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  1. Wilson Ramos is off to a pretty nice start with Triple-A Syracuse

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Just a short while ago, Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider and brought us up to speed on what Wilson Ramos has been up to since being acquired from the Twins for closer Matt Capps last Thursday: Since his acquisition from Twins, Nats C Wilson Ramos is 6-for-15, HR, 4 RBI, 3B, 4 R at…

  2. Rockies expected to move Aaron Cook to the bullpen

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook has the distinction of being the Rockies’ all-time leader in wins, but none of that matters as the team’s playoff chances continue to fade by the minute. A team source tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that the Rockies are likely to move Cook to the bullpen, clearing a spot for Jhoulys…

  3. Joe Saunders has something to prove

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders already told reporters last week that he feels he is “just as good” as Dan Haren and through two starts with his new team, it’s pretty clear he is on a mission to prove just that. After holding the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in his D-Backs’ debut last Thursday, Saunders…

  4. Jacoby Ellsbury is coming back tonight

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    At long last, Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians. Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI as the designated hitter in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. In three rehab games with the PawSox, the speedy center fielder…

  5. Manny's rehab hits a bit of a snag

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre acknowledged Tuesday that Manny Ramirez suffered a setback during his rehab from a right calf strain and will need at least another week before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, according to Evan Drellich of The team made the assessment after Dodgers trainer Stan Conte visited Ramirez at…

  6. Erik Bedard to undergo third shoulder surgery

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    It sure sounded like this situation was headed this way, but now we have confirmation. The Mariners announced Tuesday that Erik Bedard will undergo shoulder surgery Friday, according to Jim Street of The surgery will be performed by Mariners team physician Edward Khalfayan and Dr. Lewis Yocum, according to the team. Yocum performed the…

  7. Stephen Strasburg on track to return Tuesday

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    While we’re on the subject of “next big things,” Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to return from the disabled list next Tuesday against the Marlins. Strasburg, who was placed on the disabled list last week with shoulder stiffness, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He hurled fastballs, curveballs and…

  8. Mark Prior signs with the Orange County Flyers

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    Who? Exactly. According to Corey Brock of, Mark Prior signed with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. He was in uniform Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press. Flyers manager Paul Abbott intends to use him in a set-up role. Prior, who turns 30 in September, threw for upwards of…

  9. David Freese to have season-ending ankle surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Just yesterday, the Cardinals hoped to get their rookie third baseman back by as soon as next week. Now they won’t have him back again until next season. David Freese will undergo season-ending surgery to repair tendon damage in his right ankle, according to Matthew Leach of Freese re-injured the ankle during the first…

  10. UPDATE: Carlos Santana suffers apparent serious leg injury

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to the team’s Twitter feed, Santana’s left knee tested well with the training staff. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. 9:43 PM: You hate to see things like this. Carlos Santana left Monday’s game against the Red Sox in the seventh inning after suffering an apparent serious injury to his…

  11. Stephen Strasburg throws again Monday with no problems

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, who played catch Sunday for the first time since going the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, threw from up to 120 feet Monday with no reported problems, according to Mark Zuckerman of “Everything was fine,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. Strasburg started at 60 feet — the same distance he threw from…

  12. In case you were wondering, the White Sox disagree with Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Unless you went into a mini-baseball hiatus since the trade deadline, you probably heard that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made some waves Sunday with his belief that Asian players are treated better than Latinos. Here’s a sampling: “Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one.…

  13. Braves place Martin Prado on the disabled list

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger Monday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Prado injured the finger while sliding to score a run in the 10th inning of last Friday’s win over the Reds. The Braves originally hoped that he would be able to…

  14. Your trade deadline winners and losers

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    As much as we try our best to separate the wheat from the chaff here at HBT, we’re honestly still trying to get our bearings straight after cranking out over 110 posts in the past two days alone, the great majority of them being trade rumors. If you followed today’s deadline on Twitter, you should…

  15. Nationals to announce signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month. According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like…

  16. UPDATE: Astros close to multi-year deal with Brett Myers

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Brian McTaggart of reports that the Astros are close to a multi-year deal with right-hander Brett Myers. The Astros were reported to be reluctant to trade Myers, though many — including myself — thought they were bluffing. The 29-year-old right-hander has been a real bargain for the ‘Stros this season, compiling a 3.10…

  17. Report: Marlins acquire Will Ohman from Orioles

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have traded Will Ohman to the Marlins. Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Orioles will receive right-hander Rick Vandenhurk in return. Ohman, 32, has a 3.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 51 appearances with the Orioles this season. He has…

  18. Report: Dodgers acquire Octavio Dotel from Pirates

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse confirms that Dotel has been traded to the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander James McDonald and outfielder Andrew Lambo. Yeesh. Jayson Stark of adds that the Pirates are throwing in $500,000. That doesn’t make this deal any better. McDonald posted a 2.72 ERA in 41 relief appearances with…

  19. Rumor: Giants might resurrect deal for Corey Hart

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants may resurrect talks to acquire Corey Hart from the Brewers “at the last minute.” Hart has been connected in talks with the Giants all month, but just returned to the starting lineup last night after jamming his right wrist last Friday. It’s worth noting…

  20. Mariners send struggling Justin Smoak to minors

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    The Mariners have sent Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma, according to Jim Street of The 23-year-old first baseman has struggled miserably since being being acquired from the Rangers in the Cliff Lee trade on July 9, batting just .159/.169/.270 with two home runs, five RBI and a pathetic 23/1 K/BB ratio over 63 at-bats.…

  21. UPDATE: Rays interested in Scott Downs and Brandon League

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Maybe not. Jayson Stark of hears the Rays are unlikely to make another deal today. Don’t worry, this madness will be over in an hour or so. 2:24 PM: The Rays already picked up Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks today, but with Grant Balfour expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained intercostal/rib…

  22. UPDATE: White Sox, Rays and Angels in on Manny Ramirez

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: While Dylan Hernandez reports the Angels are in it, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports disagrees, saying they are not the third “mystery team.” I just don’t see this one happening, anyway. Makes for exciting trade deadline fodder, but I think he’s more of an August possibility.12:38 PM: Mystery team identified? Maybe. A source tells…

  23. With Berkman gone, Brett Wallace will make his MLB debut tonight

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Now that the Lance Berkman trade is officially official, the Astros are already turning the page, purchasing the contract of Brett Wallace from Triple-A Round Rock. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut against the Brewers tonight, batting sixth and playing first base. Wallace was acquired from the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder…

  24. UPDATE: Martin Prado might only miss 7-10 days with fractured pinky

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin Prado was diagnosed with a ”stable avulsion fracture” of his right pinky finger. The team has yet to make a decision about a possible DL stint, but Prado might only need to miss seven to 10 days. That’s pretty much the best news any Braves…

  25. UPDATE: Cubs "likely" to trade Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to Dodgers

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Stark reports that the Cubs are “likely” to send Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers. We already know that the Yankees are out, so it sounds like this could get done. 1:06 AM: Jayson Stark of provides an update on Buster Olney’s report, saying that it’s unlikely the Dodgers and Cubs…

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