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  1. Jason Heyward expects to return Wednesday

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Jason Heyward is being held out of the Braves’ lineup for the second straight night as a result of being hit on the top of his left foot by a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Nationals. Heyward dealt with some swelling and pain on Monday which made it difficult to run, but arrived at…

  2. Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup tonight, sort of

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Ryan Braun is back in the starting lineup tonight against the Diamondbacks. He was held out of the lineup the previous two days after leaving Saturday’s game with recurring tightness in his left calf. While this is a positive development for a lineup that was blanked by Josh Collmenter last night, Tom Haudricourt of the…

  3. The initial word on Grady Sizemore’s knee is encouraging

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore AP

    Grady Sizemore anticipated the worst after re-injuring his right knee during Sunday’s game, but at the moment, it appears another microfracture surgery is not in his future. Sizemore underwent an MRI on Monday and according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the initial report from the Indians is that the bone bruise is…

  4. Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, could make rehab start next week

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt threw approximately 50 pitches in a bullpen session before tonight’s game against the Cubs and told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s optimistic his back issue is finally behind him. “I actually felt great,” Oswalt said. “Probably felt as good as I did in spring training.” Oswalt hasn’t pitched since leaving a…

  5. Report: Mets willing to cover Carlos Beltran’s remaining salary in potential trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    beltran square

    From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets are willing to cover the roughly $6 million left on Carlos Beltran‘s contract to facilitate a potential trade. “From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary,” the source told…

  6. Placido Polanco will likely receive epidural injection for ailing lower back

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Placido Polanco will likely receive an epidural injection due to lingering pain from the bulging disc in his lower back. “The idea was thrown out by the doctors in Philly,” Polanco said late Monday afternoon. “They say they really help. I’ve tried rest and medication. I’m at the point…

  7. Julio Borbon to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on left ankle

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    borbon bunts getty

    According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Julio Borbon is expected to be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing “left ankle ligament repair surgery” on Monday. Borbon injured his ankle on a slide into second base on July 8 while playing with Triple-A Round Rock. He fractured the very same ankle in 2007 when he…

  8. Rosenthal: The Rays made a play for K-Rod

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The Rays aren’t ready to go into sell-mode yet. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Rays made a play for Francisco Rodriguez before the the Brewers “swooped in late.” Rosenthal expounded on the subject in today’s “Full Count” video, citing K-Rod’s past connection with Rays manager Joe Maddon as a potential reason for their…

  9. Clay Buchholz won’t be back with the Red Sox any time soon

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    While Jon Lester is optimistic that he’ll be able to return as soon as next Friday, we probably won’t see Clay Buchholz back with the Red Sox any time soon. The rehabbing right-hander was able to play catch yesterday and plans to do so again tomorrow, but he told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this…

  10. Carlos Guillen makes return from microfracture surgery this afternoon

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Guillen_Carlos

    As expected, the Tigers have activated Carlos Guillen from the 60-day disabled list. He’ll bat seventh and play second base this afternoon against the White Sox. Guillen hasn’t played in the major leagues this season following microfracture surgery on his right knee last September. The 35-year-old batted .318 (12-for-38) with one home run and eight…

  11. Bobby Jenks on disabled list again with back tightness

    Jul 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Bobby Jenks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness. He felt discomfort warming up last night in the same area that sent him to the disabled list last month. This is his third trip to the DL this season. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein envisioned…

  12. Ben Revere is just showing off

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Ben Revere

    Though it was ultimately overshadowed by Matt Capps‘ latest ninth-inning meltdown, Twins’ rookie outfielder Ben Revere did something pretty incredible while legging out a triple in the sixth inning last night against the Royals. Revere pulled a pitch into the right field corner and was off like a shot. He lost his footing between second…

  13. Carlos Beltran out of today’s lineup with flu-like symptoms

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    It was a little curious when Carlos Beltran was not on the lineup card for today’s game against the Phillies, but the intrigue didn’t last too long. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is out with flu-like symptoms. Scott Hairston will start in his place in right field this afternoon and bat third…

  14. Orioles agree to three-year contract extension with J.J. Hardy

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun adds that the deal is worth between $22-22.5 million over three years. The no-trade clause involves eight teams and Hardy has been assured that he will not be traded this season. 12:38 PM: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy have…

  15. Carlos Marmol removed from closer’s role indefinitely

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs manager Mike Quade acknowledged the obvious following yesterday’s close call win over the Marlins, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that Carlos Marmol will be removed from the closer role indefinitely to work on his mechanics. “Relievers just don’t have the side time and the time to work on stuff that starters do,” Quade said.…

  16. Carl Crawford kicks off brief rehab stint at Pawtucket

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford played his first of two minor league rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket last night. He played five innings in left field and went 1-for-2 a broken bat RBI single, a walk and a run scored. Most importantly, he told Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe after the game that his hamstring felt fine.…

  17. Want Jeff Baker? Don’t even think about it.

    Jul 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Jeff Baker

    What does a .279 career batting average and .769 OPS make you? Untouchable. At least according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the Cubs have no plans to deal utility man Jeff Baker to a contender. The Red Sox and Indians are among the…

  18. David Wright doubles in first minor league rehab game

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are beginning to look a lot like sellers, but they are finally close to getting their third baseman back. David Wright went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. According to Greg Auman of ESPN New York, he…

  19. Pirates grab share of first place in National League Central

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Karstens Pirates AP

    Did you wake up feeling a little off today? Maybe your cup of coffee doesn’t taste quite the same as it usually does and you have the sudden and unprecedented impulse to go for an early morning jog? No worries, it’s perfectly explainable. You see, the Pirates are tied with the Cardinals for first place…

  20. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    This rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds continues to live up to the hype. The Reds kicked off the second half in style last night, defeating the Cardinals 6-5 thanks to a two-out, walk off two-run homer by Brandon Phillips off Cards’ closer Fernando Salas in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Reds were…

  21. David Aardsma to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    aardsma fist pump

    David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues this season. And now it’s very likely we won’t see him again until latter part of the 2012 season at the earliest. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Aardsma will undergo Tommy John surgery late next week in California. The 29-year-old right-hander has been rehabbing…

  22. Peter Bourjos placed on disabled list after setback with hamstring injury

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Salt Lake. Bourjos has been sidelined since straining his right hamstring while running the bases last Thursday. While Craig wrote earlier this morning that the speedy center fielder was…

  23. The Nationals won’t try to get cute with Jordan Zimmermann’s innings limit

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Nationals fans better enjoy Jordan Zimmermann while they still can. No worries, he’s perfectly healthy, but after the Nationals made a tentative schedule to work around Zimmermann’s 160-innings limit for this season, manager Davey Johnson told Amanda Comak of the Washington Times earlier today that plans have changed. While Zimmermann won’t make his next start…

  24. Report: Pirates and Rockies among teams interested in Kevin Slowey

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and Rockies are among the teams “showing continued interest” in Kevin Slowey. Slowey, who has been on the disabled list since late May with an abdominal strain, is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start tonight with Triple-A Rochester. His future with the Twins…

  25. Mets and Brewers both win in Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    As Matthew noted a little earlier, the Mets have traded Francisco Rodriguez and cash considerations to the Brewers for two players to be named later. Who the Mets eventually get in return here is really secondary to what the trade accomplishes for the club. This is all about shedding his $17.5 million option for 2012,…

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