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  1. UPDATE: Corey Hart sidelined with wrist injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: No surprise here. Hart is out of the lineup against the Nationals tonight. He told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his wrist is still too sore to even try to swing a bat. “It’s sore,” he said. “Hopefully, it won’t be too long, especially the way things have been going for…

  2. Gary Matthews Jr. opts out of his contract with the Reds

    Jul 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    I’ll interrupt all this talk about the upcoming July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to bring you this moment of levity. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Matthews Jr. has officially opted out of his contract with the Reds and is now a free agent. Matthews, who signed a minor league contract with…

  3. The Diamondbacks want a lot for Dan Haren

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    According to Buster Olney of, the Diamondbacks are asking the Tigers for top pitching prospects Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner in exchange for Dan Haren. Oliver just recently posted a 7.36 ERA over his first five starts in the big leagues, but the 22-year-old left-hander is 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.28 WHIP…

  4. Ben Sheets could miss rest of season with elbow injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Here we go again. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben Sheets is headed to the disabled list after yet another injury to his right elbow. Sheets told Slusser that his elbow has been “too swollen” over his past two or three starts. When asked if he is looking at missing the…

  5. John Maine has season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, John Maine underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery Friday to clean out scar tissue in his right shoulder. Maine was 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA over his first nine starts this season before going on the disabled list with right arm fatigue on May 21. The Mets…

  6. Roy Oswalt would be open to restructuring contract

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt confirmed Friday that he would be willing to restructure his $16 million club option for 2012 given the right situation, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to find a way to get it done,” Oswalt told a gathering of Houston reporters. “I’m not going to go somewhere where…

  7. Jason Bay is Friday's human highlight reel

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This hasn’t been a fun year for Jason Bay. Signed to a four-year, $66 million contract over the winter, the 31-year-old outfielder is batting a modest .260 with six homers and 47 RBI. This time last year, he had 20 homers and 72 RBI. The Mets just haven’t gotten what they paid for. After going…

  8. Ted Lilly could be traded this weekend

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Major league sources told Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times that Ted Lilly could be traded by the end of the weekend. Interest in the veteran left-hander has skyrocketed after he tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Astros on Wednesday. Naturally, the Cubs appear quite content to sell high. Sources tell…

  9. UPDATE: Yankees were "never close" to deal for Dan Haren

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of essentially backs up Stark’s report, saying the Yankees would be willing to trade Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister (previously mentioned in the Cliff Lee proposal) and other prospects, however they will not include Joba Chamberlain and pay the full $33 million remaining on Haren’s contract. According to Heyman, the Diamondbacks have…

  10. Kelly Johnson hits for the cycle

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle in Friday night’s 7-4 loss to the Giants. He collected a solo home run in the first inning, a double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth and a single in the eighth. Johnson is the third player to accomplish the feat this season, joining Bengie Molina…

  11. M's manager Wakamatsu and Figgins have altercation in dugout

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    The Mariners now sit a season-worst 23 games under .500, but that wasn’t the ugliest part of Friday’s loss to the Red Sox. An intense confrontation broke out in the Mariners dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu told Chone Figgins he was being removed from the game for failing to backup a throw at second base…

  12. Jim Riggleman to remain Nats manager in 2011

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of that Jim Riggleman will remain the manager of the Nationals next season. “Yes, he will be back next season. He has done a terrific job,” Rizzo said. “He is a terrific baseball manager. He has great respect from his peers in this game. When the…

  13. Don't wait up on Erik Bedard

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has a little bit of an update on Erik Bedard, and like most news with Bedard lately, it doesn’t sound particularly good. Bedard, who underwent an MRI earlier this week and consulted with surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum and team medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan, is scheduled to fly to…

  14. UPDATE: Phillies exploring deal for Oswalt, moving Werth?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said he is not close to a trade. In addition, Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks Astros, A’s are not close to a trade, either. In other words, it’s probably safe to go to bed now.10:55 PM: Stark hears that the Phillies have spent…

  15. Manny Ramirez goes on disabled list for third time this season

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after an MRI revealed a severe strain in his right calf, according to Tony Jackson of It’s his third trip to the disabled list this season and his second this month. Ramirez was backdated to July 17, meaning that he would be eligible to…

  16. Justin Morneau doubtful to be activated from DL on Friday

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:27 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau is doubtful to join the Twins on their upcoming road trip in Baltimore and Kansas City, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Minnesota first baseman is currently on the disabled list with a concussion and hasn’t played since taking a knee to his head while trying to…

  17. Troy Tulowitzki to begin minor league rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, out since June 18 due to a fractured left wrist, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Tulowitzki has been taking batting practice and fielding groundballs for the past week, but has still has a significant test…

  18. UPDATE: A.J. Burnett cut his hand Saturday in frustration

    Jul 17, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    Yanks starter A.J. Burnett was pulled from Saturday’s game after taking his anger out on a pair of doors in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse.

  19. UPDATE: The Red Sox are over the luxury tax threshold

    Jul 17, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of hears that despite today’s news about exceeding the luxury tax threshold, the Red Sox are still working under the same parameters they always have. In other words, if the team has a chance to acquire a player that can help them get to the playoffs, they will do it. Olney…

  20. Carlos Marmol implodes in loss to Phillies

    Jul 17, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Sometimes it just isn’t your day, but Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Phillies is the latest sign that this just isn’t the Cubs’ year. Carlos Marmol, who struck out the side in impressive fashion on Friday, entered Saturday’s game protecting a one-run lead. After getting Greg Dobbs to fly out to begin the ninth inning,…

  21. Jose Reyes might be back Monday. Maybe.

    Jul 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    One thing we’ve learned about Jerry Manuel during his tenure as Mets’ skipper? Don’t trust him in regards to timelines. So take what he told Adam Rubin of with a grain of salt. “He was a lot better today,” Manuel said about Reyes after Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Giants. “He took batting practice…

  22. Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin sidelined with injuries

    Jul 17, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin were forced to leave Friday’s game against the Cardinals due to injury, according to Ken Gurnick of Just one day after being activated from the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Ramirez left after the first half-inning due to a tight right calf muscle, the very same injury that…

  23. Yogi Berra to miss Old-Timer's Day after minor fall at home

    Jul 17, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Unfortunate news to pass along, as Hall of Famer and franchise icon Yogi Berra will miss this afternoon’s Old-Timer’s day at Yankee Stadium as the result of injuries sustained during a minor fall at his home in Montclair, N.J. on Friday evening, reports Wallace Matthews of According to Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi…

  24. Phillies activate Placido Polanco from the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    The Phillies have activated Placido Polanco from the 15-day disabled list, according to Martin Frank of the Wilmington News Journal. He is batting second against Randy Wells and the Cubs on Saturday afternoon. Polanco was cleared to return after playing in minor league rehab games on Thursday and Friday. He was 3-for-3 with a double…

  25. Troy Tulowitzki could go out on rehab assignment next week

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    It looks like the Rockies will be getting their star shortstop back very soon. Troy Tulowitzki, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a fractured right wrist, fielded ground balls and took some light batting practice before yesterday’s game against the Reds. Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Jim Armstrong of the…

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