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  1. Russell Branyan makes the Diamondbacks

    Mar 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Russell Branyan Diamondbacks AP

    This decision was something of a no-brainer, but according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Russell Branyan will be on the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day roster. Branyan, who could have opted out of his minor league contract yesterday, is batting .420 (21-for-50) with four home runs, three doubles and 17 RBI this spring. Diamondbacks manager…

  2. UPDATE: Tommy Hunter out at least six weeks with groin injury

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: If you were frustrated about Neftali Feliz staying in the bullpen, this probably won’t make you feel any better. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, club officials have confirmed that Alexi Ogando is now a possibility for the starting rotation. Like Feliz, Ogando was stretched out for the starting rotation this spring. 9:31 PM:…

  3. Braden Looper retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Braden Looper AP Cards

    According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Braden Looper retired earlier today after being informed that he wouldn’t make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. Looper didn’t pitch in the major leagues last season, but signed a minor league contract in January that could have earned him up to $3 million with incentives. The 36-year-old…

  4. Homer Bailey placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

    Mar 25, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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    The hits just keep on coming for the defending National League Central champions. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have placed Homer Bailey on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. It sounds scary, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters this afternoon that the 24-year-old right-hander is only…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Will the Braves miss a beat without Bobby Cox?

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez, new Atlanta Braves manager, speaks with guests before the start of play against the Florida Marlins  in their MLB spring training baseball game in Jupiter

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Fredi Gonzalez-led Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will the Braves miss a beat without Bobby Cox? I’ll preface my…

  6. Springtime storylines: Is this the year the Marlins finally break the mold?

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The ever-pesky Florida Marlins. The Big Question: Is this the year the Marlins finally break the mold? We’ve come to expect a particular…

  7. No, the Yankees aren’t interested in Oliver Perez

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:11 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez AP

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reported yesterday that “Yankees people” discussed signing Oliver Perez. Turns out he wasn’t completely wrong. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York earlier today that while he looked into the idea, the club doesn’t currently have any interest. “I was asked from above me just to…

  8. Chad Cordero back in baseball after losing daughter to SIDS

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Chad Cordero

    Barry Svrluga wrote a beautiful and heartbreaking piece for the Washington Post about Chad Cordero, who is attempting to keep his career afloat with the Blue Jays after losing his daughter Tehya to SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, in December. He is shaken now. There are times during spring training when he heads to a…

  9. Carlos Beltran could DH in a minor league game tomorrow

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Carlos Beltran could be the designated hitter in a minor league game tomorrow. Beltran took limited batting practice from both sides of the plate Monday, so the Mets will see how his knee responds tomorrow. Even if he plays, the Mets plan to use a pinch-runner for him…

  10. Report: The Yankees have discussed signing Oliver Perez

    Mar 21, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

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    There’s probably more mileage left talking about this guy than there is in his left arm. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that “Yankees people” have discussed Oliver Perez as a cheap sign. Though, for what it’s worth, Heyman writes that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is “not enthused” about the idea. I’m almost rooting for…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Is this just another season in limbo for the Nationals?

    Mar 21, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Your Strasburg-less Washington Nationals. The big question: Is this just another season in limbo for the Nationals? In a word, yes. It’s not wrong…

  12. Oliver Perez probably just made his last appearance with the Mets

    Mar 19, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    The end is nigh. Oliver Perez blew up in epic fashion this afternoon against the Nationals, essentially squashing whatever minimal chance he had to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster out the bullpen. Perez was originally expected to face left-handed batter Matt Stairs, but Nationals manager Jim Riggleman countered with the righty-hitting Jeff Frazier. In…

  13. Brian Wilson has mild oblique strain, Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Here’s some bad news for the defending World Series champions. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Wilson underwent an MRI this morning which revealed a “mild” strain of his left oblique muscle. Wilson told the training staff that he suffered the injury during his most recent outing on Thursday night. While…

