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  1. 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…

  2. Jamie Moyer scratched Friday due to left leg discomfort

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    As first reported by the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, veteran lefty Jamie Moyer has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday in a minor league game due to “stiffness and soreness” in his left leg. Rockies manager Jim Tracy called the decision to scratch Moyer from the outing a “precautionary measure,” but there is currently…

  3. Red Sox, O’s had scouts at Joe Blanton’s start Thursday

    Mar 15, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jim Salisbury of comes word that the Red Sox and Orioles had scouts in the stands for Joe Blanton‘s Grapefruit League outing Thursday against the Braves. Blanton threw the ball well, allowing only four hits and no walks in five innings of work while striking out four Atlanta hitters. He has…

  4. Report: Steve Cohen has top Dodgers bid, would hire Tony La Russa as club president

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes this intriguing update on the looming sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers: Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen emerged Wednesday as the strongest bidder to purchase the Dodgers, and plans to hire Tony La Russa to a key front-office position, according to two Major League Baseball officials familiar with the process…

  5. Josh Hamilton suffers “jammed heel” in spring game

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was lifted from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Rockies after suffering what is being called a “jammed right heel” while chasing after a double. According to beat writer Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton was spotted icing his right foot in the clubhouse after the 6-1 loss to…

  6. Giancarlo Stanton hit on wrist by a pitch, leaves game

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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    Update: X-rays were negative on Stanton’s left wrist, and he’s listed as day-to-day. /// Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was lifted from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets after taking a Chris Schwinden pitch off his left hand. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, he has been diagnosed with a contusion. Stanton,…

  7. Cardinals considering “Plan B” options in case Carpenter misses the start of the season

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke to ESPN 101’s Brian Stull on Sunday morning about Chris Carpenter‘s neck injury, which has been officially diagnosed as a bulging cervical disc. Mozeliak didn’t get into many specifics about the diagnosis nor did he speak about a recovery timetable for the 36-year-old right-hander, but he did admit there…

  8. Mets send David Wright to New York for rib cage exam

    Mar 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to discomfort on the left side of his rib cage. Wanting to rule out anything serious, team doctors have summoned him to New York to have his midsection examined and to get a cortisone shot. This according to ESPN New…

  9. Cubs announce five-year, $6 million agreement with Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    concepcion_742562375’s Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a five-year, $6 million contract. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported in early February that the deal was done, but it apparently took a little while to make everything final. Concepcion, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s…

  10. Michael Morse gets cortisone shot, hopes to play Monday

    Mar 11, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Michael Morse hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against the Braves because of a mild strain of his right lat muscle. But he’s hoping to get back on the right track early this week. From beat writer Bill Ladson comes word that Morse was given…

  11. Orioles closer Jim Johnson fans two in “B” game

    Mar 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    The Orioles can remove right-handed reliever Jim Johnson from their list of injured players. According to Roch Kubatko of, the 28-year-old closer struck out two batters Saturday during a one-inning appearance in a “B” game. It was his first live action of the spring. Johnson is about a week behind the other pitchers in…

  12. Allen Craig (knee surgery) aiming to play in game by May

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig told reporters when he arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida last month that he was hoping to be ready for Opening Day. But that never seemed very realistic. Craig, who underwent surgery in November to repair a small fracture in his right kneecap, acknowledged Sunday to B.J. Rains of FOX…

  13. Chris Perez on track to resume mound work this week

    Mar 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez is making a steady recovery from the oblique strain that he suffered during his first bullpen session of the spring, according to’s Jordan Bastian, and may be ready to resume mound workouts this week. Perez, who was originally prescribed a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks, has already progressed to throwing…

  14. David Price could return to Grapefruit League on Tuesday

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Rays left-hander David Price injured his neck Thursday while toweling off between innings during a Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. But it was only a minor tweak and might not affect his spring training throwing program whatsoever. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Price is likely to be cleared to make…

  15. Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

    Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this update on right-hander Chris Carpenter: Still unable to project their co-ace’s return to the mound, the Cardinals nonetheless drew a sigh of relief upon learning Saturday that Chris Carpenter is dealing with a bulging cervical disc rather than a recurrence of career-threatening nerve issues. Carpenter…

  16. Mike Napoli scratched Saturday due to minor groin issue

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    From’s Joey Nowak comes word that Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had to be scratched from Saturday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox due to a “nagging left groin issue.” Rangers trainers called the decision “precautionary,” and Rangers manager Ron Washington assured reporters in camp that “there’s no concern.” Napoli is a little behind…

  17. A.J. Burnett making speedy recovery from eye fracture

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    When A.J. Burnett underwent eye surgery in early March after fracturing his orbital bone during a bunting drill, the Pirates’ doctors guessed that he would be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. But recent reports out of Bradenton, Florida have us thinking the right-hander might beat that timetable altogether. According to’s Tom Singer, Burnett rode a…

  18. Mike Matheny “not real happy” with Marlins and MLBPA

    Mar 10, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals and Marlins had their Grapefruit League game in Jupiter, Florida halted on Saturday by a one-hour, 49-minute rain delay. During that delay the Fish got a little business done, holding a required MLB Players’ Association meeting in their clubhouse. These 30-minute meetings are held every year with every team, right around this time…

  19. Jimmy Rollins thinks Cole Hamels will re-sign with Phillies

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was asked Thursday by’s Jim Salisbury where he envisions left-hander Cole Hamels opening the 2013 season: “He’ll be here,” Rollins replied. “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that…

  20. Matt Moore scheduled to make spring debut Tuesday

    Mar 8, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore was shut down for a little over a week after feeling some abdominal discomfort while performing a fielding drill in late February. He’s still behind the other starters in Rays camp here in early March, but that should begin to change as Opening Day approaches. According to Roger Mooney of the…

  21. Buster Posey to make Cactus League debut Friday

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Buster Posey is back!  Or, he will be soon. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Wednesday that he’s planning to have Posey catch “a few innings” in Friday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Reds. Posey was unable to return to action last season after suffering a…

  22. Bruce Bochy not apologizing for tossing Angels scout

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of that he doesn’t regret booting Angels scout Jeff Schugel from the stands Wednesday during a team practice. In fact, Bochy thinks it was completely justified: “You want to go through a fundamental (drill) and I don’t think that’s the time for scouts to be there,” said…

  23. Andrew Bailey over lat pull, cleared to face live hitters

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey suffered a minor lat pull while performing vertical leap drills on one of the first days of spring training. But he has already moved past the injury and is ready to begin playing catch-up with the other relievers in camp. According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine…

  24. Yoenis Cespedes nearly ready for Cactus League play

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes Mania — if that’s going to be a thing — is about to hit Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the A’s play their spring training games. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is expected to be ready to make his Cactus League debut “by this weekend.” The 26-year-old Cuban defector…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Are the Pittsburgh Pirates getting any closer to breaking .500?

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up first: The Pirates. Yarrr? The Big Question: Are the Buccos getting closer to snapping their streak of losing seasons? Most of…

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