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  1. Joe Nathan cruises through second appearance after Tommy John surgery

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Nathan turned in a hitless inning Tuesday in his first appearance back from Tommy John surgery and he took another measured step forward earlier today, needing just nine pitches to retire the Rays in order. Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Nathan reached 95 mph on the stadium’s radar gun. We can’t…

  2. Jake Peavy passes first test with spring debut

    Mar 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Jake Peavy‘s comeback is off to an encouraging start. He tossed two hitless innings in his spring debut against the Angels earlier today, less than eight months removed from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy tossed 16 out of his 26 pitches for strikes while striking out…

  3. Report: Mets won’t receive additional “substantial” financial assistance from MLB

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    We learned earlier today that the Mets are currently seeking another loan to cover operating expenses. Well, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times, they won’t be able to look to Major League Baseball to stay afloat for the long-term. The league already extended a $25 million loan to the Mets in November,…

  4. Phillies, Charlie Manuel making progress towards contract extension

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Florida State Seminoles v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said a couple weeks back that he doesn’t want to talk about extending his expiring contract if a deal can’t be worked out before Opening Day. As if there was any doubt, we probably won’t have to worry about that deadline. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Manuel’s agent Pat Rooney…

  5. The Brewers have spoken with Casey McGehee about a multi-year deal

    Mar 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he has spoken to Casey McGehee‘s agent Barry Meister about a multi-year contract. “We’ll probably know something in the next few days,” said Melvin. “We’ve talked briefly (about a multi-year deal) but I don’t want to get into that.” The 28-year-old McGehee…

  6. Derek Jeter’s revamped swing remains a work in progress

    Feb 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter told Chad Jennings of the Journal News this afternoon that he isn’t yet comfortable with his revamped approach at the plate. “It’ll take a while to get comfortable,” Jeter said. “When was the first game? Two days ago? That was the first time I’ve seen pitching with (the new mechanics). It’s going to…

  7. Scott Boras suggested a position switch to Carlos Beltran in 2009

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    As Aaron mentioned earlier, three-time Gold Glove center fielder Carlos Beltran announced Monday that he will make the move to right field. It turns out the switch was a couple seasons in the making. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, after Beltran initially developed the bone bruise in his right knee in…

  8. Mike Trout might have to get a new phone number

    Feb 28, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Selig

    Mike Trout is a very popular guy right now. And not just because he is widely considered as one of the top position prospects in the game. No, you see, the 19-year-old outfielder was the innocent victim of a prank this afternoon by his Angels’ teammates. According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times,…

  9. Heyman: Adrian Beltre could miss a month with calf injury

    Feb 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    adrian-beltre-rangers

    Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reported yesterday that Adrian Beltre was going to miss 10-14 days with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf, but Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that timetable is “a tad optimistic.“ According to Heyman, Beltre could miss as much as a month with the injury. Durrett wrote yesterday that “the club…

  10. Report: Yankees keeping an eye on Francisco Liriano

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Excuse me while I file this under most predictable trade rumor of all-time (via Bob Nightengale of USA Today): The Yankees are keeping a close eye on Twins starter Francisco Liriano, while Twins are keeping tabs on Yanks prospects. The trade winds began to blow earlier this month, when Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote…

  11. Miguel Cabrera could play as soon as Monday

    Feb 26, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that Miguel Cabrera won’t be in the lineup tomorrow against the Blue Jays, but could make his spring training debut Monday against the Yankees. “Monday’s more of a possibility [than Sunday],” Leyland said, “but I’m not sure about Monday either.” Cabrera didn’t make the…

  12. Ron Washington intends to use Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot this season

    Feb 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler bat

    Rangers manager Ron Washington raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he used Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot in the team’s intersquad game. While Washington warned against looking too much into the decision at the time, he confirmed to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News today that Kinsler will indeed be his…

