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  1. Scott Baker to get second opinion on elbow after MRI shows no new damage

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EST

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start last night because he “just didn’t feel right” and had “trouble getting loose, so he was sent for an MRI on his right elbow today. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins said this evening that the results of the exam were…

  2. Pablo Sandoval is going back behind the plate

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:38 PM EST

    Pablo Sandoval catching

    Pablo Sandoval hasn’t caught a major league game since May 8, 2009, but the Giants have asked him to prepare for emergency duty with rookie Hector Sanchez as the lone backup to Buster Posey on the active roster. While Sandoval is quite comfortable with his regular gig at third base, he told Andrew Baggarly of…

  3. Chipper Jones felt “real good” after testing his knee against live pitching today

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EST

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones has already resumed facing live pitching, less than two weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones felt “real good” taking swings against teammate Randall Delgado in a simulated game this afternoon at Citi Field. While the 39-year-old believes he…

  4. Mariano Rivera blows save as Carlos Pena plays hero in first game back with Rays

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Carlos Pena Reuters

    Craig mentioned earlier how Joe Girardi’s over-managing in the first inning resulted in Carlos Pena hitting a grand slam against CC Sabathia. Well, Pena wasn’t doing playing hero in his first game back in Tampa Bay. The Yankees actually rallied back from the early deficit, handing the ball to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera with…

  5. Scott Baker pulled from minor league rehab start because he “didn’t feel right”

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:48 PM EST

    Scott Baker AP

    Here’s some ominous news for the Twins. David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start with High-A Fort Myers this evening after throwing just 11 pitches. Baker is currently on the disabled list after being shut down earlier this spring with right elbow tendinitis.…

  6. Stomach flu causes Clayton Kershaw to exit Opening Day start early

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw made his second career Opening Day start this evening against the Padres, but he didn’t stick around for long. Kershaw was bothered by the stomach flu and Vin Scully mentioned on the television broadcast that he had to talk his way out of being scratched. While his stuff clearly wasn’t as crisp as…

  7. Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EST

    Jonathan Broxton Royals

    After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer. This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to…

  8. Jesus Montero exits game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    The Mariners were given quite the scare earlier this afternoon when Jesus Montero was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Rockies’ right-hander Edgmer Escalona. Yes, the Rockies. Plenty of drama for them in the 24 hours for them, huh? Montero immediately fell to the ground, but quickly got to his feet and began…

  9. Andrew Bailey told that he needs surgery on thumb

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:26 PM EST

    andrew bailey getty

    UPDATE: Abraham now reports that Bailey was already told that surgery is recommended on his thumb. If Dr. Thomas Graham agrees with the diagnosis, the surgery could happen as soon as tomorrow. 8:26 PM: Andrew Bailey‘s thumb injury? Yeah, it could be a lot more serious than we originally thought. Peter Abraham of the Boston…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Are the Marlins the most interesting team in baseball?

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    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 2012 season. Up next: The new-look Miami Marlins. The big question: Are the Marlins the most interesting team in baseball? The Florida Marlins are…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  12. Johan Santana throws bullpen session, expected to be named Mets’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana is very close to starting his first major league game since September 2, 2010. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Santana made it through a bullpen session this afternoon without any issues and is expected to be named as the Mets’ Opening Day starter tomorrow unless he reports any discomfort in his surgically-repaired…

  13. Josh Hamilton day-to-day with left groin tightness

    Mar 31, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day after leaving last night’s game against the Rockies with left groin tightness. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes, the good news is that it is not in the same area where he required sports hernia surgery last November. The Rangers expect Hamilton to be ready for Opening…

  14. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker is back on track after missing some time due to right elbow inflammation, allowing one run over four innings in a minor league exhibition game earlier today, but the Twins have decided to go the safe route and place him on the 15-day disabled list. Baker’s DL-stint was backdated to March 27, so…

  15. Red Sox to announce rotation decisions tomorrow

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    The Red Sox currently have three pitchers — Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront — vying for the final two spots in the starting rotation. And with the start of the season just days away, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is ready to announce a decision. Perhaps it’s just the way the information was…

  16. White Sox sign Conor Jackson to minor league contract

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

    Conor Jackson Getty

    Conor Jackson was released by the Rangers earlier this week after batting just .091 (3-for-33) during Cactus League action, but he has already found a new home. According to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox have signed Jackson to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old will begin the season with Triple-A Charlotte…

  17. Braves name Tommy Hanson as Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has officially tabbed Tommy Hanson to start Opening Day against the Mets next Thursday. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career. Hanson was limited to just 22 starts last year due to right shoulder problems and missed the first…

  18. Michael Pineda headed to disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    Michael Pineda will officially begin his tenure as a Yankee on the disabled list. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Pineda was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis following an MRI this morning. The 23-year-old right-hander reported some soreness behind his right shoulder last night after being pounded for six runs on seven hits and three…

  19. Jed Lowrie’s thumb injury may land him on the disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    Jed Lowrie AP

    X-rays and an MRI both came back negative after Jed Lowrie sprained his right thumb diving back into second base on a pickoff throw on Wednesday, but the Astros are still concerned that he might miss the start of the season. Lowrie took some ground balls and played catch yesterday, but Astros manager Brad Mills…

  20. Ted Lilly to begin season on disabled list following neck stiffness

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:29 AM EST

    Ted Lilly Getty

    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced yesterday that Ted Lilly will begin the season on the disabled list. The veteran left-hander hasn’t started a Cactus League game since March 16 due to neck stiffness and while he was able to throw a bullpen session without incident yesterday,…

  21. Orioles place right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EST

    Getty Alfredo Simon

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported last night that Orioles have placed right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette downplayed the story initially, but Simon confirmed to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com this morning that he has indeed been placed on waivers. Simon, who is out of options this spring, struggled…

  22. Yu Darvish is pretty good, you guys

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:06 AM EST

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    Yu Darvish had his latest tuneup for his official major league debut last night against the Rockies and boy was he impressive. Darvish threw 97 pitches and allowed three runs over six innings while striking out 11, walking one, throwing one wild pitch and hitting a batter. And this wasn’t some B-lineup the Rockies were…

  23. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer makes the Rockies starting rotation

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer has a history of defying the odds, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy announced last night that the 49-year-old left-hander has won a spot in the team’s starting rotation. He’ll start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Astros. Moyer, who is…

  24. Padres sign Cory Luebke to contract extension

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:50 PM EST

    Cory Luebke Getty

    After locking up center fielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley on long-term deals earlier this month, the Padres just announced a short while ago that they have signed left-hander Cory Luebke to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2016 and 2017. The deal could potentially cover all of his arbitration seasons and…

  25. Springtime Storylines: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory?

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson 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 2012 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory? How much hope can…

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