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  1. Matt Harrison scratched from Cactus League start due to toe injury

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    According to T.R. Sullivan of, Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison has been scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start against the Padres today due to inflammation of a toe on his left foot. Harrison felt the inflammation during his most recent bullpen session and will likely be sent back to Dallas for further tests. No…

  2. Mariano Rivera confirms that he will retire following the 2013 season

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It was reported earlier this week that Mariano Rivera intends to retire following the 2013 season, but he made it official this morning at a press conference at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa. In a room packed with teammates, members of the front office and the media, Rivera started by joking that Yankees…

  3. Corey Hart cleared to ramp up rehab following MRI on knee

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Corey Hart Getty

    The Brewers aren’t counting on Corey Hart to return until sometime in May, but he received good news on his surgically-repaired right knee yesterday. According to Adam McCalvy of, Hart was cleared to begin intensifying his rehab after an MRI showed sufficient healing in his knee joint. The 30-year-old had surgery in January to…

  4. Cuba eliminates Chinese Taipei from World Baseball Classic with 14-0 victory

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    world baseball classic logo

    After being crushed by Cuba earlier this morning, Chinese Taipei has been eliminated from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Cuba topped Chinese Taipei 14-0 in a game which ended in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule. The big blow was an eight-run sixth inning. Frederich Cepeda, Yasmany Tomas, Jose Abreu and Alfredo Despaigne…

  5. Stephen Drew sidelined with concussion symptoms

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Stephen Drew Getty

    Sean McAdam of reports that Stephen Drew was scratched from yesterday’s Grapefruit League lineup due to concussion symptoms, one day after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Caleb Thielbar of the Twins. Drew was believed to be fine initially and was even expected to be in the lineup yesterday, but…

  6. Phil Coke isn’t worried about the Tigers’ closer situation

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Now that it’s increasingly apparent that hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon might not be able to handle the job, the Tigers are reportedly trying to acquire a closer. While it’s interesting to see this much uncertainty in the late innings for a team which is built to win right now, lefty reliever Phil Coke doesn’t see…

  7. The Rangers aren’t signing Kyle Lohse

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    kyle lohse getty

    After Martin Perez suffered a forearm fracture when he was hit by a comebacker on Sunday, there was immediate speculation that the Rangers could make a play for free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it’s not going to happen. T.R. Sullivan of was given this firm denial from a Rangers’ source today: “We are…

  8. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman isn’t excited about the corner infielder market

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman Getty

    Amid the news that Mark Teixeira will miss 8-10 weeks with a strained tendon in his right wrist, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged late this afternoon that the alternatives in the corner infield market aren’t particularly strong. And he did so in an interesting way. Cashman said NYY could look at a pool of…

  9. Mets aim for Johan Santana to make Grapefruit League debut next week

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana‘s availability for the start of the season is in doubt, but he’s getting closer to making his spring debut. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are aiming for Santana to make his first start in a week, likely next Thursday against the Tigers. This means he would only get three…

  10. Brian Wilson not expected to sign with a team prior to Opening Day

    Mar 6, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson AP

    Former Giants’ closer Brian Wilson had a tryout with the Mets in January, but things have been pretty quiet since. There’s a reason for that. According to CBS Sports’ Scott Miller, Wilson prefers not to audition for clubs until he is 100 percent recovered from Tommy John surgery. While he is currently throwing bullpen sessions,…

  11. Cody Ross sent for MRI on ailing left calf

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

    Cody Ross Getty

    According to Steve Gilbert of, Cody Ross was sent for an MRI today regarding a left calf issue which has bothered him over the past few days. He was scratched from the lineup Friday and got the day off Saturday before returning yesterday, but he had to make an early exit after three innings…

  12. John Danks pleased with first outing since shoulder surgery

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    John Danks AP

    John Danks returned to game action this afternoon for the first time since he required season-ending shoulder surgery last August. After limiting the Giants to one run — a solo homer by Joaquin Arias — over two innings, the 27-year-old southpaw expressed relief to Dan Hayes of “This is the first hurdle,” Danks said.…

  13. Rockies prospect Nolan Arenado off to hot start this spring

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Nolan Arenado Getty

    Chris Nelson entered spring training as the overwhelming favorite to open the season as the Rockies’ starting third baseman, but prospect Nolan Arenado is doing his best to force his way into the conversation. Arenado homered in his third consecutive game this afternoon against the Mariners, taking fellow prospect Taijuan Walker deep in the fourth…

