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  1. Stephen Strasburg adds curveballs to his throwing sessions

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full effort earlier this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. On Thursday, according to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 22-year-old phenom began working in curveballs. Strasburg has experienced no setbacks in his surgically-repaired right elbow since…

  2. Jason Kubel suffers setback in rehab game at Single-A

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Twins outfielder (and sometimes designated hitter) Jason Kubel has been on the 15-day disabled list since the end of May with a sprained left foot. He began a minor league rehab assignment earlier this week and was hoping to return to the Minnesota starting lineup in a matter of days, but that plan is going…

  3. Carlos Zambrano taken to local hospital for MRI on back

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against the Giants due to soreness in his lower back and now word comes from MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat that he had to be taken to a local hospital to undergo an MRI. The Cubs are optimistic that Big Z won’t need to miss any…

  4. Marlins to open new stadium on April 4 against Cardinals

    Jun 30, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Billy the Marlin

    Major League Baseball isn’t planning to announce its full 2012 schedule until sometime in September, but a source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Thursday that the Marlins will open their spanking-new $515 million ballpark on April 4 with a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals. The currently unnamed stadium is…

  5. Bartolo Colon likely to start Saturday against Mets

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

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    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed Wednesday that there’s a “good likelihood” right-hander Bartolo Colon will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday to start against the crosstown Mets. Colon threw 60 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained…

  6. Brewers return righty Sergio Mitre to Yankees for cash

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    Sergio Mitre

    Get ready for the re-experience. Or something. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Yankees reacquired right-hander Sergio Mitre from the Brewers after Wednesday night’s game for “cash considerations.” Mitre registered a 5.03 ERA in 105 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2009-2010, operating as both a long reliever and spot starter.…

  7. Clay Buchholz not expecting to return before All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz acknowledged to MLB.com’s Ian Browne on Wednesday that he is unlikely to return from the disabled list before the All-Star break and may even be out until late July. Buchholz has been sidelined since June 16 with a lower back strain and felt renewed soreness Tuesday while attempting to throw…

  8. Giants interested in reunion with Dodgers’ Juan Uribe?

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News heard from a “secondhand” source Wednesday evening that the Giants are attempting to reacquire infielder Juan Uribe from the Dodgers. Uribe inked a three-year, $21 million free agent contract with Los Angeles in November that the Dodgers surely already regret. The 31-year-old is batting just .206/.275/.304 with…

  9. Derek Jeter on track to return to Yankees early next week

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that veteran shortstop Derek Jeter could be ready to begin playing in minor league rehab games Saturday at Double-A Trenton. Jeter fielded ground balls, took batting practice and ran the bases Wednesday morning in Tampa, reporting no issues with his once-strained right calf. He’ll continue doing similar…

  10. Diamondbacks release 39-year-old infielder Melvin Mora

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Not to be outdone by the Cardinals and Cubs, who both released struggling veterans on Wednesday evening, the Diamondbacks have cut ties with 39-year-old corner infielder Melvin Mora. The news comes courtesy of Craig Grialou of KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix, Arizona. Mora opened the season as the Diamondbacks’ primary third baseman, but the emergence…

  11. Orioles open extension talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles president Andy MacPhail has reached out to the agent for shortstop J.J. Hardy to begin negotiations toward a long-term contract extension. Hardy was acquired this winter in a bargain trade with the Twins and has impressed the Orioles with both his offense and defense since returning…

  12. Carlos Guillen to begin rehab assignment Monday at Single-A

    Jun 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Finally, some positive news for Carlos Guillen. David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press reports that the veteran infielder has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will get things started Monday with Single-A Lakeland. Guillen has not played in a major league game since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in September of…

  13. Jose Tabata carted off Sunday, Alex Presley on the way

    Jun 26, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates could have a new-look outfield when they open an interleague series Tuesday in Toronto. Bucs left fielder Jose Tabata had to be wheeled off on a cart in the bottom of the first inning Sunday after suffering a serious left quadriceps injury while legging out a bunt single. Garrett Jones entered the game…

