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D.J. Short

  1. Nyjer Morgan is punching his ticket out of Washington

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Shocking, I know. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com alluded to the inevitable earlier this week, when two scouts told him that the chances the Nationals will keep Morgan are “nonexistent.” Let’s just say that Morgan isn’t doing anything to change their minds. Take last night’s game against the Marlins, for instance. Batting eighth, Morgan reached on…

  2. Peter Gammons speaks the truth

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    I’d love to say the Rangers’ 6-5 extra-inning win over the Yankees last night (or this morning) was exciting and dramatic — and it certainly had its moments — but unfortunately the five-hour, 12-minute marathon was completely dominated by pitching changes. The two teams combined to set an American League record by using 19 pitchers.…

  3. Scott Boras isn't pleased with the Mets right now

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We’ve discussed the Walter Reed situation ad nauseam in this space this week, so I don’t want to give it too much time. Besides, the Mets have already found a new disaster with the pending shoulder surgery for Johan Santana. Still, it was hard to ignore this one. Scott Boras, who represents both Carlos Beltran…

  4. We're all tied up: Giants grab share of NL West lead

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    We’re back at zero. That’s where we stand after Friday night, as the Giants defeated the Padres 1-0 to move into a virtual tie for first place in the National League West. This is the first time that the Padres haven’t had sole possession of first place since they were a half-game out on June…

  5. Cubs GM Jim Hendry is releasing a book!

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    OK, maybe not, but someone wants you to think he is. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, somebody circulated a fake press release promoting a book claimed to be written by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. The title? “How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League.” It gets…

  6. Reds activate Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list. Sort of.

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Reds activated both Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list today. Just don’t look for them to play prominent roles down the stretch. Earlier this week, we thought that Edmonds’ career could be over after he revealed that he has a torn oblique muscle. That hasn’t…

  7. Justin Upton was sent for an MRI on his left shoulder

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson confirmed to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Justin Upton was sent for an MRI on his ailing left shoulder this morning. Upton hasn’t played since tweaking the shoulder during an at-bat in the seventh inning of last Monday’s game against the Padres. Just yesterday, Gibson told Steve Gilbert…

  8. Jay Bruce making progress towards return to lineup

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce will miss a seventh straight game tonight due to soreness in his right side, however he reported no pain after taking approximately 50 swings off a tee earlier this afternoon, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “The biggest thing is how I bounce back tomorrow. We’ll go from there.” The tentative plan is…

  9. The Reds may have already run out of patience with Aaron Harang

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

    The Reds are still in very good shape in the NL Central, but they aren’t about to rest on their laurels. Including today’s loss to the Rockies, Aaron Harang has allowed seven runs — five earned — with a lousy 3/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts since coming off the disabled list. After…

  10. After a year of rest, Oliver Perez is finally ready to pitch

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Craig has his Jeff Francoeur obsession, so I’m free to blog about Oliver Perez at will. Especially on this rather slow Labor Day, news-wise. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Oliver Perez said earlier today that he is considering pitching for his hometown of Culiacan, Mexico, this winter in the Mexican League. Perez allowed one…

  11. UPDATE: Mat Latos pushed back to Tuesday due to illness

    Sep 6, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Latos has been pushed back to Tuesday due to a “violent” stomach bug. Enough said there. Kevin Correia, who was slated to start Tuesday, will be available in relief of Tim Stauffer tonight. It’s actually not the worst thing in the world since Correia has struggled badly of…

  12. Johan Santana to throw off mound Sunday

    Sep 4, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Johan Santana, who left Thursday’s start against the Braves with a strained left pectoral muscle, threw from a distance of approximately 100 feet Saturday at Wrigley Field, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “Everything is good,” Santana said. “Playing catch I don’t feel anything. So we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m supposed to…

  13. Jim Thome passes Mark McGwire for ninth place on all-time home-run list

    Sep 4, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jim Thome has connected for a pair of home runs during this afternoon’s game against the Rangers, passing Mark McGwire for ninth place on baseball’s all-time home run list. He slugged No. 583 in the third inning and No. 584 — a three-run shot — in the fourth. Incredibly, the 40-year-old Thome now has 20…

  14. Carlos Silva set for first start since minor heart procedure

    Sep 4, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start against the Astros on Tuesday, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. It will be his first start since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an irregular heartbeat in early August. Silva gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his last…

  15. UPDATE: Cliff Lee doubtful to make next start

    Sep 4, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers called off Cliff Lee’s bullpen session after he felt some discomfort in his back while throwing off flat ground. He’ll play catch again Sunday with the intention of throwing a bullpen session. There’s still a chance he’ll pitch Tuesday, but it doesn’t sound…

  16. Mike Lowell has a non-displaced rib fracture

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Mike Lowell was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in one of his ribs after undergoing an MRI and CT scan Friday. “I’m medically cleared to play and as long as it doesn’t bother me it should be fine,” said Lowell, who…

  17. Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte getting close to returning

    Sep 4, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte participated in a simulated game this morning, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. With Reggie Jackson calling balls and strikes and Yankees manager Joe Girardi observing, Pettitte threw 50 pitches over three simulated innings against A-Rod, Greg Golson and Ramiro Pena. He reported no problems with left groin.…

  18. Jaime Garcia snaps Cards' losing streak, bolsters case for NL ROY

    Sep 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Hard to figure those Cardinals out. They continued their dominance over the first-place Reds with a 3-2 win last night, putting an end to their five-game losing streak. They are now 11-5 against Cincinnati this season, however they have just five wins against teams not named the Reds since August 6. Alas, they are currently…

  19. Jeremy Hermida signs with the Athletics

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Just days after being released by the Red Sox, Jeremy Hermida has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics. Hermida debuted with Triple-A Sacramento last night and helped the RiverCats clinch the Pacific Coast League Pacific South division title by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI, according…

  20. Brandon Webb disappointed with latest simulated game

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb threw his second simulated game Friday, but according to what he told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, it didn’t go quite as smoothly as his first session against live hitters last Saturday. “It wasn’t as good as it was the last time,” Webb said. “I was as wild as I’ve ever been.…

  21. The Padres have dropped eight straight games

    Sep 4, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    25-year-old Cory Luebke didn’t have the easiest of assignments Friday night against the Rockies. Not only was he making his major league debut, he was being asked to stop the bleeding of a seven-game losing streak. No pressure or anything. Luebke was predictably a little shaky, giving up a pair of two-run homers over five…

  22. Josh Hamilton says back stiffness won't keep him out of lineup

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, who missed Wednesday’s game after receiving an injection for his sore right knee, was back in the lineup against the Twins on Friday. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Hamilton left the game with lower back stiffness after connecting for a one-out single in the eighth inning, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I…

  23. Joe Maddon improves to .500 as Rays manager

    Sep 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    The Rays defeated the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night and remain 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East and seven games up on the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card. While the playoffs look like a virtual-lock, there was some extra significance to Friday’s win. As Marc Topkin of…

  24. Aroldis Chapman's vanity plates need an update

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t had enough of baseball’s new sensation, here’s an interesting tidbit from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Apparently, Chapman has vanity plates on his vehicles. Specifically, “102MPH” on his Lamborghini and “101MPH” on his Mercedes. Now that the Cuban fireballer has reached 102.7 MPH and 103.9 MPH in his first two…

  25. Stephen Strasburg undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “He came through it with flying colors,” Rizzo said. “It went smooth and uneventful.” Not that I would wish this on anyone, but have we ever seen a surgery described as unsuccessful? Just saying. Anyway, Dr.…

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