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  1. 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…

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

    Mar 17, 2012, 3:43 PM EST

    polanco getty wide

    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Chris Perez throws bullpen session, aims to pitch in a game next week

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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    Chris Perez‘s bullpen session yesterday went a lot better than the one that left him with a strained left oblique nearly a month ago. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Perez threw 20 pitches — all fastballs — in his first throwing session since the injury and felt no pain in his…

  10. Johan Santana may or may not start Opening Day

    Mar 17, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Mets manager Terry Collins implied earlier this month that he planned on Johan Santana starting Opening Day against the Braves on April 5, saying “in my mind, in my heart, he’ll be ready.” Or at least that’s what we thought he meant. Collins clarified his comments yesterday, telling Andy Martino of the New York Daily…

  11. Carl Crawford resumes swinging a bat

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    Carl Crawford is expected to miss the start of the season following a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist, but he did make some progress yesterday. Crawford was able to take 15 “controlled swings” in the cage with both hands, the first time he’s done so since his setback, after which he told Peter Abraham…

  12. Extension talks heating up between Padres and Nick Hundley

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Diego Padres

    The Padres and catcher Nick Hundley already avoided arbitration in mid-January by agreeing on a one-year, $2 million contract, but Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that negotiations on a contract extension have “heated up” this week and that a deal “could be close.” Hundley has actually talked with the Padres about a possible extension dating…

  13. Scott Baker could begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 16, 2012, 8:33 PM EST

    Scott Baker Getty

    We learned earlier this week that Scott Baker had trouble getting loose in a B-game on Saturday, which “raised some red flags” about his throwing elbow. The Twins and Baker continue to downplay the severity of the issue, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. According to Phil Mackey…

  14. Kendrys Morales takes five at-bats against minor leaguers in return to game action

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    morales getty

    It wasn’t all that glamorous and we have no video or photo evidence to share, but Kendrys Morales returned to game action this afternoon for the first time since infamously shattering his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning grand slam on May 29, 2010. According to Bill Shaikin of the…

  15. Salvador Perez sent for MRI after knee injury

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:23 PM EST

    Salvador Perez Getty

    Craig mentioned earlier that yesterday was a rough day for Royals’ youngsters Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Well, today it was Salvador Perez‘s turn. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Perez suffered an unspecified knee injury while warming up starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez prior to this afternoon’s game against the Reds. He…

  16. Red Sox and Tigers “most focused” on possible trade for John Lannan

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:40 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Chien-Ming Wang appears to have the inside track on the Nationals’ fifth starter job, which leaves John Lannan in a state of limbo. He does have an option remaining, so it’s possible he could begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that it’s increasingly likely that he’ll be traded prior…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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