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  1. David Ortiz could be ready for minor league games soon

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Reuters

    David Ortiz will begin the season on the disabled list as he works his way back from pain in both of his heels, but he’s inching closer to returning to game action. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox manager John Farrell said today that Ortiz will travel with the team to…

  2. Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte makes Phillies’ Opening Day roster

    Mar 30, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ender Inciarte AP

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies announced this morning that Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte has won a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster. Inciarte was selected from the Diamondbacks in December’s Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old is batting .276 (8-for-29) with one double and a .364 on-base percentage in 25 games…

  3. The Brewers move Chris Narveson to the bullpen

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Chris Narveson AP

    After signing Kyle Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal earlier this week, the Brewers suddenly have more starting pitchers than rotation spots. While early indications were that Mike Fiers would be the odd man out, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Chris Narveson will begin the season in the bullpen. Narveson is coming off…

  4. Rockies send Tyler Colvin to Triple-A

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Tyler Colvin Getty

    After hitting .290 with 18 home runs, 72 RBI and an .858 OPS with the Rockies in 2012, Tyler Colvin will begin this season in the minor leagues. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the Rockies announced last night that Colvin was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The surprising move clears the way for infielders…

  5. Johan Santana is leaning toward surgery, hopes to continue career

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    We learned on Thursday that Johan Santana is dealing with a “probable re-tear” of the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder and is likely facing another surgery. Santana needed 19 months to make it back to the majors following the first surgery, so there has been some speculation about whether he wants to go…

  6. The Yankees designated David Aardsma for assignment

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    David Aardsma AP

    The Yankees began to put the finishing touches on their Opening Day roster yesterday by choosing Shawn Kelley for a bullpen spot over David Aardsma, who was designated for assignment. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Aardsma “didn’t really fit” with the team’s bullpen, as they wanted…

  7. Pablo Sandoval exits game with more discomfort in elbow

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval AP

    Pablo Sandoval was back in the Giants’ starting lineup last night for the first time since March 16, but he didn’t last long. According to Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, Sandoval went 0-for-2 as the DH before he was pulled due to more soreness in his right elbow. He has been dealing…

  8. Jackie Bradley Jr. expected to make Opening Day roster with Red Sox

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr. AP

    There’s nothing official yet, but after weeks of debate about the pros and cons, it looks like top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will break camp with the Red Sox. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Ryan Sweeney was told after tonight’s Grapefruit League game against the Twins that he will not be added…

  9. Jose Valverde throwing for scouts in Dominican Republic

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1

    While the Tigers are prepared to begin the season with a closer-by-committee approach, Jose Valverde is still out there looking for a job. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Valverde’s agent, Scott Boras, said today that his client has thrown bullpen sessions for scouts from multiple teams in recent days in his native Dominican Republic…

  10. Giants extend GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through 2016

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Sabean Bochy AP

    After leading the Giants to World Series titles in two out of the past three seasons, general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy have quite a bit of job security. The Giants announced this evening that they have extended the contracts of Sabean and Bochy through 2016. They already had their 2014 options picked…

  11. Rockies to designate catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have informed catcher Ramon Hernandez that he will be designated for assignment. As a result, the club will move forward with Yorvit Torrealba as the backup to young Wilin Rosario. Hernandez, 36, batted just .217/.247/.353 with five home runs and a .601 OPS in 52…

  12. Johan Santana has “probable re-tear” of shoulder capsule, likely needs another surgery

    Mar 28, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    Unfortunate news coming out of Mets’ camp. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on a conference call this evening that Santana underwent an MRI in New York which revealed a “probable re-tear” of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Alderson called a second surgery “a strong…

  13. Aaron Cook returns to Rockies on minor league contract

    Mar 28, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook Reuters

    After being released by the Phillies earlier this week, Aaron Cook is coming home. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Cook has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rockies. He’ll begin the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, but is hopeful of getting another chance in the majors soon. Given the state…

  14. Hiroyuki Nakajima could begin the season in the minors

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki Nakajima AP

    When the Athletics signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million contract over the winter, the assumption was that he would open the season as the team’s starting shortstop. However, after a rough introduction to the majors, it’s increasingly likely that it’s not going to happen. In fact, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  15. Rangers, Pirates, Mariners and Indians scout Chris Capuano in minor league game

    Mar 25, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Chris Capuano

    Teams in need of starting pitching figure to pay close attention to the Dodgers this week. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Rangers, Pirates, Mariners and Indians were in attendance to watch Chris Capuano throw in a minor league game this afternoon. Chances are they came away impressed with what they saw, as the…

  16. Marlins sign outfielder Matt Diaz to minor league contract

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Matt Diaz AP

    After being given his release by the Yankees last weekend, outfielder Matt Diaz has already found a new home. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Marlins have added Diaz on a minor league contract. He’ll presumably have a chance to make the Opening Day roster, and who knows, he could end up batting…

  17. Chris Young to opt out of minor league contract with Nationals

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Chris Young

    According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, right-hander Chris Young has filed the paperwork to opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals. The team now has 24 hours to add him to the roster, but they are expected to let him hit the free agent market. Young was solid in his latest Grapefruit…

  18. Pablo Sandoval is “determined” to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval felt some lingering soreness in his right elbow while attempting to play catch on Saturday, but he still hasn’t given up hope of being ready for Opening Day. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Sandoval felt much better today and will attempt to throw again in a couple of days. While he’ll have…

  19. Kyle Lohse’s three-year contract with the Brewers is official

    Mar 25, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    kyle lohse getty

    Kyle Lohse passed his physical with the Brewers earlier this evening, making his new three-year contract official. The deal is reportedly worth $33 million and includes $1 million in performance bonuses. And now #Brewers announce 3-yr deal for Lohse: "This signing makes us a better club today than we were yesterday," Doug Melvin said. —…

  20. Nick Markakis expected to return to action Tuesday as designated hitter

    Mar 25, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis DH

    Nick Markakis hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since March 1 due to a small disc herniation in his neck, but all signs are pointing toward him being ready for Opening Day next Tuesday against the Rays. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Markakis was cleared to return to games after he took batting…

  21. 2013 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Towers AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Will Kevin Towers’ odd offseason pay dividends? After winning 94 games and the National…

  22. Jesus Montero exits game after being hit in head by backswing

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero Getty

    UPDATE: Good news. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Montero does not have a concussion. 5:01 PM: Scary moment in this afternoon’s Cactus League game between the Mariners and Indians. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero made an early exit after he…

  23. Despite shaky outing in minor league game, Roy Halladay expects to be ready for season

    Mar 23, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Phillies pitcher Halladay takes a breather during a workout before a MLB spring training baseball game with the Yankees in Clearwater

    Roy Halladay was back on the mound this afternoon for the first time since he was pulled from his start last Sunday after one inning due to a stomach virus. And the results weren’t all that encouraging. In a minor league game against the Blue Jays, Halladay retired just seven out of the 18 batters…

  24. Samuel Deduno sidelined with groin injury suffered during the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Samuel Deduno

    Hanley Ramirez wasn’t the only player who suffered an injury during the World Baseball Classic championship game. Samuel Deduno, who tossed five scoreless innings on Tuesday to lead the Dominican Republic to the title, has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Sunday due to groin tightness. He first felt the symptoms while…

  25. The Rangers have been scouting Kyle Lohse

    Mar 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse Getty

    There have been numerous reports downplaying the Rangers’ interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it’s clear that they haven’t completely dismissed him as an option for their rotation. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers sent a scout to watch Lohse throw his latest simulated game at a community college in Arizona.…

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