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  1. Phillies likely to activate Chase Utley before Monday’s game

    May 22, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    He’s back. Well, almost. According to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, second baseman Chase Utley has packed up his things at Single-A Clearwater and is headed back to Philly in anticipation of a Monday activation from the disabled list. Utley has not played in a major league game this season due to right…

  2. Pirates, nearly .500, seeing boost in attendance at PNC Park

    May 22, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Attendance is down, in general, around most of Major League Baseball. The weather has played a part in that and so has the poor state of the economy. But at least one unexpected team has seen a rise in support, a rise that is only gaining more momentum: the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Rob Biertempfel…

  3. Javier Vazquez wows with seven shutout innings vs. Rays

    May 22, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins signed veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez to a one-year, $7 million contract this winter, hoping that he might be able to return to form back in the National League. Vazquez posted a frightening 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season for the Yankees, but he earned NL Cy Young Award votes in 2009 with…

  4. Twins place Glen Perkins on DL, recall Dusty Hughes

    May 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    perkins gardy

    According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins made a couple of roster moves early this morning. Glen Perkins, a successful left-handed reliever, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He will leave behind a 1.59 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a dominant .171/.256/.200 slash…

  5. Rockies designate righty Felipe Paulino for assignment

    May 21, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    paulino wide

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post brings word that right-handed reliever Felipe Paulino was designated for assignment on Saturday evening after the Rockies’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers. Paulino allowed 23 hits and 12 earned runs in just 14 2/3 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen. He was forced into a save situation…

  6. Brian Matusz throws six scoreless at Double-A Bowie

    May 21, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    matusz pose

    Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took a big step toward returning to a major league mound on Saturday evening at the Double-A level. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, the promising young southpaw hurled six scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie, surrendering just three hits and one walk in an impressive rehab start. The Orioles will either…

  7. Marlon Byrd struck in left eye with pitch, leaves game

    May 21, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    byrd head

    Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was struck on the side of the head by an Alfredo Aceves pitch in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. The Aceves breaking ball rose quickly on Byrd, who attempted to dip his head back at the last second. That motion exposed his left eye from the…

  8. Jason Heyward scratched with lingering shoulder issues

    May 21, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    heyward getty

    The soreness in Jason Heyward‘s right shoulder is still causing him problems. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 21-year-old right fielder has been scratched from the Braves’ Saturday evening interleague matchup with the Angels. Heyward also sat out of Friday’s series opener and is clearly a little more banged up than the…

  9. Red Sox acquire Franklin Morales from Rockies for PTBNL

    May 19, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    morales purple

    From Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe comes word that the Red Sox are working on a trade for Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales. Morales has displayed significant control problems this season out of the Rockies’ bullpen and is currently the owner of a poor 11/8 K/BB ratio. But he has allowed just six runs in…

  10. Red Sox sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

    May 19, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood has found a new home in the American League East. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Millwood and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a minor league contract late Thursday evening. Millwood opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on May 1 after posting a 4.50…

  11. Carlos Gonzalez pulled from game after tweaking left groin

    May 19, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    carlos gonzalez groin

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez had to be lifted from Thursday night’s game in Philadelphia after tweaking his left groin while chasing down a fly ball on a wet field surface at Citizens Bank Park. Gonzalez has been diagnosed with left groin tightness and will likely be…

  12. Holliday set for Friday return, Berkman could miss weekend

    May 19, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Colby Rasmus, John Buck

    The Cardinals received good news Thursday evening on all three of their starting outfielders. Colby Rasmus returned to center field and doubled in an afternoon victory over the Astros, left fielder Matt Holliday has been cleared of his quad discomfort and is expected to return Friday, and right fielder Lance Berkman underwent an MRI on…

  13. Joe Blanton scratched Thursday with lingering elbow issues

    May 19, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    The Phillies made a last-second change before their Thursday evening game against the visiting Rockies, scratching right-hander Joe Blanton from his scheduled start and replacing him with long reliever Kyle Kendrick. The news comes via Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. Blanton spent a little over two weeks on the disabled list in late…

  14. Alfredo Simon, facing trial, expected to join O’s on Sunday

    May 18, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    simon orioles

    Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon is still facing manslaughter charges in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michel Esteban Castillo back in the Dominican Republic and could face up to two years in prison if convicted guilty. The Orioles are going to take advantage of his freedom while he’s still got it. From Avi Zaleon…

  15. Matt Holliday pulled from game with tightness in left quad

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    holliday standing

    It’s funny, right, that two of St. Louis’ three starting outfielders are now being bothered by injuries and not one of them bears the name Lance Berkman? B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest passes along notice that Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had to be lifted after the second inning of Wednesday evening’s game against…

  16. Jose Contreras rocked Wednesday in first rehab appearance

    May 18, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one…

  17. Cesar Izturis needs elbow surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    May 18, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    izturis headshot

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passes along word that Orioles infielder Cesar Izturis is scheduled to undergo surgery within the next couple of days to “move the ulnar nerve in his right elbow” and could miss up to two months of action. Izturis has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Brandon…

  18. Tony La Russa feeling better, nearing return to Cardinals

    May 15, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Despite battling a case of shingles, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa made his regular weekly appearance Sunday on KMOX radio and gave an update on his status. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest has the goods. “We’re going to get together with (general manager) John Mozeliak and our team doctors and trainers tomorrow and figure…

  19. Rangers sluggers Cruz and Hamilton nearing rehab games

    May 15, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Rangers' Hamilton and Cruz stand on field after being stranded on base against Giants during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    The Rangers should be whole again soon. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, right fielder Nelson Cruz is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday at Double-A Frisco and left fielder Josh Hamilton is expected to join him on Wednesday. Cruz has been sidelined since May 3, when he strained his…

  20. Colby Rasmus held out Sunday with stomach injury

    May 15, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa

    Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus strained a muscle near his abdomen while lifting weights last Monday. It finally began causing him enough discomfort this weekend that he was held out of Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. This all comes via beat writer Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rasmus will be examined Monday…

  21. Braves put Brandon Beachy on 15-day DL with oblique strain

    May 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The Braves placed starter Brandon Beachy on the disabled list Sunday morning with a left oblique strain and now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passes along word that the young right-hander is likely to miss over a month of action. It’s an unfortunate bit of news given Beachy’s impressive early line (3.45 ERA, 1.08…

  22. Carlos Beltran returns to lineup, will play through eye infection

    May 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran isn’t going to let a minor case of pink eye derail his impressive start. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, the 34-year-old is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros. Beltran sat out of Saturday’s game because of an infection in his…

  23. Drew talks NL Central, Pujols free agency, and poor iPhone reception on the Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast

    May 15, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    podcast

    You’ll have to excuse the self-promotion here, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Jorge Posada at this point. I spent about 45 minutes chatting with a couple of Cardinals bloggers this past Wednesday for the first episode of their new Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast. We discussed the different teams in…

  24. David Ortiz on Jorge Posada: “They’re doing that guy wrong”

    May 15, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gave his take on the Jorge Posada mess Saturday night to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald: “You want me to tell you what I think? They’re doing that guy wrong. They’re doing him wrong. Know why? Because that guy, he’s legendary right there in the organization. And, dude,…

  25. Lorenzo Cain launches grand slam, hits for cycle at AAA

    May 15, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs

    Michael Aubrey wasn’t the only minor leaguer putting on an offensive show Saturday. According to Robert Emrich of Milb.com, Royals farmhand Lorenzo Cain hit for the cycle and tallied a career-high seven RBI to lead the Triple-A Omaha Chasers over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (an affiliate of the Rockies), 16-11. Cain was a minor…

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