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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Jair Jurrjens leaves start with strained hamstring

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens left this afternoon’s start against the Cardinals after just one inning because of a strained hamstring. Jurrjens allowed three runs in the opening frame, at which point reliever Kris Medlen got loose in a hurry out in the bullpen and replaced him to begin the second inning. Off to a rough start even…

  2. MLB, Twitter, and 'strongly worded suggestions'

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    As a follow-up to my MLB/Twitter report from earlier this week, I’m told that what I called a “ban” on writers using their Twitter accounts for non-baseball topics was really more like “a strongly worded suggestion” (that every writer followed, since that’s what happens when your employer makes a strong suggestion). To me that…

  3. Twins without Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and J.J. Hardy against Dontrelle Willis

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Minnesota allowed 10 unanswered runs to Detroit last night to turn a 6-1 lead into an 11-6 loss and now the Twins are without Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and J.J. Hardy for this afternoon’s series finale. Morneau is out indefinitely after leaving Tuesday’s game with back soreness. Hardy has a case of turf toe that…

  4. Carlos Beltran fitted for custom knee brace and 'not close to returning'

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Initial timetables for Carlos Beltran’s recovery from knee surgery had him back in the Mets’ lineup by early May, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the All-Star center fielder is still “not close to returning” and “was fitted for a custom knee brace” after meeting with doctors in Colorado last…

  5. Blown save keeps Tim Lincecum from 5-0

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum was brilliant Wednesday afternoon, racking up 11 strikeouts while holding the Phillies to one run through eight innings. He stayed in to start the ninth inning, but was yanked at 106 pitches after walking Shane Victorino with one out and watched closer Brian Wilson cough up a 4-1 lead. Wilson came into the…

  6. Jaime Garcia thriving as Cardinals' fifth starter

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia claimed the Cardinals’ final rotation spot with a standout spring training and is 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA through four starts after shutting out the Braves for seven innings Wednesday. Garcia struggled to consistently throw strikes in the minors after Tommy John surgery in 2008, but so far at least control hasn’t been…

  7. Bobby Cox thinks slumping Jason Heyward is being too patient

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward is in the midst of his first extended slump, going 1-for-20 in his last seven games, and Braves manager Bobby Cox thinks he’s being too patient at the plate: We’re going to talk to him. He’s taking way too many pitches for strikes. [As a result] he’s getting one pitch to swing at…

  8. Jerry Manuel: 'I'm going to stay with Ollie'

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning last night despite being handed an early 3-0 lead, getting yanked after a four-pitch walk to opposing starter Charlie Haeger. Perez has a decent-looking 4.25 ERA in four starts thanks largely to not serving up a homer yet, but has averaged just 5.1 innings per…

  9. Miguel Olivo has kidney stones, is a tough guy

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Miguel Olivo passed two kidney stones Monday … and still started at catcher for the Rockies and played all nine innings behind the plate that night. By comparison, I’m giving serious thought to taking the rest of the day off after writing about his kidney stones. Mike…

  10. Dusty Baker denies asking the Reds for contract extension

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reported earlier this week that “Reds manager Dusty Baker asked management about a contract extension … but evidently the team is not yet ready to decide upon his future.” Baker was asked about the report yesterday and responded: “I haven’t talked to them. I don’t know where he heard that. It’s…

  11. Strikeouts and grounders: Francisco Liriano is dealing again

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I’ve often suggested that the Francisco Liriano who was the best, most overpowering pitcher in all of baseball as a rookie in 2006 was lost for good when he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. I still believe that to be true, but a) the version we’ve seen so far this year is pretty damn close,…

  12. MLB denies Twitter crackdown, but facts say otherwise

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    After posting my story last night about writers being banned from using Twitter for non-baseball topics and MLB players being told their tweets will be monitored, I was contacted by a spokesperson for MLB who essentially said I was 100 percent wrong. In fact, he went so far as to say my story was…

