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Craig Calcaterra

  1. UPDATE: Brian Roberts has back spasms

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Orioles’ beat writer Brittany Ghiroli says that Buster was wrong, and that Roberts doesn’t have kidney stones. Rather, he has back spasms. How one can mistake those two things given the, um, geography involved is an open question, but we just pass along what we hear. 2:16 P.M.: Buster Olney writes: Heard this: Orioles…

  2. Buster Olney is right on the money

    Feb 18, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    I rip reporters when I think they go off track on the steroids business, most recently with Mark McGwire, so it’s only fair that I point out when someone stone-cold nails it, as Buster Olney did with what he wrote today regarding McGwire (and Tiger Woods): Why would Tiger Woods need to say he’s sorry…

  3. Source: Kelvim Escobar may be seriously hurt

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Adam Rubin of the Daily News tweets: Johan Santana played catch with him all week and said Escobar having trouble gripping a baseball would be untrue. Santana’s not a doctor of course and a playing catch grip is different than a pitching-at-full-speed grip, but this, at the very least, undercuts my earlier report.  Obviously…

  4. Johan Santana says he's better than Roy Halladay

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    David Lennon of Newsday tweets from Mets’ spring training: When Johan was asked to name best pitcher in NL East, he replied, “Santana.” Hear that Halladay? I may be a Braves fan, but I can think of nothing I’m looking forward to more this season than watching Johan Santana and Roy Halladay battling to figure…

  5. The Astros beat Wandy Rodriguez in arbitration

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alyson Footer tweets that the Astros have won the Wandy Rodriguez arbitration. Rodriguez will earn $5 million in 2010. He had asked for $7 million. He made $2.6 million last year. No one but the participants knows for sure what went down in that hearing room, but I’m rather surprised that Rodriguez lost.  Sure, people…

  6. The White Sox, Tigers court Johnny Damon

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The White Sox and Tigers are getting down to brass tacks with Johnny Damon, and the lobbying has begun. The White Sox sent A.J. Pierzynski and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson out golfing with Damon yesterday. Despite the fact that most mortals probably couldn’t stand playing one hole of putt-putt with those two characters, multiple reports came…

  7. UPDATE: The Indians replacing Mark Shapiro as GM

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, so it wasn’t Manny Acta’s hat. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting – albeit a bit speculatively — that the presser is to announce that Indians’ assistant GM Chris Antonetti is going to replace Mark Shapiro as GM, who will get kicked upstairs to be the team’s president.  The change, however, would not…

  8. The State of the Yankees

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi had his annual beginning-of-spring-training news conference yesterday. Marc Carig of the Star Ledger was there. The highlights: Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson are the top candidates for the second slot in the order. I’d probably just plug Johnson and his uber-OBP into that slot, but I assume that Girardi is at least a…

  9. Create your own spring training story

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Captain there are massive amounts of win detected from Brew Crew Ball! Set phasers for awesome! This year, though, you don’t have to sit back and wait for a bland, uninspired spring training preview for your favorite team. With an assist from Mad Libs, you can create your own. Simply fill in the blanks on…

  10. They're still playing baseball in the Metrodome

    Feb 18, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    It has been established that ballparks which have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of baseball murder. A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and domes has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking baseball victims. It’s hard for us here to be reporting this to…

  11. Barajas likely to accept Mets offer

    Feb 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Heyman tweets that Rod Barajas is likely to accept a minor league offer from the Mets worth $1 million if he makes the team. Heyman also says that he’s likely to be the Mets starting catcher. If the Mets are so sure about him starting I’m not sure why it’s a minor league offer, but…

  12. The Giants wanted to keep Freddy Sanchez's surgery quiet

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez had surgery on his shoulder in late December, but no one knew about it until late January. The Giants said at the time the news came out that they kept it secret at Sanchez’s request, with him not wanting people to make his health a topic of discussion. Sanchez, however,…

  13. So much for Camp Panda

    Feb 17, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Courtesy of ‘Duk over at Big League Stew comes a photo of Pablo Sandoval at his first day of Giants’ spring training. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that — for all the talk of his offseason training regimen — Kung Fu Panda is not in the best shape of…

