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  1. Jorge De La Rosa aims to return from Tommy John surgery in June

    Apr 7, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies’ pitching coach Bob Apodaca said last month that the club hopes to have Jorge De La Rosa back from Tommy John surgery in July, but the rehabbing southpaw is aiming to come back even sooner. De La Rosa resumed facing live hitters in recent weeks and threw 45 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game.…

  2. Ubaldo Jimenez expected to drop appeal on suspension following today’s start

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow with a pitch during an exhibition game last Sunday. However, he appealed the suspension and will make his season debut as scheduled this afternoon against the Blue Jays. According to Dennis Manoloff of…

  3. The Red Sox are willing to add payroll to improve the pitching staff

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Introduce Bobby Valentine

    We’re only one game into the season and there are already many questions about the Red Sox pitching staff. Andrew Bailey‘s recent thumb surgery has unexpectedly pushed Alfredo Aceves into the closer role while Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront are holding down the final two spots in the starting rotation. It’s much too soon make…

  4. A.J. Burnett makes first minor league rehab start

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    After suffering a fractured orbital bone in his right eye during a bunting drill on February 29, the expectation was that A.J. Burnett would need around eight to 12 weeks of recovery time. It sounds like he’ll meet the lower end of that timetable. Burnett made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Bradenton…

  5. Buster Posey says he “felt normal” in season opener

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

    Buster Posey Getty

    We saw Buster Posey play all spring, but last night was his first official major league game since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a home-plate collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Posey told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he “felt normal,” even though the season opener didn’t…

  6. Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel both homer in rehab game

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    The Nationals were forced to run Mark DeRosa and Roger Bernadina out there on Opening Day against the Cubs, but they have some reinforcements on the way. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel both homered last night in a minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg. Morse, who…

  7. Mark Trumbo had a rough go of things at third base last night

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Yeah, this Mark Trumbo-to-third base thing? Might not work out. Bold statement I know, but Trumbo had a pretty rough go of things in the Angels’ season opener last night against the Royals, committing two fielding errors in his new stomping grounds. The first was on a throw which pulled Albert Pujols off the bag…

  8. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes Getty

    The Mariners actually beat the Athletics 7-3 last night, but all everyone can talk about this morning is Yoenis Cespedes, who nearly hit one to San Jose. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cespedes turned on an 83 mph changeup from Mariners’ starter Jason Vargas for a massive blast to left-center which traveled 462…

  9. Scott Baker to get second opinion on elbow after MRI shows no new damage

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start last night because he “just didn’t feel right” and had “trouble getting loose, so he was sent for an MRI on his right elbow today. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins said this evening that the results of the exam were…

  10. Pablo Sandoval is going back behind the plate

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval catching

    Pablo Sandoval hasn’t caught a major league game since May 8, 2009, but the Giants have asked him to prepare for emergency duty with rookie Hector Sanchez as the lone backup to Buster Posey on the active roster. While Sandoval is quite comfortable with his regular gig at third base, he told Andrew Baggarly of…

  11. Chipper Jones felt “real good” after testing his knee against live pitching today

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones has already resumed facing live pitching, less than two weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones felt “real good” taking swings against teammate Randall Delgado in a simulated game this afternoon at Citi Field. While the 39-year-old believes he…

  12. Mariano Rivera blows save as Carlos Pena plays hero in first game back with Rays

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena Reuters

    Craig mentioned earlier how Joe Girardi’s over-managing in the first inning resulted in Carlos Pena hitting a grand slam against CC Sabathia. Well, Pena wasn’t doing playing hero in his first game back in Tampa Bay. The Yankees actually rallied back from the early deficit, handing the ball to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera with…

  13. Scott Baker pulled from minor league rehab start because he “didn’t feel right”

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Here’s some ominous news for the Twins. David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start with High-A Fort Myers this evening after throwing just 11 pitches. Baker is currently on the disabled list after being shut down earlier this spring with right elbow tendinitis.…

  14. Stomach flu causes Clayton Kershaw to exit Opening Day start early

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw made his second career Opening Day start this evening against the Padres, but he didn’t stick around for long. Kershaw was bothered by the stomach flu and Vin Scully mentioned on the television broadcast that he had to talk his way out of being scratched. While his stuff clearly wasn’t as crisp as…

  15. Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton Royals

    After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer. This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to…

  16. Jesus Montero exits game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    The Mariners were given quite the scare earlier this afternoon when Jesus Montero was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Rockies’ right-hander Edgmer Escalona. Yes, the Rockies. Plenty of drama for them in the 24 hours for them, huh? Montero immediately fell to the ground, but quickly got to his feet and began…

  17. Andrew Bailey told that he needs surgery on thumb

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    andrew bailey getty

    UPDATE: Abraham now reports that Bailey was already told that surgery is recommended on his thumb. If Dr. Thomas Graham agrees with the diagnosis, the surgery could happen as soon as tomorrow. 8:26 PM: Andrew Bailey‘s thumb injury? Yeah, it could be a lot more serious than we originally thought. Peter Abraham of the Boston…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Are the Marlins the most interesting team in baseball?

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    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 new-look Miami Marlins. The big question: Are the Marlins the most interesting team in baseball? The Florida Marlins are…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    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 Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  20. Johan Santana throws bullpen session, expected to be named Mets’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana is very close to starting his first major league game since September 2, 2010. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Santana made it through a bullpen session this afternoon without any issues and is expected to be named as the Mets’ Opening Day starter tomorrow unless he reports any discomfort in his surgically-repaired…

  21. Josh Hamilton day-to-day with left groin tightness

    Mar 31, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day after leaving last night’s game against the Rockies with left groin tightness. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes, the good news is that it is not in the same area where he required sports hernia surgery last November. The Rangers expect Hamilton to be ready for Opening…

  22. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker is back on track after missing some time due to right elbow inflammation, allowing one run over four innings in a minor league exhibition game earlier today, but the Twins have decided to go the safe route and place him on the 15-day disabled list. Baker’s DL-stint was backdated to March 27, so…

  23. Red Sox to announce rotation decisions tomorrow

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    The Red Sox currently have three pitchers — Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront — vying for the final two spots in the starting rotation. And with the start of the season just days away, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is ready to announce a decision. Perhaps it’s just the way the information was…

  24. White Sox sign Conor Jackson to minor league contract

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson Getty

    Conor Jackson was released by the Rangers earlier this week after batting just .091 (3-for-33) during Cactus League action, but he has already found a new home. According to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox have signed Jackson to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old will begin the season with Triple-A Charlotte…

  25. Braves name Tommy Hanson as Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has officially tabbed Tommy Hanson to start Opening Day against the Mets next Thursday. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career. Hanson was limited to just 22 starts last year due to right shoulder problems and missed the first…

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