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

    Apr 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From MLB.com 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 MLB.com 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. Brandon Morrow allows five runs in three-inning start at Single-A

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Photo Day

    The Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the regular season due to forearm inflammation. On Thursday, he took a big but shaky step toward returning. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Morrow allowed five runs — four earned — over just three innings in…

  13. Joel Zumaya cleared to begin throwing program

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Tom Gage of the Detroit News brings us some good news about Tigers setup man Joel Zumaya. Dr. James Andrews took a look at Zumaya’s ailing right elbow on Wednesday afternoon and found nothing structurally out of place, so the Tigers cleared him to begin a throwing program. Zumaya will start with games of catch,…

  14. Adam Moore has torn right meniscus, will need surgery

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    moore getty

    Mariners backup catcher Adam Moore was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in the eighth inning after injuring his knee while trying to chase after a ball in the dirt. Moore had to be helped off the field by two trainers and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times noticed that the 26-year-old could barely…

  15. Zack Greinke throws first bullpener since breaking rib

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Brewers starter Zack Greinke took his first big step toward returning from a rib fracture on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the right-hander stepped atop a mound and fired off around 30 pitches, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in the area of his cracked rib. The Brewers are…

  16. Erick Aybar’s MRI reveals left oblique strain

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    aybar getty

    The Angels might be without shortstop Erick Aybar for the next several days. According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, Aybar underwent an MRI on his left side Wednesday that revealed an oblique muscle strain. The Angels have not yet placed Aybar on the 15-day disabled list and are obviously hoping that he…

  17. Jurrjens stays on track with successful simulated game

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    The Braves placed right-hander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique. On Wednesday, he made his first big step toward what looks to be a mid-April return. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jurrjens tossed a four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Triple-A Gwinnett, firing a…

  18. Brian Wilson talks oblique strain recovery and the “chaos” planned for Giants’ opener on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    wilson beard

    Since videos of Giants closer Brian Wilson are all the rage these days and because we aim to please, here is a pre-game chat with the fiery right-hander that our friends at CSN Bay Area put together. Wilson talks about his recovery from a late-spring oblique injury, the Giants’ start thus far, staff ace Tim…

  19. Jack Wilson pulled from game due to defensive issues

    Apr 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Jack Wilson

    The Mariners decided before the start of the regular season to move Jack Wilson over to second base in order to open the shortstop position for the younger and more defensively capable Brendan Ryan. Wilson should be fine at the new spot eventually, but he had quite a bit of trouble during Wednesday’s loss to…

  20. Aardsma on track after “lights out” bullpen session

    Apr 3, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    aardsma fist pump

    Mariners closer David Aardsma underwent surgery on his hip in late winter and barely got off his crutches during spring training, but he’s made significant progress in the past couple of weeks and appears likely to reach his goal of returning sometime in late April. Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle reports that…

  21. Justin Duchscherer to undergo minor back procedure

    Apr 3, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    duchscherer poses

    The injury-related problems continue for veteran right-hander Justin Duchscherer. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Duchscherer will undergo an ablation procedure on his lower back Sunday and won’t be able to pick up a baseball for the next four or five days. It’s a minor surgery designed to heat up never endings and…

  22. McCutchen scratched from Saturday’s lineup with stiff neck

    Apr 3, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen tried to talk himself into Sunday’s lineup against the Cubs and was successful at first, but Pittsburgh’s coaches and trainers eventually decided to play it safe. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jose Tabata is playing center field on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field with Matt Diaz covering…

  23. Braves re-sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Apr 3, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    proctor getty

    Scott Proctor is back with the Braves. Kind of. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran right-hander agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday morning and will report to Triple-A Gwinnett this week. Proctor was cut by the Braves at the end of spring training after allowing 12 hits and 14…

  24. Victorino expects to return from tight calf on Tuesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    vic dugout

    The Phillies got some good news Sunday on center fielder Shane Victorino, the morning after he made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of tightness in his left calf. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Victorino is aiming to return to the Phils’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s series-opening tilt against the Mets. The Phillies have…

  25. Evan Longoria headed to disabled list with oblique injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    longo pose

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria began feeling discomfort in his left oblique before Saturday’s game against the Orioles. But he didn’t ask out of the starting lineup and now it might cost him. Longoria had to be lifted from the game at the start of the…

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