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  1. Jack Wilson pulled from game due to defensive issues

    Apr 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Jack Wilson

    The Mariners decided before the start of the regular season to move Jack Wilson over to second base in order to open the shortstop position for the younger and more defensively capable Brendan Ryan. Wilson should be fine at the new spot eventually, but he had quite a bit of trouble during Wednesday’s loss to…

  2. Aardsma on track after “lights out” bullpen session

    Apr 3, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Mariners closer David Aardsma underwent surgery on his hip in late winter and barely got off his crutches during spring training, but he’s made significant progress in the past couple of weeks and appears likely to reach his goal of returning sometime in late April. Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle reports that…

  3. Justin Duchscherer to undergo minor back procedure

    Apr 3, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    duchscherer poses

    The injury-related problems continue for veteran right-hander Justin Duchscherer. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Duchscherer will undergo an ablation procedure on his lower back Sunday and won’t be able to pick up a baseball for the next four or five days. It’s a minor surgery designed to heat up never endings and…

  4. McCutchen scratched from Saturday’s lineup with stiff neck

    Apr 3, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen tried to talk himself into Sunday’s lineup against the Cubs and was successful at first, but Pittsburgh’s coaches and trainers eventually decided to play it safe. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jose Tabata is playing center field on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field with Matt Diaz covering…

  5. Braves re-sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Apr 3, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Scott Proctor is back with the Braves. Kind of. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran right-hander agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday morning and will report to Triple-A Gwinnett this week. Proctor was cut by the Braves at the end of spring training after allowing 12 hits and 14…

  6. Victorino expects to return from tight calf on Tuesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    The Phillies got some good news Sunday on center fielder Shane Victorino, the morning after he made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of tightness in his left calf. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Victorino is aiming to return to the Phils’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s series-opening tilt against the Mets. The Phillies have…

  7. Evan Longoria headed to disabled list with oblique injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    longo pose

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria began feeling discomfort in his left oblique before Saturday’s game against the Orioles. But he didn’t ask out of the starting lineup and now it might cost him. Longoria had to be lifted from the game at the start of the…

  8. Jurrjens placed on disabled list, Minor to start Wednesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens began feeling discomfort in the left side of his body during the final week of spring training. Now it has carried over into the regular season. From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that, in somewhat expected news, Jurrjens has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to…

  9. SNY employee channels Family Guy, takes jab at Mets

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Note to current and future employees and interns of broadcasting companies: not everyone has a great barometer for sarcasm and parody. According to this report from Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, a SportsNet New York (SNY) employee is in hot water for playing a Mets-mocking clip from the show Family Guy at the end of the…

  10. Jimenez could miss next start due to small cut on thumb

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered six runs over six innings Friday in a rough debut loss to the Diamondbacks. A report Saturday from the Denver Post may give us an idea of why he looked so shaky. According to the Post‘s Troy Renck, Jimenez has a small cut along his right thumb cuticle and it…

  11. Orioles’ Luke Scott suffers groin injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    scott sky

    The Orioles are going to be without one of their main sluggers for the next couple of days. Or maybe longer. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, outfielder Luke Scott had to be lifted from Saturday night’s game — the same game that saw Rays third baseman Evan Longoria suffer an oblique injury…

  12. Shane Victorino pulled Saturday with soreness in left calf

    Apr 2, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Victorino runs to first base as Boston Red Sox pitcher Lester fields a bunt during a MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    The amount of high profiles injuries this spring was absurd. Now it’s carrying over into the regular season. From MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki comes word that Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino had to be pulled from the club’s Saturday evening tilt against the Astros due to soreness in his left calf. Victorino collided with fellow Phillies…

  13. Evan Longoria exits game with sore left oblique

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    longo hitting

    A bit of frightening news out of Tampa Bay. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was lifted prematurely from Saturday’s game against the Orioles due to soreness in his left oblique. Longo will be reevaluated after undergoing a round of tests Sunday morning. The 25-year-old was 0-for-1…

  14. On disabled list, Andrew Bailey has “best day yet”

    Apr 2, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    bailey posing

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the season due to a muscle strain in his right forearm. Good news: he made a little progress today. According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Bridge Baseball, Bailey played long toss from a distance of 120 feet on Saturday afternoon…

  15. On Opening Day, I went to church…

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    busch

    I’ve lived in St. Louis since 1996 and have spent 20 or so days and nights at Cardinals games each season since I moved here. But I had never been to the Cardinals’ home opener until yesterday. I don’t love the new Busch Stadium. There are too many gaudy ads and the decision to switch…

  16. Andrew Bailey placed on disabled list with forearm strain

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    bailey pose

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his forearm back in mid-March and hasn’t been able to get back to full strength in time for Opening Day. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday evening, according to the A’s official Twitter feed, and is likely to miss the…

  17. Giants name Brandon Belt starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    belt pose

    Here’s some big (but somewhat expected) news out of San Francisco… According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have informed top prospect Brandon Belt that he will open the year as the club’s starting first baseman. Aubrey Huff is going to move out to right field for the time being…

  18. Curtis Granderson (oblique) cleared for Yankees’ opener

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    When Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a strained oblique during the second-to-last week of spring training, he appeared destined for a season-opening disabled list stint. But he has apparently defied the odds. According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Granderson went 2-for-5 with two doubles in a minor league game Wednesday and…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Does this Cubs team have what it takes to change history?

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:13 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: 102 years and counting… The Big Question: Does this Cubs team have what it takes to change history? The Cubs…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates?

    Mar 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    mccutchen walker

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Hurdle and his Bucs. The Big Question: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates?…

  21. Springtime Storylines: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace?

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    waino sad

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The National League’s winningest franchise. The Big Question: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace? In reality, the…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Are the Astros headed for a long stretch of rough results?

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    lee wandy

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Houston, we have a problem. The Big Question: Are the Astros headed for a long stretch of rough results? It…

  23. With shoulder still hurting, Brad Lidge going for MRI

    Mar 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    lidge getty

    The Phillies have already announced that closer Brad Lidge is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to “shoulder pain.” Now they’re hoping to get a clearer diagnosis on exactly what’s ailing him. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Lidge will fly back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to undergo an MRI…

  24. Rays trade infielder Joe Inglett to Astros

    Mar 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com had this one first. The Astros made a minor move Sunday, acquiring infielder Joe Inglett from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Inglett posted a .208/.321/.250 batting line in 24 at-bats this spring and failed to make the Tampa Bay season-opening roster. He…

  25. Francona “aggravated” by Buck Showalter’s comments

    Mar 27, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a couple of controversial comments in a recent issue of Men’s Journal about some of his opponents in the American League East. He said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter “ticks” him off and that he’d “like to see how smart” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein “is with the Tampa Bay…

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