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  1. Chad Billingsley has first game action since rehabbing partially torn elbow ligament

    Feb 25, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    Today was a big day for Chad Billingsley, as he made his first appearance since he was shut down last August with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Billingsley was roughed up by the Cubs in the first inning, allowing two doubles, a home run and a single to the four…

  2. Johan Santana is “making strides” with his throwing program

    Feb 25, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana was originally scheduled to make his spring debut on March 2, but the Mets announced last week that it will be pushed back due to a conditioning issue related to his throwing. While he hasn’t returned to mound-work since, the Mets are pleased with the progress he has made in recent days. According…

  3. Diamondbacks name Ian Kennedy as Opening Day starter

    Feb 25, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    According to the Associated Press, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced today that right-hander Ian Kennedy will get the ball on Opening Day against the Cardinals on April 1. The choice doesn’t come as a big surprise, as this will be Kennedy’s third straight Opening Day assignment. The 28-year-old right-hander went 15-12 with a 4.02 ERA…

  4. Video: Bryce Harper makes a circus catch

    Feb 23, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    Bryce Harper made a circus catch in the bottom of the third inning of today’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets. As you’ll see below, the ball bounced off his his glove, then his forearm area, then right back into his glove. On second thought, you could almost call it a…oh, nevermind. Man, Harper is…

  5. Phillies trade reliever Michael Schwimer to Blue Jays

    Feb 23, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Michael Schwimer Getty

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have traded right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer to the Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Art Charles. Schwimer, who turned 27 earlier this week, has a 4.62 ERA and 52/23 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He made 35 appearances with the Phillies…

  6. Clay Buchholz has no issues with hamstring in simulated game

    Feb 23, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz AP

    Clay Buchholz gave the Red Sox a bit of a scare last week when he suffered a minor strain of his right hamstring during a fielding drill, but it already appears to be a non-issue. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Buchholz “felt good” after he threw 37 pitches this morning in a…

  7. Jeff Mathis expected to miss six weeks with broken collarbone

    Feb 23, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

    Jeff Mathis AP

    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Jeff Mathis suffered a broken collarbone when he was hit by a foul tip during the fourth inning of today’s Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. The injury will sideline him for around six weeks, which means he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list.…

  8. Giants exploring extensions for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy

    Feb 23, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    Sabean Bochy AP

    The Giants exercised their 2014 options on general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy in December following the club’s World Series title, but the duo could soon be locked up for even longer. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants president Larry Baer said this morning that he continues to talk…

  9. Derek Jeter does on-field running for first time since ankle surgery

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter continues to make encouraging progress from left ankle surgery. According to the Associated Press, Jeter did on-field running and agility drills with teammates this morning for the first time since he broke his ankle during the ALCS last October. Jeter didn’t travel with the Yankees for their exhibition opener today and isn’t expected…

  10. Ian Stewart expected to miss 10-14 days with quad strain

    Feb 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart AP

    The Cubs non-tendered Ian Stewart in October before bringing him back on a one-year, $2 million contract with the chance to compete for the starting third base job, but he’s going to be a bit behind this spring. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Stewart will miss 10-14 days after an MRI revealed…

  11. Report: The Rockies have checked in with the Rays about Jeff Niemann

    Feb 23, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Jeff Niemann AP

    UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Dodgers have called the Rockies, among other teams, to gauge their interest in left-hander Chris Capuano. 12:10 PM: After finishing last in the majors in 2012 with a 5.22 ERA, the Rockies are asking around about potential upgrades for their starting rotation. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

  12. Judges agree that, yes, the Yankees are the “Evil Empire”

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Star Wars AP

    Here’s the weirdest story you’ll read today. And I promise you it’s not from the Onion. According to Ashby Jones and Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, a panel of trademark judges denied a request for a private entrepreneur, Evil Enterprises, Inc., to register the phrase “Baseballs Evil Empire” after the Yankees objected. The…

  13. Pedro Feliciano shut down indefinitely with irregular heartbeat

    Feb 23, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Pedro Feliciano recently returned to New York for additional testing after his initial physical was flagged, but it had nothing to do with his recent shoulder woes. According to Marc Carig of New York Newsday, Feliciano will be shut down indefinitely after doctors found an irregular heartbeat. The 36-year-old left-hander told Adam Rubin of ESPN…

