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  1. Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller suspended for violating team policy

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    One of the game’s top pitching prospects is in some hot water. According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have suspended prospect right-hander Shelby Miller for a “violation of team policy.” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wouldn’t go into any specifics other than to say that the incident occurred in the past week.…

  2. Cole Hamels undergoes precautionary MRI on left shoulder

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels blamed his poor performance Friday on a dead arm, but the Phillies aren’t taking any chances with their prized left-hander. According to Leslie Gudel of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies sent Hamels for a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder today. The results aren’t yet available. Hamels gave up three runs on six hits and…

  3. Jim Thome becomes eighth player in MLB history to reach 600 home runs

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    UPDATE: Jim Thome has done it! Thome just launched an opposite field three-run blast off left-hander Daniel Schlereth in the top of the seventh inning to reach the 600-home run plateau. The veteran slugger was greeted at home plate by his teammates and hugged his family on the field before returning to the dugout. Thome…

  4. Carlos Zambrano says he wants to stay with the Cubs

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Big Z’s annual apology tour is off and running. Carlos Zambrano just spoke with David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, giving his first public comments since being ejected from Friday’s game against the Braves and walking out on the team. You’ll be shocked to learn that not only does he regret his actions, he wants to remain with…

  5. Yankees sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Scott Proctor AP

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees have signed reliever Scott Proctor to a minor league contract. He is scheduled to report to Triple-A Scranton on Monday or Tuesday. Proctor was released by the Braves earlier this week after posting an ugly 6.44 ERA and 18/19 K/BB ratio over 29…

  6. Diamondbacks sign Lyle Overbay after Xavier Nady breaks hand

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pirates Overbay hits a single against the Blue Jays during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Lyle Overbay. He’ll replace Xavier Nady, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured left hand on a hit by a pitch during last night’s win over the Mets. Overbay will receive a prorated portion of the major league minimum salary and…

  7. Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on disqualified list

    Aug 13, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Zambrano retiring? If only it was that easy. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have placed Zambrano on the disqualified list. This includes 30 days without pay and no contact with the team. While Zambrano cleaned out his locker and reportedly told some of his teammates that he was thinking…

  8. Former top prospect Angel Villalona suing Giants for $5 million

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    If you ever wondered what happened to former top prospect Angel Villalona, here’s an update. According to the Associated Press, Villalona has sued the Giants for over $5 million, alleging violation of contract. For those unfamiliar, Villalona was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed due…

  9. Giants place Andres Torres on the disabled list, call up Brandon Belt

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    UPDATE: Well, the Giants have officially recalled Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno, but it’s not for the reason we thought. While it looked like Belt would replace Carlos Beltran on the active roster, the Giants have placed Andres Torres on the disabled list with a contusion to his lower right leg. Torres suffered the injury…

  10. Pirates place Derrek Lee on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist

    Aug 13, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Boy, if this isn’t symbolic of the way the Pirates have collapsed in the standings recently, I’m not sure what is. The Pirates just announced that Derrek Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone fracture in his left wrist. Lee has missed six out of the last eight games due…

  11. Decision day is looming for Ike Davis

    Aug 13, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis has already been ruled out for the rest of the season, but he is still awaiting word about whether the bone bruise in his left ankle will require surgery. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Davis said before last night’s game that a decision will likely be made by Labor Day…

  12. Al Alburquerque placed on 7-day disabled list with concussion

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The Tigers have placed reliever Al Alburquerque on the 7-day disabled list after he suffered a concussion when he was hit with a line drive off the bat of Orioles’ infielder Robert Andino during batting practice yesterday. Alburquerque was carted off the field and taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to Jeff Seidel…

  13. Cole Hamels is dealing with a dead arm

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    After giving up three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings in a loss to the Nationals last night, Cole Hamels told John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com that he is going through a dead-arm phase. “It’s just one of those times in the year where you’re traveling and pitching a lot of…

  14. Bryce Harper hit a mammoth walk-off homer last night

    Aug 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    We don’t get to say this very often, but last night was a pretty good night to be a Nationals fan. No joke. In addition to the major league club defeating the first-place Phillies, Stephen Strasburg tossed three shutout innings in his second minor league rehab start and Bryce Harper slugged a walk-off home run…

  15. The Cubs are calling Carlos Zambrano’s bluff

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Courtesy of Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, here is Cubs general manager Jim Hendry’s reaction to Carlos Zambrano’s intention to retire. “We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward.” I can only assume this is an edited version of the original statement that may have read something like, “Thanks for taking us off…

  16. Alex Rodriguez homers in first rehab game

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run during a minor league rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees against the Dunedin Blue Jays in Dunedin

    While the Rays were beating up on CC Sabathia last night, Alex Rodriguez was busy working his way back into shape against minor league competition. A-Rod went 2-for-3 with a solo homer last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa. Serving as the designated hitter, he slugged a solo homer in…

  17. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Brewers topped the Pirates 7-2 last night behind yet another impressive performance from Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Greinke has a 1.75 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in all of them. After…

  18. Stephen Strasburg dominates in second rehab start

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Well, Stephen Strasburg just passed his latest test with flying colors. Strasburg allowed just two hits over three shutout innings tonight for High-A Potomac, striking out five and walking none. Both hits were infield singles. The plan was for Strasburg to throw either five innings or 50 pitches, so he was pulled after throwing 26…

  19. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 32 games

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla Getty

    Dan Uggla wasted little time tonight against the Cubs, taking Carlos Zambrano deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 32 games. Uggla is now tied with Ryan Howard and Mike Stanton for fifth in the National League with 25 home runs. Not only does…

  20. Juan Nicasio continues to make progress following neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    One week removed from being hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond, Juan Nicasio continues to make progress. Nicasio was released from the hospital earlier this week after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is currently “resting comfortably at home” and has been…

  21. Giants may make decision on possible DL stint for Carlos Beltran tomorrow

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game tonight with a strained right hand/wrist and it sounds like the Giants are close to making a decision about placing him on the disabled list. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Beltran has only made “marginal improvement” since receiving…

  22. Brian McCann to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Brian McCann will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Gwinnett. McCann hasn’t played since straining his left oblique during the extra-innings marathon against the Pirates back on July 26. While he originally hoped to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday and return from the disabled list tonight,…

  23. Justin Morneau is swinging the bat well during his rehab assignment

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    While he may be too late to help the sinking Twins in the American League Central, Justin Morneau is at least swinging the bat well during his minor league rehab assignment. After going 3-for-5 with two doubles last night, he is now batting .409 (9-for-22) with four doubles and five RBI over his first five…

  24. Welcome to Time Warp Tuesday

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Tonight has been a pretty interesting night in that we have seen some excellent performances from pitchers who were written off a long time ago. Let’s start with Dontrelle Willis. Even though he took the loss tonight against the Rockies, he allowed three runs over eight innings while striking out 10 and walking just one.…

  25. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson will not need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    At least not yet, anyway. According to Tyler Mason of FOXSportsNorth.com, Twins prospect right-hander Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He will report to the Twins’ complex in Fort Myers, Florida this week in an effort to rehab…

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