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  1. Why aren’t more MLB general managers former MLB players?

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    ruben amaro jr. baseball card

    As a follow-up to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s recent four-year contract extension with the Phillies, Jayson Stark of has an interesting article about how only three of the 30 current general managers played in the big leagues. Amaro is one, along with Kenny Williams of the White Sox and Billy Beane of the A’s. And…

  2. Nate Robertson out four weeks after surgery to remove “loose bodies” from elbow

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT


    Nate Robertson was a long shot to claim a spot in the Mariners’ rotation to begin with, but whatever slim chance he had is now gone with news that he’ll be sidelined for at least a month following surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow. Robertson signed a minor-league contract with Seattle after posting…

  3. Casey Blake to have precautionary MRI exam on injured back

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT


    Despite manager Don Mattingly telling Tony Jackson of that he doesn’t expect Casey Blake to miss significant time, the veteran third baseman is scheduled to undergo what the Dodgers are calling a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back. For now Blake is expected to miss just a few days, but he also struggled…

  4. Carlos Guillen unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Jason Beck of reports that Carlos Guillen has experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, making it unlikely that the Tigers’ second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Jim Leyland didn’t quite rule out Guillen for Game 1, but did tell Beck that “the clock is ticking” and said: “There was…

  5. Ron Gardenhire doesn’t like when writers “just fire it through the internet” on Twitter

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    For some reason Ron Gardenhire is becoming increasingly annoyed with how quickly and efficiently reporters are able to relay his words to the Twins-loving public via Twitter. Here’s an amusing note from Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: When manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that Nick Blackburn had made the rotation, it caused a…

  6. Dustin McGowan’s comeback attempt moves to the bullpen

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Once upon a time Dustin McGowan was a promising young starter who threw 281 innings with a 4.20 ERA between 2007 and 2008, but injuries sidetracked his career and now the Blue Jays say he’ll be coming back as a reliever. If he comes back at all, that is. McGowan hasn’t pitched in a major-league…

  7. Heath Bell “definitely would take less” to re-sign with Padres

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell is eligible for free agency after this season, but the Padres closer said yesterday during a radio interview with MLB Network that he “definitely would take less” to re-sign with San Diego. Bell, who said this offseason that it “would be my dream” to sign a long-term deal with the Padres, explained that…

  8. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with “slow digestive tract”

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    Last month Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp to be examined by doctors in an effort to determine the cause of the stomach problems that have plagued him since last year and today the team announced “great news” for the center fielder. Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and team trainer Mitch Storey…

  9. Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Rather than make an appearance against the Astros in today’s game Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been scratched with biceps soreness, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Brookover that the Phillies “just wanted to back him off for a couple days.” Lidge was also scheduled to pitch…

  10. Nyjer Morgan thinks Ricky Nolasco purposely plunked him

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Ricky Nolasco hit Nyjer Morgan with a pitch yesterday and Morgan said afterward that he believes it was on purpose, as payback for his a) separating catcher Chris Hayes’ shoulder on a collision at the plate and then b) charging the mound and throwing a punch at Chris Volstad the next day. Both those incidents…

  11. UPDATE: Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. agree to four-year contract extension

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT


    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of, the Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain in the fold through 2015. 7:12 PM, Friday: A team source tells Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that a contract extension for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is “done.” 10:15…

  12. Must-click link: Drawing the Hall of Famers (all 295 of them)

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Summer Anne Burton has decided to draw all 295 baseball Hall of Famers alongside interesting stats, facts, and anecdotes about each player. You can look at all the drawings she’s done so far on her blog, which is a lot of fun: Burton: Every Hall of Famer Here’s one of my favorites:

  13. Dayan Viciedo won’t need surgery, could return sooner than initially expected

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Dayan Viciedo was given a 3-4 week recovery timetable after suffering a fractured right thumb in yesterday’s game, but the White Sox announced today that further examination showed he won’t require surgery. That means he can resume baseball activities within two weeks and could be healthy in time for Opening Day, although Viciedo remains on…