  14. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford unlikely to make spring debuts until early March

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp Carl Crawford

    The Dodgers begin their exhibition schedule this afternoon against the White Sox, but they’ll be doing it without two members of their projected outfield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said yesterday that Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford likely won’t make their spring debuts until the early part of March. Kemp…

  15. Justin Verlander wants to be the game’s first $200 million pitcher

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    Since Felix Hernandez inked his seven-year, $175 million extension with the Mariners earlier this month, there has been a lot of discussion about who will be the game’s first $200 million pitcher. One of the most likely candidates, Justin Verlander, tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that he feels he is deserving of the distinction.…

  16. Drew Storen was dealing with “excruciating” back pain during the NLDS

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    This is of little consolation to Nationals fans after the club lost in heartbreaking fashion during the NLDS against the Cardinals, but it turns out that Drew Storen wasn’t quite at 100 percent when the season came crashing down. In fact, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that Storen was pitching through “excruciating” back pain. It…

  17. Jimmy Rollins answers Jonathan Papelbon, says Phillies lacked “identity” last season

    Feb 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    As Craig pointed out this morning, Jonathan Papelbon raised some eyebrows when he told the Allentown Morning Call this week that he hasn’t seen any “leadership” since he has been with the Phillies. It was easy to see Papelbon’s comments as a potential criticism of a veteran like Jimmy Rollins, since he’s the longest-tenured member…

  18. Russell Martin plans to play shortstop for Canada in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Russell Martin AP

    We heard about the possibility earlier this winter, but now it looks like it’s actually gonna happen. Or so Russell Martin tells FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, anyway. Martin, 30, has played nearly 1,000 games in the major leagues — not one as a shortstop. But that’s probably going to be his position when he…

  19. Report: Mets could shop infielder Justin Turner this spring

    Feb 18, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    Justin Turner Getty

    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin hears from a source that the Mets could shop utility infielder Justin Turner during spring training. A deal is far from a certainty, as the 28-year-old has an option remaining, but he could become expendable if the Mets prefer to carry Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla and need to clear…

  20. Alfonso Soriano says he would accept a trade to “six or seven” teams

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    Alfonso Soriano wasn’t shy last season in saying that he would veto a potential trade to the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he hasn’t ruled out accepting a trade elsewhere. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Soriano said today that he has given the Cubs a list of “six or seven” teams where…

  21. Justin Smoak expected to open the season as the Mariners’ primary first baseman

    Feb 18, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    Justin Smoak AP

    The Mariners are coming off an active winter in which they added Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay, but those moves will not have an impact on Justin Smoak‘s job security at first base. At least not immediately. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said today…

  22. Matt Garza to undergo MRI on strained lat muscle

    Feb 18, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza was hoping to start 2013 on a healthy note after he was shut down last season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but things might not work out that way. Garza was 20 pitches into a batting practice session yesterday before he had to cut things short due to a…

  23. Report: Ozzie Guillen inquired about the Orioles’ third base coach job

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    It doesn’t matter much now, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Ozzie Guillen inquired about the Orioles’ third base coach job before the team settled on Bobby Dickerson as a replacement for DeMarlo Hale. Talks apparently didn’t get very far, as Guillen’s son, Ozzie Guillen, Jr., suggested that his father may have had “a…

  24. Padres and Clayton Richard agree to one-year deal, no arbitration hearings in MLB this winter

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Clayton Richard AP

    The Padres just announced that they have avoided arbitration with left-hander Clayton Richard by agreeing to a one-year contract. Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that the deal is worth $5.24 million. Richard, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, earned $2.705 million last season while posting a 3.99 ERA and 107/42 K/BB ratio…

  25. The Giants are unhappy with Pablo Sandoval’s weight (again)

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval AP

    Pablo Sandoval‘s conditioning has been an issue at times over the past several years, so it’s no surprise to hear that it is a topic of conversation in Giants’ camp again this spring. No shock, but #SFGiants unhappy with Sandoval's weight. Ongoing issue that Sandoval cannot seem to control. Will be a story this spring.…

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