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  1. Rafael Furcal likely to begin rehab assignment on Saturday

    May 12, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters earlier this week that shortstop Rafael Furcal was “just not ready” to begin a minor league rehab assignment because he was unable to swing comfortably from the right side of the plate. That tune has changed a bit. According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed, Furcal is likely to begin…

  2. Kendrys Morales to get second surgery, won’t return this year

    May 11, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    morales squarer

    Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales got a second opinion on his slow-healing ankle fracture on Wednesday afternoon in Vail, Colorado. He did not return to Anaheim bearing good news. According to Sam Miller of the Orange County Register, Angels general manager Tony Reagins acknowledged Wednesday night that Morales needs another ankle surgery to clear up…

  3. MRI on Grady Sizemore’s right knee shows no damage

    May 11, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore underwent an MRI on his bruised right knee Wednesday afternoon. The results are in. And they’re good. According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, Sizemore has no structural damage and is being called “day-to-day” with a right knee contusion. Sizemore suffered the bruise on Tuesday night while sliding hard into second…

  4. Robinson Cano gets beaned in helmet, leaves game

    May 11, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The Yankees got a big scare on Wednesday night when second baseman Robinson Cano was beaned in the helmet in the fifth inning by a pitch delivered from Royals reliever Nathan Adcock. Cano sat on the batter’s box dirt for a few minutes as manager Joe Girardi and team trainer Steve Donohue rushed out to…

  5. Brian Schneider pulled Wednesday with strained hamstring

    May 11, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    schneider phillies

    More bad injury news for the Phillies. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, catcher Brian Schneider was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after straining his left hamstring while running the bases. Dane Sardinha replaced him on the basepaths and will finish out the game behind the plate. Carlos Ruiz is…

  6. Stephen Strasburg nearly ready to begin throwing off mound

    May 11, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty provided an update Wednesday afternoon in the Washington Post on rehabbing right-hander Stephen Strasburg: “Everything is going along fine,” said McCatty. “I know he’s close to throwing off the mound. I’m sure he’s getting close to it. I know there were some discussions about it. It will be shortly. Everything…

  7. Blue Jays grant outfielder Scott Podsednik his release

    May 11, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    podsednik reuters

    Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet passes along word that veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik has been granted his request for an unconditional release from the Blue Jays organization. Podsednik signed a minor league contract with the Jays over the winter that carried a potential $1 million in total value, but an old case of plantar fasciitis caught…

  8. Ryan Braun listed as “day-to-day” with left ankle contusion

    May 11, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    braun pose

    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Padres because of a left ankle contusion. The Brewers don’t think the condition is serious and are considering him “day-to-day.” That all comes from Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Braun, 27, has opened his fifth major league season with a sparkling .307/.392/.562…

  9. Kendrys Morales heading to Colorado for second opinion

    May 8, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    morales getty

    The Angels are as confused as the rest of the baseball world about Kendrys Morales‘ stalled rehabilitation from a broken left ankle. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales will travel to Vail, Colorado early this week to get a second opinion from foot and ankle specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton. Morales has…

  10. Logan Morrison could begin rehab assignment Monday

    May 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will be examined by a team doctor this afternoon. If everything checks out with his strained left foot, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Morrison has been taking batting practice for about a week and was able to…

  11. Chris Young lands on disabled list with shoulder tightness

    May 8, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    chris young mets

    The shoulder discomfort that caused Mets right-hander Chris Young to be scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Dodgers was still bothering him on Sunday morning, so the Mets have placed him on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season and have called up Pat Misch to fill his roster spot.…

  12. Happy Mother’s Day. “Call your mom.”

    May 8, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Fans take refuge from the heat in Washington on Independence Day

    From Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: On whiteboard in Twins clubhouse, where times for stretch & BP are generally written was one more directive today: “Call your mom.” Perfect, right? Happy Mother’s Day from us here at HardballTalk. Enjoy a full slate of afternoon and evening baseball games featuring pink cleats, pink…

  13. Astros place Jason Bourgeois on DL with oblique injury

    May 8, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    bourgeois headshot

