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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jimmy Rollins is feeling better

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Good news for Phillies fans: Jimmy Rollins has resumed some baseball activities following his strained calf, and the reports are good.  The current thinking is that he should be able to return to the linuep as soon as he becomes eligible on April 28th. But it’s not perfect news: he was unable to successfully convert…

  2. Carlos Beltran still not clear to resume baseball activities

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll is hearing that the exam was way worse than is being let on by the earlier reports, and offers the quote “No progress. None at all.” 8:16 A.M. Carlos Beltran was seen by his doctor in Vail, Colorado yesterday for a routine visit following arthroscopic knee surgery, which was performed…

  3. The sound of silence: No Edinson Volquez outrage yet

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Unless my bookmarks have all been borked and my Google-fu has suddenly evaporated, I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t any columns this morning eviscerating Edinson Volquez or Major League Baseball over his positive PED test and suspension. The only thing close to that is Jon Paul Morosi’s thing about how the whole…

  4. Cubs' announcer Bob Brenly rips Alfonso Soriano

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    On Monday night Alfonso Soriano hit a long fly ball that, had he been running out of the box instead of watching his handiwork, would have probably been a triple. It did not go unnoticed by Cubs’ radio TV announcer Bob Brenly, who snarked “wouldn’t it be refreshing if we could get our left-fielder to…

  5. Nine stolen bases?! Here's how the Red Sox can stop the running game

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    I mentioned it in ATH, but it’s worth mentioning again: the Rangers stole nine bases off the Boston Red Sox last night. Nine. As in, the most any team has stolen in a game in eight years. Even Vlad Guerrero — who walks around like Fred Sanford half the time — swiped two. Obviously it’s…

  6. Realignment? No way. How about "unalignment"

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    In reaction to the “radical realignment” proposals that floated around last month I made an off-hand suggestion to do something far more simple and far more elegant in order to address the temporary problem of the Yankees and Red Sox hegemony: break all of baseball down to two leagues, with no divisions, a fully-balanced schedule…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Phillies 3: Troy Glaus hit a two-out, two-run homer to kick off the comeback in the ninth, and Nate McLouth hit the walkoff job in the tenth, but make no mistake about it: Jason Heyward — whose two-out solo shot tied things up right after Glaus’ jack — is The Man. I keep…

  8. UPDATE: Joe Maddon now permitted to wear hoodie

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: After “reinterpreting” the ruling, major league baseball will allow Joe Maddon to wear his hoodie, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. It’s a victory for the little, err, casual people. Monday, 5:43 PM: Rays’ manager Joe Maddon likes to wear a hoodie over his jersey — or more likely, over a…

  9. All-Star balloting has begun already

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Really. We’re 12 or 13 games into the season, and you can already vote for All-Stars.  It’s no different than every year, I suppose, but ever year I continue to be shocked that some guys are going to make the mid-summer classic based on stuff they did in the first two or three weeks of…

  10. 10 of the last 16 PED suspensions were pitchers

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Maury Brown has a list of all of the PED suspensions since the drug testing regime came into play. There have been sixteen major and minor league players suspended for drugs in 2010 (all but Volquez were minor leaguers actually).  Of those, ten were pitchers. Indeed, since the advent of drug testing, the majority of…

  11. Volquez: the drugs were for fertility treatments

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The Reds’ flagship station, 700 WLW, reports that Edinson Volquez has released a statement. The upshot: the drugs he was taking were prescribed by a Dominican doctor to help Volquez and his wife “start a family,” and that the drugs just also happened to be on the MLB-banned drug list. I’ll defer to a fertility…

  12. Union head: "The Pirates have a plan"

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    It was a big deal when the MLBPA went after the Florida Marlins a few months ago, essentially accusing them of pocketing revenue sharing money and not investing enough  to improve the team anywhere apart from the bottom line.  It was a serious enough criticism that even Major League Baseball agreed and the league, the…

