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  1. David Wright won’t play in spring game before Wednesday

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Scott Hairston aggravating his troublesome left oblique Saturday during an instrasquad game has created some apprehension in Mets camp. So the team is scaling back workloads for some of its stars, including third baseman David Wright. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wright has been scratched from Monday’s Grapefruit League opener…

  2. Ike Davis discusses Valley Fever: “Seriously. I feel great.”

    Mar 4, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Mets team doctors have diagnosed first baseman Ike Davis with Valley Fever, a fungal disease common in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico with symptoms ranging in severity from easily manageable to potentially life-threatening. Davis is hoping his experience with the bug falls into that easy-to-manage category. And so far it has. The talented…

  3. Theo Epstein: Chicago bar scene has been “an impediment to the Cubs in winning”

    Mar 4, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has developed (and will distribute) a pamphlet outlining the way he expects players in the organization to behave. Especially those tempted by the Chicago nightlife. “It’s been a factor in ruining some careers,” Epstein told the Chicago Tribune. “And I’m sure it’s been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. ……

  4. Josh Donaldson 0-for-7 through two spring games

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    A’s assistant general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that Josh Donaldson would get the first shot at replacing Scott Sizemore (knee surgery) at third base. It’s still early, and regular-season playing time is rarely dictated by spring training stats, but the 26-year-old former catcher is not off to a good…

  5. Rangers’ Matt West might need Tommy John surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word that Rangers right-hander Matt West has been diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his throwing elbow and shut down for six weeks. If West isn’t feeling better after a month-plus of rest and therapy, the next course of action will likely be Tommy John reconstructive…

  6. Bryce Harper goes 1-for-3 in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are said to be open to the idea of top prospect Bryce Harper opening the 2012 season in the major leagues. So while most spring training stats don’t matter, Harper’s numbers just might. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 19-year-old outfielder went 1-for-3 with a single and two sharp groundouts…

  7. Mets pretty sure Ike Davis has Valley Fever

    Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Mets first baseman Ike Davis missed over 100 games last season due to a left ankle injury. And now his 2012 is off to a rough start. According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, the Mets are “treating Davis as if Valley Fever has been diagnosed” and are already planning days off for him this spring.…

  8. Dee Gordon needs stitches in lip after taking grounder to face

    Mar 3, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com passes along word that Dee Gordon required several stitches to close a gash in his lip after taking a bad hop grounder to the face during batting practice this afternoon. While that sounds awfully painful, Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said that Gordon is expected to be back in camp tomorrow with…

  9. Yoenis Cespedes’ four-year contract with the Athletics is official

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Athletics just officially announced that they have agreed to terms with Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year contract. The Cuban outfielder arrived in A’s camp this morning and passed a pre-signing physical in order to make the deal official. He is scheduled to be introduced to the media during a press conference tomorrow morning.…

  10. Report: MLB not expected to approve Jairo Beras’ contract with Rangers

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

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    The Rangers agreed to sign Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million earlier this week, which created quite a bit of controversy as many teams were under the impression that he was only 16 years old and thus ineligible to sign until July 2. MLB immediately opened an investigation on the matter and according to…

  11. Scott Hairston aggravates oblique muscle during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Scott Hairston was pulled from an intrasquad game today due to a strained left oblique. This is the very same injury which ended his season last August. “Same as last year, pretty much,” Hairston said about the current issue. “I felt it on the swing out there. I felt…

  12. Jerome Williams diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Williams was diagnosed with a mild strain of his left hamstring. It’s not clear when he’ll resume throwing, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com earlier today that Williams will still have plenty of time to get ready for the season, as…

  13. Kiko Calero considering “Bartolo Colon surgery” to revive career

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Bartolo Colon resuscitated his career as a member of the Yankees last season after having fat and bone marrow stem cells injected into his elbow and shoulder. Now other players are looking to follow his lead. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Kiko Calero is considering a similar procedure as he weighs a comeback attempt…

  14. Tigers in the market for a starting pitcher?

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Interesting note from Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com earlier this afternoon: No word on who the Tigers could be targeting, but they were rumored to be in talks with the Cubs for right-hander Matt Garza during the offseason. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello already have rotation spots locked up, but the Tigers…

  15. Carl Crawford admits he likely pushed himself too soon following wrist surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford was shut down and put on anti-inflammatory medication yesterday after suffering a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist. The high-priced outfielder told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this morning that the setback was likely the result of pushing himself too soon, especially after participating in bunting drills. “Bunting didn’t help it,” he…

  16. Padres and Cameron Maybin agree to five-year extension with club option for 2017

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that the deal is official. Crasnick also notes that Maybin’s desire for a no-trade clause was denied because the Padres have a club policy against giving no-trade clauses. 12:05 PM: Corey Brock of MLB.com confirms that the deal is worth $25 million. Sounds like a potential bargain…

  17. Freddie Freeman making quick progress from knee injury

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Freddie Freeman is making quick progress after partially disclocating his right kneecap Tuesday while doing pick drills at first base. Freeman hit off a tee and took live batting practice earlier today, after which he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he didn’t even think about his knee. “I let it loose and…

  18. Dan Runzler to see Dr. James Andrews for strained lat muscle

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that left-hander Dan Runzler will leave Giants’ camp tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews in Florida regarding a strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder. Runzler originally strained the lat in the final game of the regular season last year and aggravated the injury while throwing a bullpen…

  19. Cubs’ president Theo Epstein sees opportunity with the additional wild card

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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    MLB made expanded playoffs official yesterday, a decision which will undoubtedly have a major impact on how general managers will approach things leading up to the trade deadline this year. We are likely to have more buyers than ever before while players on the handful of sellers could come at a premium cost. New Cubs’…

  20. Chris Carter signs with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes that former major league outfielder Chris Carter is now playing with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League. Carter is best known for being traded from the Red Sox to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Billy Wagner deal in August of 2009.…

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