    Astros utilityman Jason Bourgeois has opened the 2011 season with a stellar .407/.439/.500 batting line through his first 57 plate appearances. He’s also tallied 12 stolen bases in 14 chances. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old is now going to have to put that early offensive momentum on hold. Bourgeois suffered an oblique injury during an at-bat Saturday…

  14. Andrew Bailey throws 30-pitch side session, making progress

    May 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    bailey face

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey hasn’t appeared in a major league game yet this season because of a righty forearm injury. He took a step toward changing that yesterday on the road with the A’s. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the right-hander threw 30 pitches — including breaking balls — to Daric…

  15. X-rays on Paul Konerko’s left wrist come back “normal”

    May 8, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has been bothered by discomfort in his left wrist for several days now and finally underwent X-rays on Saturday night to rule out the possibility of structural damage. Good news. According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the X-ray results turned up “normal” and Konerko is not expected to…

  16. Blue Jays activate Aaron Hill from the disabled list

    May 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays infielder Aaron Hill throws during practice at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin

    As expected, the Blue Jays have activated second baseman Aaron Hill from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tigers. Mike McCoy was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a 25-man roster spot. Hill spent a little over two weeks nursing a right hamstring injury before heading out…

  17. Red Sox place Scutaro on DL, promote Jose Iglesias

    May 8, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    iglesias wide

    A major league source told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe on Saturday night that the Red Sox are preparing to place Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list with a “left side injury” and that shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to provide middle infield depth in Scutaro’s absence. Iglesias,…

  18. Justin Verlander hit 100 mph with his final fastball

    May 7, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    verlander gatorade

    Tigers ace Justin Verlander did a number of impressive things over the course of his nine-inning no-hitter Saturday in Toronto. He threw 74 of his 108 pitches for strikes, induced 12 groundball outs, and issued just one walk to the 27 batters that he faced. But the most impressive feat of the historical outing was…

  19. Chris Young scratched Saturday with more arm troubles

    May 7, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Mets' Young delivers a pitch to the Phillies during their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Score another for fans of predictable injuries. From Ken Davidoff of Newsday comes word that right-hander Chris Young has been scratched from his scheduled Saturday evening start against the Dodgers due to renewed problems with his right biceps tendinitis. Young, who spent half of April on the disabled list, wasn’t able to get loose while…

  20. Todd Wellemeyer announces retirement from baseball

    May 7, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    getty wellemeyer

    Todd Wellemeyer was drafted by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2000 June MLB Amateur Draft and spent six years in the organization. He served primarily as a starter while in the minor leagues but shifted to the bullpen once the Cubs gave him a spot on their 25-man roster. Wellemeyer moved on…

  21. Jake Peavy surrenders five runs in seven-inning rehab start

    May 5, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    peavy throws

    It appears as though Jake Peavy is finally ready to make his 2011 regular season big league debut. According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the right-hander made it through seven innings Thursday at Triple-A Charlotte without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort in his troublesome throwing shoulder. He allowed five runs, but they all…

  22. MRI reveals bone spur in Jonathan Broxton’s right elbow

    May 5, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times heard from Jonathan Broxton‘s agent Thursday that an MRI taken on the right-hander’s troublesome right elbow showed no structural damage. But it’s not all good news. According to the agent, B.B. Abbott, a bone spur was found at the back of Broxton’s right elbow and some bruising was…

  23. Chase Utley heading to Florida, on track for late May return

    May 5, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly has some exciting news for those anxiously awaiting the return of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. According to Salisbury’s sources, Utley has been deemed “ready to intensify his workouts” and will head to the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida on Friday to begin playing in extended spring training…

  24. Derek Jeter pulled from Wednedsay’s game with sore right hip

    May 4, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    jeter grimace

    From Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was lifted from Wednesday night’s game because of a sore right hip. He is considered day-to-day. Jeter was 1-for-4 with a strikeout before exiting. He was replaced at shortstop by Eduardo Nunez, who did not make a plate appearance. Nunez seems…

  25. Neftali Feliz fans three batters in minor league rehab inning

    May 4, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz made a one-inning minor league rehab appearance on Wednesday evening for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. It was his first rehab outing. And it will be his last. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the hard-throwing right-hander struck out three straight batters after giving up a leadoff single and…

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