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  1. Peter Bourjos will likely need hip surgery after the season

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Peter Bourjos made certain to say that he’s currently feeling “good, normal, 100 percent” but the Angels center fielder also said today that he’ll likely need hip surgery after the season. Bourjos told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he would’ve had the operation to repair labrum fraying during the offseason, except he…

  2. Quote of the Day: Bobby Valentine on Francona’s comments

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    This morning Terry Francona said that Bobby V.’s banning of beer from the Red Sox’ clubhouse was a P.R. move.  Someone told Bobby V. about that and he responded: “Remember, you’re getting paid over there for saying stuff. You get paid over here for doing stuff. I’ve done both.” By “over there,” he means for…

  3. Reds sign Sean Marshall to $16.5 million extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Sean Marshall Getty

    Two months after acquiring him from the Cubs the Reds have signed Sean Marshall to a three-year contract extension, which keeps the 29-year-old reliever from hitting the open market as a free agent next offseason. Marshall was already under contract for $3.1 million this season, which is his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the…

  4. Tommy Hanson is feeling better, should be cleared for full workouts tomorrow

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    tommy hanson ap

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Tommy Hanson worked out at Braves camp today and is feeling good. This a week after a minor auto accident that left him with a Grade 1 concussion. Hanson hopes to be cleared for full workouts tomorrow. Assuming no further hiccups, he’ll be on schedule to start the season…

  5. Matt Diaz is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Maybe. It’s possible Matt Diaz was in better shape years ago with the Royals or something, but this story has all the hallmarks of a BSOHL story: struggling player with a weakening hold on a major league job + big weight loss and optimistic talk. Take it away Dave O’Brien of the AJC: After seeing his slugging…

  6. Angels tell Bobby Abreu he’ll get 400 plate appearances

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Bobby Abreu said last week that he’ll ask for a trade if the Angels aren’t going to use him as an everyday player, but apparently now he’s fine with something less than an everyday role. There’s no getting around the fact that the Angels’ first base/corner outfielder/designated hitter logjam means Abreu will be a part-time…

  7. There was a fire at Fenway Park today

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Fenway Fire

    This is a wicked pissah: From the Twitter feed of the Boston Fire Department: there was fire at 4 Yawkey Way today. That’s Fenway Park to you and me. It was a small one, however. An electrical fire due to a wall-mounted light fixture on the second floor of the mail room of the administrative…

  8. Juan Pierre can opt out of Phillies contract on March 31

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Juan Pierre‘s minor-league contract with the Phillies included an invitation to spring training and an opt-out clause that allows him to become a free agent again on March 31 if he’s not on the big-league roster. If he does make the team Pierre will get $800,000 in guaranteed money and Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia…

  9. Jose Mijares arrives at Royals camp after passport delay

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    venezuela passport

    Jose Mijares is finally in Royals camp following a week-long delay due to passport issues in Venezuela. “I waited for my passport and the embassy didn’t send it to me for 10 days,” Mijares told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, who notes that the left-handed reliever won’t be too far behind other pitchers because he threw…

  10. Scott Miller on Manny Ramirez’s presence on the Oakland A’s: “unconscionable”

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Last week Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com made a series of tweets excoriating the Athletics for signing Manny Ramirez. He called the move “reprehensible” and said it was evidence that we lived in a “twisted world.”  He then promised to tear Manny and the A’s a new one when he visited their camp in Phoenix…

  11. Matt Moore sidelined by lower abdominal strain

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore was slated to throw batting practice this morning, but instead the 22-year-old phenom will be out for at least a couple days with what the Rays are calling a “lower abdominal strain.” Moore described the injury as “like a sore muscle … basically right below my belly button” and said sitting things out…

  12. A.J. Burnett is giving Daniel McCutchen’s daughter a college fund in exchange for his jersey number

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    We often hear about veterans coming to new teams and asking younger players for their old jersey numbers.  Often there is payment involved. Last year Julio Borbon gave Adrian Beltre his customary number 29 in exchange for a watch. The year before, Jim Thome gave Alexi Casilla a Rolex in exchange for his number with the…

  13. Nick Swisher will be hitting teammates with pies this season

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    A.J. Burnett had a 4.97 ERA in three seasons with the Yankees, so his biggest contribution may have been the tradition of hitting teammates in the face with shaving cream pies after they delivered walk-off hits. Joe Girardi was asked which player was most likely to take over that role following Burnett’s trade to the…

  14. Joel Zumaya hasn’t decided if he’ll retire yet

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya AP

    The last time Joel Zumaya threw a baseball in a game that mattered was June 28, 2010.  Given his injury over the weekend, if he does so again, it won’t be until 2013 at the earliest. Facing yet another rehab has to seem horrifying to the guy, so it would be totally understandable if he…

  15. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was at the Oscars

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    ned colletti oscars

    It turns out Billy Beane wasn’t the only general manager at the Oscars last night, as Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts found a couple screen grabs showing Ned Colletti in the crowd (and with some pretty great seats). Colletti was sitting directly behind Michelle Williams and told Weisman that he got the seats through a…

  16. The Tigers are “thrilled” with Miguel Cabrera’s defense at third base so far

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Jim Leyland was asked about how Miguel Cabrera is doing with his third base defense so far. He waxed enthusiastic: “He’s working with the infield instructors,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, “and everybody’s really thrilled with what they’re seeing … Just how his hands look, how his actions look … (He’s) throwing to second, throwing to…

  17. Pat Burrell may rejoin the Giants as a part-time coach

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant. Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to…

  18. Terry Francona: the Red Sox banning beer “a P.R. move”

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona was on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” today and he talked about the Red Sox banning beer in the clubhouse. He’s not all that impressed with the move: “I think it’s a PR move. I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one … I don’t think it’s a…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Weekend

    Haven’t done one of these in a while, but a lot of stuff happened over the weekend for once. And I know a lot of you knuckleheads are too lazy to scroll back, so here’s what you missed: MLB released a statement on the Ryan Braun testing and stuff.  Oh, and the identity of the…

  20. Terry Collins is still going on about Ruben Tejada being on time for camp

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Last week we heard how, once again, Mets manager Terry Collins is all bent out of shape about the fact that his shortstop, Ruben Tejada, didn’t report to camp early.  Via the New York Times we learn that, over the weekend, Tejada (a) reported on time; and (b) still got chewed out about it by…

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