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  1. Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Via Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return. “I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything…

  2. Matt Garza can’t complete first live batting practice session

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza missed the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season because of a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. And he might still be dealing with that injury. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the right-hander left his first live batting practice session Sunday in camp. Garza was holding his left side,…

  3. Brennan Boesch day-to-day after tweaking right oblique

    Feb 17, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Noah Trister of the Associated Press reports that Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch tweaked a right oblique muscle on Saturday while swinging a bat. He was held out of workouts on Sunday and might not be ready for action again until later this week. Boesch agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Tigers back…

  4. Johan Santana throws first bullpen session of spring

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York provides the visual evidence: Photo of Johan Santana throwing off a mound for 1st time since August: twitter.com/AdamRubinESPN/… — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 17, 2013 Santana made it through the workout without any sort of complications and will now perform regular bullpen sessions in Mets camp until he is…

  5. Mat Gamel (knee) could return to workouts on Monday

    Feb 17, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    The Brewers are holding young first baseman Mat Gamel out of drills this afternoon — just 24 hours after he aggravated his surgically-repaired right knee while taking batting practice. But there is some optimism about the situation around camp. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy that Gamel could return to his normal spring…

  6. Derek Jeter fully expects to be ready on Opening Day

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took questions from media members during a press conference Sunday morning in spring camp and expressed once again that he fully intends to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day — April 1 against the Red Sox. “I broke my ankle in October; it’s been quite some time,” Jeter said…

  7. Lance Berkman says knee is about “80 percent” healthy

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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    The Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason and plan to use him as their primary designated hitter in 2013. But he’ll have to be eased into that role this spring. Berkman told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday morning that he’s only about “80 percent” recovered…

  8. Mets maintaining interest in reliever Jose Valverde

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the goods: The door remains “slightly ajar” for free agent Jose Valverde to join the Mets as their closer, an industry source told The Post. As with the Mets’ pursuit of Michael Bourn, you bet against this actually happening. But this is considerably less complicated than the Bourn…

  9. Rays sign Jack Cust to minor league contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Jack Cust. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Cust will attempt to earn a backup role. Cust spent the entire 2012 season at the Triple-A level, batting…

  10. Mets manager Terry Collins confirms Zack Wheeler will start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas

    Feb 16, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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    It’s not really a big surprise, but Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed on Saturday that top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will open the 2013 season with the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. “He needs to go to Triple-A and pitch,” Collins told reporters at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. “He wants to…

  11. Dodgers tab Clayton Kershaw as Opening Day starter

    Feb 16, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers’ opening-day starter for the third consecutive year, Manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday. The Dodgers start their season on April 1 against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. It was a no-brainer for Mattingly, even though the Dodgers front office inked a record six-year,…

  12. Mat Gamel aggravates surgically-repaired right knee

    Feb 16, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Bad news this afternoon out of Brewers camp. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, first baseman Mat Gamel aggravated his surgically-repaired right knee Saturday during a workout. Gamel told reporters recently that he has “good days and bad days” with the knee and Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash sent word to the media shortly after…

  13. Francisco Rodriguez to pitch for Venezuela in 2013 WBC

    Feb 16, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Francisco Rodriguez is still a free agent. But that hasn’t affected his desire to pitch in a third straight World Baseball Classic for his native Venezuela. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that “K-Rod” has committed to work out of the bullpen for Team Venezuela in the 2013 WBC and will hope to “use the event as…

  14. Ryan Madson (elbow) could resume throwing on Monday

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Angels closer Ryan Madson has been idle since February 1 because of discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. But things are looking up. According to Jeff Fletcher, who serves as the Angels beat writer for the Orange County Register, manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday morning in camp that Madson could resume his throwing program as…

  15. Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano was late reporting to the Nationals’ spring training complex this week because of an issue with his work visa. But that’s all settled now. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Dominican right-hander arrived in Viera, Florida on Saturday morning. He was greeted in the clubhouse by Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and new…

  16. University of Miami tests entire baseball team for HGH

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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    From NBCSports.com, via the Associated Press: A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Miami’s baseball team has been tested for performance-enhancing drug use, including human growth hormone. Results have not arrived, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the university has not authorized the information’s release. Miami’s…

  17. Chad Cordero signs minor league contract with Angels

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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    We’ll go ahead and let the 30-year-old right-hander break his own news: comeback has officially begun.Just signed minor league deal with #Angels. Can’t believe I might have a chance 2 play for my hometown team — Chad Cordero (@ChadCordero32) February 14, 2013 Cordero has logged only 14 innings in the major leagues since the end…

  18. Mariners trade reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have traded reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees for young outfielder Abraham Almonte. Kelley was designated for assignment by the M’s last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for catcher Kelly Shoppach. The 28-year-old right-hander had a decent 3.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 45/15…

  19. Felix Hernandez was given “clean bill of health” by Mariners

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Remember all that talk about a right elbow issue potentially derailing the Mariners’ new seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez? Don’t feel too bad if not because it’s a distant memory for the two main parties involved. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told reporters on Wednesday that Felix…

  20. Mariners finalize deal with lefty Joe Saunders and designate Mike Carp for assignment

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have officially announced their one-year, $6.5 million contract with left-hander Joe Saunders. The deal includes another $1 million in performance-based incentives and a mutual option for 2014. To clear a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters, the M’s designated outfielder Mike Carp for assignment. He’s…

  21. Pirates strike minor league contract with Brandon Inge

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has the scoop: Brandon Inge is close to signing with the Pirates, according to sources. Inge is expected to sign a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 35-year-old infielder batted just .218/.275/.383 across 331 plate appearances last season between the Tigers and Athletics. But he does boast some pop,…

  22. Carl Crawford almost ready to begin facing live pitching

    Feb 12, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    An update here on the Dodgers’ Carl Crawford. According to beat writer Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Crawford is throwing at a distance of 90 feet and taking regular swings off a tee at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona without any pain or discomfort in his surgically-repaired left elbow. Crawford hopes to begin facing…

  23. Ryan Madson undergoing MRI on troublesome right elbow

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels right-hander Ryan Madson is undergoing an MRI Tuesday evening on his surgically-repaired pitching elbow. The hope in Angels camp is that the exam will show nothing more than mild inflammation. Madson began feeling soreness in his elbow when he ramped up his offseason throwing program earlier this month. He…

  24. Derek Lowe hoping for a major league contract, willing to pitch out of a team’s bullpen

    Feb 10, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: [Derek] Lowe understands teams wanting to go with younger pitchers, but if they’re not comfortable with that, he seems to provide the alternative. “I’ve made my money, so it’s not about money for me,” Lowe said. “What you’d be paying a kid and what you’d…

  25. Cubs make two-year, $5 million contract official with Scott Hairston and DFA Tony Campana

    Feb 10, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have finalized their two-year, $5 million free agent contract with Scott Hairston and designated Tony Campana for assignment to clear roster room. Hairston will get regular playing time in right field this season in Chicago after batting .263 with a solid .803 OPS and a…

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