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  1. David Wright shut down for at least three more weeks

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    David Wright

    The Mets just set a major league record by losing their sixth consecutive home game with a lead after seven innings. But somehow that’s not the worst news of the night. According to Adam Rubin of, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced after the game that David Wright will not begin baseball activities for at…

  2. Ryan Zimmerman to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    zimmerman face

    While Jayson Werth is out of tonight’s lineup after being hit by a pitch on the elbow last night, the Nationals are very close to getting the face of their franchise back. Mark Zuckerman of reports that Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with low-Class A Hagerstown. Zimmerman, who underwent abdominal…

  3. Giants release statement on Brian Sabean’s comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean

    It sounds like the Giants got the message from Joe Torre. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have released the following statement regarding Brian Sabean’s recent comments about Scott Cousins: “This is a very emotional time for the Giants organization and our fans. We lost for the season one of our best players to a…

  4. Dan Haren to miss first start since 2005 due to back issue

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    We mentioned the other day that Dan Haren was iffy to start Saturday against the Yankees after tweaking his back during a bullpen session. Now it’s official. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Haren was scratched from tomorrow’s start and is now tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rays. While Haren…

  5. Paul Konerko scratched from lineup after minor wrist procedure

    Jun 3, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Scott Merkin of reports that Paul Konerko was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Tigers after having a loose fragment removed from his left wrist earlier today. While he won’t start the game, he will be available off the bench. As Merkin notes, the minor procedure is likely related to chronic wrist soreness experienced…

  6. Dan Haren tweaks back during bullpen session

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    The Angels might have to find somebody else to start Saturday against the Yankees. According to Robert Falkoff of, Dan Haren had to cut his bullpen session short earlier today with something Mike Scioscia called a “a little tweak” in his back. Haren was immediately escorted to the training room for further evaluation, so…

  7. Gary Carter diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

    May 31, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Unfortunately the news isn’t getting any better for Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. According to the Associated Press, doctors have confirmed that Carter has a glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Because the location of the tumor makes surgery difficult, Carter will soon begin an aggressive treatment plan consisting of chemotherapy and radiation. ESPN New York…

  8. Eric Wedge gives Chone Figgins a couple days off to regroup

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge has finally decided to put the struggling Chone Figgins out of his misery. At least for a little while. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Figgins will get the next couple of days off in order to clear his head. Luis Rodriguez will make the start at third base…

  9. Ryan Zimmerman to begin playing in extended spring training games

    May 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Good news for the pathetic Nationals’ offense. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Ryan Zimmerman will play “several innings” tomorrow in his first extended spring training game. Zimmerman has been limited to just eight games this season due to an abdominal injury. He was initially placed on the disabled list on April 12…

  10. Josh Johnson unlikely to be ready for June 7 target date

    May 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    The Marlins had previously hoped that Josh Johnson would be able to return from the disabled list for a start on June 7 against the Braves, but manager Edwin Rodriguez told Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel earlier today that it’s doubtful he’ll be ready so soon. “It’s very uncertain at this point,”…

  11. Brandon Webb struggles in first professional start since Opening Day of 2009

    May 30, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT


    Brandon Webb allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings earlier this afternoon in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco, reports Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It was his first professional start of any kind since Opening Day of the 2009 season. Webb struck out two, walked two…

  12. Astros place Wandy Rodriguez on DL with elbow injury, will promote Jordan Lyles

    May 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The Astros have placed Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with fluid in his left elbow joint, reports Brian McTaggart of As we mentioned here on HBT yesterday, Rodriguez was scratched from today’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks with discomfort in his elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to start in…

  13. Hot-hitting Corey Hart out of lineup today due to illness

    May 28, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Corey Hart homers AP

    The only thing that can slow Corey Hart down? His immune system, apparently. According to Audrey Snyder of, Hart is out of the starting lineup for today’s game against the Giants due to illness. Nyjer Morgan will take his place in right field and bat eighth against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, though Hart could be…

  14. David Einhorn is getting one heck of a deal

    May 28, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    david einhorn poker

