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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Chase Utley hurt himself

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    The Braves aren’t the only team dealing with a thumb injury to a superstar: Chase Utley jammed his thumb sliding into second in last night’s game and had to leave the game. We’re still not sure how bad his problem is — he’ll have an MRI today — but any lost time for him would…

  2. The Braves put Jason Heyward on the DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon people were saying that the Braves would sit Jason Heyward for a couple of games so he could rest his injured thumb. After yesterday’s game we learned that the team was much more serious about giving the kid a rest: they placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Heyward has a strained ligament…

  3. Who was the dude in the white shirt at the Braves-Nats game?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    The HardballTalk i-Team investigates a case of aggravated asshattery

  4. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    OK, it’s a little late this morning, but I smelled it and it’s still drinkable . . .

  5. The Cubs place Zambrano on the restricted list for "treatment"

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    The designation is not as surprising as the way in which it is being reported. Here’s MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat: Cubs announce Carlos Zambrano on ML restricted list starting Tues and will start treatment Wed. Electroshock treatment? Insanity aversion therapy? Hosing him down like the resident of a Victorian-era lunatic asylum? A lobotomy? For the second…

  6. The Marlins may be looking more seriously at Bo Porter

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Now that their dream candidate has abandoned them — or vice-versa — the Marlins still need a manager, and Jon Heyman says that they’re “strongly” considering Diamondbacks’ coach Bo Porter for the job.  Keep in mind that Heyman also had Valentine in San Juan today managing the Marlins, so it’s possible that his sources with…

  7. Everyone is interested in David DeJesus

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    With the usual “Jim Bowden is very often wrong about such matters” disclaimer, I’ll pass along his word that the Braves, Reds and Red Sox are all talking to the Royals about David DeJesus. DeJesus, who has emerged as the prize position player at this year’s deadline — at least prized position player who is…

  8. The Phillies are looking to add a mid-range pitcher

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    All the talk is about Cliff Lee, but the real action at the deadline may be with third and fourth starter types. Earlier today we heard of the Mets’ interest in Fausto Carmona or Ted Lilly (though Lilly is probably more of a second starter). Now we hear from Buster Olney that the Phillies are…

  9. The Dodgers won't be doing much of anything at the deadline

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just reported what many Dodgers fans feared: There is very little expectation within the Dodgers’ org. that major $ — or even middling $ — will be made available to add a pitcher. I mean really, it’s not like they’re in a pennant race with teams pitching circles around them or anything (oh,…

  10. Jason Heyward may be playing with pain all year

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    David O’Brien reports that Jason Heyward is suffering from a strained thumb ligament that, while not requiring surgery, will likely bother Heyward for the rest of the season (i.e. “until Heyward gets extended rest in the offseason). It’s been apparent for some time that he’s not been right, as he’s been hitting a mere .172/.274/.232…

  11. The Cardinals may be in on the Cliff Lee Derby

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse risks being sued by Scott Boras for using the phrase “mystery team” in referring to a Cliff Lee rumor, but he’ll take that risk to bring you the latest rumor. And the rumor is this: The Cardinals may be the “mystery team” making a play for Cliff Lee. Price suggest…

  12. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees (and Jeter’s hand in that pic) are on top. The Pirates (and Cano’s hand in that pic) are on the bottom. Who’s in between?

  13. Eric Wedge had a great interview with the Orioles

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    That’s according to Heyman. I have no idea what constitutes a “great” interview for a job in which the candidates are already well known and already have very public records. Maybe he answered that “where do you see yourself in five years” question better than anyone ever has. Maybe the writing sample was really, really…

  14. Clay Buchholz has a hamstring tear

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz, who was originally reported to have hyperextended his knee, has been diagnosed with a minor lower hamstring tear.  He’s still confident that he’ll make his next start, but that doesn’t seem bloody likely, now, does it? I mean, sure, I’m not a doctor, but “torn hamstring” sounds simply icky, no?…

  15. Quote of the Day: Edwin Jackson on his no-hitter

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Sometimes repeated readings help turn what first looked like nonsense into wisdom. This is not one of those times.

  16. The Mets' fallback position: Ted Lilly?

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman cites a source today telling him that, in the event the Mets aren’t able to land Cliff Lee, they’d be interested in Ted Lilly as a fallback position, more so than either Fausto Carmona or Roy Oswalt, each of whom have been rumored to have caught the Mets’ interest. Setting aside the absurdity…

  17. Other bidders are sniffing around the Rangers

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Danial Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that two bidders — Dallas businessman Jeff Beck and Houston businessman Jim Crane — have been in touch with the Rangers’ creditors recently. Both Beck and Crane have a history with the Rangers sale, with Beck being the primary financing source behind agent Dennis Gilbert’s failed bid, and Crane…

  18. Bummer: no Jason Heyward-Stephen Strasburg matchup tonight

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    This is a bummer: because Jason Heyward has a bum thumb, he won’t be in the lineup for tonight’s Braves-Nationals game and thus we won’t get a chance to see a matchup between the year’s most-hyped rookie hitter and most-hyped rookie pitcher. Note, I said “most-hyped” rookie hitter, not the best. Because, as I noted…

  19. A Cliff Lee-to-the-Mets deal gets complicated

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Joel Sherman contradicts the Burkhardt report, saying that the Mets will not require a negotiating window with Lee if Mejia is involved in a deal. 9:07 A.M.: I said last week that I think the Mets are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee because (a) they have a top young pitcher they are willing to…

  20. Keith Hernandez wants to contract four teams. Does it make any sense?

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    I don’t think it does, but who would you contract if you could? And why?

  21. What the heck is going on with Valentine and the Marlins?

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The only thing we know for sure is that Edwin Rodriguez is still the manager of the Marlins. Which, given what I said the other day about the whole Puerto Rico thing, is nice.  Otherwise: pure chaos. As Drew chronicled last night in a series of updates that reflects just how wacky the situation is…

  22. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Stuff you missed while frolicking in the lawn sprinkler and eating popsicles on the front porch.

  23. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Maybe the Pirates-Athletics game isn’t worthy of the top spot in ATH on the merits, but it did give us the best pic of the day, no?

  24. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano suspended indefinitely

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have suspended Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his actions during Friday’s game. “His conduct was not acceptable,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “It has become a bit of a tired act.” According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Hendry said, “We’ll play with 24 before…

  25. The Padres are looking for . . . pitching?

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Like my grandma used to say: you can never be too rich, you can never be too thin and you can never have too much starting pitching.

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