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  1. Matt Garza scratched from Sunday start with right elbow tightness

    May 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Matt Garza has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Red Sox due to right elbow tightness. It will be probably all hands on deck for the Cubs tomorrow, though James Russell or Jeff Samardzija are the most likely candidates to make the start. According to Paul Sullivan of…

  2. UPDATE: Pedro Alvarez placed on disabled list with quad injury

    May 21, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: Pedro Alvarez was indeed placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1:15 PM: According to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have dispatched minor league infielder Pedro Ciriaco to Pittsburgh for tonight’s game against the Tigers. The Pirates have yet to announce an official roster move,…

  3. Gary Carter diagnosed with small tumors on his brain

    May 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    PewZLYoB

    UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Gary Carter has released the following statement about his condition: Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility. I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center,…

  4. Mark DeRosa’s future in doubt after latest wrist injury

    May 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa

    Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list earlier this week after suffering yet another injury to his surgically-repaired left wrist. At the time of the injury, Giants manager Bruce Bochy conceded that DeRosa would be “out a while,” but there’s also a very real chance that his career could be over. According to Carl…

  5. Alfredo Simon to be activated from restricted list today

    May 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    The Orioles’ beleaguered bullpen took yet another beating in last night’s blowout loss to the Nationals, so Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that they have decided to activate Alfredo Simon from the restricted list a day earlier than originally expected. Simon was placed on the restricted list in the early part of spring…

  6. Andrew Bailey makes first minor league rehab appearance

    May 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Andrew Bailey tossed a scoreless inning last night in his first minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento. Bailey threw a total of 16 pitches and registered one strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since spring training with a strained right forearm. The Athletics want Bailey to make…

  7. Diamondbacks release Russell Branyan to make room for Micah Owings

    May 21, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    The Diamondbacks released Russell Branyan following last night’s win over the Twins. The move clears room on the roster for Saturday’s starter Micah Owings. Branyan, who was signed to a minor league deal in February, began the season in a timeshare with Juan Miranda at first base, but his playing time dropped off considerably this…

  8. Mets back at .500 mark for first time since April 9

    May 21, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    The Mets might not be contenders come July, but we can at least hold off on the fire sale talk for a few days. With a 2-1 win over the Yankees last night, the Mets are back at the .500 mark (22-22) for the first time since April 9. R.A. Dickey, who entered the night with…

  9. Andrew Cashner to get second opinion on shoulder

    May 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Earlier this week we learned that Andrew Cashner aggravated his recent shoulder injury. Now he’s headed to get a second opinion. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the young right-hander will visit Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday in Los Angeles. The Cubs are confident that Cashner will not require surgery to repair his right rotator…

  10. Chase Utley nearing return from disabled list

    May 20, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    At least that’s how it seems right now. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal that Chase Utley would be the designated hitter with High-A Clearwater tonight before playing in the field again Saturday. After that? They’ll “reassess” where he’s at. Utley has yet to play in three…

  11. Jesse Litsch placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

    May 20, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Blue Jays have placed right-hander Jesse Litsch on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Litsch is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 36/18 K/BB ratio over his first eight starts this season. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up six runs — five earned — on seven…

  12. Tony La Russa responds to criticism from Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman

    May 17, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Thinking the Reds-Cardinals rivalry could use some more juice? Me neither. But this will certainly kick things up a notch. Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman was highly critical of the Cardinals on Monday, one day after the Reds completed a three-game sweep of their division rivals. Among other things, Brennaman called Sunday’s starter Chris Carpenter a “whiner…

  13. Josh Hamilton on track to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    May 17, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Remember how I mentioned over the weekend that the Rangers’ entire Opening Day outfield was on the disabled list? Well, it sounds like they’re making some progress on the health front. Nelson Cruz played in his second minor league rehab game with Double-A Frisco earlier today while the Associated Press reports that Josh Hamilton could…

