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  1. Brian Roberts has been playing through a hamstring injury

    Apr 29, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Entering Friday’s action, Brian Roberts has started all 23 games for the Orioles this season, yet he only has two stolen bases. Some have speculated that his balky back could be a factor for his inactivity on the basepaths, but Roberts told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com earlier today that he has been slowed early in…

  2. Casey Blake expected to miss four weeks after elbow surgery

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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    The left side of the Dodgers’ infield just took another hit. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Casey Blake underwent surgery on his infected left elbow and could be back in four weeks. The 37-year-old third baseman was officially placed on the disabled list earlier today. Blake began the year on the…

  3. Takashi Saito’s return delayed due to oblique strain

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Takashi Saito was pulled from a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Nashville last night due to a left oblique strain. The Brewers were expected to activate Saito from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Astros, but those plans are obviously on hold now. Oblique…

  4. Mike Pelfrey cleared for Friday start after recent flu virus

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Mike Pelfrey has been cleared to start tonight’s series opener against the Phillies, despite a recent flu bug that caused him to lose 11 pounds over the course of the past week. The Mets considered using Dillon Gee for a spot start, but Terry Collins told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News yesterday that…

  5. Jose Contreras expected to miss 3-4 weeks with elbow strain

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced earlier tonight that Jose Contreras is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his right elbow. The diagnosis was made following an MRI in Philadelphia earlier today. “It’s a very mild strain,” Amaro said. “Obviously you never want…

  6. Erick Almonte first player placed on seven-day DL for concussions

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Erick Almonte was placed on the seven-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Reds. He is the first player to go on MLB’s new disabled list specifically designed for players recovering from concussions. Almonte suffered the concussion when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball…

  7. Andre Ethier makes history with April hitting streak

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an RBI double off Chris Volstad in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Marlins, establishing a new record for the longest hitting streak ever in April. As mentioned yesterday, Ethier’s former manager Joe Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games as a member of…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman resumes baseball activities

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list for the past two weeks with an abdominal strain, resumed some light baseball activities at Nats Park this afternoon. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Zimmerman played catch from 60 feet, fielded some light grounders and jogged about 90 feet several times. It’s good news, but…

  9. Kendrys Morales hits another plateau in rehab

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

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    While Kendrys Morales resumed running about two weeks ago, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times earlier today that he isn’t any closer to a minor league rehab assignment. “His progress has been slow,” Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “He’s having problems getting…

  10. Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 22 games

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Andre Ethier extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a single in his first at-bat tonight against the Marlins, which matches his former manager Joe Torre for the longest hitting streak ever in April. Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games back in 1971 as a member of the Cardinals. It was the…

  11. Phil Hughes ready for minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 23, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    After throwing an extended bullpen session earlier this afternoon, Phil Hughes told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he expects to make his first minor league rehab start in five days. “I felt like balls were coming out pretty good,” Hughes said. “We’ll have to wait and see.” While Hughes isn’t sure where he’ll…

  12. Neftali Feliz placed on disabled list with shoulder inflammation

    Apr 23, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    C’mon, you just knew something like this would happen, right? According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have placed closer Neftali Feliz on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that Feliz is dealing with inflammation in his rotator cuff, but is hopeful that he…

  13. Chris Young to return to Mets’ starting rotation Tuesday

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have confirmed that right-hander Chris Young will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Nationals. Young, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with right biceps tendinitis, was cleared for the start after throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session…

  14. Felipe Lopez benched for not hustling

    Apr 23, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Felipe Lopez was pulled from last night’s game against the Blue Jays after failing to run out a ground ball in the 11th inning. It’s the second time this week that Lopez didn’t hustle to first base. Rays manager Joe Maddon tells Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that Lopez is benched for today’s…

  15. Brandon Webb to throw in extended spring training Monday

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb is still a long way from actually pitching for the Rangers, but he’s making some incremental progress. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Webb flew to Arizona yesterday after completing his latest long-toss session under the supervision of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. He’s scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring…

  16. Justin Morneau back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Apr 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Morneau_Justin

    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Justin Morneau is back in the starting lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Indians. He’ll play first base and bat cleanup against right-hander Fausto Carmona. Morneau has been sidelined since last Saturday due to a stiff neck and a case of the flu. He recently received…

  17. Jeff Wilpon orders destruction of bullpen mascot “Stanley”

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    The Mets are willing to try anything — and I mean anything — change their losing ways. Even if they have to blame inanimate objects for their bad luck. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros, the Mets destroyed “Stanley,” a black and yellow rolling toolbox that had become the bullpen’s mascot. It held some…

  18. Scott Downs placed on disabled list with stomach virus

    Apr 23, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

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    According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, Angels reliever Scott Downs has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a gastrointestinal virus caused by food poisoning. Downs missed the first two weeks of the season because of a broken left big toe, so this is his second trip to the disabled list this season. He…

  19. Did Tony La Russa pull a fast one on Dusty Baker last night?

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa Getty

    Tony La Russa used the weather and the rules to his advantage in last night’s 4-2 win over the Reds, moving his club back into first place in the National League Central. La Russa scratched Kyle McClellan from his scheduled start because of the threat of inclement weather, instead sending Miguel Batista out for the…

  20. Chipper Jones has pain in his other knee

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jones is out of Saturday’s lineup. 8:34 AM: Chipper Jones has exceeded all expectations coming back from left knee surgery, batting .274/.341/.425 with two homers, five doubles and 14 RBI over his first 82 plate appearances. He has appeared in every game this season and even…

  21. UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid broke up in ninth inning

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Marlins win 4-1. Sanchez ends up with a complete-game one-hitter. 9:35 PM: So much for that. Dexter Fowler just broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the ninth. It bounced just beyond Omar Infante‘s glove into right field. Is Edwin Rodriguez going to pull him now? 9:26 PM: Sanchez has made it…

  22. The Brewers will be paying Ryan Braun until 2031

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Brewers Phillies Baseball

    The Brewers announced a five-year, $105 million extension with Ryan Braun yesterday that will keep him in Milwaukee through at least 2020, but they’ll actually be paying him for much, much longer. According to Colin Fly of the Associated Press, the new contract includes at least $18 million in interest-free deferrals through 2031. In other…

  23. Justin Morneau receives cortisone shot for stiff neck

    Apr 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game this evening. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that while Morneau is still getting over the flu, he also needed a cortisone shot today to relieve vertebrae inflammation in his neck. “He had a neck issue before he even…

  24. Jason Bay has four hits, homers twice in rehab game

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    UPDATE: And wouldn’t you know it, now Mets manager Terry Collins tells Rubin that he will discuss bringing Bay back tomorrow as opposed to Thursday. 10:31 PM: Things are looking pretty bleak for the Mets at the moment, but at least they have some help on the way. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New…

  25. Zack Greinke tosses three scoreless innings in first rehab start

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Brevard County earlier tonight and things couldn’t have gone much better. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Greinke struck out four over three shutout innings and retired nine out of the 10 batters he faced. Granted, we can’t take much from results against a…

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