  13. Major League Baseball bans writers from using Twitter for non-baseball topics

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Major League Baseball is cracking down on Twitter usage, ordering writers to cease tweeting about all non-baseball topics and scolding players for their Twitter usage in general. As someone who has every beat writer and several MLB players in my Twitter feed, this is very unfortunate…

  14. Forearm strain puts A's ace Brett Anderson on DL

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s will place Brett Anderson on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Anderson left his Saturday start after just 80 pitches because of tightness in his elbow and forearm. He initially deemed it merely cramping and there’s no indication that the A’s feel it’s…

  15. Video: Yankees at the White House with POTUS

    Apr 27, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Yankees celebrated their 27th championship at the White House with president (and White Sox fan) Barack Obama: And now of course there’s some controversy (sort of) about whether or not Obama intentionally avoided mentioning Alex Rodriguez in his speech. Which might be something less than totally absurd if, you know, Obama actually wrote…

  16. Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers is toying with Double-A hitters

    Apr 27, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Tanner Scheppers fell to the Rangers with the 44th pick in last June’s draft because of concerns about his injury status and bonus demands, but he’s healthy now and the top-10 talent is blowing away hitters at Double-A. Scheppers struck out five batters in two perfect innings last night and has the following video game-like…

  17. Diamondbacks void contract of Socrates Brito after PED suspension

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Two months ago the Diamondbacks signed awesome-named Dominican outfielder Socrates Brito for $190,000, but the contract has been voided after the 17-year-old received a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Steve Gilbert of reports that Brito “tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.” Brito is now…

  18. Rockies demoting Opening Day catcher Chris Iannetta to Triple-A

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    To make room on the roster for all their pitcher shuffling the Rockies are reportedly demoting Opening Day catcher Chris Iannetta to Triple-A. Iannetta is off to a 4-for-30 (.133) start, but it sure seems odd to demote a 27-year-old veteran of 293 career games to Triple-A based on 30 bad at-bats after handing him…

  19. Jorge De La Rosa tears tendon in middle finger

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Jorge De La Rosa has been diagnosed with a torn tendon in his left middle finger following an MRI exam Monday and is expected to miss multiple starts. “He’s going to be out for a while,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “If he pushed it, he could be lost for the season.” De La Rosa…

  20. Ian Kinsler goes hitless in first rehab game

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game Monday at Double-A, but played all nine innings defensively at second base. He’s slated for two more minor-league games before joining the Rangers this weekend, with manager Ron Washington revealing yesterday that Kinsler will switch from leading off to batting fifth in the lineup once he…

  21. Marlins ace Josh Johnson loving life after Tommy John surgery

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson notched a career-high 12 strikeouts in a complete-game victory Monday night and equaled the Padres’ hit total by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate. One of the biggest Tommy John surgery success stories, Johnson has upped both his strikeouts and ground balls while cutting his walks since returning and is now…

  22. Video: Kevin Kennedy will take you out on a plane

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Longtime catcher and current television announcer Kevin Kennedy was taking a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Florida over the weekend when a fellow passenger rose from his seat and threatened to blow up the plane. What happened next is … well, I’ll let Kennedy explain: Wow. I’ve never thought much of Kennedy as an…

  23. A flop in Boston, Brad Penny thriving back in NL

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    After pitching for the Giants in the second half last season Brad Penny shut out his former teammates for seven innings last night, improving to 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA on the year. Penny looks to be the latest in a long line of veteran starters who turned things around and had more success than…

  24. Alan Embree will opt out of Red Sox deal if not called up this week

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When he signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox during spring training Alan Embree had the right to opt out of the deal if he wasn’t on the major-league roster by April 15. Once that date arrived and the Red Sox had no plans to promote him Embree extended the deadline to April 30,…

  25. Joe Blanton set to make final rehab appearance

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Sidelined since the end of spring training with an oblique injury, Joe Blanton is scheduled to make his third and final minor league rehab start Wednesday. Blanton threw just three innings in his previous outing, so he’ll need to increase his pitch count significantly in order to rejoin the Phillies’ rotation as planned next week.…

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