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  1. Evan Longoria’s return doesn’t sound imminent

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria AP

    We haven’t heard much about Evan Longoria since he felt some discomfort in his partially torn left hamstring last week and was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment. But that’s because there’s just not much to report. Rays manager Joe Maddon broke the silence earlier this evening in some comments to Roger Mooney of…

  2. Travis Hafner on track to return from disabled list Monday

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    hafner getty wide

    Travis Hafner was originally expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on May 31. It sounds like he’ll be able to come pretty close to meeting the low end of that timetable. Hafner began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus last night and went 1-for-3…

  3. The Phillies have made Jim Thome available to American League teams

    Jun 28, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Jim Thome Reuters

    Jim Thome is no longer able to play first base, so now that interleague play is over, he’s limited to pinch-hitting duties. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t fared too well in that role to date, going just 1-for-16 with one homer and 11 strikeouts, so the Phillies are now open to setting him free.…

  4. UPDATE: Daniel Hudson has a torn UCL

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Daniel Hudson Getty

    UPDATE: The worst news possible. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic just spoke with Kirk Gibson, and he says that Hudson has a torn UCL.  Hudson’s agent says he’s going to get a second opinion, but that’s usually a one-way ticket to Tommy John surgery. Sorry, Dbacks fans. Sorry, Hudson. 11:11 AM: The Diamondbacks have…

  5. Cubs designate Randy Wells for assignment

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Randy Wells AP

    In a move which should come as no surprise, the Cubs announced this morning that they have designated Randy Wells for assignment. Wells failed to make it out of the fourth inning last night against the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and issued four walks, including one to opposing pitcher Dillon Gee,…

  6. Henderson Alvarez leaves start with elbow soreness

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero Getty

    Being a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is a pretty dangerous profession at the moment. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Henderson Alvarez left tonight’s start against the Red Sox in the sixth inning with soreness in his throwing elbow. Alvarez is the fourth Blue Jays’ starter to leave a game due to injury…

  7. Josh Hamilton is trying to quit chewing tobacco

    Jun 25, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    According to the Associated Press, Josh Hamilton is trying to quit chewing tobacco. One would think that it shouldn’t be too tough for someone who has already overcome many personal demons, but it’s been a real struggle for him, not unlike many who dip or smoke regularly. Hamilton actually tried to quit last year, something…

  8. Shaun Marcum feels soreness in his elbow while playing catch

    Jun 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Shaun Marcum initially downplayed the tightness in his right elbow and hoped to return as soon as he was eligible this weekend, but it’s increasingly clear that won’t happen. According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Marcum acknowledged that he still felt soreness in his elbow while playing catch this afternoon. “Still sore,” Marcum…

  9. Derek Holland set for first minor league rehab start Wednesday

    Jun 25, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Derek Holland Getty

    After Roy Oswalt held the Rockies to one run over 6 2/3 innings in his Rangers’ debut on Friday, the AL West-leaders are close to getting another boost for their starting rotation. T.R Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Derek Holland is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Round Rock.…

  10. Alex Avila out Monday with renewed soreness in left knee

    Jun 25, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Alex Avila Reuters

    Alex Avila just returned from a hamstring injury late last week, but now he’s hurting again. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Avila is out of tonight’s lineup against the Rangers due to renewed soreness in his left knee. It’s a troubling development, as he missed a couple days in the early part of May…

  11. Drew Stubbs on track to rejoin Reds on Monday

    Jun 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs Getty

    Drew Stubbs began a minor league rehab assignment last night with Class A Dayton as he continues to make his way back from a strained left oblique. Stubbs, who has been sidelined since June 5, went 0-for-2 and played five innings in center field. The speedy 27-year-old later told Mark Clements of MLB.com that he…

  12. Max Scherzer starting today following his brother’s death

    Jun 23, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer AP

    Max Scherzer is pitching against the Pirates this afternoon with a very heavy heart. Scherzer has been away from the Tigers for the past couple of days due to “personal reasons,” but now we know some of the details regarding his absence. And they are heartbreaking. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Scherzer…