  13. Brandon Webb to throw bullpen session on Sunday

    Feb 26, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb threw off a mound when he first arrived to spring training last week, but Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux put him on a throwing program in an effort to build up his arm strength. After a week of intense long-tossing, Webb is scheduled to get back on the mound Sunday for another bullpen…

  14. Justin Duchscherer sidelined due to hip soreness

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Discouraging news out of Orioles’ camp. According to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun, Justin Duchscherer is currently sidelined due to hip soreness. “We’re going to give him 48 hours and see where he is,” said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Of course, Duchscherer is working his way back from season-ending surgery on his left hip…

  15. Jason Bay back in the lineup for the first time since concussion

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    There are lineup cards being tweeted left and right this morning, but one of the more overlooked names is Jason Bay. As noted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Bay is in the Mets’ lineup today for the first time since suffering a concussion last July in Los Angeles. We haven’t heard as much…

  16. Derrek Lee takes batting practice for first time since thumb surgery

    Feb 26, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee Orioles

    Derrek Lee took live batting practice yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb in November, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “A lot of nerves,” Lee said. “I’ve never had surgery. I didn’t know how it was going to respond. I was a little…

  17. The Indians sign Chad Durbin to a one-year contract

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians have reached agreement with Chad Durbin on a one-year contract, pending a physical. He’ll make a guaranteed salary of $800,000 with the chance for $1 million more in performance-based incentives. Durbin was reportedly considering a return to Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee earlier this week if he…

  18. Joe Nathan scheduled to return to game action on Tuesday

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

    joe-nathan-twins2

    We’ve heard nothing but positive things about Joe Nathan‘s rehab from Tommy John surgery until this point and we’re about to get the chance to see him back in game action. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com, Nathan is scheduled to make his first appearance of the spring Tuesday against the Red Sox, less than…

  19. Carlos Gonzalez to primarily play left field this season

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Carlos Gonzalez started 55 games in center field, 51 in left and 34 in right last season, but his days of roving around the outfield are over, at least if Rockies manager Jim Tracy has anything to say about it. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Tracy said today that Gonzalez will be the…

  20. Chipper Jones making progress from knee surgery, may play on Sunday

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Frank Wren, Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones continues to take some encouraging steps in his rehab from left knee surgery. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran third baseman was able to complete his first sliding drill earlier today, just one day after feeling discomfort in his knee. “I felt [bad] yesterday,” Jones said of Thursday’s workout.…

  21. The prosecution doesn’t intend to give up their case on Alfredo Simon

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Contrary to multiple reports yesterday which indicated that Alfredo Simon was about to be cleared in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte in the Dominican Republic, prosecutor Victor Mueses told Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com earlier today that Simon isn’t going anywhere. “Nothing has happened to make us change our position. This…

  22. Chad Durbin could return to the Phillies

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    chad-durbin-phillies

    Just when it began to look like the Phillies wouldn’t have room for Chad Durbin in their bullpen or their payroll, there’s now a pretty good chance that he will return. Peter Gammons of MLB Network alluded to the possibility earlier this afternoon and a source tells Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that returning to Philadelphia…

  23. Joe Mauer won’t be catching in the early part of spring training

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer dugout

    Joe Mauer received a shot of medicine earlier today to help lubricate his left knee joint, according to Kelly Theisier of MLB.com. Of course, Mauer underwent minor surgery in December to take care of some lingering inflammation in the very same knee. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said today that he plans to take it easy…

  24. Report: Jose Guillen will retire if he doesn’t get an offer in the next week

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    jose-guillen

    Are you sitting down? Good. Call a friend, because I’m not sure you can handle this news on your own. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Jose Guillen will retire if he doesn’t receive a contract offer in the next week. “Today I have authorized my agent to explore the market and see if…

  25. White Sox GM Kenny Williams calls $30 million for Albert Pujols “asinine”

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Ken Williams White Sox

    In an interview with Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com earlier today, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said that his club won’t go after Albert Pujols if he becomes available as a free agent following the 2011 season. Hardly surprising information given that the White Sox signed Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to multi-year contracts over the…

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