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  1. Expanded instant replay off the table until 2013

    Mar 13, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Expanded playoffs were rushed across the finish line in time for the 2012 season. But expanded instant replay? Unfortunately we’ll have to wait for at least another year. The new collective bargaining agreement called for replay to include calls on trapped balls, fair-or-foul calls and fan interference. However, Ben Walker of the Associated Press reports…

  2. Drew Cumberland forced back into retirement

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Drew Cumberland

    Sad news to pass along from Padres’ camp. Padres’ vice president of player development and international scouting Randy Smith told Corey Brock of MLB.com that prospect infielder Drew Cumberland has ended his comeback attempt. Cumberland retired for the first time last summer after being diagnosed with bilateral vestibulopathy, a rare inner-ear condition which can cause…

  3. Roberto Hernandez Heredia works out deal to have false identity charges dropped

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    According to the Associated Press, Roberto Hernandez Heredia struck a deal to have his false identity charges dropped in exchange for completing a work program in his native Dominican Republic. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was placed on baseball’s restricted list in January after he was arrested for faking his identity. He is currently…

  4. Chipper Jones: “I don’t know if I can make it through this year”

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Braves Spring baseball

    Chipper Jones has hinted at retirement on numerous occasions over the past couple of seasons, but it’s hard to find a time where he was more gloomy about his outlook than he was earlier today. After going hitless in three at-bats against the Cardinals to drop to 0-for-8 during Grapefruit League action, Jones told David…

  5. David Robertson sheds walking boot, plays catch without pain

    Mar 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EST

    New York Yankees Robertson stretches during a workout at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

    David Robertson gave the Yankees quite the scare last week after falling down some stairs and suffering a bone bruise in his right foot, but early indications are that he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that Robertson was able to ditch his walking boot this afternoon and played…

  6. Reds to meet with Brandon Phillips’ agents next week

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips told reporters upon arriving to Reds’ camp last month that he hadn’t spoken with the club about a possible contract extension since December. That’s about to change. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com this afternoon that he plans to meet with Phillips’ representatives when they arrive in Goodyear,…

  7. Are the Blue Jays interested in Joe Blanton?

    Mar 10, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

    Joe Blanton Getty

    Take from this what you will, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos scouted today’s Orioles-Phillies game. It’s possible he was just getting a look at a division rival, but Morosi notes that Anthopoulos left after Joe Blanton after was done pitching. Morosi writes that the Blue Jays…

  8. David Wright won’t make his Grapefruit League debut until at least next weekend

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Johan Santana

    We heard on Monday that David Wright wouldn’t make his Grapefruit League debut this week due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. The Mets continue to express confidence that the 29-year-old third baseman is making progress, but he won’t be playing in a game anytime soon. According to Andy Martino of…

  9. Shaun Marcum to throw bullpen session on Sunday or Monday

    Mar 10, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    Shaun Marcum was shut down on Monday after feeling lingering soreness in his right shoulder, but he’s close to getting back on a mound after long-tossing for a third straight day. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Marcum is expected to throw a bullpen session tomorrow or…

  10. Michael Pineda tops out at 93 mph during second spring outing

    Mar 10, 2012, 3:09 PM EST

    New York Yankees starter Pineda pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Remember the panic over Michael Pineda’s velocity — or lack thereof — after he sat between 88-91 mph with his fastball during his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Phillies? He’s still nowhere near his average of 94.7 mph from last season, but he did make some progress this afternoon against the Braves. While Pineda…

  11. Kendrys Morales close to making Cactus League debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    morales getty

    We’ve heard nothing but good things about Kendrys Morales so far this spring. That’s quite a contrast from this time last year, which Craig can vouch for first-hand. And while Morales has yet to make his Cactus League debut, he’s certainly moving in the right direction. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times,…

  12. Kevin Mulvey is back with the Mets on a minor league contract

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:45 PM EST

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    Kevin Mulvey’s career has officially come full circle, as the Mets announced this morning that he has returned to the club on a minor league deal. Mulvey, who turns 27 in May, was a second-round pick of the Mets back in 2006 and was later dealt to the Twins along with Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber…

