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  1. Ryan Vogelsong to make first spring start on Monday

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a back strain on February 7 while lifting weights at his home and has spent the first month of spring training in rehab mode. But he’s about ready for live action. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday in camp that Voglesong is…

  2. David Wright could make Grapefruit League debut Tues.

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    From ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin comes word that Mets third baseman David Wright is currently on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Braves. Wright has been taking batting practice off a pitching machine since Thursday and will face a live pitcher Sunday for the first time…

  3. Justin Morneau homers twice in Grapefruit League game

    Mar 24, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Finally, some signs of life from Justin Morneau. As noted by beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins first baseman hit a two-run homer, a three-run homer and drew a walk Saturday in a 19-4 Grapefruit League win over the Rays. Morneau, who has struggled with post-concussion syndrome for close to two years, entered…

  4. Matt Bush arrested for DUI, property damage, fleeing scene

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It just gets worse. Bush’s BAC was .180 following the accident. This article is downright sad, too. Asked by police if this was a wakeup call for Bush, he said “already been there, made comments “about having “a serious alcohol problem and said how he “will be unable to play baseball.” UPDATE, Thursday, 11:48 PM: It…

  5. Ryan Madson still experiencing right elbow discomfort?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Ryan Madson has yet to make an appearance in a Cactus League game this spring because of discomfort in his throwing elbow. And he’s unlikely to debut anytime soon. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Thursday in a minor league exhibition game with what…

  6. Tigers “continuing to show interest” in John Lannan

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the Tigers are “continuing to show interest” in acquiring lefty John Lannan from the Nationals. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted a similar report earlier this week, also mentioning the Red Sox as a potential trade partner for the 27-year-old starter. The Nationals were known to be open…

  7. Kendrys Morales goes 2-for-3 in Cactus League debut

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales played in a major league game Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left ankle while celebrating a 10th-inning walkoff home run against the Mariners on May 29, 2010. And it went about as well as such a thing can go. Morales punched a single through the right side of the infield…

  8. A.J. Burnett scheduled to throw simulated game Saturday

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

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    Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett continues to make steady progress in his recovery from surgery to correct an orbital bone fracture below his right eye. According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, Burnett tossed a successful 52-pitch bullpen session Wednesday in Pirates camp and has been cleared to throw a couple of innings Saturday in a simulated…

  9. Chien-Ming Wang could be sidelined for another month

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

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    Nationals manger Davey Johnson did not hold back Wednesday when describing the severity of starter Chien-Ming Wang‘s strained left hamstring (via CSNWashington.com’s Nats Insider): “He’s moving around walking good, but from what I saw today, he’s got quite a bit of blood in there,” Johnson said. “Before he gets on the mound, I’d say three…

  10. Chris Perez throws 20 pitches of live batting practice

    Mar 21, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    When Indians closer Chris Perez suffered a strained left oblique on February 24 — during his first bullpen session of the spring — the general belief was that he would be inactive at the beginning of the regular season. But Perez has defied the odds, and should be ready for a save opportunity on Opening…

  11. Sveum calls Jeff Samardzija “near lock” for rotation spot

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune Sunday in camp that right-hander Jeff Samardzija is a “near lock” for a spot in the team’s regular-season starting rotation. Samardzija finally found major league success last year in the Chicago bullpen, posting a 2.97 ERA and tallying 87 strikeouts in 88 innings of…

  12. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse

    Mar 18, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters at the start of spring training that he was open to the idea of Bryce Harper earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. But it was a longshot from the start, and any hope of it happening has now been crushed. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s…

  13. Chris Carpenter throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 18, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter took a big step in the right direction Sunday, throwing two simulated innings to a group of teammates in camp. Carpenter was diagnosed earlier this month with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and has not yet appeared in a Grapefruit League game. But he’s beginning to make progress and…

  14. Kendrys Morales to make Cactus League debut Tuesday

    Mar 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Good news out of Halos camp in Tempe, Arizona. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels slugger Kendrys Morales is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday vs. the Rockies, after he plays one final minor league game Monday. Morales has been in recovery mode from an ankle injury for nearly 22 months. He…

  15. David Robertson expected to return to games this week

    Mar 18, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Yankees setup man David Robertson hasn’t thrown a pitch in a Grapefruit League game since making his debut against the Phillies on March 5. But he should be ready to change that by the end of this week. According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, Robertson threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning in Yankees…

  16. A’s Joey Devine to open season on 15-day disabled list

    Mar 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s announced Sunday morning in camp that reliever Joey Devine is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to lingering soreness in his right biceps muscle. Devine is believed to be making progress, but he has yet to throw…

  17. Michael Morse (lat strain) shut down for at least a week

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken recently on Michael Morse‘s strained right lat muscle revealed no significant structural damage. But that positive development hasn’t really meant all that much for the 29-year-old slugger. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Morse won’t be cleared to resume baseball activities “for at least a week” due to lingering discomfort on his…

  18. Yoenis Cespedes turned down six-year offer from Cubs

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    From Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned down a six-year, $36 million contract offer from the Cubs last month before inking his four-year, $36 million deal with the A’s. Wittenmyer explains: In addition to the significant difference in annual salary, the center fielder told his agent he…

  19. Nationals sign Xavier Nady to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that the Nationals have reached agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Xavier Nady. The deal does not come with an invitation to major league spring training, meaning the 33-year-old will be stationed in minor league camp in Viera, Florida with no chance of cracking the Opening…

  20. Jake Peavy goes five hitless in third Cactus League start

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was shelled for three earned runs on four hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut March 7 against the Brewers. Peavy then allowed six earned runs on eights hits to the A’s in his second Cactus League start — an outing that lasted just 2 1/3 innings. But he got…

  21. X-rays on Placido Polanco’s finger come back negative

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The Phillies received a bit of good news Sunday morning when, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, X-rays turned up negative on the left ring finger of infielder Placido Polanco. Polanco jammed the finger Saturday in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays while diving back to first base on a pickoff…

  22. Picture of the Day: Happy St. Paddy’s from Manny Ramirez

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    From the official Twitter account of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats comes this shot of Manny Ramirez wearing a leprechaun hat while signing autographs Saturday in A’s camp: Manny has a home run and a double but no other hits in 17 plate appearances this spring. The 39-year-old designated hitter is suspended for the first…

  23. Ryan Braun 1-for-15 on the spring after hitless Saturday

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun went 0-for-2 with a walk in Saturday’s Cactus League game vs. the Angels, leaving him 1-for-15 with three walks and five strikeouts through the first half of the 2012 exhibition schedule. It’s silly to over-analyze spring stats, but let’s just note that Braun batted .325/.372/.700 in 40 at-bats last February and March and…

  24. Carlos Quentin to get knee surgery Monday, out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Quentin has been experiencing knee discomfort since the beginning of spring training, and San Diego manager Bud Black told Hayes on Saturday that team…

  25. Franklin Gutierrez making progress, takes 25 swings

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took a significant step forward Thursday in his ongoing recovery from a torn left pectoral muscle, swinging a bat through the air 25 times without discomfort. This according to 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer. Gutierrez had been limited this week to pool workouts, but he reported feeling strong when he arrived…

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