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  1. Braves put Brandon Beachy on 15-day DL with oblique strain

    May 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The Braves placed starter Brandon Beachy on the disabled list Sunday morning with a left oblique strain and now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passes along word that the young right-hander is likely to miss over a month of action. It’s an unfortunate bit of news given Beachy’s impressive early line (3.45 ERA, 1.08…

  2. Carlos Beltran returns to lineup, will play through eye infection

    May 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran isn’t going to let a minor case of pink eye derail his impressive start. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, the 34-year-old is back in the Mets’ lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros. Beltran sat out of Saturday’s game because of an infection in his…

  3. Drew talks NL Central, Pujols free agency, and poor iPhone reception on the Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast

    May 15, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    podcast

    You’ll have to excuse the self-promotion here, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Jorge Posada at this point. I spent about 45 minutes chatting with a couple of Cardinals bloggers this past Wednesday for the first episode of their new Pitchers Hit 8th Podcast. We discussed the different teams in…

  4. David Ortiz on Jorge Posada: “They’re doing that guy wrong”

    May 15, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gave his take on the Jorge Posada mess Saturday night to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald: “You want me to tell you what I think? They’re doing that guy wrong. They’re doing him wrong. Know why? Because that guy, he’s legendary right there in the organization. And, dude,…

  5. Lorenzo Cain launches grand slam, hits for cycle at AAA

    May 15, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs

    Michael Aubrey wasn’t the only minor leaguer putting on an offensive show Saturday. According to Robert Emrich of Milb.com, Royals farmhand Lorenzo Cain hit for the cycle and tallied a career-high seven RBI to lead the Triple-A Omaha Chasers over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (an affiliate of the Rockies), 16-11. Cain was a minor…

  6. A’s closer Andrew Bailey could begin rehab assignment soon

    May 15, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey took another step in the right direction on Saturday in Arizona. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the right-handed reliever tossed 18 pitches in an extended spring training game and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-injured right forearm. He touched 94 mph with his fastball…

  7. Adrian Gonzalez has eight homers, 19 RBI since May 2

    May 15, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on absolute tear at the plate. He slugged a three-run homer in Saturday night’s 6-0 rout of the Yankees and now has seven home runs and 13 RBI in his past eight games. The 29-year-old is batting .345 with an .836 slugging percentage in the month of May.…

  8. Jorge Posada claims to have back injury, still in the wrong

    May 15, 2011, 12:02 AM EDT

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    This thing is officially a mess, but we’re going to try to lay out all the different reports and go from there. Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada removed himself from Saturday night’s lineup against the rival Red Sox, telling manager Joe Girardi an hour before game time that he “needed a mental day” of rest.…

  9. Pirates release injured left-hander Scott Olsen

    May 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    olsen pose

    The Pirates have finally grown tired of waiting for starter Scott Olsen to recover from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list at the end of spring training. According to beat writer Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Bucs released the left-hander on Saturday night. Olsen signed a one-year, $500,000 contract…

  10. Matt Joyce day-to-day with cramps and quad tightness

    May 14, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    joyce homer

    Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is batting a blistering .360/.414/.588 with five home runs and 17 RBI through 36 games this season. Unfortunately, he might have to put that early offensive momentum on hold for a couple of days. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along word that Joyce made an early exit…

  11. Hot-hitting outfielder Carlos Beltran might have pink eye

    May 14, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    beltran square

    Carlos Beltran provided an update to ESPN New York Saturday on the condition of his right eye: “They say it could be conjunctivitis,” Beltran said. “They gave me some antibiotics today. It’s better, but I still feel a little blurry. They got me some eye drops and they want me to take those tonight, and…

  12. Carlos Ruiz says Roy Oswalt’s fastball “had no life” Thursday

    May 12, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    oswalt square

    Roy Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits during a rough seven-inning rehab start Thursday night for Single-A Clearwater then dipped out of the minor league clubhouse before chatting with reporters. Why the rush? This tweet from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer might explain it: [Carlos] Ruiz said Oswalt’s fastball had no life for…

  13. Eric Chavez only has bone bruise, gets walking boot removed

    May 12, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    chavez wide headshot

    Eric Chavez had an enjoyable Thursday. According to Kieran Daryc of ESPN New York, the veteran third baseman had the protective walking boot removed from his left foot and was also told by doctors that he never actually suffered a fracture — only a deep bone bruise. The Yankees’ team physicians are expecting Chavez to…

  14. Carlos Beltran slugs three two-run homers, Mets top Rockies

    May 12, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Mets batter Beltran is congratulated by teammate Murphy after Beltran scored his second home run of the day, a two-run homer, against the Rockies in the seventh inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Denver

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran put a personal hurting on the Rockies’ pitching staff this evening at Denver’s Coors Field, slugging three two-run homers in a 9-5 victory. It was the first three-homer game of Beltran’s career and only the eighth three-homer performance in Mets franchise history. Jose Reyes was the last to do it,…

  15. Phils place Brian Schneider on disabled list with hammy strain

    May 12, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    schneider bat

    No surprise here. Phillies catcher Brian Schneider, who was pulled from Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning after straining his left hamstring while running the bases, has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The news comes via our good friend Jim Salisbury over at CSN Philadelphia. The Phillies will wait to fill their…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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