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  1. Catching up with Omar Minaya

    Apr 1, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    The Mets will kick off their season against the Marlins in a little over 30 minutes, so what better time to check in with former general manager Omar Minaya than right now? Minaya spoke with George Vecsey of the New York Times yesterday and said that he thinks the Mets are “capable of contending” this…

  2. Julio Borbon to start in center field for Rangers after rough spring

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Rangers manager Ron Washington said over the winter that he wanted to use Julio Borbon in center field this season in an effort to protect the injury-prone Josh Hamilton. Not a bad idea, really, but those plans appeared to be in doubt due to concerns about Borbon’s defense — he committed five errors this spring…

  3. Phillies sign Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Ronnie Belliard Getty Yanks

    One day after releasing Luis Castillo, the Phillies have signed infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Belliard, who turns 36 next week, was released by the Yankees earlier this week after batting just .136 with one double and one RBI over 22…

  4. Brian Wilson making progress from oblique injury

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Brian Wilson threw approximately 30 pitches in a five-minute bullpen session earlier today in Los Angeles. Wilson, who was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a left oblique strain, was able to throw with “apparent maximum effort.” How’s the oblique feeling, by the way? “It’s…

  5. Mat Latos throws off mound for first time in 10 days

    Mar 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Mat Latos, who was recently placed on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, threw off the mound earlier today for the first time in 10 days, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. Latos said he felt fine during the throwing session, which took place prior to today’s game against the Cardinals at Busch…

  6. Brian Wilson to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    After what we heard last night, it was pretty easy to see this one coming. According to Jaymee Sire of CSN Bay Area, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed earlier tonight that closer Brian Wilson will begin the season on the disabled list with an oblique strain. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that an…

  7. Alex Rodriguez has some unhappy tenants again

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Some of you may remember a story from the New York Times back in 2007 that detailed some complaints from tenants of an apartment complex in the Tampa area owned by Alex Rodriguez. While Selena Roberts was guilty of taking some liberties with the subject matter at the time, it appears that conditions haven’t improved at…

  8. Mike Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch for Yankees on Opening Day

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Mike Mussina Yankees

    Here’s a fun one. The Yankees issued a press release just a short while ago detailing pre-game ceremonies for Opening Day against the Tigers on Thursday. On hand for the festivities will be Mike Mussina, who is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He’ll be the 10th former Yankee player to have the…

  9. UPDATE: Dodgers finalize contract extension with Chad Billingsley

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    UPDATE: The deal is done. And as expected, he’ll receive three years and an option for 2015. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Billingsley will be guaranteed at least $35 million from 2012-2014. If the Dodgers exercise the option for 2015, he could make as much as $46 million. Billingsley will earn $9…

  10. Springtime Storylines: How far can “The Big Four” carry the Phillies?

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee

    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: Uncle Cholly’s Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: How far can “The Big Four” carry the Phillies? Pretty damn far. There’s…

  11. Mat Latos will begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer has confirmed that Mat Latos will begin the season on the disabled list. Latos, who has a 9.00 ERA and 5/9 K/BB ratio over 10 innings this spring, was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to an inflamed bursa…

  12. Brian Matusz hit in biceps with liner during simulated game

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Matusz_Brian

    The Orioles were given quite the scare this afternoon. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Brian Matusz was getting some work in during a simulated game when he was hit in the left biceps by a comebacker. Matusz was able to escape serious injury — in fact, the Orioles aren’t even sending him…

  13. Chase Utley hopes to be back before the All-Star break

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Utley walks across the field after taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Chase Utley spoke with reporters earlier this morning and said that he has made some progress with his ailing right knee. Specifically, he has begun to take some “light ground balls” over the past few days. It doesn’t sound like much, but Utley said he is optimistic about avoiding…

  14. The Mets expect Carlos Beltran to be on the Opening Day roster

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Beltran_Carlos

    It looked like a longshot even a couple of days ago, but after playing five innings in right field in minor league games on Saturday and Sunday, the Mets intend to have Carlos Beltran on the Opening Day roster. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is expected to be in the starting…

  15. Springtime storylines: Will the Mets look the same in September?

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    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 Sandy Alderson-led New York Mets. The Big Question: Will the Mets look the same in September? There are many questions…

  16. Curtis Granderson says he’s “50-50″ for Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Granderson_Curtis

    Curtis Granderson, who suffered a strained right oblique during batting practice Tuesday, told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com this afternoon that he believes he has a “50-50″ chance of being in the lineup for Opening Day against the Tigers next Thursday. Granderson resumed swinging a bat and throwing today while also running the bases. While he…

  17. Red Sox add Dennys Reyes to 40-man roster

    Mar 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    You know things are looking pretty good for your team when one of the biggest stories in camp is whether Dennys Reyes will make the Opening Day roster, but here we are. Terry Francona told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have purchased the contract of Reyes. This…

  18. Zack Greinke playing catch again after rib fracture

    Mar 26, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke throwing AP

    Some good news on the Zack Greinke front. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning that Greinke played catch yesterday for the first time since being shut down with a fractured rib earlier this month. Specifically, Roenicke said that Greinke “felt great” and “the pain is gone.” It’s…

  19. UPDATE: Carlos Beltran goes hitless in minor league game

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE: Carlos Beltran is done for the day. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts over five innings. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, he had two chances in right field and “never had to run full throttle.” The results really don’t matter, but we’ll just have to hear how the knee feels.…

  20. Cubs give Andrew Cashner rotation spot, will attempt to trade Carlos Silva

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Cashner_Andrew

    We have plenty of roster decisions pouring in from Arizona and Florida today. Here’s one of the more interesting ones. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, 24-year-old right-hander Andrew Cashner has won the final spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation. Carlos Silva entered spring training as the self-proclaimed favorite, but he pitched his…

  21. Two-time All-Star Mike Hampton retires

    Mar 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mike Hampton

    After allowing 12 runs on 18 hits and 11 walks over 9 2/3 innings as a non-roster invitee with the Diamondbacks this spring, veteran left-hander Mike Hampton has decided to retire. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Hampton told Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson on Thursday that he was leaning towards…

  22. Clint Barmes out 4-6 weeks with fracture in left hand

    Mar 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Barmes_Clint

    Clint Barmes was optimistic that he only suffered a bruise after being hit on the left hand by Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova last night. However, X-rays this morning revealed a non-displaced fracture of the the fifth metacarpal bone. In layman’s terms, a broken hand. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Barmes will be sidelined…

  23. Pedro Feliciano may begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Feliciano_Pedro

    One of the reasons the Yankees went out and signed Pedro Feliciano this offseason is because he has been one of the most durable — or depending on your point of view, overworked — relievers in baseball over the past few seasons. In fact, he’s never been on the disabled list in eight major league…

  24. Yankees give Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia final rotation spots

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman

    This arrangement has been assumed for a few days now, but the Yankees just made it official. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia have won the final two rotation spots. Bartolo Colon will pitch out of the bullpen. Colon made a pretty solid case for the rotation by posting a…

  25. 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…

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