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  1. Gamel out at least six weeks with shoulder injury

    Mar 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Mat Gamel was already likely facing a demotion to start the season, but according to Adam McCalvy of, he’ll now spend at least six weeks recovering from a “slight” tear in his latissimus dorsi, the large muscle behind the right shoulder. Gamel originally suffered the injury early in camp, but he probably made it…

  2. Pelfrey strives to become an "actual pitcher"

    Mar 17, 2010, 8:59 PM EST

    Wednesday has been an incredibly busy day on the MLB news front, so much so that one of my favorite quotes of the afternoon got lost among the abundance of noise. Here’s Mike Pelfrey, as quoted by Anthony DiComo of, after allowing one run on four hits over four innings against the Red Sox…

  3. Blue Jays' closer competition may be a two-horse race

    Mar 17, 2010, 7:14 PM EST

    We’ve been under the impression that Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs were all competing for the closer role in Toronto, and that may still be the case, but according to what Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston told Jordan Bastian of on Wednesday, Downs’ odds of winning the job may have been downgraded…

  4. Ackley to continue playing second base in the minors

    Mar 16, 2010, 9:14 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley, the No. 2 pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, was among six roster cuts the Mariners made on Tuesday morning. And according to what general manager Jack Zduriencik told Jim Street of, Ackley, who was drafted as an outfielder, will continue his transition to second base with Double-A West Tennessee. “He…

  5. UPDATE: Westmoreland undergoes brain surgery

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

    Update: Alex Speier of passes along a statement from the team: Following the five-hour procedure, Westmoreland remains in the intensive care unit but has come through the surgery well. Due to the complexity of this surgery, Ryan will face a difficult period initially before beginning his recovery. 7:54 PM: According to Gordon Edes of…

  6. Marlins check out Mike Lowell's debut

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:25 PM EST

    It may be nothing more than that, but according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins were among teams in attendance to check out Mike Lowell’s exhibition debut against the Orioles on Monday. According to Spencer, the Marlins have at least discussed the idea internally, though reacquiring the 36-year-old would likely be a…

  7. Wang throws first bullpen of the spring

    Mar 15, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    According to Bill Ladson of, Chien-Ming Wang threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Monday. Wang, who is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, threw 10 pitches on flat ground and then 15 pitches from the mound. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was satisfied with what he saw: “I was happy with what…

  8. Brandon Webb resumes throwing, but likely headed for DL

    Mar 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Brandon Webb threw off flat ground on Saturday morning, his first throwing session since saying he felt “stagnant” last week. Manager A.J. Hinch told John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse that he was encouraged by the right-hander’s progress: “He showed more life in his arm today,” Hinch said. “Throwing a few breaking balls may not sound…

  9. Piniella says Lilly is "ahead of schedule"

    Mar 13, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella sounded upbeat after Ted Lilly threw on the backfields at HoHoKam Park early Saturday: “We want to keep him under the radar gun and not talk much about it,” Piniella said of Lilly’s progress. “He’s coming along really well. He’s had no setbacks whatsoever. He’s actually ahead of schedule. “We feel…

  10. Dice-K cuts batting practice short with stiff neck

    Mar 13, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

    It’s probably safe to say we can take Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the mix to start the season in Boston’s rotation. Dice-K’s live batting practice session on Saturday was scratched due to a stiff neck. He threw just five pitches in the bullpen before shutting it down. Today was going to be an important step…

  11. Asdrubal Cabrera to miss five to seven days with strained groin

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will miss up to a week because of a strained left groin muscle. Cabrera suffered the injury while diving back into third base on a pickoff throw during Friday’s game against the Angels. According to Hoynes, Cabrera is expected to be held out…

  12. UPDATE: Twins sign Denard Span to five-year contract

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    Update: Here’s the details: Span will make $750,000 in 2010, $1 million in 2011, $3 million in 2012, $4.75 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014. The contract includes a $9 million option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. 12:08 pm: Here it is. Christensen tweets that Span will earn $16.5 million over the…