  14. Brian Roberts shut down again with more back problems

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Brian Roberts had X-rays on his sore neck upon arriving at Orioles camp last month and now he’s been shut down again with back spasms. Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back, so the latest setback is definitely a big concern for the 33-year-old second…

  15. Bryce Harper not included in Nationals’ first round of cuts

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT


    Today the Nationals made their first batch of spring training cuts and somewhat surprisingly 18-year-old Bryce Harper was not among the 11 players reassigned to the team’s minor-league camp. That won’t impact his status for this year–Mark Zuckerman of writes that he “has no realistic shot of making the Opening Day roster”–but it does…

  16. Thankfully for Nationals fans, F.P. Santangelo isn’t Rob Dibble

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Dibble was fired as the Nationals’ television analyst following comments he made about Stephen Strasburg, but before that he’d more than earned the firing with various other “controversial” statements and, most importantly, awful announcing. Included among Dibble’s many faults as an announcer was that he referred to “we” and “us” while openly cheering for…

  17. Unable to contact parents in Japan, Takashi Saito leaves Brewers camp

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT


    Takashi Saito has been unable to get in touch with his parents in Japan following last night’s massive earthquake, so the veteran reliever has left Brewers camp after asking the team for an indefinite leave of absence. Adam McCalvy of reports that Saito was able to contact his wife and three children, and teammates…

  18. Chris Carpenter throws to live hitters, will start Wednesday

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter was scratched from today’s start because of a hamstring injury, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw around 60 pitches against live hitters this morning and is now scheduled to start Wednesday against the Tigers. Carpenter gave Cardinals fans a scare in the wake of Adam Wainwright‘s…

  19. Ian Stewart is “a longshot” to be healthy for Opening Day

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT


    Ian Stewart has played all of one inning this spring, leaving his first game with a sprained right knee that has him looking like “a longshot to begin the season on anything other than the disabled list,” according to Thomas Harding of Stewart injured his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who fortunately…

  20. Already on the trading block, Ryan Doumit is now injured too

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT


    For the past few months the Pirates have tried unsuccessfully to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million contract for 2011, but now the catcher/outfielder is sidelined by an oblique injury. Doumit was scratched from yesterday’s game after feeling soreness while taking batting practice and there’s no timetable yet for his return, with Jenifer Langosch…

  21. Dayan Viciedo out 3-4 weeks with fractured right thumb

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Dayan Viciedo left today’s game after being hit on the hand by a pitch and the White Sox just announced that he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb. It’s unfortunate timing for Viciedo, as he was seeing action in right field this spring after previously being exclusively a third baseman and…

  22. Brandon Webb’s first action against live hitters wasn’t very impressive

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb has all but been ruled out to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation, but he took the mound yesterday for his first action against live hitters and … well, manager Ron Washington didn’t sound very impressed: There were some good and some not so good. But there was some sink. It wasn’t…

  23. Matt Cain returns from elbow injury in 47-pitch simulated game

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain returned to the mound Monday with a bullpen session and threw a three-inning simulated game today, so it looks like he’s fully recovered from the elbow problems that caused him to miss a start last week. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cain threw 47 pitches today–including off-speed stuff–against teammates…

  24. Edinson Volquez returns to Reds camp after dealing with visa issues in Dominican Republic

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    Edinson Volquez arrived at Reds camp on time last month, but was forbidden from appearing in a game because of visa issues stemming from his 50-game suspension for failing a performance-enhancing drug test last year. In order to get things straightened out Volquez had to leave spring training and travel home to the Dominican Republic,…

  25. MRI exam on Derrek Lee’s injured wrist “came back normal”

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT


    Derrek Lee had a specialist look at his injured right wrist earlier this week and the Orioles announced yesterday that an MRI exam “came back normal.” According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun “team officials continue to believe that the veteran is just experiencing some tendonitis that resulted from the inactivity following thumb surgery.”…

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