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  1. Kendrys Morales hits another plateau in rehab

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

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    While Kendrys Morales resumed running about two weeks ago, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times earlier today that he isn’t any closer to a minor league rehab assignment. “His progress has been slow,” Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “He’s having problems getting…

  2. Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 22 games

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Andre Ethier extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a single in his first at-bat tonight against the Marlins, which matches his former manager Joe Torre for the longest hitting streak ever in April. Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games back in 1971 as a member of the Cardinals. It was the…

  3. Phil Hughes ready for minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 23, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    After throwing an extended bullpen session earlier this afternoon, Phil Hughes told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he expects to make his first minor league rehab start in five days. “I felt like balls were coming out pretty good,” Hughes said. “We’ll have to wait and see.” While Hughes isn’t sure where he’ll…

  4. Neftali Feliz placed on disabled list with shoulder inflammation

    Apr 23, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    C’mon, you just knew something like this would happen, right? According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have placed closer Neftali Feliz on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that Feliz is dealing with inflammation in his rotator cuff, but is hopeful that he…

  5. Chris Young to return to Mets’ starting rotation Tuesday

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have confirmed that right-hander Chris Young will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Nationals. Young, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with right biceps tendinitis, was cleared for the start after throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session…

  6. Felipe Lopez benched for not hustling

    Apr 23, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Felipe Lopez was pulled from last night’s game against the Blue Jays after failing to run out a ground ball in the 11th inning. It’s the second time this week that Lopez didn’t hustle to first base. Rays manager Joe Maddon tells Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that Lopez is benched for today’s…

  7. Brandon Webb to throw in extended spring training Monday

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb is still a long way from actually pitching for the Rangers, but he’s making some incremental progress. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Webb flew to Arizona yesterday after completing his latest long-toss session under the supervision of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. He’s scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring…

  8. Justin Morneau back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Apr 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Morneau_Justin

    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Justin Morneau is back in the starting lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Indians. He’ll play first base and bat cleanup against right-hander Fausto Carmona. Morneau has been sidelined since last Saturday due to a stiff neck and a case of the flu. He recently received…

  9. Jeff Wilpon orders destruction of bullpen mascot “Stanley”

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    The Mets are willing to try anything — and I mean anything — change their losing ways. Even if they have to blame inanimate objects for their bad luck. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros, the Mets destroyed “Stanley,” a black and yellow rolling toolbox that had become the bullpen’s mascot. It held some…

  10. Scott Downs placed on disabled list with stomach virus

    Apr 23, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Downs_Scott

    According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, Angels reliever Scott Downs has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a gastrointestinal virus caused by food poisoning. Downs missed the first two weeks of the season because of a broken left big toe, so this is his second trip to the disabled list this season. He…

  11. Did Tony La Russa pull a fast one on Dusty Baker last night?

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa Getty

    Tony La Russa used the weather and the rules to his advantage in last night’s 4-2 win over the Reds, moving his club back into first place in the National League Central. La Russa scratched Kyle McClellan from his scheduled start because of the threat of inclement weather, instead sending Miguel Batista out for the…

  12. Chipper Jones has pain in his other knee

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jones is out of Saturday’s lineup. 8:34 AM: Chipper Jones has exceeded all expectations coming back from left knee surgery, batting .274/.341/.425 with two homers, five doubles and 14 RBI over his first 82 plate appearances. He has appeared in every game this season and even…

  13. UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid broke up in ninth inning

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Marlins win 4-1. Sanchez ends up with a complete-game one-hitter. 9:35 PM: So much for that. Dexter Fowler just broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the ninth. It bounced just beyond Omar Infante‘s glove into right field. Is Edwin Rodriguez going to pull him now? 9:26 PM: Sanchez has made it…

  14. The Brewers will be paying Ryan Braun until 2031

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Brewers Phillies Baseball

    The Brewers announced a five-year, $105 million extension with Ryan Braun yesterday that will keep him in Milwaukee through at least 2020, but they’ll actually be paying him for much, much longer. According to Colin Fly of the Associated Press, the new contract includes at least $18 million in interest-free deferrals through 2031. In other…

  15. Justin Morneau receives cortisone shot for stiff neck

    Apr 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game this evening. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that while Morneau is still getting over the flu, he also needed a cortisone shot today to relieve vertebrae inflammation in his neck. “He had a neck issue before he even…

  16. Jason Bay has four hits, homers twice in rehab game

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    UPDATE: And wouldn’t you know it, now Mets manager Terry Collins tells Rubin that he will discuss bringing Bay back tomorrow as opposed to Thursday. 10:31 PM: Things are looking pretty bleak for the Mets at the moment, but at least they have some help on the way. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New…

  17. Zack Greinke tosses three scoreless innings in first rehab start

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Brevard County earlier tonight and things couldn’t have gone much better. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Greinke struck out four over three shutout innings and retired nine out of the 10 batters he faced. Granted, we can’t take much from results against a…

  18. Alex Rodriguez aims to return to starting lineup Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez was held out of the starting lineup tonight for the second straight day with continued soreness in his oblique/lower back, but told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that he expects to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Blue Jays. “We decided to take one more day and play tomorrow,” Rodriguez said. “I…

  19. Cardinals remove struggling Ryan Franklin from closer role

    Apr 19, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals have finally done the inevitable. While Tony La Russa wouldn’t say the change is permanent, he told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest this afternoon that struggling closer Ryan Franklin will not be used in the ninth inning for the time being. Franklin has allowed six runs on eight hits — including three…

  20. Jake Peavy pulled from rehab start with discomfort

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    peavy pose

    Bad news for the White Sox at this hour. According to Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago, Jake Peavy left a minor league rehab start tonight with Double-A Birmingham tonight due to discomfort. Peavy was pulled after throwing just 15 pitches over two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits. He’s scheduled for further evaluation…

  21. Brandon Belt could be headed to the minors tomorrow

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed a short while ago that Brandon Belt could be sent back to the minors if Cody Ross is activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Ross is scheduled to play nine innings in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Fresno tonight,…

  22. The Nationals are sniffing around for center fielders

    Apr 18, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals must have finally realized they are starting Rick Ankiel in center field on most nights, because Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that they are currently searching for an upgrade. Nyjer Morgan wore out his welcome in Washington, so it was hard to blame them for trading him to the Brewers before the start…

  23. Pirates not concerned with Andrew McCutchen’s early struggles

    Apr 16, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen was batting just 9-for-41 (.220) over the first 11 games of the season, all of the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle moved him back to the leadoff spot last night against the Reds in an effort to shake things up, but McCutchen went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Still, Hurdle…

  24. Jason Bay could return from disabled list as soon as Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jason Bay could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Astros at Citi Field. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that Bay would return from the disabled list no sooner than April 26. Bay has been sidelined since the…

  25. Corey Hart scheduled to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    We mentioned yesterday that Zack Greinke is making progress from a fractured rib, but the Brewers are also close to seeing an importance piece of their everyday lineup return. Corey Hart will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Nashville, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Hart has been sidelined since…

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