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  1. Ivan Nova throws six no-hit innings in statement outing

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

    nova pose

    For players with job security, spring box scores usually mean very little. But for players auditioning for new roles, a quality stat line can mean everything. Enter Ivan Nova. According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, the 24-year-old right-hander hurled six no-hit innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night in Tampa. He was…

  2. Mat Latos rocked Wednesday in minor league spring game

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Padres right-hander Mat Latos did not have the best Wednesday afternoon. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the 23-year-old labored through a 3.2-inning appearance in a minor league intrasquad game, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and issuing three walks. He struck out six, but he needed a total of 76…

  3. Vazquez past elbow issues, cleared for Saturday start

    Mar 16, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance on Tuesday due to soreness in his right elbow. The club claimed at the time that the injury was minor, and it turns out they were right. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, Vazquez threw a pain-free bullpen session on Wednesday in Marlins camp…

  4. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from start with shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start and is going to be sidelined for the next week or so due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. This according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, who began his story on the matter with a great sentence: The closest thing to…

  5. Ryan Braun: I’m feeling “better than I’ve ever felt”

    Mar 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    All-star outfielder Ryan Braun gave the Brewers a big scare Saturday when he left the club’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks with a strained intercostal muscle. It turns out he’s going to be just fine. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Braun actually suffered the injury while shagging fly balls against the outfield wall…

  6. Zach Duke struck with comebacker, has broken hand

    Mar 13, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks acquired Zach Duke in a trade with the Pirates this winter with the intention of adding depth to their starting rotation. Arizona was thinking that the 27-year-old southpaw would do well with a change of scenery after finishing with a 5.72 ERA over 29 starts for the Bucs in 2010. But things have…

  7. Chien-Ming Wang won’t be ready for the start of the season

    Mar 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    wang pose

    That’s the most predictable headline of the spring so far, isn’t it? Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Sunday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang showed progress in a recent bullpen session but has no chance of breaking camp as a member of the club’s 25-man roster. He’s still recovering from…

  8. Mitchell Page: 1951-2011

    Mar 13, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    page oakland card

    ESPN analyst and former big leaguer Eduardo Perez passes along the sad news of Mitchell Page’s sudden passing. Born Mitchell Otis Page, he played eight years in the majors — seven for the A’s and one for the Pirates, serving mostly as a designated hitter and outfielder. He retired after the 1984 season with a…

  9. Duchscherer likely to open season on disabled list?

    Mar 13, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    duchscherer pose

    It’s looking more and more like Justin Duchscherer isn’t going to be ready for action when the Orioles open their regular season. According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, “The Duke of Hurl” had to be scratched from a scheduled intrasquad game appearance Sunday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired left hip. He won’t throw on…

  10. Bengie Molina retired for now, will consider comeback

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported earlier this month that the Padres were looking into signing catcher Bengie Molina to serve as a backup to Nick Hundley but found the veteran free agent to be in “retirement mode.” He remains in that “mode.” Molina told Kevin Davidoff of Newsday this weekend that he has not…

  11. Red Sox shopping Daisuke Matsuzaka and others?

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Red Sox may be looking to unload some of their depth at various positions before the start of the 2011 regular season schedule. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Sawx have let other major league teams know that starters Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are available via trade and that outfielders Mike…

  12. Report: Johan Santana may miss all of the 2011 season

    Mar 13, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    “Internally, the Mets believe they’ll be “lucky” if Santana pitches this year.” That is a stand-alone paragraph in a Sunday morning report by Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. According to their sources, Santana has made very little progress in his ongoing recovery from September shoulder surgery and the Mets are ready…

  13. Rickie Weeks will be out a few days with groin tightness

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks probably won’t play in a Cactus League game for the next couple of days. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Weeks made an early exit Thursday from the Brewers’ exhibition matchup against the Rockies due to tightness in his groin. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters after…

  14. Carlos Beltran rides stationary bike, works out in pool

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since Sunday, when he served as the club’s designated hitter against the Red Sox. The 33-year-old is battling left knee tendinitis and is not expected to resume playing in live games for another couple of days. But he is staying active. According to Adam…

  15. Anibal Sanchez suffers bruised shin during Thursday start

    Mar 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez may be sidelined for the next week or two. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Sanchez had a large ice wrap around his right shin in the Marlins’ clubhouse Thursday after being nailed by a grounder during his three-inning Grapefruit League start against the Mets. The Marlins believe that he only…

  16. Garland has oblique strain, likely destined for disabled list

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodgers starter Jon Garland was lifted from his Cactus League start after just 1.2 innings Wednesday due to shooting pains on the left side of his body. The Dodgers sent him for an MRI and don’t have the results yet, but it’s a pretty safe assumption that what he suffered was a strained left oblique…

  17. Carpenter scheduled to face live hitters later this week

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter continues to make a mostly smooth recovery from the left hamstring strain that he suffered last week. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carp is scheduled to face live hitters in a batting practice session Friday and could be cleared to resume appearing in Grapefruit League games if…

  18. Carlos Beltran has not been shut down

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Mets may have a new front office regime and a new manager, but their communication skills clearly haven’t improved from the Omar Minaya era. New general manager Sandy Alderson told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday that outfielder Carlos Beltran would be “shut down” for at least 4-5 days due to…

  19. Miguel Cabrera threatened to shoot strangers and blow up a bar before his DUI arrest last month…

    Mar 9, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Early details about Miguel Cabrera‘s February DUI arrest painted a scary — or at least embarrassing — picture of the 27-year-old Tigers slugger. This new information will make that picture far worse. According to Frank Donnelly of the Detroit News, court documents released Wednesday reveal that Cabrera threatened the patrons of a Florida bar before…

  20. Carpenter throws side session, says “I’ll be fine”

    Mar 6, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter seems to be making a quick and easy recovery from the left hamstring strain that he suffered in a game last week. According to Hall of Famer Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carp threw a light side session off a mound Sunday afternoon in Cardinals camp and reported only mild discomfort…

  21. Corey Hart tweaked his strained side muscle on Saturday

    Mar 6, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart might not be ready for the start of the 2011 season. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the right fielder suffered a setback Saturday with the strained muscle in his left side. He was participating in drills for the first time in a week or so and re-tweaked the muscle while…

  22. Neftali Feliz struck with line drive, should be fine

    Mar 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    The Rangers got a bit of a scare Sunday morning. Neftali Feliz, who is trying to prove that he is ready for a spot in the starting rotation, took a Craig Gentry line drive off his lower left shin while throwing a live round of batting practice. The 22-year-old crumbled to the ground, according to…

  23. White Sox ink Matt Thornton to two-year, $12M extension

    Mar 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    According to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract extension on Sunday morning with left-handed reliever Matt Thornton. The deal also carries a club option for 2014. The 34-year-old Thornton registered a strong 2.67 ERA and 1.01 WHIP across 60.2 innings for the Pale Hose…

  24. Dodgers sign Randy Keisler to minor league contract

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Hey, Randy Keisler is back on the baseball scene. Kind of. According to his representation’s official Twitter feed, the 35-year-old left-hander agreed to a minor league contract Thursday with the Dodgers. Keisler hasn’t pitched in a major league game since back in 2007, when he registered a 5.19 ERA and allowed 21 hits over 17.1…

  25. Manny Parra out a few days with lower back tightness

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Miguel Tejada

    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers left-hander Manny Parra was lifted from his Thursday Cactus League appearance against the A’s after just one batter due to tightness in his lower back. Parra revealed after the game that he has been dealing with back issues for much of spring training. The Brewers…

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