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  1. Placido Polanco diagnosed with sports hernia

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    polanco getty wide

    We might not see Placido Polanco back in the Phillies’ lineup for a while. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro announced earlier this evening that Polanco was diagnosed with a sports hernia. Polanco was sent back to Philadelphia over the weekend after revealing that he had been dealing with discomfort…

  2. Carlos Carrasco placed on disabled list with right elbow inflammation

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    The Indians just announced that they have placed Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Carrasco was handed a six-game suspension last week for throwing at the head of Royals’ DH Billy Butler on July 29, but he didn’t begin serving the suspension until after his start last Wednesday against the…

  3. Carlos Beltran out of tonight’s lineup with sprained right wrist

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that Carlos Beltran‘s hand is still sore and he is being sent for an MRI. 7:30 PM: According to Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates due to a sprained right wrist. Beltran felt a sharp pain…

  4. Bryan Stow shows progress, moving limbs on command

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Bryan Stow’s family passed along some good news on the Giants fan who’s been hospitalized since a brutal beating at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, posting the following statement on their official website: Yesterday we got the most response from Bry to date. He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left…

  5. Bobby Jenks undergoes colonoscopy after being hospitalized for “intestinal turmoil”

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Already on the disabled list with a back injury, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was hospitalized over the weekend with what manager Terry Francona described as “intestinal turmoil.” According to Francona “he got really sick, I mean, really sick” and “they ended up having to keep him in the hospital for three days.” Brian MacPherson…

  6. Phillies-Giants scuffle leads to three-game suspension for Shane Victorino, fines for others

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    The disciplinary fallout from the Phillies-Giants scuffle Friday night is pretty minor, with Shane Victorino receiving a three-game suspension and no other players from either team getting more than undisclosed fines. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Victorino will appeal his suspension, which stems from what MLB described as “aggressive actions that prolonged the bench-clearing…

  7. Yankees are third team in six weeks to release J.C. Romero

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Romero

    J.C. Romero has been very busy changing teams and signing contracts lately. He was released by the Phillies on June 24, signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals on June 29, got released by Washington on July 14, inked another minor-league contract with the Yankees that same day, and has now been released by the…

  8. Fractured pinkie finger sends Chase Headley to disabled list

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    headley getty

    Chase Headley played the final eight innings of Saturday’s game with what turned out to be a fractured pinkie finger on his left hand, but he was out of the lineup yesterday and has now been placed on the disabled list. Headley hasn’t hit for much power this season, but he was by far the…

  9. Rangers fans are very supportive of Michael Young (and very angry at me)

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    duty_calls

    This morning I wrote a 157-word post about Michael Young reaching 2,000 career hits, saying the milestone “might be just a bit overrated” because he’s the 234th player to reach it and “no one really makes a big deal about” the 202 hitters with 250 homers or the 203 pitchers with 150 wins. While writing…

  10. Hanley Ramirez out of Marlins’ lineup for fifth straight game with shoulder injury

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    He remains on the active roster, but Hanley Ramirez is out of the Marlins’ lineup today for the fifth straight game after spraining his shoulder last week. Emilio Bonifacio is again starting at shortstop, with Greg Dobbs taking his spot at third base and Alfredo Amezaga in at second base for the injured Omar Infante.…

  11. Kevin Millwood signs with Rockies, could pitch this week

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    getty millwood trenton

    Kevin Millwood opted out of his minor-league contract with the Red Sox over the weekend and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran right-hander has signed with the Rockies and “there’s a chance he could start Wednesday.” Millwood last started a big-league…

  12. Giants manager Bruce Bochy and coaching staff went to hypnotherapist to stop dipping

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    no dipping

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t used chewing tobacco since April 14, when a session with hypnotherapist Dr. AlVera Paxson apparently cured him of the longtime habit, according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. Bochy visited Paxson after bullpen catcher Bill Hayes and equipment manager Mike Murphy stopped dipping following sessions of their own. Hayes…

  13. Rangers release veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Rhodes_Arthur

    As expected, Arthur Rhodes passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week and the Rangers have released the 41-year-old reliever. Rhodes will likely find a new home because he can still be reasonably effective when spotted against left-handed hitters, but none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with the…

  14. Jose Reyes placed on DL, “very likely” to miss 2-3 weeks with hamstring injury

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    UPDATE: Reyes has been placed on the disabled list. ========== No official word from the Mets yet on Jose Reyes‘ hamstring injury, but general manager Sandy Alderson just said during a radio interview with WFAN in New York that the shortstop is “very likely” to miss 2-3 weeks. Reyes spent two weeks on the disabled…

  15. Joe DiMaggio to be first of four “MLB All-Star” stamps in 2012

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    joe dimaggio stamp

    Starting next year the United States Postal Service will issue “Major League Baseball All-Star” stamps honoring “four players who were perennial All-Star selections and left an indelible impression on the game.” Today they announced that Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio is the first player to be honored, with Kadir Nelson doing the artwork. I’ve…

  16. Don’t tell Michael Young, but 2,000-hit club isn’t very exclusive

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Michael Young went 2-for-4 last night to reach 2,000 career hits. That they’ve all come for the Rangers is noteworthy and getting there at age 34 means he has a shot at 3,000, but in terms of the attention being given to the actual milestone 2,000 might be just a bit overrated. Young is the…

  17. Poor attendance expected to cost Dodgers about $27 million

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times has some startling figures on how much money the Dodgers are losing because fans stopped going to games. According to Peltz “the sharp drop in attendance at Dodger Stadium this year is likely to cost the Dodgers at least $27 million in reduced ticket sales, concession, and parking…

  18. Tigers give extensions to manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    leyland and dombrowski tigers

    So much for Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski potentially being on the hot seat in Detroit. With the Tigers four games up in the AL Central race in search of their first division title since 1987 the team just announced contract extensions for the manager and general manager, with Leyland’s deal now going through next…

  19. David Freese cleared to return from concussion tomorrow

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    David Freese

    David Freese has been cleared to return to game action after being hit on the helmet by a pitch Thursday and is expected to be back in the Cardinals’ lineup tomorrow night, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Freese suffered a mild concussion when he was beaned by a Clay Hensley…

  20. With Alex Cobb down, Matt Moore is ready and willing to help the Rays

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    In another organization, Matt Moore would likely already have arrived in the majors.  The 22-year-old was dominant right from the start in Double-A this year, going 8-3 with a 2.2o ERA and a 131/28 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings. The Rays, though, are probably more cautious with their pitching prospects than any club in baseball. …

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