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  1. Jesse Crain at least two weeks from mound work

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain sat out the second half of the 2013 season because of a shoulder strain and then underwent biceps surgery this winter. He was hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that’s not going to happen. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Crain — who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Astros…

  2. Juan Carlos Oviedo reports to Rays camp

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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    Beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — finally reported to Rays camp this weekend. Oviedo was held up by work visa issues in the Dominican Republic — his native country. “I’m happy to be here. I was waiting for it,…

  3. Mets pitching coach dropped ethnic slur in clubhouse

    Mar 12, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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    You’ll want to read the entire story from Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal, but here’s an excerpt: In the New York Mets locker room Monday morning, I was talking with Jeff Cutler, a 30-year old Japanese American from suburban Boston who serves as the interpreter for Japanese-born pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. We were talking…

  4. Marco Scutaro still dealing with back discomfort

    Mar 12, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was able to take batting practice on the field Wednesday in camp, but it was his first time doing so this spring and he remains questionable for the beginning of the 2014 regular season because of back problems that have become a chronic source of discomfort. Scutaro told Andrew Baggarly…

  5. Zack Greinke throws two innings versus Diamondbacks in return to Cactus League action

    Mar 12, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was on a Cactus League mound Wednesday in Glendale, Arizona for the first time since straining his left calf in late February and the return went smoothly enough. Greinke allowed three earned runs on six hits in just two innings against a Diamondbacks split-squad, but his calf survived the outing and…

  6. Ryne Sandberg sounds frustrated with Jimmy Rollins

    Mar 12, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Freddy Galvis started at shortstop over Jimmy Rollins in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida and Galvis will be getting the start again in Thursday’s home game versus the Yankees. Rollins is considered to be fully healthy and the Phillies typically play all of their projected starters in…

  7. Jorge De La Rosa named Rockies’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 12, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

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    As speculated last week by Troy Renck of the Denver Post and then confirmed Wednesday, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will start for the Rockies on Opening Day, March 31, against the Marlins. It’s the beginning of a four-game series at Marlins Park. Jhoulys Chacin would have been given the honor, but he suffered a…

  8. Jhoulys Chacin is “almost certain” to open the 2014 regular season on the 15-day disabled list

    Mar 11, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin suffered a right shoulder strain near the end of February and hasn’t progressed as quickly as hoped. So, as MLB.com’s Thomas Harding writes on Tuesday, it’s “almost a certainty” that the right-hander will begin the 2014 regular season with a 15-day disabled list stint. Chacin played catch at 90 feet on…

  9. Justin Masterson named Indians’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 11, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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    The Indians announced Tuesday, via Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that right-hander Justin Masterson will start for the club on Opening Day against the Athletics. That game is scheduled for Monday, March 31 at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum. It was an easy decision for the Tribe, who will likely follow Masterson this season with…

  10. Brandon Beachy will miss next spring start, maybe more, due to soreness in throwing arm

    Mar 11, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman … LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed on Tuesday that Brandon Beachy will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start. Beachy exited Monday’s start against the Phillies after grueling through two innings during which he was burdened by tightness around his right elbow and biceps muscle. Beachy…

  11. Josh Hamilton won’t make Cactus League debut this week

    Mar 11, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Josh Hamilton — who has been sidelined because of an early-spring calf strain — was on track to make his Cactus League debut this week. It won’t happen. Scioscia was asked again about Hamilton’s status on Tuesday in camp and told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that…

  12. Ervin Santana likely to sign “within the next day or two”

    Mar 11, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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    This particular free agent saga is almost complete. According to beat writer Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, right-handed starter Ervin Santana is “likely to make a decision on his destination within the next day or two” because he wants to get into a camp as soon as possible to get properly tuned up…

  13. 2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is the wait almost over? It has been 105 long years since the north…

  14. Francisco Cervelli drawing “lots of trade interest”

    Mar 10, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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    George A. King III of the New York Post heard last month that the Yankees might look to deal a catcher before they head back north for Opening Day. That catcher could be Francisco Cervelli. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the 28-year-old Cervelli is drawing “lots of trade interest” from front offices around…

  15. Manny Machado calls $519K salary for 2014 “disappointing”

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Manny Machado to a one-year, $519,000 contract renewal on Monday — standard operating procedure for a pre-arbitration player. The salary is $19,000 more than the major league minimum and Machado also gets a $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award in the American League. But he is not celebrating. According…

  16. Zack Greinke might return to Cactus League this week

    Mar 10, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Good news out of Dodgers camp Monday from MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick … Greinke threw a bullpen session Monday and apparently felt no discomfort in his right calf muscle. He then went through some fielding drills and could pitch in an exhibition game this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, although club officials are…

  17. Chris Sale named Opening Day starter for White Sox

    Mar 10, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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    White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed what everyone had already assumed Wednesday, naming ace lefty Chris Sale the club’s Opening Day starter according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Sale, the obvious choice for Ventura, boasts a spectacular 2.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9 in 500 2/3 career major league innings. He tossed…

  18. Cole Hamels will test his sore left shoulder Wednesday by throwing a bullpen session

    Mar 10, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels arrived at the Phillies’ spring training complex last month with tendinitis in his left shoulder and then suffered a setback last Friday. He’s hoping this week will finally bring some amount of progress. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that Hamels is scheduled to toss a bullpen session Wednesday in camp. The ace left-hander had…

  19. Bronson Arroyo aims to return Friday from back injury

    Mar 9, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed last week with a bulging disk in his back, which threatened to steer him to his first-ever 15-day disabled list stint. But recent workouts have it looking like a minor blip. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the veteran right-hander felt “way better” Sunday in Diamondbacks camp after testing…

  20. Dodgers name Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu as the starters for series in Australia

    Mar 9, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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    As speculated last week by MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick … Don Mattingly announced today @ClaytonKersh22 and @HyunJinRyu99 will start in games one and two of the #OpeningSeries, respectively. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 9, 2014 Zack Greinke would have started the second game if not for a calf strain that he is still rehabbing. Kershaw…

  21. Kris Medlen leaves game with right forearm strain

    Mar 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Kris Medlen made an early departure from a Grapefruit League appearance on Sunday against the Mets after appearing to injure his elbow on a pair of consecutive fourth-inning pitches. Medlen grabbed at his throwing elbow following his second-to-last delivery of the game and then skipped to the Braves’ dugout after his final pitch,…

  22. Jon Niese to make Grapefruit League debut Tuesday

    Mar 9, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that Mets left-hander Jon Niese has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Niese came down with some left shoulder soreness at the end of February and was sent to New York for an MRI, but that exam…

  23. Cardinals sign Cuban middle infielder Aledmys Diaz to a four-year major league contract

    Mar 9, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals have agreed to a major league contract with Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s a four-year deal. Diaz will arrive at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida on Monday morning. No word on the financial terms. The Cardinals already have…

  24. White Sox, Mariners have discussed Dayan Viciedo trade

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

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    Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago has the inside word: Although the White Sox are not shopping outfielder Dayan Viciedo, they are listening to other clubs about their interest in the Cuban power hitter. Several major league sources confirmed that the Sox and Mariners have had discussions on a deal that could center around Viciedo. Nick…

  25. Nate Jones made his Cactus League debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Nate Jones said at the end of February that he was completely over the glute strain that he suffered shortly after arriving at spring camp and he proved that on Saturday, delivering a scoreless inning in his 2014 Cactus League debut. Jones allowed a hit and issued a walk, but he also recorded…

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