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  1. Brad Lidge to be placed on disabled list with abdominal strain

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

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    The latest development in a wild day for the Nationals, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Brad Lidge will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal wall strain. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but Comak compares it to a sports hernia, which certainly doesn’t sound good.…

  2. Phil Humber far from perfect in loss to Red Sox

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:15 PM EST

    AP Phil Humber

    Phil Humber tossed the 21st perfect game in MLB history Saturday against the Mariners, but things were different from the very first batter tonight against the Red Sox. Humber walked leadoff man Mike Aviles before striking out Ryan Sweeney swinging. After Aviles stole second base, Dustin Pedroia singled and Adrian Gonzalez delivered an RBI double.…

  3. Carl Crawford diagnosed with UCL sprain in elbow

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by a Red Sox source that the team expects Crawford back by the All-Star break. In fact, they believe a return in June isn’t out of the question. Of course, this is assuming his UCL responds to treatment. 9:37 PM: Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence…

  4. The Red Sox could add Rich Hill to their bullpen this weekend

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    Rich Hill Getty

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this evening that “it’s conceivable” Rich Hill could be activated from the disabled list this weekend while the club is in Chicago. See, who needs Carl Crawford? Hill reinvented himself as a sidearmer last year and posted a 12/3 K/BB ratio over eight…

  5. Dustin McGowan shut down at least two weeks with shoulder inflammation

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Dustin McGowan Reuters

    Many scratched their heads when the Blue Jays signed injury-prone right-hander Dustin McGowan to a contract extension in March which guarantees him $4.1 million. And the deal doesn’t look any better with today’s news. According to John Lott of the National Post, McGowan has been shut down for at least two weeks after developing inflammation…

  6. Daisuke Matsuzaka makes first minor league rehab start

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:25 PM EST

    Dice-K Reuters

    Daisuke Matsuzaka officially kicked off his minor league rehab assignment tonight with High-A Salem. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has the details. Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits over four innings while striking out three and walking none. He gave up two runs in the first inning (including…

  7. Ivan Rodriguez puts on a new spin on the ceremonial first pitch

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez first pitch

    Ivan Rodriguez officially put a bow on his 21-year major league career this evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner was honored during a pregame ceremony, after which he was slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Michael Young. Pudge walked out to the…

  8. We may never hear Shyam Das’ explanation for overturning Ryan Braun’s suspension

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:26 PM EST

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    Today marks two months to the day since we learned that Ryan Braun won the appeal of his 50-game PED suspension. The hope was that a written explanation from arbitrator Shyam Das would provide further illumination for why he made his decision, but it turns out we may never get that information. According to the…

  9. Scott Boras: Mike Gonzalez “should sign in the next 10 days”

    Apr 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    Mike Gonzalez AP

    Mike Gonzalez is still out there as a free agent after failing to latch on with a team this winter, but his agent Scott Boras told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com this afternoon that the veteran left-hander “should sign in the next ten days.” Boras, who was in Arlington today for Ivan Rodriguez‘s retirement ceremony, also…

  10. The Mets win a weird one

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:44 PM EST

    Mets Giants Getty

    The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 this afternoon, but whether anyone actually deserved to win, well, that’s up for debate. The Mets certainly appeared to be in control entering the top of the ninth, as Frank Francisco was handed a 4-1 lead after Mike Pelfrey tossed eight innings of one-run ball. However, Francisco was pulled…

  11. Marlon Byrd traded to Red Sox for Michael Bowden, PTBNL

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd Getty

    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Bowden is indeed headed to Chicago along with a player to be named later. The Cubs will cover “most” of the $6.5 million remaining on Byrd’s contract. 5:51: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Marlon Byrd confirmed that he has been traded to the Red Sox.…

  12. Mike Napoli homers again as Rangers win eighth straight game

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:29 PM EST

    Mike Napoli AP

    Mike Napoli homered in his fifth straight game this afternoon as the Rangers routed the Tigers 10-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Rangers have now won eight consecutive games and sit at a major-league best 12-2 on the young season. The Rangers took the Tigers out of this one pretty early,…

