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  1. Cole Hamels on track to start next Friday after light bullpen session

    Aug 20, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week due to inflammation in his left shoulder, but David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal reports that he is on track to return next Friday against the Marlins after throwing 25 pitches in a light bullpen session earlier today. Hamels hasn’t pitched since giving up…

  2. Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup after being hit by pitch in back

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Jacoby Ellsbury is out of tonight’s lineup against the Royals after he was hit in the back by a pitch in the top of the eighth inning last night. He stayed in the game to run the bases and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez, but was replaced in center field in…

  3. Report: Yankees among teams scouting Rich Harden

    Aug 20, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    The Red Sox backed out of a trade for Rich Harden before the non-waiver trade deadline due to concerns about his medical records, but there’s still a chance he’ll be dealt this month. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have had scouts present at each of Harden’s last two starts…

  4. Rockies boot Jason Hammel from rotation in favor of newly-acquired Alex White

    Aug 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies are ready to begin reaping the rewards of the recent Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Jim Tracy announced earlier today that Alex White will be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday against the Astros. He’ll take the place of struggling right-hander Jason Hammel, who will move to the bullpen for now. White was…

  5. Brian Cashman shoots down interest in Cubs’ GM job, wants to stay with Yanks

    Aug 20, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    The firing of Cubs general manager Jim Hendry yesterday has immediately led to speculation about some potential high-profile successors. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is in the final year of his contract and while there hasn’t been any talk about an extension yet, he told the New York Daily News yesterday that he has no…

  6. Jonathan Sanchez will not start tomorrow due to ankle sprain

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    UPDATE: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have officially scratched Sanchez from Sunday’s start. Dan Runzler will get the ball in his place. 12:40 PM: The injury-riddled Giants have lost back-to-back games and still aren’t sure who is going to start for them tomorrow. Jonathan Sanchez tested his injured left ankle…

  7. Jose Reyes unlikely to return from DL when eligible Tuesday

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes ran yesterday for the first time since aggravating his left hamstring earlier this month, but Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Post that it would be a “stretch” to expect him to be ready to return from the disabled list when he is first eligible Tuesday. Reyes said yesterday that he…

  8. Brandon Inge to rejoin Tigers today, share playing time at third base

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers

    When the Tigers designated Brandon Inge for assignment last month, he accepted a minor league assignment with Triple-A Toledo after being promised that he would rejoin the major league club in September. Well, he’s back a little sooner than originally expected. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Inge will have his contract purchased from the…

  9. Francisco Rodriguez open to returning to Mets next season

    Aug 20, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez was back in New York last night for the first time since being traded to the Brewers last month. Among other things, he told Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com that he would be open to returning to the Mets as a free agent. “Definitely. I understand this is a business, they did what they…

  10. Marlins activate Omar Infante from disabled list

    Aug 20, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v New York Mets

    As expected, the Marlins have activated Omar Infante from the disabled list and optioned Ozzie Martinez to Triple-A New Orleans. Infante hasn’t played since August 4 due to a broken right middle finger. The 29-year-old second baseman is batting .279/.324/.364 with three homers, 34 RBI and a .688 OPS over 468 plate appearances this season.…

  11. Russell Martin homers twice in win over Twins

    Aug 20, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis

    Earlier this week on Twitter, I mentioned that Russell Martin hasn’t done squat since the start his red-hot April. Well, he has shut me up over the past few days. On the heels of driving in two runs on Wednesday and hitting a solo homer on Thursday, Martin went 3-for-4 with two homers and three…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 20, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    You know, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Ryan Madson‘s ability to handle the ninth inning. Why not start that fun little controversy over again? Madson blew up in epic fashion in last night’s 8-4 loss to the Nationals, giving up six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After allowing four…

  13. Chipper Jones plans to return next season

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones has mentioned the possibility of retirement in the past, leading some to speculate that he would consider walking away following this season. Well, he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier today that he has every intention of honoring the final guaranteed year on his contract. “I’m playing next year,” he told…

  14. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to return until at least Sunday

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    Alex Rodriguez had a successful workout before tonight’s game against the Twins, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that he is “leaning against” activating him from the disabled list tomorrow. Instead, they could wait until Sunday’s series finale against the Twins or even Tuesday, when they return home to play the…

  15. Pablo Sandoval out of tonight’s lineup with left shoulder strain

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Florida Marlins

    The hits keep on coming for the Giants. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Pablo Sandoval is out of tonight’s lineup against the Astros due to a left shoulder strain. Sandoval suffered the injury while swinging right-handed last night against the Braves. While he offered to bat from the left side…

  16. Davey Johnson says Bryce Harper is likely done for season with hamstring strain

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson just confirmed what most of us already assumed. Bryce Harper, who suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases in a game with Double-A Harrisburg last night, will likely be shut down for the rest of the season. “He probably won’t play the rest…

  17. Brewers prospect Mark Rogers gets busted for stimulant use

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Mark Rogers

    Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games Friday after a second positive test for a banned stimulant. The good news for Rogers is that the suspension kicks in immediately.  The injury-plagued right-hander is on the shelf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing wrist, and he was already expected to undergo…

  18. Mike Trout rejoins the Angels, probably for good

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    The Angels still haven’t officially announced the move, but Mike Trout has joined the team and is on the field taking early batting practice.  Mike DiGiovanna said earlier Friday that Vernon Wells could be placed on the DL to open up a roster spot. If that’s the case, then Trout will probably play something close…

  19. Report: Astros place Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers on waivers

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The Astros have decided to see if anyone will bite on their two most expensive starters, as they placed both Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers on waivers, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports. The salaries make it possible neither will be claimed.  Rodriguez is owed $36 million from 2012-14, while Myers will make $11 million next year…

  20. Yankees place Freddy Garcia on DL, claim Aaron Laffey

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Aaron Laffey was claimed off waivers by the Yankees after being designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this week and New York cleared a roster spot for the left-hander by placing Freddy Garcia on the disabled list. Garcia was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident. He…

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