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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Ian Stewart to return to Rockies’ lineup Wednesday

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Stewart_Ian

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. It doesn’t sound like Carlos Beltran is going to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York earlier this afternoon that while he has been cleared for some baseball activities, he will be limited to hitting and other non-running activities for the time being. Beltran reports that his knee currently feels “60 percent better” than it did one week ago and according to…

  7. Report: Mariners prospect Michael Pineda favored for rotation spot

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Mariners prospect right-hander Michael Pineda has garnered all sorts of attention this spring by flashing mid-to-high 90s heat on the radar gun. And while spring training performances aren’t the be-all end-all, he has also pitched pretty well, posting a 2.57 ERA and 5/3 K/BB ratio over his first seven Cactus League innings. Still, the assumption…

  8. UPDATE: Andrew Bailey leaves game with right elbow discomfort

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Well, this doesn’t sound good. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Andrew Bailey left today’s game against the Indians in the bottom of the seventh inning due to right elbow discomfort. Bailey was clutching at his elbow before he left the mound. Of course, Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2005…

  9. Scratch that: Now Neftali Feliz wants to be a starting pitcher

    Mar 14, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    A lot can change in seven days. Neftali Feliz said just one week ago that he would prefer to remain in the bullpen, but he was singing a very different tune after tossing four innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers this afternoon. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Feliz is now…

  10. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Single-A Hagerstown

    Mar 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    C’mon Nats fans, you knew this sneak preview would end eventually. Though the Nationals didn’t include last year’s No.1 overall pick Bryce Harper in their first round of cuts yesterday, he was sent to low-Class A Hagerstown following this afternoon’s win over the Yankees, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. The Nationals insisted that Harper…

  11. Ryan Braun leaves game with strained intercostal muscle

    Mar 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after the top of the first inning due to a strained left intercostal muscle, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. The team has him listed as day-to-day right now, but there’s some reason for concern here. Braun has suffered intercostal injuries multiple times in the past,…

  12. Joe Mauer could appear in a game next week

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, but he’s inching ever-closer to his debut after catching Nick Blackburn‘s bullpen session earlier today. According to La Velle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer said he hopes to appear as a designated hitter sometime after Tuesday’s scheduled off day. “Yeah I’d like to,”…

  13. Mike Morse stating his case for starting left field job

    Mar 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    mike-morse-nationals

    Many argued that Mike Morse deserved a larger role with the Nationals after he batted .289/.352/.519 with 15 homers in 266 at-bats as a part-time player last season, but he came into camp without a clear path to playing time following the offseason additions of Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel. Let’s just say…

  14. Adrian Beltre could make Cactus League debut as soon as Monday

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    adrian-beltre-rangers

    Adrian Beltre has made enough progress from his right calf injury that Rangers manager Ron Washington feels he could be able to make his spring debut Monday against the Dodgers, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. If it isn’t Monday, it shouldn’t be long. Beltre ran the bases for a fourth straight day this…

  15. Chase Utley is making some progress, we think…

    Mar 12, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies provided an update about Chase Utley‘s ailing right knee this morning. Well, sort of. We didn’t learn much, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Utley has been able to do more exercises than before. “These are kind of baby steps,” Amaro said. “I can’t…

  16. Scott Podsednik has setback with plantar fasciitis in left foot

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Scott Podsednik

    Scott Podsednik made his spring debut against the Yankees yesterday, finishing 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base. He told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that his left foot wasn’t completely pain-free, but said that he was to the point where he could “go out there and play.” Apparently not. Chisholm reports this morning that…

  17. The MLS thinks the Wilpons would make “great” owners

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    MLS Logo

    According to the Associated Press, MLS commissioner Don Garber believes the Wilpons would make “great” owners of the league’s 20th franchise, despite their current financial and legal troubles. “The success of our league is the core values of our ownership group and … I believe the Wilpons fit very well with our owners in terms…

  18. Adrian Gonzalez set for spring debut this afternoon

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    We heard the other day that Adrian Gonzalez was hoping to make his spring debut “sometime next week,” or “maybe even earlier.” Consistent with his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery, Gonzalez is running ahead of schedule. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Adrian Gonzalez is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox…

  19. Aaron Cook suffers broken ring finger, likely out until May

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook is giving new meaning to the phrase “tough-luck pitcher.” Cook was already expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to inflammation in his shoulder, but he could now be sidelined until May after breaking the ring finger on his pitching hand. As he explained to Troy Renck of the Denver…

  20. Johnny Cueto leaves start with forearm tightness

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto was originally scheduled to throw four innings against the Rangers this afternoon, but he was pulled from his start after just two innings due to forearm tightness. It’s easy for your imagination to run wild when a pitcher comes down with forearm tightness, but Reds head trainer Paul Lessard told Mark Sheldon of…

  21. Ronny Paulino finally expected to arrive at Mets’ camp Saturday

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ronny Paulino finally made it to the United States today after an extended delay due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic. Paulino, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets over the winter, is expected to report to camp tomorrow. The 29-year-old backstop…

  22. Adrian Gonzalez hopes to make spring debut next week

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    Adrian Gonzalez took live batting practice earlier today for the second time in the past three days and told Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com that he hopes to make his spring debut sometime next week. “[Wednesday] I’ll hit again on the field if everything feels good,” he said. “And see how it responds hitting back-to-back days.…

  23. Benches clear in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    It’s one thing to take spring training results too seriously. It’s quite another to care enough to actually fight over them. That’s what nearly happened in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game, as Casey McGehee took offense to Roman Colon, who celebrated after he struck him out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. Benches cleared…

  24. Zack Greinke to miss start of season with fractured rib

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Awful news out of Brewers’ camp this afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Zack Greinke will miss the start of the season with a fractured rib. You may remember that Greinke had his initial bullpen session this spring pushed back by a ribcage contusion, which he said at the time was the result of…

  25. Joel Zumaya goes for second opinion on surgically-repaired elbow

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Bad news out of Tigers’ camp. According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Joel Zumaya went for a second opinion on his surgically-repaired elbow earlier today. Zumaya hasn’t pitched since scar tissue broke away from his elbow during his first Grapefruit League appearance last Sunday against the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander was originally expected…

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