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  1. Andres Torres still hobbled by left Achilles strain

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    torres pose

    It has been over a week since Giants outfielder Andres Torres suffered a strained left Achilles tendon while trying to make a play on a fly ball and landed on the 15-day disabled list. He’s not feeling any better. According to columnist Barry M. Bloom, Torres has “backed off running or exercises” for the…

  2. Joe Nathan blows second straight save opportunity

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

    nathan getty

    Twins closer Joe Nathan is only 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery, a procedure that can take up to 18 months to fully recover from. And it’s really beginning to show. Nathan blew his second consecutive save opportunity on Saturday afternoon in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to the Rays. He entered in the ninth inning…

  3. Braves activate Jurrjens from DL for Saturday night start

    Apr 16, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT


    As expected, the Braves have activated right-hander Jair Jurrjens from the 15-day disabled list and will start him on Saturday evening in the second half of a doubleheader against the Mets. Jurrjens has not yet made a major league start this season because of an oblique injury that he suffered near the end of spring…

  4. Joe Mauer hits disabled list with bilateral leg weakness

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT

    mauer batting

    From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes some unfortunate news. Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who was held out of the Minnesota starting lineup on Wednesday and Thursday, has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to bilateral leg weakness. The Twins aren’t giving out too much information at the moment,…

  5. Evan Longoria says injured oblique already feels “really good”

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    longo rays

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went down with a left oblique strain in the second game of the regular season. With the exception of this week’s rain-shortened series at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Tampa Bay lineup has struggled mightily to score runs consistently in his absence. Good news. Longoria is on schedule — and maybe…

  6. Corey Hart takes outdoor batting practice, nearing return

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Corey Hart

    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart opened the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Ron Roenicke said at the time that there was no timetable for his return. Now, about two weeks later, that has changed. From’s Adam McCalvy comes word that Hart was able to take live batting practice…

  7. Manuel: Chase Utley is “slowly getting better”

    Apr 14, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    utley pose

    Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is finally beginning to show signs of progress in his ongoing recovery from right knee tendinitis. According to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, Utley has been cleared to start a running program and did some light jogging on Wednesday without feeling any abnormal discomfort in his knee. Phillies…

  8. MRI on Pedro Feliciano’s left shoulder reveals damage

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

    feliciano throws

    The Mets’ abuse of left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano goes on. Or something. According to beat writer Bryan Hoch, the veteran reliever underwent an MRI on his troublesome left shoulder Wednesday and it showed significant damage. So much so that he might require a major surgical procedure. The Yankees aren’t commenting on the specifics of…

  9. White Sox hoping Jake Peavy will be ready on April 29

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

    peavy windup

    The White Sox have finally mapped out a timetable for Jake Peavy‘s return from rotator cuff tendinitis. According to beat writer Scott Merkin, Peavy allowed only two runs in a six-inning minor league rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte and has been informed that he could make his 2011 debut as early as April…

  10. Dodger Stadium cancels half-price alcohol games

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers are making a couple of sweeping changes in the wake of the still-unsolved beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow that took place outside the gates of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. We’ve already touched on the “sea of LAPD blue” that will be seen around the park going forward. Now, according to Bill…

  11. Ubaldo Jimenez cleared to return Monday against Giants

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    jimenez pose

    The Rockies are about to get their ace back. According to Thomas Harding of, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez threw a successful simulated game Wednesday at extended spring training and has been cleared to return to the Colorado rotation Monday against the Giants. Jimenez threw 81 pitches in the simulated game, allowing seven hits and two…

  12. Jay Bruce sidelined Wednesday with tweaked groin muscle

    Apr 13, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Wednesday’s lineup against the Padres because he tweaked a muscle in his groin on Tuesday night. This according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Reds are saying that Bruce is available to pinch-hit, a strong indication that the groin injury is minor and will not require…

