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  1. Chase Utley out this weekend due to mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Florida Marlins

    From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer comes word that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been ruled out of this weekend’s series against the Brewers due to a mild concussion. Utley suffered the slight head injury on Wednesday night when he was struck in the batting helmet by an Eric O’Flaherty pitch. He’s not…

  2. Brewers activate Rickie Weeks from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    rickie weeks getty

    He’s back. Well, kind of. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers have officially activated second baseman Rickie Weeks from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s game against the Phillies. Weeks has not been cleared to return to starting duties, however, and is not expected to rejoin the Brewers’ regular batting…

  3. Picture of the Day: Harrisburg’s stadium under water

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    A sudden drenching from Tropical Storm Lee (and lingering rainwater from Hurricane Irene) has produced an enormous amount of flooding this week in parts of the northeast United States. The nasty weather has only affected major league teams in the form of postponements and cancellations. But it’s wreaking havoc on one of the Nationals’ minor…

  4. Nyjer Morgan calls Albert Pujols a “she” in postgame tweets

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:23 AM EDT

    morgan ap

    We had a benches-clearing incident Wednesday in St. Louis between the Brewers and Cardinals. The way Nyjer Morgan tells it, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter incited the whole thing when he screamed “f@&k you” following a ninth-inning strikeout. The Brewers center fielder responded in kind, hurling a number of his own choice words out to the…

  5. Astros’ potential move to American League playing a role in Jim Crane’s approval status

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    We’ve heard multiple theories as to why exactly Houston businessman Jim Crane has not been approved as the new owner of the Astros. Forbes magazine called him “controversial,” he had an ugly divorce back in 2000, his businesses have been taken to court 130 times over the past 15 years. Maury Brown of The Biz…

  6. Cardinals setup man Eduardo Sanchez nearing return

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    eduardo sanchez getty pose

    It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in on Eduardo Sanchez, the hard-throwing St. Louis setup man who posted a 1.88 ERA and struck out 33 batters over his first 28 2/3 major league innings. Sanchez has been sidelined since mid-June with an injured right shoulder, but he should be back in the Cards’…

  7. Brian Wilson “airs it out” in 22-pitch bullpen session

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    brian wilson in dugout

    From beat writer Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that Giants closer Brian Wilson “aired it out” during a 22-pitch bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Diego. Wilson, on the disabled list since mid-August due to right elbow inflammation, reported no lingering pain or discomfort in any part of his pitching…

  8. Mike Stanton remains sidelined due to hamstring tightness

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    stanton with trainer getty

    Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton tweaked his right hamstring Saturday when he tumbled near the first base bag while trying to leg out an infield single. He has made just one pinch-hit appearance since, and is not in Florida’s starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Mets. But the young slugger should be…

  9. Tommy Hanson could throw first bullpen session Friday

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    hanson delivery

    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of August due to a fatigued throwing shoulder. But he is making steady progress and could be ready for the final week or two of the regular season. According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the 25-year-old ace felt “really good” after…

  10. Gardenhire: Francisco Liriano likely done for the season

    Sep 4, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    liriano sulking ap

    According to beat writer John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire informed the media on Sunday afternoon that left-handed starter Francisco Liriano is not likely to return to a major league mound this season. Liriano was placed on the disabled list in late August with a shoulder strain. A visit…

  11. Colby Rasmus to begin swinging within next couple days

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    rasmus blue jays getty

    The sample size is still quite small, but Colby Rasmus isn’t off to the best start in Toronto. Acquired in an eight-player trade back in July, he batted just .216/.239/.398 over his first 92 plate appearances with the Blue Jays and has now been sidelined for two weeks with a sore right wrist. The 25-year-old…

  12. Padres’ Anthony Rizzo is back in the big leagues

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Padres promoted top first base prospect Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues on June 9 after watching the young slugger open the season with a superb .365/.444/.715 batting line and 16 home runs over his first 52 games at Triple-A Tucson. That production quickly flat-lined in San Diego. Rizzo batted just .143/.282/.265 during a…