  14. Vicente Padilla throws first bullpen session since forearm surgery

    Mar 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Vicente Padilla underwent surgery late last month to release a nerve entrapped in his right forearm. The Dodgers originally estimated that he could resume throwing 3-4 weeks after surgery, placing his return somewhere around late April or early May, but it appears that he is progressing faster than most anticipated. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com,…

  15. Mookie Wilson reclaims his old number after Castillo release

    Mar 19, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson number one

    If Sandy Alderson was trying to win over Mets fans with yesterday’s release of Luis Castillo, he’s off to a roaring start. One of the overlooked side benefits of cutting Castillo was that his No. 1 was put back into circulation. This is notable because Mookie Wilson, who will serve as first base coach this…

  16. Jacoby Ellsbury likely to bat leadoff this season

    Mar 19, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox' Ellsbury hits a home run against the Detroti Tigers during the fourth inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Florida

    Jacoby Ellsbury entered spring training with a little something to prove after being limited to just 18 games last season due to fractured ribs. Fortunately for the Red Sox, he’s been the best player in camp thus far. Ellsbury is batting .429 over his first 35 at-bats this spring, leading the team in batting average,…

  17. Zack Greinke might not be back as soon as we thought

    Mar 19, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke throwing AP

    When it was revealed earlier this month that Zack Greinke fractured a rib playing pickup basketball, the Brewers estimated that he would only miss the first couple weeks of the season. Maybe not. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told John Schlegel of MLB.com yesterday that it’s unlikely Greinke will be ready by April 16, a date…

  18. Could Tim Wakefield have a tough time making the Red Sox?

    Mar 19, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Tim Wakefield gave up six runs on seven hits — including four home runs in the span of six batters– over three innings in last night’s loss to the Rays. Ugly, yes, but normally we’d say no big deal. Sometimes the knuckleball dances just right and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s nothing Red Sox fans haven’t seen…

  19. Derrek Lee set for spring debut this afternoon

    Mar 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Derrek Lee will make his spring debut this afternoon against the Phillies, playing first base and batting third. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last night that Lee will likely get two or three at-bats if he feels well enough. Lee, who signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract over the…

  20. On second thought, Luis Castillo is a pretty popular guy

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Luis Castillo became symbolic of the failures of former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, so most expected him to be cut loose prior to Opening Day, even though he was arguably the team’s best option at second base. But when someone is cut based more on perception than reality, we shouldn’t be surprised when said…

  21. Grady Sizemore officially ruled out for Opening Day

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore AP

    The assumption has been that Grady Sizemore won’t be ready until sometime in mid-April, so it’s not much of a surprise to learn that the Indians have officially ruled him out for Opening Day. Indians manager Manny Acta made the announcement earlier tonight, saying there’s just “not enough time to get him ready” for the…

  22. Could the Nationals really send Drew Storen to the minors?

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Aaron asked earlier today just how much spring stats actually matter. The general consensus is that they shouldn’t hold much weight, especially with more established players. For instance, the Orioles aren’t going to cut Luke Scott just because he entered tonight’s action with an .067 batting average over his first 30 at-bats this spring. They…

  23. Doug Davis set to audition for teams next week

    Mar 18, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Doug Davis was limited to just eight starts last season with the Brewers due to a heart problem and an elbow injury which eventually required surgery. The good news is that he’s now back to full health and ready to put himself back out there for MLB teams. Steve Canter, the agent for Davis, tells…

  24. Ian Stewart to return to Rockies’ lineup Wednesday

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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    We heard last week that Ian Stewart was a “longshot” to be ready for Opening Day, but it turns out he may cut things pretty close. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Stewart is scheduled to start at third base tomorrow against the Rangers. It will be his first Cactus League action since…

  25. Andrew Bailey diagnosed with strained right forearm

    Mar 15, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    It was easy to think the worst when Andrew Bailey crumpled down in pain on the mound yesterday, but a release from the Athletics this afternoon actually brings some good news. Bailey was diagnosed with a strained right forearm following an examination by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. In other words, no structural damage was…

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