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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Ronny Paulino high five

    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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. UPDATE: Padres reach out to Bengie Molina, who wants guaranteed deal

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    The Padres hoped that Gregg Zaun would feel well enough after shoulder surgery to back up primary catcher Nick Hundley this season, but they are back to the drawing board now that the 39-year-old backstop has announced his retirement. However, they can probably cross one option off their list. Dan Hayes of the North County…

  13. Brandon Webb ready to throw to hitters

    Mar 7, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb is finally ready to throw against some hitters, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. “Maybe seeing some hitters will help me tighten up my command a little bit,” Webb said. “I’ve just felt a little wild.” Webb declared himself ready to go after throwing 62 pitches in his most recent bullpen session yesterday.…

  14. Miguel Olivo carted off field with groin injury

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo injured

    Scary moment in yesterday’s Indians-Mariners game. Miguel Olivo, who scored a two-year, $7 million deal with the Mariners over the winter, had to be carted off the field after grabbing his left leg and falling face first onto home plate while scoring on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. The initial diagnosis was a…

  15. The Braves aren’t sweating Craig Kimbrel’s slow start

    Mar 5, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

    craigkimbrel

    It’s only the first week of March, but there are already questions about young fireballer Craig Kimbrel, someone who many expect to be closing games for the Braves this season. Or sharing the job with left-hander Jonny Venters, at the very least. Kimbrel has made three appearances so far during exhibition action. One good, two…

  16. UPDATE: Domonic Brown has fracture in right hand

    Mar 5, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Domonic Brown has a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his right hand. Unbelievable. Surgery is likely, according to David Hale of the News Journal, and would likely sideline him for 3-to-6 weeks. In other words, Ben Francisco is your Opening Day right fielder. 4:17 PM: Domonic…

  17. Brian Matusz back on track after having wart removed

    Mar 5, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Brian Matusz threw a bullpen session today, just one day after from having a wart removed from his left middle finger. “It feels fine. It doesn’t feel irritated at all. It feels normal. Like I said before, it never affected me on the mound. It didn’t affect any of…

  18. James Loney undergoes MRI on left knee

    Mar 5, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, James Loney is scheduled for an MRI on his left knee today. The 26-year-old has been bothered by tightness in the knee over the past few days. For now, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t appear too concerned. “He feels it when he gets to a certain point…

  19. Ron Gardenhire names Tsuyoshi Nishioka as his second baseman

    Mar 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire named Tsuyoshi Nishioka as his second baseman this morning. This isn’t completely unexpected. Many scouts believed that his game was better suited to playing second base in the majors rather than shortstop, where he spent the majority of his career…

  20. Mike Piazza would like to own a baseball team someday

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Mike Piazza told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York this morning that he has considered becoming an owner. “Would I be interested in possibly getting involved in a group to buy a team? Probably,” Piazza said. “I’ve been thinking about it. I think that would be something that would probably suit my desire, at least,…

  21. Chase Utley given cortisone shot for ailing right knee

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced this morning that Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee on Friday. Utley has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee. The Phillies hope Utley sees some improvement…

  22. Russell Martin suggests Manny Banuelos is “more polished” than Clayton Kershaw

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Manuel Banuelos

    Those who stuck around long enough during last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game were given quite the treat. In addition to watching the impressive glove work of Red Sox prospect shortstop Jose Iglesias (here’s an example of what you missed), Yankees prospect left-hander Manny Banuelos struck out three over two scoreless innings of work. Banuelos, who…

  23. Bartolo Colon was actually pretty decent last night

    Mar 5, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Colon works from the mound against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their MLB American League spring training baseball game in Tampa, Florida

    Bartolo Colon was so-so in his spring debut last Saturday against the Phillies, but he actually looked pretty good against the Red Sox last night, striking out five over three scoreless innings. The Red Sox didn’t bring most of their regulars since they were on the road — so that means no Carl Crawford, Dustin…

  24. Cristian Guzman to miss at least first half of season due to “family issues”

    Mar 5, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering why Cristian Guzman hasn’t signed a minor league deal with the Royals or something. Here’s the deal. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Guzman’s agent Stanley King said the infielder is planning to sit out the first half of the 2011 season due to family issues. King didn’t…

  25. Pete Rose files for divorce from second wife

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    According to the Associated Press, court documents say that MLB’s all-time hit king Pete Rose has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 27 years. Rose, who turns 70 years old in April, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Rose and his second wife, Carol, were married in 1984. They started…

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