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

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:02 AM EST

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    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…

  3. Chris Young expected to return to Mets

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

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    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…

  4. Juan Nicasio impresses in first start since broken neck

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

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    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…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes to make Athletics’ debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

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    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…

  10. Bryce Harper emulates Ichiro Suzuki for infield single

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EST

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    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…

  13. Shaun Marcum is still dealing with shoulder soreness

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

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    Shaun Marcum was bothered by some shoulder stiffness late last week, but the Brewers still had him penciled in to make his Cactus League debut this Saturday against the Giants. Not anymore. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Marcum felt continued discomfort playing catch over the past two days and was scratched from Saturday’s start…

  14. Freddie Freeman expected to play tomorrow following recent knee injury

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

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    When Freddie Freeman originally suffered a partially dislocated right kneecap last Tuesday, it was estimated that he could miss 1-2 weeks. Fortunately for the Braves, it sounds like he’ll end up meeting the shorter end of that timetable. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Freeman is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut…

  15. Dee Gordon needs stitches in lip after taking grounder to face

    Mar 3, 2012, 6:01 PM EST

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    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com passes along word that Dee Gordon required several stitches to close a gash in his lip after taking a bad hop grounder to the face during batting practice this afternoon. While that sounds awfully painful, Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said that Gordon is expected to be back in camp tomorrow with…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes’ four-year contract with the Athletics is official

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Athletics just officially announced that they have agreed to terms with Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year contract. The Cuban outfielder arrived in A’s camp this morning and passed a pre-signing physical in order to make the deal official. He is scheduled to be introduced to the media during a press conference tomorrow morning.…

  17. Report: MLB not expected to approve Jairo Beras’ contract with Rangers

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

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    The Rangers agreed to sign Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million earlier this week, which created quite a bit of controversy as many teams were under the impression that he was only 16 years old and thus ineligible to sign until July 2. MLB immediately opened an investigation on the matter and according to…

  18. Scott Hairston aggravates oblique muscle during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

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    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Scott Hairston was pulled from an intrasquad game today due to a strained left oblique. This is the very same injury which ended his season last August. “Same as last year, pretty much,” Hairston said about the current issue. “I felt it on the swing out there. I felt…

  19. Jerome Williams diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Williams was diagnosed with a mild strain of his left hamstring. It’s not clear when he’ll resume throwing, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com earlier today that Williams will still have plenty of time to get ready for the season, as…

  20. Kiko Calero considering “Bartolo Colon surgery” to revive career

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

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    Bartolo Colon resuscitated his career as a member of the Yankees last season after having fat and bone marrow stem cells injected into his elbow and shoulder. Now other players are looking to follow his lead. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Kiko Calero is considering a similar procedure as he weighs a comeback attempt…

  21. Tigers in the market for a starting pitcher?

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    Interesting note from Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com earlier this afternoon: No word on who the Tigers could be targeting, but they were rumored to be in talks with the Cubs for right-hander Matt Garza during the offseason. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello already have rotation spots locked up, but the Tigers…

  22. Carl Crawford admits he likely pushed himself too soon following wrist surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    Carl Crawford was shut down and put on anti-inflammatory medication yesterday after suffering a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist. The high-priced outfielder told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this morning that the setback was likely the result of pushing himself too soon, especially after participating in bunting drills. “Bunting didn’t help it,” he…

  23. Padres and Cameron Maybin agree to five-year extension with club option for 2017

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that the deal is official. Crasnick also notes that Maybin’s desire for a no-trade clause was denied because the Padres have a club policy against giving no-trade clauses. 12:05 PM: Corey Brock of MLB.com confirms that the deal is worth $25 million. Sounds like a potential bargain…

  24. Freddie Freeman making quick progress from knee injury

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

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    Freddie Freeman is making quick progress after partially disclocating his right kneecap Tuesday while doing pick drills at first base. Freeman hit off a tee and took live batting practice earlier today, after which he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he didn’t even think about his knee. “I let it loose and…

  25. Dan Runzler to see Dr. James Andrews for strained lat muscle

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

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    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that left-hander Dan Runzler will leave Giants’ camp tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews in Florida regarding a strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder. Runzler originally strained the lat in the final game of the regular season last year and aggravated the injury while throwing a bullpen…

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