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  1. UPDATE: Joba Chamberlain will be released from the hospital Sunday

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Joba Reuters

    UPDATE: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Chamberlain will be released from the hospital tomorrow, which indicates that no infections have developed. Furthermore, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that no microfractures were found in the ankle and that Chamberlain will be in a cast for the next six…

  2. The Giants are shopping Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot

    Mar 24, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot Getty

    Remember how I mentioned earlier that Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot were likely the favorites to share playing time at second base now that Freddy Sanchez is expected to begin the season on disabled list? Apparently not. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Giants are telling teams that they are shopping both Theriot and…

  3. Ryan Madson to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson returned to Cincinnati yesterday to have his ailing right elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek. The results were the worst-case scenario. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson will undergo Tommy John surgery after the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow was found to be “torn off the bone.” It’s a…

  4. Allen Craig could make the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The original expectation was that Allen Craig would miss the first month of the season following November surgery on his right knee, but it now appears that he is a realistic option for the Opening Day roster. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Craig took batting practice on the major league side…

  5. The Mets are interested in trading Mike Pelfrey

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey adjusts his cap after giving a run to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida

    Our own Matthew Pouliot recently suggested that the Mets should cut their losses and release Mike Pelfrey, recouping three-quarters of his $5.6875 million salary for 2012. That doesn’t appear likely to happen, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com passes along word that the club would like to trade him. Pelfrey is coming off a 4.74 ERA…

  6. Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    We’ve seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network…

  7. Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on the disabled list

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez are both making progress from their respective injuries, but neither are expected to be on the Giants’ active roster come Opening Day. Vogelsong was slowed in the early days of camp due to back spasms and just made his first appearance of the spring yesterday during a minor league game.…

  8. Chipper Jones needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones‘ final season isn’t getting off to the most promising start. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Interestingly, Bowman hears that the 39-year-old third baseman suffered the injury running in the outfield Thursday just before he announced his intention…

  9. Andy Pettitte expected to testify in Roger Clemens perjury trial

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Reuters

    This has been expected news all along, but the Associated Press reported last night that prosecutors plan to have Andy Pettitte testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, which is set to begin jury selection on April 16. The government says Pettitte will testify about his use of human growth hormone with the assistance of…

  10. Sergio Escalona to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    Sergio Escalona Getty

    According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros announced this morning that left-hander Sergio Escalona has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week. Escalona, who was acquired from the Phillies last January, posted a 2.93 ERA and 25/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings out…

  11. Buster Posey makes it through his first play at the plate

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey was involved in a play at the plate last night for the first time since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus singled into center field and center fielder Angel Pagan made a strong throw to…

  12. Is there already a rift growing between Bobby V and Ben Cherington?

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Ben Cherington Bobby V Reuters

    When Bobby Valentine was originally hired as manager of the Red Sox, it was suggested that ownership went over the head of newly-hired general manager Ben Cherington to make the call. This led to all sorts of speculation that Cherington was already marginalized and that he would have a difficult time building the ballclub that…

  13. Neftali Feliz won’t make his next scheduled start Monday

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz has made it through long-toss sessions in each of the last two days after leaving Tuesday’s start against the Cubs due to shoulder stiffness, but the Rangers plan to be extra cautious before clearing him to pitch in a game again. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will not make his next…

  14. Chris Perez cleared to pitch in minor league game Saturday

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Chris Perez AP

    All signs are pointing toward Chris Perez being available for Opening Day. Perez, who has been sidelined since suffering a strained right oblique on April 24, threw 20 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game without incident and has now been cleared for game action. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians’ closer will pitch…

  15. Three bidders left standing for Dodgers

    Mar 23, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    We’re getting close to the end here, folks. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times passes along word that the field of bidders for the Dodgers was narrowed down to three earlier today. They are: The group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong; The group led by Magic Johnson and veteran…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Are the Nationals ready to contend?

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the upstart Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Nationals ready to contend? After three straight last-place finishes, the Nationals…

  17. Lance Berkman says Bud Selig “extorted” new Astros’ owner into moving team to AL

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman Getty

    Lance Berkman used a pretty loaded word earlier today to describe how MLB commissioner Bud Selig convinced new Astros’ owner Jim Crane to move the team to the American League West. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the former Astro said Selig “extorted” Crane into switching leagues as a precondition of ownership. Berkman hasn’t conveyed…

  18. Orioles sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

    Mar 20, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Dontrelle Willis Reuters

    The Phillies released Dontrelle Willis last Friday after he allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring, but it didn’t take him long to find a new home. As first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Willis has latched on with the Orioles on a minor league deal.…

  19. Rangers and Derek Holland on the verge of contract extension

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:11 AM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Derek Holland are on the verge of a contract extension through at least 2016. No word on the exact terms, but the proposed deal would cover his final pre-arbitration season, all three of his arbitration seasons and at least his first year of…

  20. Athletics option Jarrod Parker to Triple-A after he walks seven in Monday start

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker was the centerpiece of the deal which sent Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks in December, but he showed this afternoon that he may need a little more seasoning. Parker issued seven walks over just 3 2/3 innings against Arizona, after which he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The 23-year-old right-hander undoubtedly had some…

  21. Mets sell 12 minority shares of team, repay loans to MLB and Bank of America

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    New York Mets' owners Katz and Wilpon speak to the media outside the New York Federal Court

    This is a good day for the Mets’ owners. Less than 12 hours after learning that the Wilpons and Saul Katz reached a settlement out of court to pay $162 million to trustee Irving Picard in the Bernie Madoff case, Teri Thompson and Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News are reporting that the Mets’ owners…

  22. Jamie Moyer knocked around by Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team

    Mar 19, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    We usually don’t take spring training results all that seriously, but for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, every outing matters. And today’s was a discouraging one. Moyer was knocked around for four runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings this afternoon against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A squad, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. He threw…

  23. Chase Utley hopes to play in a game next week

    Mar 17, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chase Utley Reuters

    Chase Utley finally broke his silence earlier this afternoon and while he didn’t say much, he told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he would like to play in a game next week. The Phillies always planned to bring Utley along slowly this spring due to his chronic right knee condition, but there are some minor…

  24. UPDATE: Royals inquire about Ivan Rodriguez, who is “not ready” to join team

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that, contrary to Heyman’s report, the Royals have not made an offer to Rodriguez or invited him to camp. The club has “inquired” about the veteran backstop, but have also looked into “20 or more” players. Hard to tell whether an official offer was ever actually…

  25. Josh Collmenter to open season in Diamondbacks’ starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Josh Collmenter Getty

    2011 first-round pick Trevor Bauer has stolen the show in Diamondbacks’ camp, posting a 2.57 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over seven innings during Cactus League action. We’ve heard multiple reports recently that the 21-year-old right-hander was being seriously considered for a spot in the starting rotation, but it appears his major league debut will…

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