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  1. Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season. In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors…

  2. Theriot to lead off for Cubs, with Fontenot likely starting at second base

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella revealed a few tidbits this afternoon, most notably that Mike Fontenot has a leg up on Jeff Baker as the Cubs’ starting second baseman. “Right now, as we speak, I think that Fontenot has probably jumped ahead a little in the second base slot,” Piniella told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. “It…

  3. Wood's injury may be more serious than believed

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood was scratched from his scheduled appearance Saturday with a sore right lat muscle, but the Indians quickly announced Sunday that he was already back on track and would be able to throw a bullpen session today followed by game action Wednesday. Unfortunately, those plans have changed. Wood did not throw a bullpen session…

  4. Reynolds, Diamondbacks agree to three-year deal with option for 2013

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds and the Diamondbacks were said to be in contract talks for months now, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides have finally agreed to a three-year, $14.5 million contract with an $11 million team option for 2013. Reynolds is coming off a career-year that saw him hit .260/.349/.543…

  5. Dodgers re-assign Gagne to minor-league camp

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    This morning the Dodgers re-assigned Eric Gagne to minor-league camp, removing whatever slim chance he had of claiming an Opening Day bullpen spot. Gagne hasn’t been an effective major-league pitcher since mid-2007 and spent last year pitching poorly in an independent league, so his demotion is certainly no surprise. He chose a minor-league deal from…

  6. Hoping to avoid surgery, Nathan will 'test' injured elbow Saturday

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan is still likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins’ closer will give his injured elbow “a vigorous test” by playing catch Saturday. Complicating matters is that Nathan was “bedridden Saturday and Sunday with a virus and still had a sore throat…

  7. So far, so good for Dustin McGowan's comeback

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan missed all of last season following shoulder surgery, but manager Cito Gaston reports that he “looked good” during a two-inning simulated game yesterday. McGowan tossed 44 pitches, after which Gaston noted that “he threw well, free and easy.” He’s now scheduled to appear in a minor-league game Friday and if that goes well…

  8. Blue Jays sign 19-year-old Cuban shortstop for $10 million

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    No official announcement has been made, but various sources report that the Blue Jays have signed 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria for $10 million. Hechevarria headed to the Dominican Republic after defecting from Cuba and held workouts for at least a half-dozen teams last month. He must have impressed, because he ended up with nearly…

  9. Lance Berkman needs knee surgery, making him doubtful for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Update: According to Alyson Footer, Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, Berkman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. Dr. David Crumbie removed loose cartilage debris from the knee and did not see any sign of ligament or meniscus damage. He’s still expected to miss 2-4 weeks, leaving Opening Day in doubt. Friday…

  10. Ozzie Guillen isn't much of a Sean Penn fan

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    In case you had any doubts about just how much entertainment value the White Sox have cost the world by blocking Ozzie Guillen from creating his own website, here are his latest couple posts on Twitter today: Oh my god seam penn defended ours president hugo chavez thas easy when you no leave in venezuela…

  11. Indians lose Grilli for season, Brown for 8 weeks

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Last week two Indians players went down with injuries during the same workout and now we know the damage. Outfield prospect Jordan Brown will miss 4-8 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Brown was competing for a bench job following a breakout 2009 season in the minors, but instead…

  12. Shields gets Opening Day nod for Rays again

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    James Shields has started Game 1 for the Rays for the past two seasons and manager Joe Maddon just announced that he’ll get the Opening Day nod again this year: We feel very good about him being the opening day starter. We feel as though he’s earned the right to maintain that position. He was…

  13. White Sox won't let Ozzie have his own website

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen has racked up nearly 40,000 followers in just three weeks on Twitter, but the White Sox apparently squashed the manager’s plans for a personal website. I’ll let Guillen explain: It was something we tried to do, and Major League Baseball was going to help us. All of a sudden the front-office people didn’t…