  13. Red Sox ink Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a rough outing on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and five runs before getting yanked in the middle of the fourth inning. That one rough patch hasn’t scared off the well-run Sox. According to Jon Paul Morosi of, Buchholz agreed to a four-year contract extension…

  14. Angels place Erick Aybar on DL with oblique strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    The Angels waited a couple of days to see how shortstop Erick Aybar would respond to the oblique strain that he suffered on Wednesday night. Today, they decided not to wait any longer. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and recalled reliever…

  15. Ramon Ortiz, 37, signs minor league contract with Cubs

    Apr 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From beat writer Carrie Muskat comes word that the Cubs have signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Ortiz spent the 2010 season with three different organizations — the Dodgers, Mets and Rays — and finished with a 6.30 ERA over 16 major league appearances…

  16. Clint Barmes plays catch for first time since hand fracture

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    barmes big

    For the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand in late March, Astros infielder Clint Barmes was able to put on a glove Saturday and play catch. The 32-year-old reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his hand during or after the light workout and still has his sights set on a…

  17. Hanley Ramirez expecting to return to Marlins lineup Tuesday

    Apr 10, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    This tweet comes from the personal account of Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez: Feeling better today. Not in the lineup but hope to be in there Tuesday Ramirez gave fantasy owners around the world a scare on Friday when he had to be carried off the field after a takeout slide at second base. But he…

  18. Zimmerman not in Sunday’s lineup due to abdominal strain

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman got an on-field visit from a team trainer on Saturday night after taking a rough slide into second base. He stayed in the game and finished out the Nats’ 8-4 loss, but, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, he is not playing on Sunday. The Nationals haven’t yet…

  19. Jason Bay finally cleared to take live batting practice

    Apr 10, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    A bit of welcome news here from Dan Martin of the New York Post. Mets outfielder Jason Bay, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the regular season, is scheduled to take live batting practice Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a late-spring intercostal muscle strain. Bay has…

  20. Andres Torres diagnosed with strained left Achilles tendon

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    torres achilles

    The Giants may be without starting center fielder Andres Torres for the next several days. According to beat writer Chris Haft, Torres had to be pulled from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals in the fourth inning after straining his left Achilles tendon while coming in on a Colby Rasmus shallow pop fly. Torres was…

  21. O’s lefty Zach Britton shuts down Rangers, moves to 2-0

    Apr 10, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Zach Britton

    Early season injuries to Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz have caused the Orioles only a minor headache. Why? Because young left-hander Zach Britton probably wouldn’t have opened the year in the major leagues otherwise. Britton, 23, spun another gem on Saturday night in the second half of a doubleheader against the hot-hitting Rangers, tossing 7.2…

  22. J.J. Hardy leaves Saturday’s game with strained left oblique

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been dealing with discomfort in the left side of his body for a couple of days now. On Saturday, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he was finally diagnosed with a strained left oblique. Recovery times tend to differ for oblique strains, but it’s a near certainty that…

  23. Matt Holliday will return to the Cardinals’ lineup Sunday

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate Matt Holliday's homerun during their MLB baseball game against San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    Good news here for the Cardinals, who haven’t been getting many breaks in the early going and currently sit three games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Matt Holliday has been cleared to return to action and will be in the…

  24. Morgan Ensberg on Manny: “You are a fake and a cheat”

    Apr 9, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    ensberg pose

    Former MLB infielder Morgan Ensberg, who played against Manny Ramirez several times, is not happy with the way the slugger cheated the game and then retired before accepting a 100-game suspension: How could you?  You coward!  You are a fake and a cheat and now you want to retire?  No way!  You get back out…

  25. Bryce Harper smacks RBI single in first pro plate appearance

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    For Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, adversity has not been a common life theme. The Las Vegas native was drafted first overall in last summer’s MLB Amateur Draft at the age of 17 and inked a seven-year, $9.9 million major league contract in August. Then this winter, without an ounce of professional experience to his name,…

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