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  1. UPDATE: Nothing imminent between Diamondbacks and Wagner Mateo

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that there has been “very little recent dialogue” between the Diamondbacks and Mateo, concluding that there are “no indications” that a signing is imminent. 8:36 PM: According to Melissa Segura of, the Diamondbacks will sign 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Wagner Mateo by the end of the month.…

  2. There's a chance Cliff Lee returns this month

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    The Mariners were so encouraged by Cliff Lee’s 63-pitch bullpen session on Monday that they haven’t ruled out his return before the end of the month. Here’s what manager Don Wakamatsu told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: “Yeah, that’s our tendency right now…that’s a possibility,” Wakamatsu said. Lee’s return might be expedited if the…

  3. Jimmy Rollins could be headed to DL on Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The Phillies will decide on Wednesday whether Jimmy Rollins will require a stint on the disabled list. Rollins was a late scratch from Monday’s home opener against the Nationals due to a right calf strain. Here’s the statement released by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, via Todd Zolecki of “Jimmy had an MRI at…

  4. Jay Bruce apologizes for obscene gesture

    Apr 13, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce was caught on camera making an obscene gesture to teammates following a second-inning double against the Marlins on Monday night. If you’re all grown up, go ahead and check out the screengrab over at Deadspin. Naturally, it didn’t take Bruce very long to issue a pretty heartfelt apology for the incident, via Mark…

  5. X-rays on Derrek Lee's thumb come back negative

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    We’ve had a rash of injury updates today. Here’s another one, via Carrie Muskat of Derrek Lee underwent precautionary X-rays on his right thumb after leaving Monday’s home opener against the Brewers. “[Lee] hit a ball that jarred his finger a little bit so we got him out of the ballgame,” Cubs manager Lou…

  6. UPDATE: Jimmy Rollins to undergo MRI on right calf

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of, Rollins will undergo an MRI on his right calf on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jayson Werth, who left Monday’s game with a sore left hip, will not need an MRI exam. 3:57 PM: Jimmy Rollins was scratched from Monday’s home opener against the Nationals due to a right calf strain,…

  7. Jermaine Dye declines contract offer from Nationals

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    According to Bill Ladson of, the Nationals offered free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye a contract, however it wasn’t enough for him to uproot his family to the D.C. area. Meanwhile, Ben Goessling of reports that the club hasn’t had discussions with Dye “in a while” and they seem content to move forward with…

  8. Is David Ortiz playing with an injury?

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that David Ortiz is telling friends that his left wrist is hurting. Remember, Ortiz missed nearly two months with a torn tendon sheath in the very same wrist during the 2008 season. The 34-year-old is just 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts to kick off the new season. He…

  9. Johan Santana would ditch the Mets if he could

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Ian O’Connor is now a columnist for ESPN New York, but who knew that he also moonlights as Madam Ruby? So two seasons and two starts later, after knee and elbow surgeries, after his new team choked in Year 1, collapsed in Year 2 and finished its sixth home game of Year 3 with a…

  10. Ted Lilly scratched (again) from rehab start

    Apr 10, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ted Lilly’s rehab start on Sunday has been pushed back for a second time due to a stiff back. He was originally supposed to start on Friday night. According to Wittenmyer, he’ll throw a bullpen on Monday and is tentatively scheduled to start again on Wednesday. Despite…

  11. Is Mike Lowell ready to hang 'em up?

    Apr 10, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell told reporters that he will “almost certainly” retire at the end of this season, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe. Lowell, 36, is in the final season of a three-year, $37.5 million contract, so it seems only appropriate. The .280/.343/.468 lifetime hitter has broken down in recent seasons and hasn’t fully…

  12. Dice-K tosses five scoreless innings in rehab outing

    Apr 10, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka kicked off a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday afternoon by allowing two hits over five scoreless innings. He issued one walk while hitting two batters and striking out three. He topped out at 93 mph on the radar gun, according to the Associated Press. Dice-K was pulled after throwing 73 pitches,…

