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  1. Major League Baseball releases its social media policy — and it’s pretty good

    Mar 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Social Media

    Part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached last November was the implementation of a social media policy for players. They didn’t come up with one, actually, but they said they were going to.  Now they have, and it was just forwarded to me. It’s in two parts, one for major leaguers and one for…

  2. Diamondbacks still not looking to trade benched Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him. Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested…

  3. Salvador Perez needs knee surgery

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Bad news in Royals camp: Catcher Salvador Perez was diagnosed with a left lateral meniscus tear and will require surgery. Perez was hurt while warming up the starting pitcher prior to yesterday’s game against the Reds.  There’s no word on how long he’ll be out, though it’s not unreasonable to think that it will be several weeks after…

  4. Greg Dobbs diagnosed with partially torn hamstring

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Greg Dobbs

    Greg Dobbs has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring, jeopardizing the veteran bench player’s odds of beginning the season on the Marlins’ active roster. Dobbs re-signed with the Marlins in January, getting $3 million for two seasons after hitting .275 with eight homers and a .701 OPS in 439 plate appearances last year.…

  5. Ryan Howard cleared for light exercise

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    It’s been over two weeks since Ryan Howard underwent a procedure to remove an infection around his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon.  He’s been in a walking boot all that time and has not been doing any kind of workouts. But that’s about to change as he’s been cleared for “light exercise.” He’s still in the…

  6. Desmond Jennings, B.J. Upton carted off the field after major outfield collision

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Good news: The Rays are reporting that Jennings and Upton are just suffering from “general soreness” and are otherwise OK.  Whew.  Initial reports made it sound like they were both gonna die or something. 2:09 PM: Breaking news from the Marlins-Rays Port Charlotte, Florida.  Apparently B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings collided in the outfield…

  7. Flipped car, DUI arrest result in one-week suspension for Mets bullpen catcher

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was charged with a DUI after crashing into a street sign and flipping his Honda Accord following some drinks at a bowling alley. Today the Mets suspended him without pay for seven days. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Langill, who spent seven seasons in…

  8. Indians restructure Fausto Carmona’s contract amid false identity charges

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Fausto Carmona agreed to participate in a work program in exchange for false identity charges being dropped in the Dominican Republic, but the story is hardly over. Carmona has yet to receive clearance for a visa and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the man now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia has agreed to have…

  9. Back from injury, Felix Pie returns to lineup … on Pi Day

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    pi day

    Today is national Pi Day–not to be confused with “cake or pie?” day, which is every day here at HBT–so it’s only fitting that Felix Pie is returning to the Indians’ lineup after crashing into the outfield wall over the weekend. And yes, I know in this case “Pie” isn’t pronounced like “pie” or “pi”…

  10. Back injury puts Taylor Teagarden’s status for Opening Day “in jeopardy”

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Taylor Teagarden is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after being diagnosed with a slight ligament tear in his lower back. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that the injury is less severe than it sounds, but also admitted that Teagarden’s status for Opening Day “is in jeopardy.” Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Teagarden got…

  11. GM says Nationals “are not actively shopping” John Lannan

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported earlier this week that John Lannan is a strong candidate to be traded before Opening Day, naming the Red Sox, Tigers, and Astros are teams interested in the Nationals left-hander. Today general manager Mike Rizzo responded to that report, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that the Nationals have…

  12. MLBPA: Jose Bautista was not targeted for increased drug testing

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Back in January Jose Bautista claimed that he was given a boatload more drug tests after he started hitting a lot of home runs than he ever did during years as a journeyman.  That led to many assuming that baseball was targeting Bautista, taking the random out of random drug testing. But not so, says…

  13. Gavin Floyd on trade rumors: “It’s a good thing in a way … teams want you”

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Trade rumors swirled around Gavin Floyd all offseason as the White Sox shed various veterans in rebuilding mode and have picked up again with a report that the Blue Jays are interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Floyd tossed four innings of one-run ball yesterday and then responded to questions from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  14. The Mets, Carlos Beltran and the problem of media access

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Yesterday Adam Rubin of ESPN New York made a series of tweets regarding that flap from 2010 about Carlos Beltran not visiting Walter Reed Hospital. You remember it: Beltran didn’t go, he had permission not to due to other charitable obligations, the team said it was OK, but then stories came out about how mad…

  15. Rays catcher Robinson Chirinos suffers concussion

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chirinos_Robinson

    Things have been rough for Robinson Chirinos since the season ended. First the 27-year-old Rays catcher broke his hand playing winter ball and now he’s sidelined for at least the next few days after suffering a concussion from a foul tip to the mask on Monday. Chirinos was acquired from the Cubs last winter in…

  16. What in the hell is Terry Collins talking about?

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    After getting really frustrated at all of the Mets injuries yesterday, Terry Collins walked it back. He made it clear that he was not mad at Ruben Tejada or his groin, and that he doesn’t blame players or the Mets trainers or anything for their injuries. He blames fate and bad luck and all of…

  17. Astros sign A’s castoff Landon Powell to minor league deal

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Released by the A’s last week, Landon Powell has signed with the Astros on a minor-league contract. Houston was in the market for some catching depth because of Humberto Quintero‘s back problems, although with Jason Castro coming back from a lost season and veteran Chris Snyder signed as a free agent odds are Powell will…

  18. Jacob Turner has shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    jacob turner getty

    You know what a really vague injury is? “Dead arm.”  That’s what Tigers’ prospect Jacob Turner was said to have yesterday.  The next vaguest diagnosis is tendinitis. That’s what he’s said to have today. In his shoulder, and as such he is being shut down for a week. Thing about such maladies, however, is that…

  19. David Wright has a tear of his rectus abdominis

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    david wright pose getty

    Quit chuckling. It’s not that. It’s this: Not that I’m judging. I thought that too when I heard it. And I thought “wait, I thought he said his rib cage hurt.” Anyway, Wright tells Adam Rubin that the injury — a tear to that muscle — is not as serious as it sounds. It’s merely a…

  20. Nick Swisher is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    This has to be the last one of these, right? Games are being played. Pitchers are going more than two innings. Clearly we’re past the point where feature articles are being written about ballplayers rededicating themselves and all of that, right? Oh well, for now at least, here’s the last one: Nick Swisher: Yet few…

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