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  1. Brewers’ Casey McGehee survives kneecap scare

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee had to be carted off a Cactus League field on Thursday afternoon after taking a pitch in his right kneecap. Fortunately, it sounds like he’s going to be just fine. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com heard from club officials that X-rays taken on McGehee’s knee soon after his removal showed no…

  2. Bad timing: Tommy Hunter suffers strained right groin

    Mar 24, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    getty hunter

    Mere hours after announcing that young flame-thrower Neftali Feliz will remain in his familiar ninth inning role to open the 2011 season, the Rangers got a dose of unfortunate news concerning one of the members of their starting rotation. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, right-hander Tommy Hunter was lifted from his…

  3. O’s skipper Buck Showalter rips Theo Epstein, Derek Jeter

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t usually one for trash talk, but, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the veteran skipper let some fellow members of the American League East have it in the April edition of Men’s Journal. These quotes come without the questions that prompted them, but they’re pretty revealing anyway…

  4. Peavy believes rotator cuff tendinitis is only “minor blip”

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    peavy pose

    Things are looking up for Jake Peavy. The White Sox right-hander is already a lock to open the season on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, but he should be back in action by mid-April. According to Doug Padilla with ESPN Chicago, Peavy paid a visit to a…

  5. Cody Ross suffers calf injury in Cactus League game

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    ross giants

    Late-spring injuries are the worst. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants outfielder Cody Ross was lifted from the club’s Cactus League tilt with the Angels Wednesday due to a right calf strain. Ross was attempting to make a catch on a shallow line drive when he pulled up lame. He…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers improve enough this offseason?

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Is something abrew in Milwaukee? The Big Question: Did the Brewers make enough improvements this offseason? There was one clear winner this winter…

  7. Nationals clear Ryan Zimmerman to resume baseball activites

    Mar 20, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    zimmerman nats

    The Nationals shut third baseman Ryan Zimmerman down last week due to a minor groin injury. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, they’re ready to get him active again. Zimmerman participated in routine baseball activities on Sunday in Nats camp and reported no lingering pain or discomfort. He will probably do a similar workout Monday…

  8. Peavy has sore rotator cuff, might miss start of season

    Mar 20, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    peavy white sox

    Troubling news here for the White Sox. According to Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, right-hander Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and might not be able to make his scheduled Cactus League start Thursday against the Cubs. If he’s unable to make that outing, the White Sox will probably also…

  9. Padres claim righty Pat Neshek off waivers from Twins

    Mar 20, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Pat Neshek did his own reporting on this one. According to the sidearming right-hander’s Twitter account, the Twins put Neshek on outright waivers Sunday and he was quickly claimed by the Padres. The 30-year-old was a highly reliable setup man for Minnesota from 2006-2007, boasting a 2.68 ERA and a 127/33 K/BB ratio over 107-plus…

  10. Carlos Beltran runs and hits in return to practice

    Mar 20, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran is working out again. From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the newly converted right fielder ran 100-foot sprints four times in camp on Sunday afternoon and also took batting practice. He even launched a home run off former bench coach Dave Jauss while hitting from the left side of…

  11. Beimel has elbow discomfort, doubtful for Opening Day

    Mar 20, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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    It sounds like Pirates left-hander Joe Beimel is going to be unavailable when the Bucs’ regular season kicks off on April 1. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Beimel had to be scratched from a one-inning outing against the Red Sox on Sunday due to discomfort in his throwing elbow. This discomfort isn’t…

  12. Brad Lidge hoping to return to live games Tuesday

    Mar 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Phillies closer Brad Lidge has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 11 due to tendinitis in his right biceps muscle. The veteran right-hander will look to change that early this week. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Lidge threw a successful bullpen session Sunday morning in Phillies camp. He fired 35 pitches…

  13. Derrek Lee debuts, but is now battling sore left foot

    Mar 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    derrek lee pose

    Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee did not have the smoothest Grapefruit League debut on Saturday. According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, the veteran fouled a ball off his left foot in his first plate appearance of the afternoon game against the Phillies and had to undergo X-rays on Saturday night. On Sunday morning he was…

  14. White Sox decide on closer, choose Thornton over Sale

    Mar 20, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    The dust has settled on the White Sox’ internal battle for ninth inning duties. According to Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago, manager Ozzie Guillen announced Saturday in camp that veteran left-hander Matt Thornton will serve as the club’s primary closer when the regular season opens next month. Thornton was labeled as the “frontrunner” for the…

  15. Brian Roberts cleared to return to Orioles’ lineup

    Mar 20, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was shut down in the middle of March due to soreness in his back. For a guy with his recent injury history, it seemed likely that the soreness would linger right on into the start of the regular season. Not so. According to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, Roberts is back in…

  16. Sizemore to make Cactus League debut this weekend

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    sizemore spring

    Grady Sizemore is back. Well, kind of. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the oft-injured outfielder is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Sizemore won’t play center field, but he’ll see two at-bats as the Tribe’s designated hitter in what will be a significant step…

  17. Shaun Marcum pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Mar 17, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    The Brewers will already be without Zack Greinke for the first couple weeks of the 2011 season because of a fractured rib. Might another one of their top starters be on the sidelines for Opening Day? According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, right-hander Shaun Marcum was pulled after just three innings Thursday…

  18. Lance Berkman returns to the outfield, has “no problems”

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Talk to just about anyone who follows baseball with a level head and they’ll tell how unlikely it is that 35-year-old Lance Berkman is going to be able to maintain good health all season while playing regularly in right field for the Cardinals. He hasn’t made starts in the outfield on a daily basis since…

  19. Ivan Nova throws six no-hit innings in statement outing

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

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    For players with job security, spring box scores usually mean very little. But for players auditioning for new roles, a quality stat line can mean everything. Enter Ivan Nova. According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, the 24-year-old right-hander hurled six no-hit innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night in Tampa. He was…

  20. Mat Latos rocked Wednesday in minor league spring game

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Padres right-hander Mat Latos did not have the best Wednesday afternoon. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the 23-year-old labored through a 3.2-inning appearance in a minor league intrasquad game, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and issuing three walks. He struck out six, but he needed a total of 76…

  21. Vazquez past elbow issues, cleared for Saturday start

    Mar 16, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance on Tuesday due to soreness in his right elbow. The club claimed at the time that the injury was minor, and it turns out they were right. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, Vazquez threw a pain-free bullpen session on Wednesday in Marlins camp…

  22. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from start with shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start and is going to be sidelined for the next week or so due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. This according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, who began his story on the matter with a great sentence: The closest thing to…

  23. Ryan Braun: I’m feeling “better than I’ve ever felt”

    Mar 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    All-star outfielder Ryan Braun gave the Brewers a big scare Saturday when he left the club’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks with a strained intercostal muscle. It turns out he’s going to be just fine. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Braun actually suffered the injury while shagging fly balls against the outfield wall…

  24. Zach Duke struck with comebacker, has broken hand

    Mar 13, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks acquired Zach Duke in a trade with the Pirates this winter with the intention of adding depth to their starting rotation. Arizona was thinking that the 27-year-old southpaw would do well with a change of scenery after finishing with a 5.72 ERA over 29 starts for the Bucs in 2010. But things have…

  25. Chien-Ming Wang won’t be ready for the start of the season

    Mar 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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    That’s the most predictable headline of the spring so far, isn’t it? Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Sunday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang showed progress in a recent bullpen session but has no chance of breaking camp as a member of the club’s 25-man roster. He’s still recovering from…

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