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  1. Kyle McClellan to get first shot at replacing Wainwright

    Feb 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    When the Cardinals announced last week that right-hander Adam Wainwright was going to need Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, many assumed that a free agent starter would be brought in to replace the injured ace. Kevin Millwood is still on the market, as is Jeremy Bonderman. But the Cardinals have insisted that they are going…

  2. A’s shut Rich Harden down for another whole week

    Feb 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    A’s pitcher Rich Harden told reporters on Thursday that his stiff lat muscle was “coming along” and that he was “100 percent pain-free.” Either he wasn’t telling the whole truth or the A’s are simply playing it extra careful with the oft-injured right-hander, because he has been shut down for another seven days. The news…

  3. Peavy says he is “far ahead” of his own expectations

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    It’s still very early, but right-hander Jake Peavy has been making some impressive strides this spring in his ongoing recovery from major lat surgery. The White Sox starter has already thrown several bullpen sessions and faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time since arriving at camp. He has felt no abnormal pain or discomfort…

  4. Rich Harden feeling better, hoping to resume throwing soon

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    To no one’s surprise, A’s pitcher Rich Harden came down with a bit of soreness in his right lat muscle last week after throwing 10-15 pitches in one of his first bullpen sessions of the spring. The oft-injured starter hasn’t tallied over 150 innings in a season since 2004 and it seemed plausible that this…

  5. Indians nearing agreement with reliever Chad Durbin?

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    The Indians may be getting a new setup man. According to Jon Heyman of, free agent reliever Chad Durbin has been talking recently with Cleveland’s front office and an agreement between the two sides could be just days away. Durbin was thought to be holding out for offers from contending clubs, but spring training…

  6. Miguel Cabrera could arrive at Tigers camp on Thursday

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera had originally planned to arrive at spring training to begin preparing for the 2011 season this past Saturday, but that schedule took a wild and unfriendly detour when he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest without the intention of violence last week. Cabrera has been undergoing medical evaluation by team…

  7. Aaron Cook feeling better, nearing bullpen session

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Rockies starter Aaron Cook missed a scheduled bullpen session this past weekend because he was dealing with general soreness in his arms and legs. He hasn’t stepped atop a mound this week either, but that could change soon. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Cook played long toss from 180 feet on Wednesday…

  8. Millwood working out at Boras’ place, waiting for calls

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood served as the Orioles’ Opening Day starter last season. Things didn’t exactly go smoothly for him in his one year with Baltimore, but it’s crazy to think of where he was then and where he is now. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun caught up with the free agent on Wednesday.…

  9. Adam Wainwright getting second opinion on injured elbow

    Feb 23, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    It’s a near certainty at this point that Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is going to require Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his injured right elbow, but an official decision might not come for at least another 24 hours. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wainwright has requested that MRI results taken Wednesday…

  10. Ronny Paulino still absent from Mets camp

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Ronny Paulino

    From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that Mets catcher Ronny Paulino has still not arrived at spring training due to visa issues. Paulino was handed a 50-game suspension from MLB near the end of the 2010 season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. New Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is telling…

  11. Chris Davis thinks the Rangers will probably trade him

    Feb 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    The Rangers are going to start Mitch Moreland at first base in most of their games this season. He posted a decent .833 OPS, nine home runs and 25 RBI over 173 plate appearances last year and played pretty strong defense. On days that Moreland doesn’t start, it’ll be either Michael Young or Mike Napoli…

  12. Brandon Webb already having problems with his shoulder

    Feb 20, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    The Rangers’ experiment with former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb has already hit a snag. According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers are now limiting Webb to purely flat-ground work in camp because they’re not confident in the strength of his throwing shoulder, which has been giving him problems now for two straight…

  13. Aaron Cook skips bullpen session due to shoulder soreness

    Feb 20, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Rockies starter Aaron Cook is fully recovered from the broken fibula that he suffered last September when National League MVP Joey Votto struck him in the leg with a one-hopper. But it’s already pretty apparent that he is behind the other Colorado pitchers in camp this spring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post,…