  14. Corey Hart batting second tonight against Dodgers

    May 17, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Corey Hart

    Corey Hart will bat second for just the second time this season tonight against the Dodgers, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Hart is batting just .236/.263/.327 with five doubles and one RBI over his first 57 plate appearances since returning from an oblique injury on April 26, but has eight hits in…

  15. Andrew Cashner out indefinitely after aggravating shoulder injury

    May 17, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Andrew Cashner had a setback with his shoulder yesterday and an MRI today confirmed that he did indeed aggravate his original injury. Cashner has been rehabbing from a mild strain in the back of his rotator cuff originally suffered during his first start of the season back on April 5. According to Patrick Mooney of…

  16. Derrek Lee pulled from Monday’s game with strained oblique

    May 16, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    The oblique epidemic has claimed yet another victim. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Derrek Lee was pulled from Monday’s game against the Red Sox with a strained left oblique. He was replaced at first base by Jake Fox in the bottom of the third inning after going 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Lee, who…

  17. Chipper Jones to test knee in batting practice Tuesday

    May 16, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones will test his ailing right knee in batting practice tomorrow, reports Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones was diagnosed with a torn meniscus yesterday and received a pair of cortisone shots. The veteran third baseman will undergo arthroscopic surgery if the knee doesn’t respond to the injections, which would mean roughly 2-3…

  18. Carlos Beltran scratched from Saturday’s lineup with swelling in right eye

    May 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, Chip Hale

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Carlos Beltran has been scratched from this afternoon’s lineup against the Astros after waking up with swelling in his right eye. “Maybe I scratched it during the night,” Beltran said. “It just burns. It’s burning inside, on top of it.” Beltran was given eye drops by team trainers and…

  19. Phil Hughes feels “good” after first throwing session Friday

    May 14, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Hughes is still several weeks away from rejoining the Yankees, but he moved one step closer to returning to the mound by playing catch prior to last night’s game against the Red Sox. Hughes told George A. King III of the New York Post that he felt “good” after making 30 throws from a…

  20. Domonic Brown diagnosed with sprained right thumb

    May 14, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Ben Francisco has begun to lose his grip on the starting right field job by batting just .107 (3-for-28) with a 7/7 K/BB ratio this month, but at least now he has a little more time to right the ship. According to David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal, Domonic Brown was diagnosed with a…

  21. The Rangers’ Opening Day outfield could all soon be on the disabled list

    May 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: It’s official. Borbon was placed on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon with left hamstring inflammation. Endy Chavez has been called up from Triple-A Round Rock. 11:00 AM: Julio Borbon left last night’s game against the Angels in the top of the seventh inning with a strained left hamstring. While Borbon downplayed the injury in…

  22. Bartolo Colon declines to discuss stem cell procedure

    May 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws a pitch to the Boston Red Sox in New York

    Bartolo Colon‘s elbow procedure in the Dominican Republic was naturally the topic du jour as he took on the Red Sox last night. The rejuvenated right-hander topped out at 95.6 mph on his fastball during the outing, which brought out Tweets like this one from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Colon hitting 96? Those…

  23. Brandon Beachy likely headed for disabled list with oblique strain

    May 14, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The oblique epidemic has claimed its latest victim. Brandon Beachy exited last night’s game against the Phillies after two innings with a strained left oblique. He suffered the injury on a swinging strikeout in the bottom of the second inning and was pulled after throwing two warm-up pitches before the top of the third. As…

  24. Jeremy Hellickson tosses first career complete game shutout

    May 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    We’ve seen some excellent performances from the likes of Michael Pineda and Zach Britton so far this season, so Jeremy Hellickson has somewhat flown under the radar among rookie starting pitchers in the American League. Not anymore. Hellickson tossed his first career complete game shutout in a 4-0 win over the Orioles last night. The…

  25. Ryan Zimmerman jogs for first time since abdominal surgery

    May 13, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Ryan Zimmerman jogged today for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery earlier this month, reports Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. Zimmerman was initially placed on the disabled list on April 12 and had surgery to repair a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen last Tuesday in Philadelphia. He has been limited to walking…

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