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  1. Carlos Quentin to get knee surgery Monday, out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Quentin has been experiencing knee discomfort since the beginning of spring training, and San Diego manager Bud Black told Hayes on Saturday that team…

  2. Chase Utley hopes to play in a game next week

    Mar 17, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chase Utley Reuters

    Chase Utley finally broke his silence earlier this afternoon and while he didn’t say much, he told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he would like to play in a game next week. The Phillies always planned to bring Utley along slowly this spring due to his chronic right knee condition, but there are some minor…

  3. UPDATE: Royals inquire about Ivan Rodriguez, who is “not ready” to join team

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that, contrary to Heyman’s report, the Royals have not made an offer to Rodriguez or invited him to camp. The club has “inquired” about the veteran backstop, but have also looked into “20 or more” players. Hard to tell whether an official offer was ever actually…

  4. Josh Collmenter to open season in Diamondbacks’ starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

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    2011 first-round pick Trevor Bauer has stolen the show in Diamondbacks’ camp, posting a 2.57 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over seven innings during Cactus League action. We’ve heard multiple reports recently that the 21-year-old right-hander was being seriously considered for a spot in the starting rotation, but it appears his major league debut will…

  5. Placido Polanco sent for X-rays after leaving game with finger injury

    Mar 17, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

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    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Placido Polanco left this afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays with an injury to his left ring finger. He jammed the finger diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt. No word yet on his condition, but an extended absence is the last thing the Phillies need after…

  6. Red Sox release injured right-hander Carlos Silva

    Mar 17, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they have released Carlos Silva. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with Boston over the winter in hopes of competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but he failed to make an appearance this spring due to complications with a preexisting shoulder injury. Silva signed…

  7. The Rockies plan to discuss whether to sign Dontrelle Willis

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Dontrelle Willis Reuters

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will discuss today whether to sign Dontrelle Willis, who was released by the Phillies yesterday after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring while dealing with arm fatigue. “It’s tough at this point in camp, but we…

  8. We’ll have a little less Vin Scully this season

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully announced last August that he was returning for his 63rd season in the booth. He has routinely skipped road trips outside of National League West opponents in recent years, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the 84-year-old plans to limit his travels even further this season. The Dodgers are scheduled to play…

  9. A.J. Burnett throws first side session since surgery to repair orbital fracture

    Mar 17, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    It’s not clear when A.J. Burnett will make his Pirates’ debut, but he took a step in the right direction this morning in Bradenton, Florida. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Burnett threw 30 pitches — all fastballs — during his first side session since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone…

  10. MRI on Michael Morse’s lat strain shows no further damage

    Mar 17, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Michael Morse AP

    The Nationals initially called Michael Morse day-to-day after he was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right lat muscle early last week. He returned to the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday and Tuesday, but it’s clear he’s not out of the woods yet. Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com reports that Morse recently underwent…

  11. Daniel Bard has some doubters about his move to the starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    Daniel Bard is being stretched out as a starter this spring after spending the past four seasons (including three in the majors) as a reliever. He tossed five scoreless innings over his first two Grapefruit League appearances, but was blasted for seven runs over 2 2/3 innings on Thursday against the Cardinals. We shouldn’t panic…

  12. Chris Perez throws bullpen session, aims to pitch in a game next week

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Chris Perez‘s bullpen session yesterday went a lot better than the one that left him with a strained left oblique nearly a month ago. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Perez threw 20 pitches — all fastballs — in his first throwing session since the injury and felt no pain in his…

  13. Johan Santana may or may not start Opening Day

    Mar 17, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Mets manager Terry Collins implied earlier this month that he planned on Johan Santana starting Opening Day against the Braves on April 5, saying “in my mind, in my heart, he’ll be ready.” Or at least that’s what we thought he meant. Collins clarified his comments yesterday, telling Andy Martino of the New York Daily…

  14. Carl Crawford resumes swinging a bat

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    Carl Crawford is expected to miss the start of the season following a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist, but he did make some progress yesterday. Crawford was able to take 15 “controlled swings” in the cage with both hands, the first time he’s done so since his setback, after which he told Peter Abraham…

  15. Extension talks heating up between Padres and Nick Hundley

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Diego Padres

    The Padres and catcher Nick Hundley already avoided arbitration in mid-January by agreeing on a one-year, $2 million contract, but Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that negotiations on a contract extension have “heated up” this week and that a deal “could be close.” Hundley has actually talked with the Padres about a possible extension dating…

  16. Scott Baker could begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 16, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Scott Baker Getty

    We learned earlier this week that Scott Baker had trouble getting loose in a B-game on Saturday, which “raised some red flags” about his throwing elbow. The Twins and Baker continue to downplay the severity of the issue, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. According to Phil Mackey…

  17. Kendrys Morales takes five at-bats against minor leaguers in return to game action

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t all that glamorous and we have no video or photo evidence to share, but Kendrys Morales returned to game action this afternoon for the first time since infamously shattering his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning grand slam on May 29, 2010. According to Bill Shaikin of the…

  18. Jack Curry takes to Twitter to shame ESPN

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    YES Network

    Jack Curry, formerly of the New York Times and currently of YES, broke the Andy Pettitte story. And apparently he wants everyone to know it. Just check out his Twitter timeline. That’s only about half of his retweets. And Curry is right to point out how terrible ESPN is about acknowledging the scoops of others. They…

  19. Dominant Felix Hernandez first to go six innings this spring

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    OK, so he was facing a Brewers lineup comprised strictly of Triple-A players, but Felix Hernandez was like a hot knife through butter on Friday, allowing one hit in six innings of work. He became the first pitcher to complete six innings this spring. Hernandez struck out six, walked one and hit a batter. Overall,…

  20. Johan Santana gives up five runs but feels good

    Mar 16, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana thinks there’s no reason for concern after he gave up five runs — four earned — in 2 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers. ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the quotes: I was able to throw some fastballs with more intensity this time. And I’m feeling good. It’s a process. And…

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