  14. Kirk Nieuwenhuis diagnosed with bone bruise in knee

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis left yesterday’s game against the Marlins after he hurt his left knee on a head-first slide into second base, but he received some encouraging news today. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Nieuwenhuis was diagnosed with a bone bruise and doesn’t have any ligament damage. While it appears that Nieuwenhuis managed…

  15. Report: Brewers and Orioles scouted Dodgers’ right-hander Aaron Harang

    Mar 4, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang AP

    Assuming all continues to go well with Chad Billingsley‘s elbow, the Dodgers figure to explore possible trades for Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano, who both project to begin the season in the bullpen. With that in mind, Ken Gurnick of reports that the Brewers and Orioles had scouts in attendance today as Harang threw…

  16. Rafael Furcal to get second opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 4, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal Getty

    After saying over the weekend that his ailing right elbow wasn’t “getting better,” Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal was examined by team medical director Dr. George Paletta today. However, it appears that we’re going to have to wait for word about his status, as’s Jenifer Langosch reports that Furcal will get a second opinion on…

  17. Picture of the Day: Mets P.R. man Jay Horwitz portrays David Wright

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jay Horwitz

    The Mets will be without David Wright for the next couple of weeks as he plays for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. But fear not, Mets fans. Longtime team P.R. man Jay Horwitz is ready to fill the void at third base. In fact, here’s a picture of him in a full uniform,…

  18. Will Middlebrooks back in starting lineup following wrist scare

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks Getty

    It was easy to think the worst when Will Middlebrooks left Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game after he experienced pain in his right wrist on a check swing, but fortunately for the Red Sox, it turned out to be a false alarm. Middlebrooks was examined by a hand specialist, who determined that the flash of pain…

  19. Terry Collins doesn’t expect Frank Francisco to be ready for the season

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco AP

    Frank Francisco arrived at camp with some inflammation following December surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow, but he managed to resume throwing earlier this week. Relievers generally don’t need much time to get tuned up for the season, but Mets manager Terry Collins isn’t counting on him. According to Adam Rubin…

  20. No, Anthony Rendon isn’t making the Nationals’ Opening Day roster

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:08 AM EDT

    Anthony Rendon AP

    With Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals have two of the most exciting young players in the sport. Which makes it all the more impressive that the sweet-swinging Anthony Rendon has drawn so much attention this spring. But we’re going to have to wait a little while for his major league debut. Rendon, selected…

  21. Matt Kemp has no issues with shoulder in spring debut

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kemp looks on as he takes the practice field during MLB Cactus League spring training workouts at the team's facility in Glendale

    The high-priced Dodgers are going all in to make it back to the postseason, but they likely won’t get very far if Matt Kemp isn’t back to 100 percent following offseason surgery on his left shoulder. However, he passed his first test yesterday. Kemp made his Cactus League debut as the DH against the Angels…

  22. Carlos Beltran suffers right toe bruise on hit-by-pitch

    Feb 28, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran AP

    Carlos Beltran made an early exit from today’s Grapefruit League game against the Marlins after he was hit on the right foot by a pitch from right-hander Jacob Turner in the first inning. While the veteran outfielder was diagnosed with a right toe bruise after X-rays ruled out a fracture, he told Jenifer Langosch of…

  23. Aroldis Chapman tosses two perfect innings in spring debut

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman‘s move to the starting rotation is one of the more interesting situations to follow this spring. The transition got off on the right foot this afternoon against the Rockies, as he tossed two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut. Chapman struck out one and threw 19 out of 23 pitches for strikes.…

  24. Ryan Zimmerman throws on field for first time since shoulder surgery

    Feb 28, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman AP

    Ryan Zimmerman has yet to make his spring debut, but he continues to make encouraging progress from offseason surgery on his right shoulder. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Zimmerman threw to second base for the first time today for the first time this spring. He’s hoping to make throws across the infield…

  25. Jonny Gomes requires three stitches in knee after banging into outfield fence

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    This was understandably lost in the concern regarding Will Middlebrooks‘ wrist, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston passes along word that Jonny Gomes required three stitches in his left knee after he banged into the left field fence during last night’s game against the Orioles. It appears Gomes suffered the injury when he made an…

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