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  1. Chipper Jones needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones‘ final season isn’t getting off to the most promising start. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Interestingly, Bowman hears that the 39-year-old third baseman suffered the injury running in the outfield Thursday just before he announced his intention…

  2. Andy Pettitte expected to testify in Roger Clemens perjury trial

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Andy Pettitte Reuters

    This has been expected news all along, but the Associated Press reported last night that prosecutors plan to have Andy Pettitte testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, which is set to begin jury selection on April 16. The government says Pettitte will testify about his use of human growth hormone with the assistance of…

  3. Sergio Escalona to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:12 AM EST

    Sergio Escalona Getty

    According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros announced this morning that left-hander Sergio Escalona has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week. Escalona, who was acquired from the Phillies last January, posted a 2.93 ERA and 25/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings out…

  4. Buster Posey makes it through his first play at the plate

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:46 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey was involved in a play at the plate last night for the first time since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus singled into center field and center fielder Angel Pagan made a strong throw to…

  5. Is there already a rift growing between Bobby V and Ben Cherington?

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:59 AM EST

    Ben Cherington Bobby V Reuters

    When Bobby Valentine was originally hired as manager of the Red Sox, it was suggested that ownership went over the head of newly-hired general manager Ben Cherington to make the call. This led to all sorts of speculation that Cherington was already marginalized and that he would have a difficult time building the ballclub that…

  6. Neftali Feliz won’t make his next scheduled start Monday

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz has made it through long-toss sessions in each of the last two days after leaving Tuesday’s start against the Cubs due to shoulder stiffness, but the Rangers plan to be extra cautious before clearing him to pitch in a game again. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will not make his next…

  7. Chris Perez cleared to pitch in minor league game Saturday

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

    Chris Perez AP

    All signs are pointing toward Chris Perez being available for Opening Day. Perez, who has been sidelined since suffering a strained right oblique on April 24, threw 20 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game without incident and has now been cleared for game action. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians’ closer will pitch…

  8. Three bidders left standing for Dodgers

    Mar 23, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

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    We’re getting close to the end here, folks. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times passes along word that the field of bidders for the Dodgers was narrowed down to three earlier today. They are: The group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong; The group led by Magic Johnson and veteran…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Nationals ready to contend?

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg

    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 upstart Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Nationals ready to contend? After three straight last-place finishes, the Nationals…

  10. Lance Berkman says Bud Selig “extorted” new Astros’ owner into moving team to AL

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

    Lance Berkman Getty

    Lance Berkman used a pretty loaded word earlier today to describe how MLB commissioner Bud Selig convinced new Astros’ owner Jim Crane to move the team to the American League West. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the former Astro said Selig “extorted” Crane into switching leagues as a precondition of ownership. Berkman hasn’t conveyed…

  11. Orioles sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

    Mar 20, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

    Dontrelle Willis Reuters

    The Phillies released Dontrelle Willis last Friday after he allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring, but it didn’t take him long to find a new home. As first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Willis has latched on with the Orioles on a minor league deal.…

  12. Rangers and Derek Holland on the verge of contract extension

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:11 AM EST

    Derek Holland Reuters

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Derek Holland are on the verge of a contract extension through at least 2016. No word on the exact terms, but the proposed deal would cover his final pre-arbitration season, all three of his arbitration seasons and at least his first year of…

  13. Athletics option Jarrod Parker to Triple-A after he walks seven in Monday start

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:43 PM EST

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker was the centerpiece of the deal which sent Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks in December, but he showed this afternoon that he may need a little more seasoning. Parker issued seven walks over just 3 2/3 innings against Arizona, after which he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The 23-year-old right-hander undoubtedly had some…

  14. Mets sell 12 minority shares of team, repay loans to MLB and Bank of America

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:13 PM EST

    New York Mets' owners Katz and Wilpon speak to the media outside the New York Federal Court

    This is a good day for the Mets’ owners. Less than 12 hours after learning that the Wilpons and Saul Katz reached a settlement out of court to pay $162 million to trustee Irving Picard in the Bernie Madoff case, Teri Thompson and Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News are reporting that the Mets’ owners…

  15. Jamie Moyer knocked around by Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team

    Mar 19, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    moyer getty

    We usually don’t take spring training results all that seriously, but for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, every outing matters. And today’s was a discouraging one. Moyer was knocked around for four runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings this afternoon against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A squad, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. He threw…

  16. Chase Utley hopes to play in a game next week

    Mar 17, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Chase Utley Reuters

    Chase Utley finally broke his silence earlier this afternoon and while he didn’t say much, he told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he would like to play in a game next week. The Phillies always planned to bring Utley along slowly this spring due to his chronic right knee condition, but there are some minor…

  17. UPDATE: Royals inquire about Ivan Rodriguez, who is “not ready” to join team

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that, contrary to Heyman’s report, the Royals have not made an offer to Rodriguez or invited him to camp. The club has “inquired” about the veteran backstop, but have also looked into “20 or more” players. Hard to tell whether an official offer was ever actually…

  18. Josh Collmenter to open season in Diamondbacks’ starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Josh Collmenter Getty

    2011 first-round pick Trevor Bauer has stolen the show in Diamondbacks’ camp, posting a 2.57 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over seven innings during Cactus League action. We’ve heard multiple reports recently that the 21-year-old right-hander was being seriously considered for a spot in the starting rotation, but it appears his major league debut will…

  19. Placido Polanco sent for X-rays after leaving game with finger injury

    Mar 17, 2012, 3:43 PM EST

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    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Placido Polanco left this afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays with an injury to his left ring finger. He jammed the finger diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt. No word yet on his condition, but an extended absence is the last thing the Phillies need after…

  20. Red Sox release injured right-hander Carlos Silva

    Mar 17, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    Carlos Silva

    The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they have released Carlos Silva. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with Boston over the winter in hopes of competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but he failed to make an appearance this spring due to complications with a preexisting shoulder injury. Silva signed…

  21. The Rockies plan to discuss whether to sign Dontrelle Willis

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Dontrelle Willis Reuters

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will discuss today whether to sign Dontrelle Willis, who was released by the Phillies yesterday after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring while dealing with arm fatigue. “It’s tough at this point in camp, but we…

  22. We’ll have a little less Vin Scully this season

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully announced last August that he was returning for his 63rd season in the booth. He has routinely skipped road trips outside of National League West opponents in recent years, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the 84-year-old plans to limit his travels even further this season. The Dodgers are scheduled to play…

  23. A.J. Burnett throws first side session since surgery to repair orbital fracture

    Mar 17, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    It’s not clear when A.J. Burnett will make his Pirates’ debut, but he took a step in the right direction this morning in Bradenton, Florida. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Burnett threw 30 pitches — all fastballs — during his first side session since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone…

  24. MRI on Michael Morse’s lat strain shows no further damage

    Mar 17, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Michael Morse AP

    The Nationals initially called Michael Morse day-to-day after he was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right lat muscle early last week. He returned to the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday and Tuesday, but it’s clear he’s not out of the woods yet. Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com reports that Morse recently underwent…

  25. Daniel Bard has some doubters about his move to the starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Daniel Bard

    Daniel Bard is being stretched out as a starter this spring after spending the past four seasons (including three in the majors) as a reliever. He tossed five scoreless innings over his first two Grapefruit League appearances, but was blasted for seven runs over 2 2/3 innings on Thursday against the Cardinals. We shouldn’t panic…

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