  13. Pirates activate A.J. Burnett for start tonight against the Cardinals

    Apr 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

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    A.J. Burnett will make his Pirates’ debut a bit earlier than originally expected. Kevin Correia was scratched from tonight’s start due to discomfort in his left side, so the Pirates have activated Burnett and will have him make the start instead. Burnett, who underwent surgery in early March to repair an orbital fracture of his…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman scratched with right shoulder inflammation

    Apr 21, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

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    Ryan Zimmerman was expected to get the day off tomorrow, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Mark DeRosa run out to third base this afternoon against the Marlins. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Zimmerman was a late-minute scratch due to mild right shoulder inflammation. The team announced that Zimmerman has…

  15. Adrian Beltre day-to-day with left hamstring strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:11 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre Reuters

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre is day-to-day after leaving this afternoon’s game against the Tigers with a left hamstring strain. Beltre suffered the injury while legging out a double in the top of the second inning. Beltre missed five weeks with a left hamstring injury last season, so while…

  16. Michael Pineda shut down after feeling lingering shoulder weakness

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Bad news for the Bombers. Michael Pineda threw as scheduled today in extended spring training, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he was shut down after feeling lingering weakness in his right shoulder. The hope was that Pineda would begin an official minor league rehab assignment if things went well today,…

  17. The New York Post salutes Fenway Park as only they can

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

    Fenway Park Getty

    The Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park yesterday with a touching pre-game ceremony. The game didn’t go nearly as smoothy, as the Red Sox lost 6-2 to the division-rival Yankees and have now dropped four straight to fall to 4-9 on the young season. The New York Post decided to commemorate the…

  18. Ryan Dempster placed on disabled list with quad strain

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have placed right-hander Ryan Dempster on the disabled list with a quad strain. Dempster was considered questionable for Sunday’s scheduled start after undergoing an MRI yesterday. The Cubs have recalled outfielder Tony Campana to take Dempster’s place on the roster and will call up…

  19. Aroldis Chapman continues to dominate out of the bullpen

    Apr 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    After striking out two over a scoreless inning in yesterday’s win over the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman has now worked nine scoreless innings in six relief appearances this season. Given that the Reds considered using him as a starter during spring training, this is a pretty appropriate time to look at his overall numbers. And yes,…

  20. Orlando Hudson’s days in San Diego may be numbered

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EST

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Padres are prepared to release second baseman Orlando Hudson if he doesn’t turn things around soon. Hudson, 34, is batting .156/.191/.200 over his first 46 plate appearances this season. He seems to be losing his job to utility infielder Andy Parrino, who started last night against the Phillies…

  21. Ryan Howard could be cleared for more baseball activities soon

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Ryan Howard‘s rehab from Achilles tendon surgery, mostly because he hasn’t been doing a whole lot. While he ditched his protective boot about a month ago, he has been limited to strength exercises and basic on-field work. However, things could change soon. Phillies general manager Ruben…

  22. The Blue Jays turned a triple play last night

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:06 AM EST

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    The Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years last night as part of a 4-3 win over the Royals. The Royals got their first two runners on in the of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek when Eric Hosmer ripped a hard-hit liner to Adam Lind. Lind snagged it,…

  23. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Adam Dunn AP

    Somebody woke “The Big Donkey.” Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI last night as the White Sox beat the Mariners 7-3. His finest night as a member of the Pale Hose, it was his first multi-homer game since September 24, 2010 and his first five RBI game…

  24. Starlin Castro will not be charged in sexual assault case

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Starlin Castro AP

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Starlin Castro will not be charged following an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in Chicago last September. The police report, which was leaked in January, said that Castro allegedly took a woman to his apartment after a night of drinking at a club. The woman blacked out and…

  25. Another day, another center fielder down for the Cardinals

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    Jon Jay made an early exit yesterday after crashing into the center field fence and suffering a sprained right shoulder. Tonight it was Skip Schumaker‘s turn. Schumaker, who was just activated from the disabled list this afternoon and started in place of Jay, ran into the outfield wall after attempting to make a leaping catch…

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