  13. Orioles grant release to 49-year-old Jamie Moyer

    Jun 23, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    The Orioles were hoping that Jamie Moyer would make one more start in the minors before possibly joining the major league roster, but that won’t happen. The team just announced that Moyer asked for and was granted his release. Moyer was released by the Rockies earlier this month after posting a miserable 5.70 ERA over…

  14. Kevin Youkilis expected to be traded soon

    Jun 23, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis Reuters

    UPDATE, 9:35 PM ET: According to Rosenthal, the Indians are now considered a “longshot” to land Youkilis and the Dodgers have only had “minimal contact” with Boston’s front office. It sounds like it might come down to the White Sox and Pirates. 3:52 PM ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM…

  15. Carl Crawford hitless in first minor league rehab game

    Jun 23, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Good news for the Red Sox, as WEEI’s Alex Speier brings word that Carl Crawford began a minor league rehab assignment today with the organization’s Gulf Coast League affiliate. Crawford, who had offseason wrist surgery and was later diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, went 0-for-3 with two walks while serving…

  16. The Cubs aren’t calling up Anthony Rizzo this weekend

    Jun 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo could be promoted any day now, as it’s believed the Cubs have waited long enough to delay his free agency until after the 2018 season, but he won’t be called up this weekend. Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed as much in comments to Jose M. Romero of CSNChicago.com yesterday and was non-committal when…

  17. Jair Jurrjens victorious in first start back from the minors

    Jun 23, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens Getty

    Jair Jurrjens would still be in the minors right now if it wasn’t for Brandon Beachy‘s Tommy John surgery, but he made the most out of his opportunity last night. Jurrjens shined in his return to the majors by limiting the Red Sox to one run over 7 2/3 innings as part of a 4-1…

  18. Joe Saunders scratched from start last night after having trouble getting loose

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Miami Marlins

    Is Trevor Bauer time upon us? Maybe. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Joe Saunders was scratched from his scheduled start last night against the Cubs because he had trouble getting loose. Josh Collmenter got the call at the last minute and allowed one run over four innings. Brad Ziegler, Craig Breslow, Bryan Shaw and…

  19. Shaun Marcum placed on disabled list with elbow tightness

    Jun 23, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    The Brewers just announced that Shaun Marcum was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tightness. Travis Ishikawa was activated from the disabled list to replace him on the active roster. Marcum was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday after he felt something in his elbow during the final pitch of his…

  20. Reason for optimism with Tim Lincecum?

    Jun 23, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum AP

    The Giants continue to exhibit patience with Tim Lincecum, despite his season-long struggles. While he still owns a 6.07 ERA and remains winless since April 28, he at least showed some signs of turning things around last night against the Athletics. Lincecum was on the ropes in the first inning, giving up three runs on…

  21. Michael Stutes to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Michael Stutes is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. Stutes will have fraying cleaned out from his shoulder. The good news is that he isn’t believed to have any serious damage to his rotator cuff, but there’s still a chance that he could…

  22. Roy Oswalt impresses in Rangers’ debut

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    Roy Oswalt was a little shaky in his recent minor league tuneup starts, posting a 5.87 ERA over 15 1/3 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, but he rendered any concerns meaningless last night. Oswalt was very impressive in his Rangers’ debut, allowing just one run over 6 1/3 innings as part of…

  23. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 23, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Fresh off referring to the Yankees as chickens in the New York Post, Frank Francisco was called on to close out Friday’s game. It wasn’t pretty and he didn’t strike out the side like he promised, but he was able to escape a jam to notch his 18th save as the Mets won the first…

  24. Tests come back normal after umpire Jerry Layne is hit in head with broken bat

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Layne Getty

    UPDATE: Good news. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that tests on Layne came back normal. However, he’ll sit out the rest of weekend series as a precaution. 8:58 PM: Scary moment in tonight’s game between the Twins and Reds, as home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit on the left side of his head by…

  25. The bidding for the Padres is nearing a resolution

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Rosenthal adds that Moores met today with Peter Seidler, the nephew of former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley. He met with Jabara earlier this week. Both groups have submitted bids of $800 million, which includes $600 million for the team and $200 million as part of the team’s TV deal with FOX Sports San Diego.…

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