  14. White Sox place John Danks on 15-day DL with oblique strain

    Jun 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    White Sox left-hander John Danks was pulled in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Nationals with a strained left oblique. He felt no improvement on Sunday morning when he arrived back at U.S. Cellular Field and so the Chicago front office made the only decision it could. From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago…

  15. Bobby Jenks set to rejoin Red Sox on Tuesday in Philly

    Jun 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a scoreless rehab inning on Saturday for Double-A Portland, needing only 13 pitches. It was enough to convince the Boston brass that he is ready to begin contributing again at the major league level. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Jenks will not make another rehab appearance and has…

  16. Giants showing interest in Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba

    Jun 26, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Sources have informed Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that the Giants are still on the hunt for a catcher and have shown interest recently in the Rangers’ Yorvit Torrealba. San Francisco’s hunt for a new backstop began in late May, shortly after Buster Posey broke his leg in a collision at…

  17. Tommy Hanson cleared to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Jun 26, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson made it through a bullpen session Friday without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in his once-sore throwing shoulder. As such, he has been cleared to return to the Atlanta starting rotation on Tuesday against the Mariners. The good news comes via beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.…

  18. Aroldis Chapman strikes out the side in return to big leagues

    Jun 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Baltimore Orioles

    Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his first major league appearance Saturday since landing on the disabled list on May 15 due to a mix of shoulder inflammation and general ineffectiveness. And the outing couldn’t have gone any better. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Cuban-born phenom struck out the side in a perfect ninth…

  19. Kerry Wood not close to returning from blister on index finger

    Jun 26, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

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    Cubs setup man Kerry Wood has been eligible to return from the disabled list for over 48 hours, and yet there is still no end in sight in his ongoing recovery from a slow-healing blister on his right index finger. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Wood has been able to throw with…

  20. Despite struggles, O’s have no plans to demote Brian Matusz

    Jun 26, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

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    Young left-hander Brian Matusz surrendered nine hits and six earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings Saturday evening against the Reds and has posted an ugly 6.85 ERA and 1.84 WHIP since returning from the disabled list at the beginning of June. But the Orioles aren’t overly concerned. They’re going to let Matusz work out…

  21. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 26, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Detroit Tigers

    It is June 26, 2011. On this date in baseball history, the Cleveland Indians became the first major league club to wear numbered uniforms (1916), the Yankees played the first night game in franchise history (1939), Mel Ott retired (1946), and Edwin Jackson no-hit the Rays on 149 pitches (2010). Your Saturday box scores: Rockies…

  22. Delmon Young carted off, placed on DL with ankle sprain

    Jun 25, 2011, 10:37 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Twins left fielder Delmon Young had to be carted off the field moments ago at Milwaukee’s Miller Park after smashing his right leg against the wall on a Yuniesky Betancourt inside-the-park home run. Young took a bad route on Betancourt’s deep fly ball and looked to suffer a serious injury when his leg met the…

  23. Jon Niese makes early exit from start due to rapid heartbeat

    Jun 25, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that Mets left-hander Jon Niese had to be lifted prematurely from his Saturday afternoon matchup with the Rangers due to a “rapid heartbeat.” Niese struck out seven batters and allowed only two runs over 5 2/3 quality innings against a dangerous Rangers lineup. But it was…

  24. Roy Oswalt has bulging disc, likely out until August

    Jun 25, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt suggested earlier this week that the back discomfort he’s been experiencing since May could be career-altering. He may been overreacting a bit, but the injury is most definitely serious. According to ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, Oswalt has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back and is likely to be sidelined until…

  25. Twins activate right-hander Joe Nathan from disabled list

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

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    As reported Thursday by Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 AM, the Twins have activated Joe Nathan from the disabled list and will have him available for Friday’s series-opener against the Brewers. Jim Hoey, who has surrendered 22 hits and 17 runs in 14 innings of relief this season, was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester to…

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