    UPDATE: The New York Times confirms Adam Rubin’s report and adds that the deal being discussed between Einhorn and the Mets does not include SNY, which is the team’s television network. Einhorn didn’t say much during the conference call Thursday, but was adamant that he had “no interest” in owning a television station. 9:30 AM:…

  15. Evan Longoria is batting leadoff this afternoon

    May 28, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

    Here’s something interesting. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria will bat leadoff for the first time in his career this afternoon against the Indians. Longoria missed the entire month of April with an oblique injury and is batting just .209/.317/.372 over his first 101 plate appearances this season, so Rays…

  16. Humberto Quintero headed to DL with ankle injury after play at plate

    May 28, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts, Humberto Quintero

    Eli Whiteside managed to avoid injury last night, but Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero wasn’t so lucky. Quintero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle following a collision with Ryan Roberts at home plate. Before you ask, no, this wasn’t anything close to the Buster Posey play from Wednesday night. Quintero…

  17. Nationals place Tom Gorzelanny on disabled list with elbow inflammation

    May 28, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Washington Nationals

    Tom Gorzelanny has allowed 13 runs and six home runs over his last three starts. Now we have some idea of what’s ailing him. Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the Nationals have placed Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation. Gorzelanny has a 4.25 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio over…

  18. Gordon Beckham has no fractures after being hit in face with throw

    May 28, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    White Sox' Beckham is helped off the field after he was hit in the face by a ball in their MLB American League baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto

    UPDATE: According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Beckham hopes to play Monday against the Red Sox. 11:01 AM: A disappointing start to the season for Gordon Beckham just got worse. Beckham was hit just below his left eye on a throw from center fielder Alex Rios in the third inning of last…

  19. Prince Fielder almost took out Eli Whiteside at home plate last night

    May 28, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Fielder Whiteside AP picture

    The Giants nearly lost their second catcher of the week during last night’s game against the Brewers. Prince Fielder attempted to score on a single by Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the eighth inning and leaned into Eli Whiteside once it was obvious he was going to be a dead duck at home plate.…

  20. UPDATE: Joe Nathan hits disabled list with tenderness in right elbow

    May 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    Because the previous two stories weren’t enough, here’s more bad news for the Twins. Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports that Joe Nathan is feeling tenderness in his surgically-repaired right elbow and may need a stint on the disabled list. Nathan, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, hasn’t pitched since allowing two runs…

  21. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from Saturday start with discomfort in elbow

    May 27, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Atlanta Braves

    According to Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have scratched Wandy Rodriguez from Saturday’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks due to discomfort in his left elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to make the start in his place. Rodriguez complained of some soreness following Sunday’s outing against the Blue Jays and…

  22. Jim Riggleman clears the air with Jayson Werth

    May 27, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    The last-place Nationals dropped their fifth consecutive game on Wednesday against the Brewers, which caused Jayson Werth to proclaim that “things need to change.” His quotes didn’t sound all that out of the ordinary for a team that’s regularly losing baseball games, but many speculated that Werth was directing his frustration towards Nationals manager Jim…

  23. Angel Pagan actually had a stress fracture in his rib cage

    May 27, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Just when you thought the whole Mets misdiagnosing injury thing was in the rear-view mirror, here’s this. According to Adam Rubin of, Angel Pagan said earlier today that an MRI a little over two weeks ago revealed a stress fracture in his rib cage. Pagan, who made his return to the Mets’ lineup tonight,…

  24. Barry Bonds to pay for Bryan Stow’s kids to go to college

    May 24, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    I can’t remember the last time I wrote something about Barry Bonds that didn’t have steroids or perjury as the subject matter, so this story is a breath of fresh air. According to Lori Preuitt of NBC Bay Area, Barry Bonds has donated to pay for Bryan Stow’s two young children to go to college.…

  25. Adam LaRoche could be headed for major shoulder surgery

    May 24, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Mike Morse

    Adam LaRoche was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, but it turns out the damage is now much more extensive. Bill Ladson of reports that LaRoche has a large tear in his labrum and a small tear in his rotator cuff. The plan is for him to rest for 2-3…

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