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  1. Joe Blanton heading to Philadelphia to get elbow examined

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Phillies starter Joe Blanton landed on the disabled list in mid-May with inflammation in his right elbow. He’s had numerous setbacks since, and now word comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the right-hander is headed back to Philadelphia to have the elbow examined by team physicians. Blanton has already paid a visit…

  2. Stephen Drew fractures right ankle, surgery likely

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:42 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Awful news tonight out of the desert. According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter feed, shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and is likely to undergo surgery. He could miss the rest of the 2011 season. Drew suffered the injury while sliding into home plate during Wednesday night’s game against the…

  3. Tigers DFA longtime third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com passes along word that the Tigers designated veteran third baseman Brandon Inge for assignment following Wednesday’s loss to the A’s. The writing was on the wall for Inge when Wilson Betemit was acquired from the Royals on Wednesday afternoon for two minor league prospects. Betemit is expected to take over starting…

  4. Doug Glanville sails first pitch at Wrigley Field

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Doug Glanville played nine major league seasons, posting a .277/.315/.380 career batting line and registering over 8,100 innings in the outfield during his time with the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers. He’s thrown a lot of baseballs. A ton of baseballs. But the “first pitch” has made fools out of many former athletes and celebrities,…

  5. Erik Bedard’s return delayed, trade value damaged

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    When the Mariners placed left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list near the end of June with a knee injury, they were optimistic that he would be able to return immediately following the All-Star break — in time to make two or three showcase starts before being shopped at the trade deadline. As with…

  6. Jason Bay pulled from game with tight right hamstring

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

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    According to New York’s WFAN, Mets left fielder Jason Bay had to be pulled from Wednesday evening’s game against the Cardinals after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. Bay was 0-for-1 before being replaced in the lineup and in the outfield by Willie Harris. It’s probably not a serious injury, but the 32-year-old could be…

  7. Astros now showing “willingness” to trade Hunter Pence

    Jul 20, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

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    On June 28, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com heard from sources that the Astros were “unlikely” to trade outfielder Hunter Pence at this summer’s deadline. That remained the line of thinking (and the line of reporting) among most rumor-producing baseball writers through the first three weeks of July. Until this evening. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney,…

  8. Twins aren’t planning to trade Michael Cuddyer this season

    Jul 17, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    Via Joe Christensen and Amelia Rayno, beat writers with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: The Twins have no plans to trade Michael Cuddyer this season even if they fall from contention, a team official said Friday, adding that an effort will be made to re-sign Cuddyer this fall. Cuddyer is an impending free agent and has around…

  9. Back still sore, Placido Polanco won’t return Wednesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    From Jay Greenberg of MLB.com comes word that Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has experienced renewed back soreness after trying to take batting practice the past two days. Polanco has been sidelined since July 4 with a bulging disk. He tried to play down the severity of the injury at first, not landing on the…

  10. Pirates interested in A’s outfielder Josh Willingham

    Jul 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    If the Pirates are going to maintain their position near the top of the National League Central standings down the stretch, most would agree that they’ll probably need to make a couple of notable additions before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Well, good news. That hunt for an injection of talent has already begun…

  11. Rockies have spoken with Yankees about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies still feel like they’re in contention in the weak National League West despite an ugly first half and haven’t fully committed to selling off pieces. But that could change as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches, and one player drawing league-wide interest is right-handed ace Ubaldo Jimenez. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com,…

  12. Mets could get shortstop Jose Reyes back Tuesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been sidelined since the beginning of July with a badly strained left hamstring. He’s made steady progress in the past week, though, and could return to New York’s starting lineup within the next couple of days. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Reyes ran the bases…

  13. Albert Pujols spotted taunting fans in Cincy after home run

    Jul 17, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Few would disagree that the Cardinals and Reds have the most active rivalry in Major League Baseball. Yanks-Sawx is classic, Giants-Dodgers is still plenty heated, and Cards-Cubs tends to draw to great interest, but the Redlegs and Redbirds genuinely seem to dislike each other. And that same sentiment is shared by the competing fanbases. Two…

  14. Carl Crawford cleared to return to Red Sox on Monday

    Jul 17, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford played in rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket without feeling any discomfort in his left hamstring, according to Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe, and has been cleared to return to the major leagues. Crawford will be activated from the disabled list before Monday’s series-opener against the Orioles…

  15. Ryan Braun still battling left calf and hamstring issues

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun pulled himself out of the All-Star Game this year after sitting out for eight consecutive days to close out the first half due to tightness in his left calf and hamstring. Those leg problems have not gone away. According to Nick Kosmider of MLB.com, the Milwaukee slugger made an early exit…

  16. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics Game Two

    It is July 17. On this date in baseball history, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Babe Adams pitched an entire 21-inning game without issuing a walk (1914), Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ended in front of 67,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (1941), Bob Gibson became the second pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts…

  17. Nick Punto might need season-ending elbow surgery

    Jul 17, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Bad news for the first-place Cardinals. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brings word that 33-year-old utilityman Nick Punto is headed back to the disabled list and could be facing season-ending elbow surgery. Punto has spent more time on rehabbing injuries this season than he’s spent on the active roster, and he air-mailed an…

  18. Chien-Ming Wang will rise to Triple-A Syracuse next week

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is inching closer and closer to returning to the major leagues. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, Wang will be promoted to Triple-A Syracuse early next week and will make his fifth minor league rehab start Tuesday night against the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Wang has surrendered just 13 hits and two earned…

  19. Tigers, Braves discussing trade involving Derek Lowe?

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

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    The Braves have a six-game lead in the National League Wild Card and trail the Phillies by only three games in the National League East, but they may be open to dealing a prominent member of their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Tigers have…

  20. Brewers interested in Royals infielder Wilson Betemit

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    The Brewers have already made an upgrade to their bullpen, acquiring late-innings reliever Francisco Rodriguez last week in a trade with the Mets. Now they’re looking for more offense at third base. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Brewers have “talked with the Royals” recently about acquiring corner infielder Wilson…

  21. Joe Nathan replaces Matt Capps as Twins’ closer

    Jul 16, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Ahh, the great circle of life. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins have reinstated veteran right-hander Joe Nathan into his old familiar ninth inning role and moved Matt Capps back to setup. Nathan opened the 2011 regular season as Minnesota’s primary closer, but he was still in recovery mode…

  22. The Cardinals should trade Colby Rasmus this summer

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    … If they can get a No. 3 starter or better. Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus was drafted in 2005 as a five-tool high school outfielder, the first marquee selection by highly regarded and so-far-successful farm director Jeff Luhnow, a high-IQ guy hired out of the business world in 2003. Rasmus’ arm hasn’t developed as…

  23. Giants hire Jim Riggleman as special assignment scout

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    He must have nailed the interview. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News passes along notice that the Giants hired former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman on Thursday evening to serve as a “special assignment scout,” primarily covering the National League East. Riggleman abandoned his post as Nationals skipper on June 23 due to a…

  24. Julio Borbon may need surgery on sprained left ankle

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday that outfielder Julio Borbon might need surgery to stabilize his badly sprained left ankle. The 25-year-old landed on the minor league disabled list a few days before the All-Star break after having to be removed from a Triple-A game on…

  25. Jose Bautista called “day-to-day” with twisted right ankle

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Down goes “Joey Bats.” According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had to be pulled from Thursday’s second-half opener against the Yankees after injuring his right ankle while running the bases. Bautista initially tweaked the ankle while trucking down the first base line and made it worse when he performed a…

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