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  1. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from Saturday start with discomfort in elbow

    May 27, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Atlanta Braves

    According to Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have scratched Wandy Rodriguez from Saturday’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks due to discomfort in his left elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to make the start in his place. Rodriguez complained of some soreness following Sunday’s outing against the Blue Jays and…

  2. Jim Riggleman clears the air with Jayson Werth

    May 27, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    The last-place Nationals dropped their fifth consecutive game on Wednesday against the Brewers, which caused Jayson Werth to proclaim that “things need to change.” His quotes didn’t sound all that out of the ordinary for a team that’s regularly losing baseball games, but many speculated that Werth was directing his frustration towards Nationals manager Jim…

  3. Angel Pagan actually had a stress fracture in his rib cage

    May 27, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Just when you thought the whole Mets misdiagnosing injury thing was in the rear-view mirror, here’s this. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Angel Pagan said earlier today that an MRI a little over two weeks ago revealed a stress fracture in his rib cage. Pagan, who made his return to the Mets’ lineup tonight,…

  4. Barry Bonds to pay for Bryan Stow’s kids to go to college

    May 24, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    I can’t remember the last time I wrote something about Barry Bonds that didn’t have steroids or perjury as the subject matter, so this story is a breath of fresh air. According to Lori Preuitt of NBC Bay Area, Barry Bonds has donated to pay for Bryan Stow’s two young children to go to college.…

  5. Adam LaRoche could be headed for major shoulder surgery

    May 24, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Mike Morse

    Adam LaRoche was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, but it turns out the damage is now much more extensive. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that LaRoche has a large tear in his labrum and a small tear in his rotator cuff. The plan is for him to rest for 2-3…

  6. Brian Fuentes apologizes to Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Oakland Athletics

    As you may have heard, Brian Fuentes called out Bob Geren for his in-game managing and communication skills following last night’s loss to the Angels. No doubt realizing that he made a major boo-boo, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Fuentes apologized to Geren during a meeting prior to tonight’s game. Fuentes…

  7. Jorge De La Rosa diagnosed with torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow

    May 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jorge De La Rosa, Chris Iannetta, Bob Apodaca

    Awful news for the Rockies at this hour. Jorge De La Rosa, who left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks in the third inning, was diagnosed with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Rockies are discussing the next step, but odds are he will need Tommy John surgery,…

  8. Angel Pagan expected to return from disabled list Friday

    May 24, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are still missing David Wright and Ike Davis, but they’re about to get one of their regulars back in the starting lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said this afternoon that Angel Pagan will play one game with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday before being activated from the disabled…

  9. Corey Hart homers three times in win over Nationals

    May 23, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Corey Hart homers AP

    Corey Hart slugged three home runs and drove in seven runs in tonight’s 11-3 win over the Nationals. Hart, who missed most of April with an oblique injury, incredibly entered Monday’s action with zero homers and one RBI over his first 76 at-bats this season. He connected for a two-run blast in the first inning,…

  10. Mike Pelfrey takes the funny road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments

    May 23, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    Craig mentioned earlier how David Wright took “the high road” in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments from the New Yorker. You wouldn’t expect anything different from him, but right-hander Mike Pelfrey has a decidedly different take. A downright funny one, actually. No, Wilpon didn’t mention Pelfrey by name in the profile, but in talking to…

  11. Stephen Strasburg throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    May 23, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    The Nationals have lost seven out of their last 10 games and currently sit in last place in the National League East, but there’s some reason for optimism today. No really, there is. Stephen Strasburg revealed via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he threw from a mound for the first time since undergoing…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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