  13. Kinsler sidelined for at least a week with high ankle sprain

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that second baseman Ian Kinsler will miss at least a week because of a high right ankle sprain. Kinsler was a late scratch from Friday’s lineup against the Padres after turning his ankle during pregame warm-ups. Durrett reports that assistant general manager Thad Levine was surprised by the diagnosis…

  14. J.C. Romero being sued for alleged altercation with fan

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    We originally mentioned this last June, but now J.C. Romero is being sued by the fan who accused him of assault. Robert Eaton, 26, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Romero caused him “serious and permanent injury” by allegedly hitting him in the neck when he was asking for an autograph. Eaton recalls getting the…

  15. Kuo scratched from Taiwan series with sore elbow

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to start for the Dodgers in his native Taiwan on Saturday night, however he has been scratched because of a sore left elbow. Kuo’s injury was disclosed following a rainout of Friday’s game and though his elbow was barking earlier this week, manager Joe Torre told reporters he “had just found…

  16. Could D'Backs go with Benson if Webb starts season on DL?

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

    Yeah, that guy. Kris Benson threw for Diamondbacks officials on Friday as the club explores ways to increase depth in their starting rotation. Multiple sources have told Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of that Brandon Webb will almost certainly start the season on the disabled list as he rehabs his surgically-repaired right shoulder.…

  17. Quote of the day: Johan on Bobby Bonilla

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:11 AM EST

    Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News tells us that former outfielder Bobby Bonilla, who now works for the Players Association, was in the Mets clubhouse on Saturday morning distributing checks. Here’s how Bonilla was greeted by ace left-hander Johan Santana: “Today you’re the most loved man in the world.” I can imagine Bobby…

  18. White Sox prospect could miss season with ankle injury

    Mar 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Bad news for one of the White Sox brightest prospects, as outfielder Jared Mitchell could miss the rest of the season with surgery for a torn ligament in his left ankle. Mitchell injured the ankle during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Angels after crashing into the left field while making a spectacular…

  19. Jair Jurrjens makes spring debut (kinda)

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:06 PM EST

    Just because it doesn’t count doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Jair Jurrjens, who already had his spring debut pushed back because of a rainout on Thursday, tossed two innings of scoreless ball against the Pirates on Friday before the game was called due to rain. Jurrjens threw 29 pitches over the two innings, 18 of…

  20. Eiland won't name favorite to be Yanks' fifth starter

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EST

    Besides the fact that the Yankees haven’t actually played a game in two days, pitching coach Dave Eiland tells us that it’s still way too early to name a front-runner to be the club’s fifth starter: “I don’t think anyone has pulled ahead,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “Ace has thrown the ball extremely well,…

  21. UPDATE: Reyes denies diagnosis on thyroid

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EST

    Update: Here’s a quote from the translated version, available on “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I’m fine and that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test [taken to follow one conducted during his physical] showed that I’m fine. We just have to wait for…

  22. Is Stephen Strasburg ready for the majors right now?

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:58 PM EST

    It’s the obvious question following Stephen Strasburg’s debut on Tuesday. And, for now, manager Jim Riggleman is sticking pretty close to a “never say never” approach: “The consensus of this organization, top to bottom, is that the plan is to start him in the minor leagues,” said his manager, Jim Riggleman. “But I’m not saying…

  23. O's don't rule out outside help for second base

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    While acknowledging that the Orioles are confident Brian Roberts will be ready for the start of the season, team president Andy MacPhail concedes that he is beginning to worry about the pace of his recovery. “It’s getting to be something that’s on my radar screen, even though at the present time our athletic staff feels…

  24. Jair Jurrjens to make spring debut on Thursday

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:31 PM EST

    Good news from David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to make his exhibition debut against the Yankees on Thursday. Jurrjens gave Braves fans quite the scare upon arriving to camp last month after he experienced some soreness in his pitching shoulder. After an MRI revealed only mild inflammation, Jurrjens was…

  25. Reds' Chapman tosses two scoreless in debut

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    While 2009 No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg is set to throw his first pitch in a Nationals uniform on Tuesday, Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his Cactus League debut earlier this afternoon. Appearing in relief of Bronson Arroyo, Chapman tossed two scoreless frames, allowing only one hit while striking out three. 15 of his 26…

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