  14. Brian Bruney loses his arbitration

    Feb 17, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Nats’ reliever Brian Bruney got the decision in his arbitration this morning: he lost. He’ll make $1.5 million this year after asking for $1.85 million. The Washington Post reports that Washington’s case centered on Bruney’s recent injury history. The first trial I ever handled all by myself was a $350K case too. Like Bruney, I…

  15. Dontrelle Willis: "The issue is, I'm terrible"

    Feb 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    It has been extremely difficult to watch Dontrelle Willis struggle these past few years. When he was on, he was an exciting and downright endearing pitcher, with an infectious enthusiasm and unique style. Based on Lynn Henning’s report from Tigertown, however, it sounds like we’ll never see that pitcher again: “People see me smiling, but…

  16. Buster Posey won't really be playing the infield

    Feb 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago we passed along word that the Giants were going to give Buster Posey looks all over the infield, possibly even at shortstop, in order to give him playing time.  Today Bruce Bochy seemed to walk that back a bit. A tweet from the Merc’s Andre Baggarly: Bochy clarifies on Buster…

  17. Jerry Manuel vows to make the Mets work on fundamentals

    Feb 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    When it comes to spring training evergreen stories there aren’t many more venerable than “best shape of his life” and “Player X spent the winter working on a new arm angle to get on top of his breaking ball” pieces. After those, however, you have to go with “Manager X plans on emphasizing fundamental baseball…

  18. Mark McGwire speaks

    Feb 17, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Earlier today he showed up. A few minutes ago he spoke: He spoke about the “learning curve” he’ll have with the hitters, specifically expanding his pool of pupils from two or three hitters to the 13 or more that he’ll have to work with here in spring. He spoke about the “regrets” he has from…

  19. Jim Bibby: 1944-2010

    Feb 17, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Former Pirates (and Rangers and Indians and Cardinals) pitcher Jim Bibby passed away last night of an undisclosed illness.  Bibby pitched in the Majors for 12 seasons, winning 111 games, striking out 1079 guys and winning a World Series ring with the 1979 Pirates. He threw a no-hitter in 1973. He came in third in…

  20. Playing the "what if" game with Joe Mauer

    Feb 17, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    It’s Mauer day. In addition to this morning’s piece, USA Today ran a scary “what-if” article about the 2001 draft when, as most of you know, the Twins had to choose between Mark Prior and Mauer, with most people at the time thinking that Prior was the better choice. That’s certainly changed now: The Twins…

  21. Where are those parks near Yankee stadium everyone promised?

    Feb 17, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    When some local residents challenged the plans for New Yankee Stadium in court a few years ago the judge threw it out because, according to the plans in place, the parkland and ballfields the citizens were losing was going to be replaced. Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News wants to know what ever happened to…

  22. Joel Zumaya is feeling good

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Between Guitar Hero and the San Diego wild fires, there haven’t been many pitchers more snakebit than Joel Zumaya has been these past few years.  But that’s all behind him now, he tells The Detroit News’ Lynn Henning. He’s been training in Florida since the beginning of January and . . . dare we say…

  23. Plenty of tickets available in Cleveland

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    My friend Vince Grzegorek of the Cleveland Scene weekly passes along word that there are between 10,000 and 15,000 unsold tickets for the Indians’ Opening Day game right now.  This is unprecedented in recent history. Sure, attendance has been dropping these past couple of years, but after 15+ years of strong support for the Indians,…

  24. Jair Jurrjens MRI comes back negative; which is a positive

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Good news from Atlanta: Jair Jurrjens’ MRI results are back and there is no structural damage in his shoulder: Jurrjens said that the Braves doctors didn’t give him a specific timetable about when he could start pitching again.  But he’s under the impression that he could begin a throwing program within the next few days…

  25. Is Lew Wolff about to get what he wants?

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It’s been eleven months since Bud Selig announced that the Athletics’ future would be decided by a committee. Specifically, a committee that would determine whether Oakland remained viable, whether San Jose would be better and what in the world to do about the fact that the Giants claim Santa Clara County as their territory.  That…

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