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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Joe Nathan cruises through second appearance after Tommy John surgery

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Nathan turned in a hitless inning Tuesday in his first appearance back from Tommy John surgery and he took another measured step forward earlier today, needing just nine pitches to retire the Rays in order. Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Nathan reached 95 mph on the stadium’s radar gun. We can’t…

  11. Jake Peavy passes first test with spring debut

    Mar 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Jake Peavy‘s comeback is off to an encouraging start. He tossed two hitless innings in his spring debut against the Angels earlier today, less than eight months removed from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy tossed 16 out of his 26 pitches for strikes while striking out…

  12. Report: Mets won’t receive additional “substantial” financial assistance from MLB

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    We learned earlier today that the Mets are currently seeking another loan to cover operating expenses. Well, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times, they won’t be able to look to Major League Baseball to stay afloat for the long-term. The league already extended a $25 million loan to the Mets in November,…

  13. Phillies, Charlie Manuel making progress towards contract extension

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Florida State Seminoles v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said a couple weeks back that he doesn’t want to talk about extending his expiring contract if a deal can’t be worked out before Opening Day. As if there was any doubt, we probably won’t have to worry about that deadline. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Manuel’s agent Pat Rooney…

  14. The Brewers have spoken with Casey McGehee about a multi-year deal

    Mar 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he has spoken to Casey McGehee‘s agent Barry Meister about a multi-year contract. “We’ll probably know something in the next few days,” said Melvin. “We’ve talked briefly (about a multi-year deal) but I don’t want to get into that.” The 28-year-old McGehee…

  15. Derek Jeter’s revamped swing remains a work in progress

    Feb 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter told Chad Jennings of the Journal News this afternoon that he isn’t yet comfortable with his revamped approach at the plate. “It’ll take a while to get comfortable,” Jeter said. “When was the first game? Two days ago? That was the first time I’ve seen pitching with (the new mechanics). It’s going to…

  16. Scott Boras suggested a position switch to Carlos Beltran in 2009

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    As Aaron mentioned earlier, three-time Gold Glove center fielder Carlos Beltran announced Monday that he will make the move to right field. It turns out the switch was a couple seasons in the making. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, after Beltran initially developed the bone bruise in his right knee in…

  17. Mike Trout might have to get a new phone number

    Feb 28, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Selig

    Mike Trout is a very popular guy right now. And not just because he is widely considered as one of the top position prospects in the game. No, you see, the 19-year-old outfielder was the innocent victim of a prank this afternoon by his Angels’ teammates. According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times,…

  18. Heyman: Adrian Beltre could miss a month with calf injury

    Feb 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    adrian-beltre-rangers

    Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reported yesterday that Adrian Beltre was going to miss 10-14 days with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf, but Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that timetable is “a tad optimistic.“ According to Heyman, Beltre could miss as much as a month with the injury. Durrett wrote yesterday that “the club…

  19. Report: Yankees keeping an eye on Francisco Liriano

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Excuse me while I file this under most predictable trade rumor of all-time (via Bob Nightengale of USA Today): The Yankees are keeping a close eye on Twins starter Francisco Liriano, while Twins are keeping tabs on Yanks prospects. The trade winds began to blow earlier this month, when Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote…

  20. Miguel Cabrera could play as soon as Monday

    Feb 26, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that Miguel Cabrera won’t be in the lineup tomorrow against the Blue Jays, but could make his spring training debut Monday against the Yankees. “Monday’s more of a possibility [than Sunday],” Leyland said, “but I’m not sure about Monday either.” Cabrera didn’t make the…

  21. Ron Washington intends to use Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot this season

    Feb 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler bat

    Rangers manager Ron Washington raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he used Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot in the team’s intersquad game. While Washington warned against looking too much into the decision at the time, he confirmed to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News today that Kinsler will indeed be his…

  22. Brandon Webb to throw bullpen session on Sunday

    Feb 26, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb threw off a mound when he first arrived to spring training last week, but Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux put him on a throwing program in an effort to build up his arm strength. After a week of intense long-tossing, Webb is scheduled to get back on the mound Sunday for another bullpen…

  23. Justin Duchscherer sidelined due to hip soreness

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Discouraging news out of Orioles’ camp. According to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun, Justin Duchscherer is currently sidelined due to hip soreness. “We’re going to give him 48 hours and see where he is,” said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Of course, Duchscherer is working his way back from season-ending surgery on his left hip…

  24. Jason Bay back in the lineup for the first time since concussion

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    There are lineup cards being tweeted left and right this morning, but one of the more overlooked names is Jason Bay. As noted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Bay is in the Mets’ lineup today for the first time since suffering a concussion last July in Los Angeles. We haven’t heard as much…

  25. Derrek Lee takes batting practice for first time since thumb surgery

    Feb 26, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee Orioles

    Derrek Lee took live batting practice yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb in November, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “A lot of nerves,” Lee said. “I’ve never had surgery. I didn’t know how it was going to respond. I was a little…

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