  13. Get ready for a media firestorm over the timing of the Edinson Volquez suspension

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    We’re about to have a major media firestorm over the nature of PED suspensions Why? Because, pursuant to the drug testing policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement,  Edison Volquez’s suspension begins immediately. As in, while he’s still on the disabled list due to recovery from Tommy John surgery. What this means is that the 50…

  14. UPDATE: Edinson Volquez suspended for PEDs

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE III:  Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman reports the identity of the PED positive: It’s Edinson Volquez of the Cincinnati Reds.  Volquez will be suspended for 50 games. Of course, he’s already out at least until the fall recovering from Tommy John surgery. UPDATE II:  I have learned that the player to be suspended is a…

  15. Johnny Damon has a mohawk

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    When I started this gig I was so smitten with my personal freedom and the lack of any expectation to maintain a professional appearance that I grew out a big ugly beard. After a month or two the concept of rebelling got old so I shaved it off. Johnny Damon is going through the same…

  16. Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor found dead

    Apr 20, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor was found dead in his hotel room this morning. The specific cause of death is not known yet, but police are saying that it was natural causes. McGregor is likely more well-known nationally for playing tight end for the Broncos, Colts and Seahawks, but…

  17. Cliff Lee's suspension dropped

    Apr 20, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ESPN 710’s Shannon Drayer reports that Cliff Lee’s suspension for throwing a pitch over the head of Arizona’s Chris Snyder during a spring training game has been dropped by Major League Baseball. Lee’s defense, in a nutshell, was that he had been struggling with his command early in spring training anyway, and that he really…

  18. UPDATE Mike Cameron has an abdominal tear, and surgery might be necessary

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPN is reporting that Cameron’s strain is actually a tear — akin to a sports hernia, he says — and that it may require surgery. If so, he’d miss a good month and as much as six weeks. Edes reminds us that both Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton suffered similar injuries…

  19. Brian Fuentes will reclaim the closer spot when he returns

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    That according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times.  And he’ll be returning tomorrow, in all likelihood. Fernando Rodney has been 4 for 4 in save opportunities since assuming the closer role (the only appearance in which he gave up any runs was mopup duty in a 10-1 loss to the Twins on April 8th).…

  20. Who do Phillies fans fear more? The Marlins or the Braves?

    Apr 20, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    At least one Philly fan — Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation — fears the Feesh more. After an extensive breakdown of the two challengers’ rotations which he thinks to be more or less equal, he offers something short and pithy to make it clear where he comes down on the matter: We’ll discuss hitting another…

  21. Cliff Lee to throw a simulated game today

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee’s march back to the Mariners’ rotation continues today as he is set to throw a simulated game (a what?).  Assuming it all goes well, he’ll be off to Tacoma or someplace like it for a rehab start. The Mariners are penciling him in for a May 2nd start against the Rangers, but we’re…

  22. The Indians create a blogger press box

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Maybe “press box” is the wrong term, but SportsBusiness Daily’s Eric Fisher reports on what sounds like a cool little initiative: The Indians have created the Tribe Social Deck at Progressive Field, one of the first major efforts under a new social media strategy being pursued by the club. The 10-seat section in the ballpark…

  23. The Orioles send Brad Bergesen down

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Brad Bergesen turned a lot of heads with a nice little run when he came up last year, but then he took a comebacker at the end of July and didn’t pitch again all season. Then, this winter, he injured his shoulder while filming a television commercial. After three horrendous starts this season — he’s…

  24. Was Ike Davis "mismanaged"?

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    I catch a lot of hell for ripping the Mets, but I like to at least think that I have a reason for it when I do it. Compare this to Joel Sherman who — and I am not making this up — anchors this morning’s column accusing the Mets of “mismanaging” Ike Davis’ career…

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

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Cubs 1: A pitchers’ duel until the 7th when the Mets unloaded on the Cubs’ bullpen, courtesy of an Angel Pagan homer, a Jason Bay double, an Ike Davis single and a Sean Marshall wild pitch. The Pagan at bat was hilarious. Jose Reyes was on first base, getting a few throws over,…

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