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  1. Nationals sign Xavier Nady to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that the Nationals have reached agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Xavier Nady. The deal does not come with an invitation to major league spring training, meaning the 33-year-old will be stationed in minor league camp in Viera, Florida with no chance of cracking the Opening…

  2. Jake Peavy goes five hitless in third Cactus League start

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was shelled for three earned runs on four hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut March 7 against the Brewers. Peavy then allowed six earned runs on eights hits to the A’s in his second Cactus League start — an outing that lasted just 2 1/3 innings. But he got…

  3. X-rays on Placido Polanco’s finger come back negative

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The Phillies received a bit of good news Sunday morning when, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, X-rays turned up negative on the left ring finger of infielder Placido Polanco. Polanco jammed the finger Saturday in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays while diving back to first base on a pickoff…

  4. Picture of the Day: Happy St. Paddy’s from Manny Ramirez

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    From the official Twitter account of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats comes this shot of Manny Ramirez wearing a leprechaun hat while signing autographs Saturday in A’s camp: Manny has a home run and a double but no other hits in 17 plate appearances this spring. The 39-year-old designated hitter is suspended for the first…

  5. Ryan Braun 1-for-15 on the spring after hitless Saturday

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun went 0-for-2 with a walk in Saturday’s Cactus League game vs. the Angels, leaving him 1-for-15 with three walks and five strikeouts through the first half of the 2012 exhibition schedule. It’s silly to over-analyze spring stats, but let’s just note that Braun batted .325/.372/.700 in 40 at-bats last February and March and…

  6. Carlos Quentin to get knee surgery Monday, out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Quentin has been experiencing knee discomfort since the beginning of spring training, and San Diego manager Bud Black told Hayes on Saturday that team…

  7. Franklin Gutierrez making progress, takes 25 swings

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took a significant step forward Thursday in his ongoing recovery from a torn left pectoral muscle, swinging a bat through the air 25 times without discomfort. This according to 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer. Gutierrez had been limited this week to pool workouts, but he reported feeling strong when he arrived…

  8. Jamie Moyer scratched Friday due to left leg discomfort

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    As first reported by the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, veteran lefty Jamie Moyer has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday in a minor league game due to “stiffness and soreness” in his left leg. Rockies manager Jim Tracy called the decision to scratch Moyer from the outing a “precautionary measure,” but there is currently…

  9. Red Sox, O’s had scouts at Joe Blanton’s start Thursday

    Mar 15, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com comes word that the Red Sox and Orioles had scouts in the stands for Joe Blanton‘s Grapefruit League outing Thursday against the Braves. Blanton threw the ball well, allowing only four hits and no walks in five innings of work while striking out four Atlanta hitters. He has…

  10. Report: Steve Cohen has top Dodgers bid, would hire Tony La Russa as club president

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes this intriguing update on the looming sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers: Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen emerged Wednesday as the strongest bidder to purchase the Dodgers, and plans to hire Tony La Russa to a key front-office position, according to two Major League Baseball officials familiar with the process…

  11. Josh Hamilton suffers “jammed heel” in spring game

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was lifted from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Rockies after suffering what is being called a “jammed right heel” while chasing after a double. According to beat writer Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton was spotted icing his right foot in the clubhouse after the 6-1 loss to…

  12. Giancarlo Stanton hit on wrist by a pitch, leaves game

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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    Update: X-rays were negative on Stanton’s left wrist, and he’s listed as day-to-day. /// Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was lifted from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets after taking a Chris Schwinden pitch off his left hand. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, he has been diagnosed with a contusion. Stanton,…

  13. Cardinals considering “Plan B” options in case Carpenter misses the start of the season

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke to ESPN 101’s Brian Stull on Sunday morning about Chris Carpenter‘s neck injury, which has been officially diagnosed as a bulging cervical disc. Mozeliak didn’t get into many specifics about the diagnosis nor did he speak about a recovery timetable for the 36-year-old right-hander, but he did admit there…

  14. Mets send David Wright to New York for rib cage exam

    Mar 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to discomfort on the left side of his rib cage. Wanting to rule out anything serious, team doctors have summoned him to New York to have his midsection examined and to get a cortisone shot. This according to ESPN New…

  15. Cubs announce five-year, $6 million agreement with Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a five-year, $6 million contract. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported in early February that the deal was done, but it apparently took a little while to make everything final. Concepcion, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s…

  16. Michael Morse gets cortisone shot, hopes to play Monday

    Mar 11, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Michael Morse hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against the Braves because of a mild strain of his right lat muscle. But he’s hoping to get back on the right track early this week. From MLB.com beat writer Bill Ladson comes word that Morse was given…

  17. Orioles closer Jim Johnson fans two in “B” game

    Mar 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    The Orioles can remove right-handed reliever Jim Johnson from their list of injured players. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN.com, the 28-year-old closer struck out two batters Saturday during a one-inning appearance in a “B” game. It was his first live action of the spring. Johnson is about a week behind the other pitchers in…

  18. Allen Craig (knee surgery) aiming to play in game by May

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig told reporters when he arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida last month that he was hoping to be ready for Opening Day. But that never seemed very realistic. Craig, who underwent surgery in November to repair a small fracture in his right kneecap, acknowledged Sunday to B.J. Rains of FOX…

  19. Chris Perez on track to resume mound work this week

    Mar 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez is making a steady recovery from the oblique strain that he suffered during his first bullpen session of the spring, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, and may be ready to resume mound workouts this week. Perez, who was originally prescribed a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks, has already progressed to throwing…

  20. David Price could return to Grapefruit League on Tuesday

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Rays left-hander David Price injured his neck Thursday while toweling off between innings during a Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. But it was only a minor tweak and might not affect his spring training throwing program whatsoever. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Price is likely to be cleared to make…

  21. Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

    Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this update on right-hander Chris Carpenter: Still unable to project their co-ace’s return to the mound, the Cardinals nonetheless drew a sigh of relief upon learning Saturday that Chris Carpenter is dealing with a bulging cervical disc rather than a recurrence of career-threatening nerve issues. Carpenter…

  22. Mike Napoli scratched Saturday due to minor groin issue

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Joey Nowak comes word that Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had to be scratched from Saturday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox due to a “nagging left groin issue.” Rangers trainers called the decision “precautionary,” and Rangers manager Ron Washington assured reporters in camp that “there’s no concern.” Napoli is a little behind…

  23. A.J. Burnett making speedy recovery from eye fracture

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    When A.J. Burnett underwent eye surgery in early March after fracturing his orbital bone during a bunting drill, the Pirates’ doctors guessed that he would be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. But recent reports out of Bradenton, Florida have us thinking the right-hander might beat that timetable altogether. According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Burnett rode a…

  24. Mike Matheny “not real happy” with Marlins and MLBPA

    Mar 10, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals and Marlins had their Grapefruit League game in Jupiter, Florida halted on Saturday by a one-hour, 49-minute rain delay. During that delay the Fish got a little business done, holding a required MLB Players’ Association meeting in their clubhouse. These 30-minute meetings are held every year with every team, right around this time…

  25. Jimmy Rollins thinks Cole Hamels will re-sign with Phillies

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was asked Thursday by CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury where he envisions left-hander Cole Hamels opening the 2013 season: “He’ll be here,” Rollins replied. “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that…

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