled list with right forearm inflammation

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow

    I’m not sure if this qualifies as a jinx, since I haven’t actually posted the article yet, but Brandon Morrow is one of my “breakout” picks for this season (along with, among others, Carlos Santana) and … well, the Blue Jays just announced that he’ll begin the year on the disabled list with right forearm…

  2. Heath Bell and the Padres are talking contract extension

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Heath Bell, Kyle Blanks, Jenny Cavnar

    Heath Bell has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to stay in San Diego, saying that signing a long-term deal with the Padres “would be a dream” and then revealing that he’d “definitely take less” to get something done. Throughout all that the Padres’ interest in actually committing to an expensive closer into…

  3. Rangers decide to keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT


    No decision has been made yet regarding Neftali Feliz‘s role, but the Rangers announced today that Alexi Ogando will remain a reliever after trying out for a rotation spot alongside Feliz this spring. Feliz was a full-time starter for most of his minor-league career, whereas Ogando has started a grand total of three games as…

  4. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Carlos Santana

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Carlos Santana was in the middle of one of the best rookie seasons ever by a catcher when a gruesome home-plate collision on August 2 left him with a season-ending knee injury, but he’s healthy now and ready to make Dodgers fans miserable remembering the mid-2008 trade that sent Santana to Cleveland for Casey Blake.…

  5. Brewers send former top prospect Mat Gamel back to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    For the second straight spring injuries have ruined Mat Gamel’s chances of making the Brewers. Last year it was a torn shoulder muscle that kept him off the Opening Day roster and led to Gamel spending most of the season at Triple-A and this year an oblique strain did him in. Milwaukee has optioned Gamel…

  6. Royals and Rays lead Baseball America farm system rankings

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    Kansas City had a record nine players in Baseball America‘s annual ranking of the top 100 prospects, including three guys in the top 10, so it’s no surprise that BA‘s farm system rankings released today have the Royals in the top spot. It’s also no surprise that the Rays rank second, as Tampa Bay claimed…

  7. Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus set to claim Mets’ second base job

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT


    By releasing Luis Castillo last week and optioning Justin Turner to Triple-A this morning the Mets have cleared the way for Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus to be their Opening Day starter at second base. Luis Hernandez and Daniel Murphy now stand as his only competition, but Hernandez is no one’s idea of an everyday…

  8. Frank Francisco likely to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT


    Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in Frank Francisco‘s injured pectoral muscle, but John Lott of the National Post reports that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list anyway. Octavio Dotel is also sidelined by a hamstring injury that could keep him out for Opening Day, which means Jon Rauch is now the…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title?

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT


    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: My beloved Twins. The Big Question: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title? Winning 90-something games and then losing key…

  10. Scott Boras will be the keynote speaker at SABR convention

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    I’ve attended the annual Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention every summer since 2004, but often skip the awards luncheon because a) it’s awfully expensive for some mediocre chicken, b) sometimes there’s an actual baseball game going on at the same time, and c) if there isn’t an actual baseball game there’s definitely some…

  11. Jensen Lewis assigned to Triple-A after clearing waivers

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT


    When the Indians placed Jensen Lewis on outright waivers I figured at least one team would be willing to put in a claim on a cheap 27-year-old reliever with a 3.68 ERA in 198 career innings, but instead Lewis and his $650,000 salary have cleared waivers. That means the Indians have successfully removed Lewis from…

  12. Mariners settle on Brendan Ryan at shortstop and Jack Wilson at second base

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT


    When the Mariners acquired Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals in mid-December they initially hinted that he’d be playing mostly second base, with Jack Wilson remaining at shortstop, but after evaluating them for the past few weeks manager Eric Wedge has decided to flip-flop the two infielders. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Ryan…

  13. Tigers choose Will Rhymes as Opening Day second baseman

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT


    Carlos Guillen‘s slower-than-expected recovery from knee surgery forced the Tigers to consider other options at second base and after giving some thought to sacrificing defense for offense with Ryan Raburn manager Jim Leyland has settled on Will Rhymes. Rhymes actually led the Tigers in second base starts last season with 46 and in giving him…

