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  1. Mets pretty sure Ike Davis has Valley Fever

    Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

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    Mets first baseman Ike Davis missed over 100 games last season due to a left ankle injury. And now his 2012 is off to a rough start. According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, the Mets are “treating Davis as if Valley Fever has been diagnosed” and are already planning days off for him this spring.…

  2. Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

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    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate. And he’s still battling the injury here in March. According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear…

  3. Varitek makes retirement official at emotional presser

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:28 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox' Varitek announces his retirement from baseball during a news conference at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers

    Veteran catcher Jason Varitek officially put an end to his playing career on Thursday evening with a farewell press conference at the Red Sox’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Speaking from a podium fittingly placed just in front of home plate at the newly constructed JetBlue Park, Varitek addressed his reasoning behind the…

  4. Mike Napoli (ankle) catches three innings in scrimmage

    Mar 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has taken a big step forward in his ongoing recovery from the high ankle sprain that he suffered in World Series Game 6. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the 30-year-old slugger caught three innings Thursday in an instrasquad game and “felt good.” Napoli had been limited to drills and light…

  5. Mike Napoli: “I’ll test the [free agent] market”

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

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    The Cardinals’ five-year, $75 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina is already creating quite a ripple effect around the major leagues. Miguel Montero officially cut off long-term talks on Wednesday afternoon with the D’Backs, and now Mike Napoli has done the same with the Rangers. Napoli told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late…

  6. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with torn pectoral muscle

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:12 PM EST

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    From beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s ESPN 710 AM comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle. Gutierrez suffered the injury Tuesday while making a throw during a drill and flew to Seattle on Wednesday to get a full examination from team…

  7. Kendrys Morales plans to begin running bases next week

    Feb 29, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

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    Kendrys Morales is ready for a big step forward. According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels slugger told reporters in spring camp Wednesday that he is planning to begin running the bases next week. Morales has progressed recently from straight-line jogging to taking zig-zag cuts, and has experienced no…

  8. Johan Santana throws 72 pitches from mound, feels good

    Feb 26, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010. This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. Santana is slated to throw…

  9. Angels sign Juan Rincon to minor league contract

    Feb 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EST

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    From Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels have signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, meaning Rincon will be in minor league camp with little-to-no shot of cracking the Opening Day roster. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 2.98 ERA…

  10. Picture of the Day: Cardinals’ World Series Champs patch

    Feb 26, 2012, 2:46 PM EST

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    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes the below photo of a “2011 World Series Champions” patch that the Cardinals have added to their uniforms for the 2012 season:

  11. MRI reveals torn UCL in Joel Zumaya’s right elbow

    Feb 26, 2012, 1:19 PM EST

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    Bad news for Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya. According to Phil Mackey of the Twin Cities’ ESPN 1500 AM, an MRI of the 27-year-old’s right elbow has revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Zumaya is done for the season, and could decide to hang up his cleats for good given the amount of arm troubles he’s…

  12. Reds, Sean Marshall working on multi-year extension

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:35 PM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Reds are “making progress” toward a multi-year contract extension with setup man Sean Marshall. Morosi says the deal “could be announced early this week.” Marshall was acquired via trade this offseason from the Cubs and hasn’t thrown a pitch yet in a major league game for the…

  13. Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with strained left oblique

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

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    From beat writer Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that Indians closer Chris Perez is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a left internal oblique strain during his first bullpen session of the spring. Tribe trainer Lonnie Soloff told reporters Sunday in camp that Perez’s “body wasn’t…

  14. Orioles closer Jim Johnson (back) throws off mound

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

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    Orioles closer Jim Johnson came down with a bit of back tightness after his first few workouts in spring camp. But the right-hander is already back on track. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Johnson threw off a mound early Sunday morning in Orioles camp and reported no lingering pain or discomfort. Orioles manager Buck Showalter…

  15. Carl Crawford and John Henry have made up

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:27 AM EST

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    Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford told reporters earlier this month that he “wasn’t happy” about Red Sox owner John Henry expressing to the media last season that he was “personally opposed” to the former Ray’s seven-year, $142 million contract. Rather than continuing to air their frustrations through the press, player and owner had a sit-down…

  16. Nats reach six-year, $100M extension with Ryan Zimmerman

    Feb 26, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

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    From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals reached agreement Sunday morning on a six-year contract extension with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has much more on the just-completed deal, which includes a club option for a seventh season and could keep Zimmerman in a Nationals uniform through…

  17. Diamondbacks not shopping outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

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    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported earlier that the Nationals had interest in acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks. But it doesn’t sound like the 24-year-old outfielder is being made available. According to the Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro, the D’Backs have engaged in no recent trade talks involving Parra and don’t intend to deal him. Parra was…

  18. Hanson (concussion) confident he’ll be ready for season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:28 PM EST

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson has been sidelined since Monday morning due to a mild (Grade 1) concussion that he suffered after blowing a tire and banging his head in a one-car accident. But the 25-year-old is confident he’ll be able to play catch-up once he is cleared to return to action. Here’s Hanson discussing his…

  19. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  20. Was there really a violation of chain of custody protocol in Ryan Braun’s PED case?

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension overturned Thursday after independent arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that there were legitimate chain of custody issues with the urine sample that eventually tested positive for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone. After a thorough review of the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and its…

  21. Clayton Kershaw on tap for Friday bullpen session

    Feb 23, 2012, 8:18 PM EST

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    Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw skipped a scheduled bullpen session Wednesday after feeling stiffness in his back following his first spring workout. As expected, the stiffness is no big deal. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will throw that bullpen session on Friday and is expected to have no restrictions going forward…

  22. Clayton Kershaw skips bullpen session due to stiff back

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

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    Much like Giants ace Tim Lincecum, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has experienced back stiffness following his first couple of workouts in spring camp. Also like Lincecum, who was able play to play catch Wednesday, Kershaw’s issue is thought to be minor. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that Kershaw’s scheduled Wednesday bullpen session…

  23. Ryan Howard takes first round of live batting practice

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:37 PM EST

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    Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is slowly but surely making progress from the torn Achilles tendon that he suffered on the final play of the 2011 NLDS. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, Howard took batting practice from a live pitcher Wednesday in Phillies camp for the first time since the injury. The first baseman spoke…

  24. Angels, Jason Isringhausen reach minor league deal

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:49 PM EST

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    Jason Isringhausen has found a home for 2012. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a minor league contract Wednesday evening with the Angels. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Izzy will presumably have a shot at claiming a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen…

  25. Cashman: “I have a personal and professional life”

    Feb 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

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    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addressed his alleged affair on Sunday in Yankees camp, likely in the hope that it won’t be a lingering topic of discussion throughout the team’s time in Tampa. Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: “I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman told reporters on the day pitchers and…

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