  14. Picture of the Day: Manny en route to Taiwan

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Via the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed, here’s a picture of Manny Ramirez (plus Angel Berroa and Ronnie Belliard) on the 15-hour trip to Taiwan: Once there Manny went 0-for-3 as the Dodgers lost the first of three games against a Taiwanese All-Star team, but it looks like he made a few new friends on the…

  15. Lowell's spring debut pushed back to next week

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was initially hoping to make his spring training debut tomorrow, but now it sounds like he won’t play until Monday at the earliest. Here’s manager Terry Francona: We’re probably shooting more for Monday with Mikey Lowell. That’s probably a realistic target. I don’t know if it will happen. Normally teams have every reason…

  16. Webb 'running out of time' to avoid disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch admitted today that “we are running out of time” for Brandon Webb to be ready for Opening Day, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reporting that “it’s becoming more and more clear” that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Webb hasn’t pitched since complaining of shoulder soreness on…

  17. Desmond Jennings is having a rough spring

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings is one of the truly elite prospects in baseball, ranking No. 6 on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 list, but things aren’t going smoothly for him this spring. Jennings was plunked on the elbow in his very first Grapefruit League at-bat, missed a few days, returned to the lineup, and then sprained his…

  18. Jose Reyes told to rest 2-8 weeks and will begin season on disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    General manager Omar Minaya and agent Peter Greenberg just announced that Jose Reyes will “refrain from athletic activity” for 2-8 weeks after follow-up tests showed that his thyroid levels rose again when he did controlled physical activity this week. He’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list, and in addition to resting will…

  19. Mets considering 20-year-old Mejia for bullpen

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Showing yet again that they’ve never met a prospect they won’t rush, the Mets have reportedly decided to keep Jenrry Mejia in big-league camp through the end of spring training to evaluate him as an Opening Day bullpen option. Mejia is one of the game’s best pitching prospects and has looked great so far this…

  20. Milton Bradley, Jim Hendry, and Britney Spears

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley has made headlines lately for basically refusing to stop talking about how miserable he was in Chicago, but did have some nice words for one member of the Cubs: I have nothing bad to say about Jim Hendry. He gave me $30 million. God bless Jim Hendry and his family. Most of the…

  21. Bret Boone to manage independent league team

    Mar 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Aaron Boone officially retired last month to join the Baseball Tonight crew on ESPN and five years after calling it quits his brother Bret Boone has now found a job managing the Victoria Seals of the independent Golden Baseball League. Boone spent most of his 14-year career with the Mariners and Reds, but finished on…

  22. Guzman not at full strength after shoulder surgery

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    I tuned into yesterday afternoon’s Nationals-Tigers game just to see Stephen Strasburg’s spring training debut, but also got a look at Cristian Guzman’s surgically repaired right shoulder as he lobbed a weak, high-arcing throw to first base after fielding a Strasburg-induced grounder. Even before the injury Guzman was pretty lax with his throws to first…

  23. Curt Schilling, Electronic Arts partner for 'fantasy role playing' video game

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Electronic Arts has signed a deal to produce a video game from Curt Schilling’s company 38 Studios. Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reports that the product “has nothing to do with sports” and will instead be “a single-player fantasy role playing game, still under development and code-named Project Mercury.” Here’s more from the story:…

  24. Shoulder setback sends Flores to Dr. Andrews

    Mar 10, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    When the Nationals signed Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year, $6 million deal I wondered, among other things, why they were paying so much for another catcher when they already had 25-year-old Jesus Flores atop the depth chart. At the time Flores was recovering from shoulder surgery, but most reports had him being ready as soon…

  25. Minaya clarifies: Reyes has elevated thyroid level

    Mar 10, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Responding to conflicting reports about Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition, general manager Omar Minaya said this afternoon that the Mets’ shortstop “has elevated thyroid levels” and is “waiting for test results.” The confusion came yesterday, when Reyes was quoted by ESPN Deportes as saying: “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told…

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