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  1. Bryce Harper pulled from AA game with hamstring strain; might be done for season

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper was pulled from a game Thursday at Double-A Harrisburg after injuring his hamstring while running the bases. Harper had to be carried off the field by trainers, but early indications point to the injury being rather minor. He’ll be reevaluated Friday morning.…

  2. Tommy Hanson won’t be activated early next week

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, so he is eligible to be activated early next week — Monday, to be exact. But that’s probably not going to happen. According to Mark Bowman and Chris Cox of MLB.com, Hanson’s sore right shoulder has not made…

  3. Stephen Strasburg will make fourth rehab start Monday

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington once again has an update on Stephen Strasburg‘s ongoing rehabilitation from Tommy John elbow surgery. Per Zuckerman, Nationals manager Davey Johnson revealed to the media this evening that Strasburg is scheduled to make his next minor league rehab start on Monday with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. It’ll be his third…

  4. MLBPA files grievance against Cubs on Big Z’s behalf

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Carrie Muskat of MLB.com comes word that the Major League Baseball Players Association field a grievance against the Cubs this evening on behalf of right-handed starter Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list and docked 30 days of pay after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the…

  5. Jason Kipnis scratched from Indians’ lineup Thursday

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    As expected, rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis is back in the Indians’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. Kipnis missed four straight games with soreness in his right oblique. The promising 24-year-old was cleared to return after making it through a workout Wednesday that consisted of batting practice, infield practice…

  6. Johan Santana won’t throw off mound for another week

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

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    It’s becoming less and less likely that Mets starter Johan Santana will be able to return to major league action before the 2011 season is through. According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the rehabbing southpaw has been cleared to return to Port St. Lucie, Florida after a successful checkup back in…

  7. Stephen Strasburg shaky in third minor league rehab start

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington has all the details on Stephen Strasburg‘s latest rehab outing. Strasburg, now 11 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, allowed four hits, two walks and five earned runs in under two innings of work Wednesday evening against the Astros’ Single-A affiliate from Lexington, Kentucky. He struck out three…

  8. Braves sign infielder Wes Helms to minor league contract

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    The Marlins released veteran infielder Wes Helms on Saturday when they demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans. As expected, it didn’t take Helms long to find an opportunity elsewhere. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves signed the 35-year-old to a minor league contract on Wednesday night and have assigned him…

  9. Jason Kipnis expected to return to action Thursday

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been sidelined since last Friday with a bit of discomfort in the area of his right oblique, but he’s made significant progress in the last couple of days and is expected to return to Cleveland’s starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. The good news…

  10. Alex Rodriguez will not be activated until Friday

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi poured some cooling solution Wednesday on the idea that third baseman Alex Rodriguez might be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s series-opening game against the Twins. A-Rod went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run during a successful four-game…

  11. Dan Uggla’s hitting streak ends at 33 games

    Aug 14, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Braves slugger Dan Uggla snapped his 33-game hitting streak Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs. The second baseman plated Michael Bourn with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, fouled out to first base in the third inning, was robbed of a bloop single by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney…

  12. Logan Morrison considering filing grievance against Marlins

    Aug 14, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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    We wondered earlier what the next step in the Logan Morrison demotion saga might be. It appears that answer has now arrived. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, who has been all over the story since Saturday, Morrison is considering filing a grievance against the Marlins for optioning him suddenly to Triple-A.…

  13. Giants’ Brandon Belt homers twice in first game back

    Aug 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ handling of Brandon Belt this season has been frustrating and confusing. He hasn’t produced, but that’s mostly because the San Francisco front office hasn’t given him an opportunity to produce. (Belt entered play Sunday with only 90 major league plate appearances to his name). If the talented 23-year-old is going to earn a…

  14. A-Rod will continue rehab games in AAA on Tuesday

    Aug 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez is right on track. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, the Yankees third baseman took 13 at-bats in a simulated game Sunday in Tampa, Florida without feeling any lingering discomfort related to his mid-July knee surgery. A-Rod will take the day off Monday before resuming his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with…

  15. Marlins prez Larry Beinfest speaks up on LoMo demotion

    Aug 14, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    The Marlins demoted 23-year-old outfielder and outspoken tweeter Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday night, pointing to his recent offensive struggles as the reason for the move. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post later deduced that a series off-field issues also played a factor. Morrison, a fan-favorite of a rare degree, had…

  16. Rickie Weeks cleared for some baseball-related activities

    Aug 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is finally beginning to show signs of progress in his ongoing recovery from a severely sprained left ankle. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers’ medical team cleared Weeks on Sunday to begin taking light infield practice. He’ll soon progress to soft toss, then live batting…

  17. Barry Zito suffers sprained ankle while making rehab start

    Aug 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Giants left-hander Barry Zito was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the beginning of August with a sprained muscle in his right foot. He made a successful rehab start last Monday at Single-A San Jose, tossing 7 2/3 innings while allowing only three runs, and looked to be on track to return to the…

  18. Brandon Phillips returns to lineup after four-game absence

    Aug 14, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the Cincinnati starting lineup on Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a bruised left elbow when he was hit by a pitch last Tuesday. Phillips, 30, has registered a .287/.333/.424 triple slash line with 11 home…

  19. Tigers place Carlos Guillen on DL with wrist soreness

    Aug 14, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    According to the Tigers’ official Twitter account, second baseman Carlos Guillen was placed on the 15-day disabled list early Sunday morning due to lingering soreness in his left wrist. Guillen hadn’t played since going 0-for-4 on Friday night, and the Tigers grew tired of operating a man short. The veteran infielder should be ready for…

  20. Braves activate Brian McCann, but lose Tommy Hanson

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

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    First, the good news. According to the Braves’ official Twitter account, catcher Brian McCann has been activated from the disabled list and will return to Atlanta’s starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs. He went 2-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in a two-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett.…

  21. Are the Marlins punishing Logan Morrison?

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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    The LoMo demotion continues to confound. The Marlins’ front office isn’t saying much on the matter, and Logan Morrison kept his comments light on Twitter last evening. So we’re left only to wonder whether his demotion was performance-related or a punishment for an off-field incident. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post seems to think…

  22. The LA Times ranks baseball’s best and worst fanbases

    Aug 14, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    You can type “MLB fanbase rankings” into a Google search and find a couple thousand articles (or slideshows) on the topic. It’s not a unique theme, and it’s a venture often clouded in author’s bias. But the lists tend to be pretty interesting anyway. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times penned a piece Saturday…

  23. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 14, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

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    It’s August 14. On this date in baseball history, Jimmie Foxx hit for the cycle and tallied nine RBI in a single game (1933), Cardinals ace Bob Gibson no-hit the Pirates (1971), the Yankees retired Reggie Jackson’s uniform number 44 (1993), and former major leaguer Jose Offerman was suspended indefinitely by the independent Atlantic League…

  24. Marlins option Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

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    The story is still basically developing, but we’ll bring you the early talking points. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, talented and outspoken left fielder Logan Morrison was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans late Saturday evening, about 30 minutes after the Marlins’ 3-0 loss to the Giants. The Marlins cited Morrison’s recent offensive slump as the…

  25. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 33 games

    Aug 13, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

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    The ride continues. Braves infielder Dan Uggla got right to work Saturday against the Cubs, knocking a single to center field in the bottom of the first inning to extend his major league-best hitting streak to 33 games. Uggla then homered to lead off the fourth inning before getting hit by a pitch in the…

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