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  1. Miguel Cabrera to have fracture examined Tuesday, could be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera assured reporters last week that he was not going to miss the Tigers’ regular-season opener despite being diagnosed with a small fracture under his right eye. And it appears as though his optimism was warranted. From John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press comes word that Cabrera is scheduled for a…

  2. Chris Perez throws hitless inning in minor league game

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Good news out of Goodyear, Arizona. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians closer Chris Perez tossed a perfect seven-pitch frame Saturday in a minor league exhibition game. It was his first live action of the spring, and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Perez strained an oblique muscle during his first bullpen…

  3. Ryan Vogelsong to make first spring start on Monday

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a back strain on February 7 while lifting weights at his home and has spent the first month of spring training in rehab mode. But he’s about ready for live action. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday in camp that Voglesong is…

  4. David Wright could make Grapefruit League debut Tues.

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    From ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin comes word that Mets third baseman David Wright is currently on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Braves. Wright has been taking batting practice off a pitching machine since Thursday and will face a live pitcher Sunday for the first time…

  5. Justin Morneau homers twice in Grapefruit League game

    Mar 24, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Finally, some signs of life from Justin Morneau. As noted by beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins first baseman hit a two-run homer, a three-run homer and drew a walk Saturday in a 19-4 Grapefruit League win over the Rays. Morneau, who has struggled with post-concussion syndrome for close to two years, entered…

  6. Matt Bush’s bail set for $1.015 million

    Mar 24, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Rays right-hander Matt Bush made his first court appearance earlier today since being arrested Thursday eveningĀ in Florida on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, failure to stop and remain at a crash involving an injury, driving with a suspended license and DUI with serious bodily injury…

  7. UPDATE: Joba Chamberlain will be released from the hospital Sunday

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Chamberlain will be released from the hospital tomorrow, which indicates that no infections have developed. Furthermore, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that no microfractures were found in the ankle and that Chamberlain will be in a cast for the next six…

  8. The Giants are shopping Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot

    Mar 24, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Remember how I mentioned earlier that Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot were likely the favorites to share playing time at second base now that Freddy Sanchez is expected to begin the season on disabled list? Apparently not. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Giants are telling teams that they are shopping both Theriot and…

  9. Ryan Madson to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson returned to Cincinnati yesterday to have his ailing right elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek. The results were the worst-case scenario. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson will undergo Tommy John surgery after the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow was found to be “torn off the bone.” It’s a…

  10. Allen Craig could make the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The original expectation was that Allen Craig would miss the first month of the season following November surgery on his right knee, but it now appears that he is a realistic option for the Opening Day roster. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Craig took batting practice on the major league side…

  11. The Mets are interested in trading Mike Pelfrey

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey adjusts his cap after giving a run to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida

    Our own Matthew Pouliot recently suggested that the Mets should cut their losses and release Mike Pelfrey, recouping three-quarters of his $5.6875 million salary for 2012. That doesn’t appear likely to happen, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com passes along word that the club would like to trade him. Pelfrey is coming off a 4.74 ERA…

  12. Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network…

  13. Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on the disabled list

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez are both making progress from their respective injuries, but neither are expected to be on the Giants’ active roster come Opening Day. Vogelsong was slowed in the early days of camp due to back spasms and just made his first appearance of the spring yesterday during a minor league game.…

  14. Chipper Jones needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Chipper Jones‘ final season isn’t getting off to the most promising start. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Interestingly, Bowman hears that the 39-year-old third baseman suffered the injury running in the outfield Thursday just before he announced his intention…

  15. Andy Pettitte expected to testify in Roger Clemens perjury trial

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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    This has been expected news all along, but the Associated Press reported last night that prosecutors plan to have Andy Pettitte testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, which is set to begin jury selection on April 16. The government says Pettitte will testify about his use of human growth hormone with the assistance of…

  16. Sergio Escalona to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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    According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros announced this morning that left-hander Sergio Escalona has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week. Escalona, who was acquired from the Phillies last January, posted a 2.93 ERA and 25/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings out…

  17. Buster Posey makes it through his first play at the plate

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey was involved in a play at the plate last night for the first time since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus singled into center field and center fielder Angel Pagan made a strong throw to…

  18. Is there already a rift growing between Bobby V and Ben Cherington?

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    When Bobby Valentine was originally hired as manager of the Red Sox, it was suggested that ownership went over the head of newly-hired general manager Ben Cherington to make the call. This led to all sorts of speculation that Cherington was already marginalized and that he would have a difficult time building the ballclub that…

  19. Neftali Feliz won’t make his next scheduled start Monday

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz has made it through long-toss sessions in each of the last two days after leaving Tuesday’s start against the Cubs due to shoulder stiffness, but the Rangers plan to be extra cautious before clearing him to pitch in a game again. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will not make his next…

  20. Chris Perez cleared to pitch in minor league game Saturday

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    All signs are pointing toward Chris Perez being available for Opening Day. Perez, who has been sidelined since suffering a strained right oblique on April 24, threw 20 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game without incident and has now been cleared for game action. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians’ closer will pitch…

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