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  1. Marco Scutaro receives injection in ailing back, considered “50-50″ for Opening Day

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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    Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro has been limited to just one game this spring due to back soreness and now there’s a chance that he could begin the season on the disabled list. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Scutaro received an epidural injection in his back after he felt lingering…

  2. Andrew Cashner to start Opening Day for Padres

    Mar 20, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Padres manager Bud Black announced earlier this evening that right-hander Andrew Cashner will start the team’s season opener against the Dodgers on March 30. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career. Once a top pitching prospect with the Cubs, Cashner dealt with a bunch of injuries early on his career, but…

  3. Report: Indians and Justin Masterson break off extension talks

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:59 PM EDT

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    The odds of the Indians reaching a contract extension with right-hander Justin Masterson appeared favorable earlier this month, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that talks have broken off. Exact terms of Masterson’s demands aren’t known, but Rosenthal hears that he was believed to be asking for a three-year deal valued at less than…

  4. Brandon Beachy to have Tommy John surgery Friday

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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    In news that was all but inevitable, the Braves confirmed today that right-hander Brandon Beachy will undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery tomorrow. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttache in Los Angeles. Like teammate Kris Medlen, who went under the knife earlier this week, this will be the second Tommy John…

  5. Dillon Gee expected to start Opening Day for Mets

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

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    With Matt Harvey working his way back from Tommy John surgery and Jon Niese likely to be held back for the second series of the regular season due to elbow inflammation, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported this morning that Dillon Gee will start for the Mets on Opening Day against the Nationals on…

  6. Blue Jays claim Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from Diamondbacks

    Mar 20, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays announced late this afternoon that they have claimed infielder/outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Diamondbacks. In a corresponding roster move, Toronto released left-hander Luis Perez to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Tuiasosopo hit .244/.351/.415 with seven home runs and 30 RBI over 191 plate appearances with the Tigers last…

  7. MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury’s calf comes back negative

    Mar 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since last Friday due to tightness in his right calf, but the Yankees are hoping that his return isn’t far off. Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that a precautionary MRI on Ellsbury’s calf came back negative. Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects him to take…

  8. MRI on Joe Wieland’s elbow does not show damage to ulnar collateral ligament

    Mar 17, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    You guys aren’t going to believe this, but here’s some good news about an injured starting pitcher. While Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported late last night that the Padres were fearful that right-hander Joe Wieland would require a second Tommy John surgery, general manager Josh Byrnes told Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego this…

  9. U.S. Cellular Field in rough shape after brutal winter

    Mar 17, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Interesting story today from JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com about the challenge White Sox head groundskeeper Roger Bossard faces to get U.S. Cellular Field ready for Opening Day on March 31 against the Twins. After a brutal winter, it’s not going to be easy. As things stand, a brutal Chicago winter has left about 30 inches…

  10. Grady Sizemore had a big day today

    Mar 17, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

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    No, your eyes are not fooling you. Below you’ll find footage of Grady Sizemore doing awesome things on a baseball field. Dare I say vintage form? Sizemore, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, is now hitting .381 (8-for-21) with one double and one walk over seven games this spring. What a story it…

  11. Logan Morrison said something controversial on Twitter again

    Mar 17, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Another day, another controversial tweet from Logan Morrison: If I were to be Native American. Would I not get taxed? If this is true, I'm so jealy!— Logan Morrison (@CupOfLoMo) March 17, 2014 You know, because white males have had it so tough. Yikes. Of course, Morrison has had a number of Twitter missteps in…

  12. Jose Iglesias confirms he has stress fractures in both of his legs

    Mar 17, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

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    It was reported over the weekend that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss most (or potentially all) of the season due to lingering pain from a shin condition and now we have some clarity about the exact nature of the injury. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Iglesias confirmed today that he has been diagnosed…

  13. Kris Medlen to have Tommy John surgery Tuesday; Brandon Beachy going for second opinion

    Mar 17, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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    The following news doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s now official. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves right-hander Kris Medlen will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery tomorrow. This will be the second Tommy John surgery of Medlen’s young career. He previously had the procedure in August of 2010 and made it back to…

  14. Chris Tillman named Opening Day starter for Orioles

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced this afternoon that Chris Tillman will start Opening Day against the Red Sox on March 31. This will be the first Opening Day assignment of Tillman’s career. Showalter called it a “reward” for the 25-year-old right-hander, who has quickly gone from disappointment to rotation staple. Tillman went 16-7 with a…

  15. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  16. Gordon Beckham has a strained oblique

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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    According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the White Sox announced this afternoon that second baseman Gordon Beckham has suffered a strained left oblique and will be shut down from baseball activities for seven days. We’re about two weeks away from the start of the regular season, so Beckham will have to make quick progress to…

  17. Carl Crawford expected to miss Australia trip for birth of child

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers will leave tomorrow night in preparation for their two-game season-opening series against the Diamondbacks next Saturday and Sunday in Australia. However, they’ll likely do so without one of their regulars. According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Carl Crawford is expected to stay behind…

  18. Mike Minor to throw batting practice Monday for the first time this spring

    Mar 15, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Mike Minor fell behind in his offseason training program after a painful-sounding surgery for a urinary tract infection in late December and showed up to camp with some shoulder soreness, but he’s beginning to make some progress. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Minor is scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday for the first…

  19. 17-year-old Julio Urias is starting for the Dodgers this afternoon

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Interesting news out of Dodgers camp, as 17-year-old Julio Urias is starting this afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Padres. Just to put things into perspective, he was born in August of 1996, less than two months after Tommy Lasorda managed his final game in Dodger Blue. Feeling old yet? Urias, a native of Mexico,…

  20. Nationals owner Mark Lerner addresses ballpark roof proposal

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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    We heard back in December that the Nationals tried to sell Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray on a $300 million publicly-funded retractable roof for their ballpark. The idea was quickly shot down. We haven’t heard much about it since, but Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner addressed the situation for the first time during Comcast…

  21. Could the Tigers make a play for Stephen Drew?

    Mar 15, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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    The Mets and Red Sox have been mentioned most often as possible landing spots for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but as these situations often go, he might end up in an unexpected place. Peter Gammons brought up an interesting possibility earlier today: I would not bet against rumor sending Stephen Drew to Tigers— Peter…

  22. A.J. Griffin shut down for three weeks due to flexor tendinitis

    Mar 15, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It was easy to think the worst when right-hander A.J. Griffin was sent to a doctor yesterday due to elbow soreness, but the Athletics received some favorable news today. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Griffin was diagnosed with right flexor tendinitis and will be shut down for three weeks. This is…

  23. Manny Machado dealing with scar tissue in knee, increasingly unlikely for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    The Orioles still haven’t ruled out the possibility that third baseman Manny Machado will be ready for Opening Day, but it’s increasingly likely that he will begin the season on the disabled list. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Machado has been unable to run for the past five days due to scar tissue in…

  24. Jason Motte faces hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Jason Motte isn’t expected to join the Cardinals bullpen until May, but he took an important step yesterday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the bearded reliever faced live hitters for the first time in a year. Motte threw about 20 pitches to a…

  25. The Braves aren’t adding another starting pitcher

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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    The Braves bolstered their suddenly shaky rotation earlier this week when they signed right-hander Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract, but general manager Frank Wren told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal this morning via phone that he isn’t planning to add another starter even with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy potentially headed for another…

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