  14. Twins pick Scott Baker as fifth starter, send Kevin Slowey to bullpen

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    By re-signing Carl Pavano to a two-year, $16.5 million deal the Twins created a rotation logjam with six starters for five spots and today they announced that Scott Baker will be the No. 5 guy, leaving Kevin Slowey bullpen bound as the odd man out. Baker and Slowey both significantly out-performed Nick Blackburn last season…

  15. Giants beat reporters are not impressed with Miguel Tejada

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Last night both Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how awful Miguel Tejada looked at shortstop and how unproductive he’s been at the plate all spring. First, here’s a tweet from Baggarly: Not to be mean, but if I’m Tim Lincecum watching Miguel…

  16. Ryan Zimmerman hoping for Friday return from groin injury

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Mark Zuckerman of reports that Ryan Zimmerman fielded ground balls this morning and is hoping to return from a groin injury Friday. If he can get back into the lineup by then that would leave five games remaining on the spring training schedule and manager Jim Riggleman told Zuckerman that the goal would be…

  17. Mike Stanton aiming to return from quadriceps injury Thursday

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT


    Mike Stanton was expected to miss “at least two weeks” with a strained quadriceps suffered on February 27. It’s been three weeks and a couple days, and now Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Stanton is hoping to make his spring training debut Thursday. In the meantime he’ll test his quadriceps by…

  18. Atlanta is still trying to trade Kenshin Kawakami

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    Kenshin Kawakami was on the trading block for the entire offseason and Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves are still trying to deal the Japanese right-hander. After a solid rookie season Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.19 ERA last year, but with a 59/32 K/BB ratio in 87 innings his secondary numbers were…

  19. Casey Blake expected to begin season on the disabled list

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT


    Casey Blake went for an MRI exam on his injured back last week and the Dodgers said they expected him to miss minimal time, but today manager Don Mattingly indicated to Tony Jackson of that the veteran third baseman is likely to begin the season on the disabled list. Blake didn’t get many at-bats…

  20. Freddy Garcia won’t accept assignment to Triple-A if he loses Yankees’ fifth starter battle

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT


    Back-to-back poor outings have Freddy Garcia looking like a long shot to claim the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation and yesterday the 34-year-old veteran told Brian Costello of the New York Post that he definitely will not accept an assignment to Triple-A if he doesn’t win the job: If I don’t make the team,…

  21. Michael Cuddyer set for Wednesday return from wart removal

    Mar 21, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer

    Michael Cuddyer has been sidelined for the past few weeks after having a wart removed from his foot–the gross picture of which you can see by clicking here–but Rhett Bollinger of reports that he’s now scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday against the Orioles. Cuddyer actually played in a minor-league game this…

  22. Astros choose 37-year-old Nelson Figueroa over 20-year-old Jordan Lyles for fifth starter job

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Journeyman Nelson Figueroa will open the season as the Astros’ fifth starter after competing for the job with 20-year-old top prospect Jordan Lyles, who was sent to the minors today. Lyles was impressive this spring and has a ton of long-term upside, but realistically the Astros are better off letting Figueroa keep the rotation spot…

  23. Brief Digression Theater: The Great Ketchup Debate of 2011

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT


    It started, like many things do, with me mocking my mother on Twitter.

  24. Royals announce Luke Hochevar and his 5.60 career ERA as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT


    Kansas City announced its rotation and as expected Luke Hochevar will get the Opening Day start against the Angels despite a 5.60 career ERA that includes a 4.81 mark in 18 outings last year. Of course, the Royals being the Royals they don’t really have any clearly better options. Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, and Bruce…

  25. Frank Francisco has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT


    Often when a pitcher travels to Dr. James Andrews’ office is Alabama for an examination the next news is announcement that arm surgery is needed, but in Frank Francisco‘s case his visit to Dr. Andrews is for a sore right pectoral muscle. That doesn’t mean he won’t need surgery, of course, but an MRI exam…

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