  14. Michael Young addresses trade request with teammates

    Feb 20, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Rangers veteran Michael Young might not want to talk to general manager Jon Daniels about his request for a trade and the club’s failed attempts to deal him, but he did address the matter in camp Sunday with his teammates. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Young told the players in the clubhouse that he “wasn’t…

  15. Alex Rodriguez dropped 10 pounds this winter

    Feb 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones

    Alex Rodriguez might not be in the proverbial “best shape of his life,” but he did show up to Yankees camp this weekend with a trimmer self. According to Buster Olney of, the 35-year-old Rodriguez dropped from 233 pounds to 223 pounds this offseason and slid his body fat from 12 percent to nine…

  16. Liriano plays catch, left shoulder checks out fine

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Twins starter Francisco Liriano skipped a scheduled bullpen session Friday because he had a bit of tightness in his throwing shoulder. For a guy with his injury history, any kind of abnormal discomfort is concerning, but he is going to survive this little issue. According to Phil Mackey of Minneapolis’ ESPN 1500 AM, Liriano checked…

  17. Rangers ink Brett Tomko to minor league contract

    Feb 20, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    tomko mad

    Big news out of Rangers camp. OK, not really. According to the Associated Press, via, Texas has agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko. The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September 2009 and is still recovering from the nerve problem that cost him all of the…

  18. Luis Castillo didn’t report early because of brother’s surgery

    Feb 20, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Remember all that junk Friday about how Mets manager Terry Collins was upset at Luis Castillo for not showing up to spring training earlier than the rest of the club’s positional players? Yeah, that should probably be put to rest now. Castillo revealed Sunday in Mets camp that he was being held up due to…

  19. Kevin Millwood rejects contract offer from Yankees

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason is a little crazy. Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason from the Yankees is even crazier. Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Millwood… According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Millwood has turned down a minor league contract offer from the Yankees because he is…

  20. Keppinger likely to miss the first six weeks of the season

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t have the best offseason. First the ‘Stros traded for Bill Hall and named him their starting second baseman, pushing the 30-year-old Keppinger into a backup role. Then the guy found out in January that he needed surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot. Keppinger is not going…

  21. Peavy throws “nice and easy” in Thursday bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Jake Peavy is still considered questionable for Opening Day, but everything has gone smoothly to this point in White Sox camp. The right-hander, making his way back from major lat surgery, threw a bullpen session in front of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday afternoon. According to Mark D.…

  22. Miguel Cabrera planning to arrive at camp on Saturday

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke to reporters for an extended period of time Thursday about Miguel Cabrera‘s Wednesday DUI arrest. Dombrowski touched on a number of important items, but he didn’t have an answer to the question, “When will Cabrera arrive at spring camp?” Now we know. According to Noah Trister of the Associated…

  23. Pujols releases statement on failed negotiations

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Ivan Rodriguez

    Unless you were down in a mine all day (do mines get broadband?), you probably heard that the Cardinals failed to reach a contract extension with Albert Pujols before the slugger’s self-imposed Wednesday deadline. Different numbers have been popping up everywhere since talks were called off at noon, detailing in different tones how far apart…

  24. Mat Latos doesn’t like San Francisco. Or something.

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    The Padres and Giants battled to a tight finish in the National League West standings last season. It all came down to one final three-game series in San Francisco that almost saw the Giants blow a three-game division lead. They eventually wrapped up that series with a win in Game 162 and went on to…

  25. Blue Jays nearing five-year, $65M extension with Bautista

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE, 8:46 PM: Now Ken Rosenthal of is reporting that the extension carries a $13 million club option for a sixth season. So it appears that $65 million of the new contract will be guaranteed. 8:39 PM: Forget the minor ankle injuries. There might be real news out of Blue Jays camp tonight. According…

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