  13. Milton Bradley knows how to greet old friends

    Apr 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu tells Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Milton Bradley will have to learn how to deal with distractions: “It’s tough,” Wakamatsu said. “There have been players in the past who’ve had to deal with it. I played with Barry Bonds and Barry Bonds was as good as anybody in…

  14. Carlos Silva tweaked his right shoulder

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    Believe it or not, Carlos Silva actually pitched quite well in his Cubs’ debut against the Reds on Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings while fanning three and walking none. Unfortunately for him, Drew Stubbs cranked a grand slam off rookie Esmailin Caridad in the eighth inning to spoil…

  15. Jack Cust accepts minor league assignment

    Apr 10, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jack Cust has officially accepted a minor league assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, reports Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse. Cust was pretty upset — and rightfully so — when he was designated for assignment just one week ago, calling the decision “a joke,” but he would have been a dope to pass up $2.65 million guaranteed.…

  16. Jose Reyes back in Mets' lineup on Saturday

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    As expected, Jose Reyes will make his return to the Mets on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals, leading off against left-hander John Lannan. It will be Reyes’ first game since May 20 of last season. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York just tweeted the lineup a little earlier, but after all the stops and starts…

  17. Javier Vazquez gets rocked; commence freakout

    Apr 10, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    The early returns on Javier Vazquez’s to pinstripes? Deja vu all over again. He was torched for eight runs on eight hits — including two home runs — a 9-3 loss to the Rays on Friday night. I’d show you the back pages of the New York tabloids panicking and overreacting, but they are too…

  18. Jason Heyward is who we thought he is…

    Apr 10, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    A 20-year-old rookie. Jason Heyward got his rudest awakening yet during Friday’s extra-inning 5-4 loss to the Giants, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and a walk. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury news that they intended to pitch the rookie phenom “under the ground,” and they did just that, getting him to…

  19. Scott Boras says five teams are interested in Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: These could be two of them. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and Indians are possibilities for Washburn, while the Mariners are becoming “a long shot.” 7:00 pm: Agent Scott Boras told Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse that “as many as five clubs” are interested in free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.…

  20. Cliff Lee won't be back this month

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    If it wasn’t plainly obvious already, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu made it official on Friday, telling Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Cliff Lee will not return from the disabled list until next month. “Safely, I think we’re looking at, hopefully, the first week in May,” he replied. “Again, anything before that, I don’t…

  21. Mike Gonzalez blows save in O's home opener

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez isn’t doing much to endear himself to Baltimore right now. After blowing a save on Opening Night against the Rays, he proceeded to cough up the lead in Friday’s home opener against the Blue Jays, as well. Handed a one-run lead in the ninth, Gonzalez didn’t waste any time, walking Edwin Encarnacion, throwing…

  22. Lance Berkman receives cortisone shot in knee

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman had his right knee drained for a fifth time and received a cortisone shot on Monday, according to Brian McTaggart of The 34-year-old first baseman underwent arthroscopic surgery last month, and after a series of recent setbacks, he doesn’t sound any closer to returning from the disabled list. “My wife asked me…

  23. Aroldis Chapman to make U.S. pro debut on Sunday

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman will make his U.S. professional debut with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, according to Mark Sheldon of His first start will be on the road against the Toledo Mudhens, though he’ll undoubtedly be quite the gate attraction no matter where he pitches. Chapman made his unofficial debut with the Reds during spring training,…

  24. Rockies plan to take it slow with Huston Street

    Apr 6, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    On Monday, we mentioned that Colorado closer Huston Street visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his right shoulder. Well, today, Troy Renck of the Denver Post tells us that an MRI on Street’s shoulder revealed some inflammation, but no structural damage. While that is very positive news, Renck reports that after numerous…

  25. Cliff Lee progressing towards bullpen session

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee, who was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to a strained abdominal muscle, played catch for a second straight day on Monday without incident, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. “It’s pretty good,” he said. “I felt absolutely nothing.” Now that he’s throwing without discomfort, the goal…

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