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  1. Brett Anderson on track for possible July return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    In addition to trading away a ton of young talent this offseason the A’s also lost perhaps their best young pitcher, Brett Anderson, to Tommy John elbow surgery in July. That knocked him out for at least 12 months, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Anderson’s recovery is going so well that returning almost…

  2. Fact of the Day: Jamie Moyer is really old and Madison Bumgarner is really young

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    At this point “Jamie Moyer is old” facts are getting a little out of control, but here’s a good one specific to today’s Rockies-Giants game. According to Elias Sports Bureau (via Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts): Moyer at 49 years old and Madison Bumgarner at 22 years old represents the largest age gap for a…

  3. Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at…

  4. Photo of the Day: Plenty of good seats available in Cleveland

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Camera

    In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and … I hate cold, early April weekday games. I think a lot of people in Cleveland felt that way yesterday too.  Please summer, hurry fast.

  5. Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday. Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field…

  6. So far, offense is offensive

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Limp Bat

    This post from High Heat Stas came out yesterday so it doesn’t account for the Rockies’ little conga line around the basepaths against the Giants last night. But at least through Tuesday night the offense has been putrid across the league. And while this requires a giant, flashing neon sign reading “Small Sample Size,” HHS…

  7. Angels reliever Michael Kohn needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Shut down earlier this week following a setback with his forearm injury, Angels reliever Michael Kohn has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Kohn has been dominant at Triple-A with a 3.32 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings and got his fastball into the…

  8. Dr. Collins weighs in on David Wright’s finger

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Terry Collins, M.D., talking about David Wright‘s broken pinky finger after yesterday’s game: “I’m not a doctor, and I don’t mean to step on their toes . . . but when they give us a final diagnosis of the whole thing, my gut is you’ll see him (play) Friday.” Could be. But man, after a…

  9. Giancarlo Stanton is gonna have to play with pain all year

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from the lineup the other day due to some soreness in his left knee. He’s back — got a couple of hits yesterday — but he’s still aching. And it seems like that’s not going to go away any time soon, reports Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: But the…

  10. UPDATE: Talks still ongoing between the Indians and Johnny Damon

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE: There’s no deal yet.  This morning Jim Bowden says that the sides are still talking, and Ken Rosenthal — who had the original report — notes the same thing, though adds that he believes a deal will be done shortly. 12:06 AM:  From Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes this rather surprising late-night free agent…

  11. Ryan Howard begins construction on a $23 million house with a “lazy river”

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Via Crossing Broad we learn that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to begin construction on a $23 million gulf coast home. And it has fun stuff like this: Special features include “a Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges” and a bowling alley on the ground level…

  12. Jeff Francouer delivers pizza to an entire section at the Oakland Coliseum

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Last year, you’ll recall, Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur gave some A’s fans who sit in right field a $100 bill and an autographed baseball with explicit instructions that they use the money to purchase bacon dogs and beer. Well, he’s still making friends with those guys: Yesteraday he had 20 pizzas delivered to their section 149.  This…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

  14. 72-year-old motorcyclist from Matt Bush’s DUI hit-and-run case finally released from hospital

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Good news, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times‘ Marc Topkin: Tony Tufano, 72, the victim in the Rays minor league RHP Matt Bush DUI hit-and-run crash, was released from the hospital today and is home, daughter in law Shannon Moore said. Tufano is using a walker and will receive home care, with family attorney Richard Hirsch saying…

  15. Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena

    Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well. After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.…

  16. Stephen Drew to hit in extended spring game

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew, who is making his way back from a fractured ankle, will take a step forward on Thursday, hitting in an extended spring training game. The plan is for Drew to take four at-bats in the game and run lightly out of the box if he puts the ball in play, manager Kirk Gibson…

  17. Drew Storen undergoes minor procedure on right elbow

    Apr 11, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent minor surgery Wednesday on his throwing elbow. The procedure, performed in D.C., was designed to remove bone fragments and was deemed a success. The Nationals aren’t saying for certain how long Storen will be out, but sources told Ladson on Wednesday evening…

  18. Maybe Chris Heisey doesn’t really want to play

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Chris Heisey

    Chris Heisey was on the bench for the third time in six games Wednesday, but he didn’t seem to mind. He might actually be in line for more time there after delivering a pinch-hit game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth against the Cardinals. “I can’t really explain why I’m more relaxed pinch-hitting than…

  19. Orioles sign sinkerballer Joel Pineiro

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    The Orioles added some additional pitching depth Wednesday, signing Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. He’ll pitch out of the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk initially. There was shockingly little interest in Pineiro over the winter, and he ended up signing a minor league deal with the Phillies even though it was obvious they had…

  20. Buster Posey scratched… due to shingles?

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Buster Posey

    Buster Posey was a late scratch from Wednesday’s starting lineup due to a shingles, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. According to Baggarly, Posey said he came down with the painful rash and blisters after Sunday’s game and that it made it difficult for him to sleep. Still, he expects to play Thursday. With Posey…

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