  13. Braves’ right-hander Arodys Vizcaino sidelined with elbow inflammation

    Mar 10, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Arodys Vizcaino entered spring training as a strong candidate to make the Braves’ Opening Day roster as a reliever, but he’s currently sidelined with discomfort in his throwing elbow. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam showed only inflammation around the elbow and that Vizcaino will rest for a few days before being…

  14. Dodgers sign NFL player Jarrad Page to minor league contract

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

    Jarrad Page Getty

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have signed free agent NFL safety Jarrad Page to a minor league contract as an outfielder. As our friends at ProFootballTalk noted last weekend, Page recently attended an open tryout with the club. Page, who batted .233 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 46 strikeouts over…

  15. Buster Posey catches two innings in first game since collision last May

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:02 AM EST

    Buster Posey, Rob Drake

    We’ve provided pretty consistent updates on Buster Posey since his season ended last May with a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments following a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins. But after months of talking about the latest step in his rehab process, we finally have some baseball results to pass along. Posey caught two…

  16. Chris Young expected to return to Mets

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    Mets' Young delivers a pitch to the Phillies during their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    We heard way back in December that the Mets were open to bringing back right-hander Chris Young on a minor league deal and now it appears as though a reunion could be right around the corner. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was told by a source that Young has narrowed his choices…

  17. Juan Nicasio impresses in first start since broken neck

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio Getty

    When Juan Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae as a result of being struck by a line drive last August, his baseball career was suddenly secondary. However, after making remarkable progress in his rehabilitation over the course of the past few months, it now appears likely that he’ll open the season as a member of…

  18. Yoenis Cespedes to make Athletics’ debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    cespedes ap

    After arriving in Arizona last weekend and showcasing his power potential during simulated games this week, the highly-touted Yoenis Cespedes is finally ready to make his Athletics’ debut. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is scheduled to start in center field and bat second tomorrow afternoon against the Reds. And Craig…

  19. Corey Hart out 3-4 weeks following knee surgery

    Mar 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

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    Corey Hart is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing successful surgery this morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. This is the same timetable that was originally estimated by the Brewers over the weekend. Hart hasn’t ruled out the possibility of being ready for Opening Day, but…

  20. Minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

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    MLB announced earlier this afternoon that minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado was suspended 50 games for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Hurtado, a 17-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, just signed with the Cardinals last month. However, his contract has already been terminated. Ben Badler of Baseball America notes…

  21. David Wright won’t make spring debut until at least next week

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    david wright pose getty

    The Mets decided over the weekend to hold David Wright out of the first two games of the Grapefruit League schedule due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. He has downplayed the severity of the issue all along, but it’s clear that the Mets aren’t taking any chances. According to Adam…

  22. Johan Santana throws two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon and threw two scoreless innings against the Cardinals. It was Santana’s first game action since pitching in the instructional league in October and his first appearance against major league competition since undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule muscle in his left shoulder of September of…

  23. Bryce Harper emulates Ichiro Suzuki for infield single

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Bryce Harper Getty

    Bryce Harper is highly-regarded for his elite power potential, but he took a page out of Ichiro Suzuki‘s book in order to beat out an infield single last night against the Mets. With junkballing left-hander Daniel Herrera on the mound, Harper took a bit of a leaning start out of the box and slapped a…

  24. Josh Johnson feels good after first start since last May

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Josh Johnson AP

    The Marlins enter spring training with plenty of excitement after changing their name, logo and uniforms and making some pretty splashy additions, but they’ll have a tough time contending if they don’t get the old Josh Johnson back. He took a step in the right direction yesterday. Johnson threw 41 pitches over 1 2/3 scoreless…

  25. Buster Posey could make his Cactus League debut by the weekend

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EST

    Buster Posey Getty

    The Giants have held Buster Posey out of the lineup for the early part of the Cactus League schedule, but he’s slowly ramping up baseball activities in preparation for his first game action since his horrific injury last May 25. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com today that Posey could make his…

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