  13. Mike Stanton day-to-day with right hamstring tightness

    Sep 4, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    mike stanton on ground

    From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post comes word that Marlins slugger Mike Stanton is not in Sunday’s starting lineup against Phillies ace Roy Halladay due to tightness in his right hamstring. Stanton was forced from Saturday’s 8-4 victory over Philadelphia after tumbling near first base while attempting to leg out a fifth-inning infield…

  14. Jonathan Sanchez aiming to return later this month

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    jonathan sanchez hurt ap

    Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hasn’t pitched in a game since August 16 due to a badly sprained left ankle and is still dealing with discomfort here in early September. But he hasn’t given up on returning to action before the end of the 2011 regular season. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury…

  15. Picture of the Day: Nyjer Morgan is Tony Tombstone

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Here’s Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan dressed up as a cowboy before Sunday’s series finale against the Astros in Houston, Texas. The man who calls himself “Tony Plush” is now going by “Tony Tombstone.”

  16. Mark Teixeira returns to lineup after two-game absence

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    teixeira getty

    Mark Teixeira‘s knee is feeling improved. According to Erik Boland of Newsday, the first baseman is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. Teixeira is batting third, behind Derek Jeter and in front of Alex Rodriguez, as the Bronx Bombers try for a three-game series sweep of Toronto. Teixeira…

  17. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton reaches 100 stolen bases

    Sep 4, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    billy hamilton reds

    Triple-digit stolen base totals are a thing of the past in the major leagues and are becoming increasingly rare in the minor league ranks. But baseball’s long history is filled with players who have bucked trends, and achieved great success in doing so. Enter Billy Hamilton, the Reds’ top infield prospect. A second-round pick in…

  18. Torii Hunter might retire after the 2012 season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Here’s Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, chatting Friday with Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ”I am going to retire an Angel. Next year is my last year, and I’m going to retire an Angel. I’m going to evaluate it this offseason. That’s when I’ll know. It’s 60-40, to the positive, that I’ll keep playing. You…

  19. George Kottaras first to hit for the cycle this season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    George Kottaras

    Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras wrote his name into baseball’s history books during Saturday’s 8-2 victory over the Astros, becoming the first major leaguer of the 2011 season to hit for the cycle. Kottaras flew out to left field in his first at-bat, then rattled off four consecutive hits. He deposited a solo home run…

  20. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 4, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    miguel cabrera walkoff

    It’s September 4. On this date in baseball history, Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Indians (1993), Robin Ventura became the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game (1995), and the Red Sox officially retired the number 27 in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk (2000). Your…

  21. Coco Crisp won’t play Sunday due to bruised right foot

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    From Jane Lee of MLB.com comes word that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp will sit out of Sunday’s series finale against the Mariners due to a bruised right foot. Crisp fouled a ball off the foot on Saturday evening and was eventually removed from the Oakland lineup after attempting to play through the discomfort for a…

  22. Hanley Ramirez to undergo surgery on ailing left shoulder

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Bad news for HanRam. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ medical staff has recommended surgery for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been bothered by an unstable shoulder since attempting a diving catch in early August. No exact date has been set for the procedure, but it should take place within a week. The…

  23. Peter Moylan set to return to Braves’ bullpen Sunday

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    moylan face getty

    Braves right-hander Peter Moylan underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-April and hasn’t pitched in a major league game since. That should change tomorrow. Or at some point early next week. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Moylan will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday…

  24. Jose Contreras undergoes season-ending elbow surgery

    Sep 3, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    contreras throws getty wide

    As expected, Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras underwent surgery on Saturday afternoon to clean and repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow. This according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Contreras posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 17 relief appearances this season before elbow troubles sent him to the disabled list for…

  25. Johan Santana goes two innings in rehab outing

    Sep 3, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana tried to complete a minor league rehab assignment back in July, but he quickly felt lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder and was shut down for a big chunk of August. Now he’s back at it. According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Santana took a big step in…

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