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  1. Skip Schumaker diagnosed with torn oblique muscle

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    An MRI exam revealed that Skip Schumaker has a torn right oblique muscle, making it all but certain that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals won’t have a timetable for his return until getting more information tomorrow, but general manager John…

  2. Bryan Stow can still sue the Dodgers, the Dodgers can still get out of bankruptcy

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Bankruptcy tends to get rid of all of the lawsuits you have pending against you. And the Dodgers, who are bankrupt, had been trying to have the Bryan Stow lawsuit disposed of.  Not too popular a move, of course, and Bryan Stow’s attorneys fought hard to avoid it. But now a deal has been struck.…

  3. Ryan Braun on hearing boos: “I don’t think anything of it”

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    For the most part the Brewers have limited Ryan Braun‘s exposure to unfriendly spring training crowds by playing him almost exclusively at their home ballpark, but he’s still been booed at times there and got a harsh reaction Saturday when he played a rare road game against the Angels. In addition to downplaying the worries…

  4. Tony La Russa has a book coming out

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    What happens when you have a lot of genius about you but you are retired and thus have no one on whom to inflict it?  You write a book, that’s what: Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career. William Morrow announced Monday that “One Last…

  5. Mariners release oft-injured reliever Hong-Chih Kuo

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been a mess all spring as he attempts to come back from elbow surgery and anxiety issues. Today the Mariners decided they’d seen enough, releasing the once-dominant left-hander. When healthy Kuo has been one of the best relievers in baseball, logging 170 innings with a 1.96 ERA and 201 strikeouts from 2008-2010,…

  6. Without MLB offers Vladimir Guerrero “will explore Japan”

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero remains unsigned and wasn’t even linked to many teams all offseason, but his agent told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the 37-year-old plans to play somewhere this season and may turn to Japan if he doesn’t get any MLB offers. Fernando Cuza indicated to Heyman that Guerrero will wait around for the phone…

  7. Cool Free Thing Sent to me of the Day: Lincecum and Wilson as Batman and Superman

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Batman Superman

    Last Sunday, as you may recall, I had a small discussion about the nature of Batman and Superman with Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants. The conversation began as Wilson and teammate Tim Lincecum had a debate about whether the Caped Crusader would beat the Man of Steel in a fight. Well, of course…

  8. Yoenis Cespedes reaches “demigod” status, will be A’s starting center fielder over Coco Crisp

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    As soon as the A’s signed Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million and started talking about him as an option in center field Coco Crisp made it clear that he wouldn’t be giving up the position without a fight, saying: “Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me…

  9. C.J. Wilson probably violated the MLB Social media policy

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This morning we saw that C.J. Wilson tweeted Mike Napoli‘s phone number for all of his followers to see.  Last week we learned about MLB’s new social media policy.  These two things go together. Paragraph 4 of the social media policy, under the heading “Prohibited Conduct,” lists the following as, well, prohibited conduct: 4. Displaying…

  10. Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all: I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I…

  11. Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies. Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he…

  12. Ryan Madson: “I can’t prove it, but I do believe” Phillies made $44 million offer

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and agent Scott Boras have much different stories about how Ryan Madson went from reportedly being on the verge of a four-year, $44 million deal to remain with the Phillies to settling for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds. Boras insists the Phillies made a verbal offer to…

  13. Ubaldo Jimenez’s velocity is down

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    VelocityGames: they’re not just for Michael Pineda and Roy Halladay anymore!  Would you believe, Ubaldo Jimenez?  From the Akron Beacon-Journal: A scout employed by an opposing team who watched Ubaldo Jimenez struggle against the Reds on Saturday almost couldn’t believe his radar gun.  “His fastball was 89-91 [mph],” the scout said. “He might have touched…

  14. Giants worried Freddy Sanchez won’t be ready for opener

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Freddy Sanchez said throughout the offseason that he was optimistic about recovering from June shoulder surgery in time for Opening Day, but like so many “optimistic” updates from teams and players recently that’s now looking like wishful thinking. Sanchez missed the final three-plus months of last season and has yet to play second base this…

  15. Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are happy

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz

    The Mets owners released statements late this morning regarding their settlement of the Madoff lawsuits. First, Saul Katz: “We’re pretty pleased to have this behind us. As we’ve said all along, the fact is we have done everything in good faith. The settlement itself bears that out—that we’ve acted in good faith. I want to…

  16. Phillies release veteran starter Joel Pineiro

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    Philadelphia signed Joel Pineiro to a minor-league contract in January, but a three-week look at the veteran right-hander was all they needed to determine he wasn’t worth keeping around. Today they released Pineiro, who made $8 million from the Angels in each of the past two seasons and would have gotten $1.5 million from the…

  17. Baseball trying to encourage civility between players and umpires

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney reports in his column this morning that Major League Baseball has been trying to encourage a more civil discourse between the players and the men in blue: In short, they are encouraging that there be a more civil discourse. “I don’t think they mind us asking questions of the umpires, like ‘Was that…

  18. Mike Maddux denies pulling name from consideration in Cubs’ manager search

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening back in November, but said yesterday that he did not do the same with the Cubs’ job. He simply lost out to Dale Sveum. Maddux cited family reasons for pulling out of the running in Boston, but later interviewed…

  19. The Wilpons aren’t gonna be out all that much money

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    We’ve heard scary numbers regarding the potential liability of the Mets owners in the Madoff mess. The trustee, Irving Picard, was using the B-word at times last year. Recently it was thought that their exposure could be $300 million or more.  A couple of weeks ago they were ordered to pay $83 million as part…

  20. Knee injury puts Giancarlo Stanton’s status for Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton’s wrist is no longer an issue after being hit by a pitch on March 11, but he remains out of the lineup with knee soreness that hasn’t gotten any better in a week. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins believe Stanton would play if Opening Day was tomorrow,…

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