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  1. Michael Morse diagnosed with bruised elbow after HBP

    Aug 11, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Nationals first baseman Mike Morse was forced from a game Thursday at Wrigley Field after getting struck in the left arm by a Ryan Dempster pitch. Morse doubled over in pain once he reached first base and held his arm carefully against his body as trainers escorted him off the field. It looked as though…

  2. Tim Hudson knows he wouldn’t stand a chance against Jose Constanza

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    The AJC’s David O’Brien has a nice article up today on Braves rookie sensation Jose Constanza, who apparently goes by “Georgie” in the Atlanta clubhouse.  And just what sort of article would it be without the traditional quote about how the ace never likes to face one of those pesky singles hitters: “For me, personally,…

  3. Cardinals sign Rangers castoff Arthur Rhodes

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    UPDATE: They got their man, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Rhodes and he’ll join the bullpen tomorrow. ========== Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals “were among the teams to instantly make overtures” to Arthur Rhodes after the veteran reliever…

  4. Astros prospect suspended 25 games for unauthorized possession of a syringe

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    syringe

    MLB announced that four minor leaguers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but one of the suspensions caught my eye. Astros right-hander Euris Quezada, who’d been pitching at low Single-A, was suspended 25 games for what Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports as “unauthorized possession of a…

  5. Mariano Rivera earns 30th save despite surrendering homer

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    For just the third time in his Hall of Fame career, Mariano Rivera has given up homers in back-to-back relief appearances.  However, It didn’t prevent him from notching his 30th save Thursday against the Angels. Rivera, who gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday, came into…

  6. Carlos Beltran “doubtful” to play Friday after cortisone shot

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran got a cortisone shot in his injured wrist and manager Bruce Bochy said during a radio interview this morning that he’s “doubtful” to return to the lineup tomorrow following the Giants’ off day. That seemingly makes a trip to the disabled list realistic, as Friday would be the fourth game Beltran has missed…

  7. Johnny Cueto goes seven scoreless, lowers ERA to 1.94

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto, who keeps straddling the innings threshold for the NL ERA lead, beat the Rockies by pitching seven scoreless innings on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 1.94. Cueto missed the first month of the season with a strained triceps muscle, so he’s currently at 120 1/3 innings in the Reds’ 118 games.  Because he’s…

  8. What do Kyle Davies, Todd Van Poppel, Kevin Jarvis, and Claude Willoughby have in common?

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    Yesterday the Royals released Kyle Davies, whom they acquired from the Braves for Octavio Dotel in July of 2007 and gave 99 starts to despite a 29-44 record and 5.34 ERA. Toss in Davies’ early work in Atlanta prior to the trade and he’s thrown 768 innings with a 5.59 ERA for his career. Not…

  9. Adam Jones calls last night’s “barking” at Ozzie Guillen “part of the competition”

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Nolan Reimold smacked a walk-off homer against the White Sox last night and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that during the Orioles’ on-field celebration Adam Jones “was in the back of the scrum barking at the visitor’s dugout.” His target was none other than Ozzie Guillen and the center fielder explained that they…

  10. Stat of the day: most homers during a hitting streak

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    Inspired by a Danny Knobler tweet, here’s a list of players to hit the most homers over the course of a hitting streak. Joe DiMaggio (NYY, 1941): 15 HR in 56 G Willie McCovey (SFG, 1963): 15 HR in 24 G Alex Rodriguez (NYY, 2006): 15 HR in 23 G Chuck Klein (Phi, 1929): 13…

  11. Matt Bush went bust as a hitter, but former No. 1 overall pick still has some pitching potential

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Matt Bush Padres

    Matt Bush has had numerous off-the-field issues, suffered multiple injuries, spent time in three different organizations in three years, and made the switch from shortstop to pitcher in an effort to avoid being a complete bust … and now the former No. 1 pick is blowing away hitters in the minors. Well, sort of. Bush…

  12. Alex Rodriguez to begin rehab assignment tomorrow, return to Yankees next week

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joe Girardi announced that Alex Rodriguez will begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow in Florida, with the current plan calling for him to start at designated hitter before moving to third base Saturday. Barring a setback that means Rodriguez will likely come off the disabled list by next Thursday, when the Yankees begin a…

  13. Davey Johnson says Ivan Rodriguez “is not doing too well”

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Davey Johnson didn’t sound very optimistic when asked yesterday about Ivan Rodriguez‘s recovery from a strained oblique muscle. Johnson told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Rodriguez “is not doing too well” and “is pushing it too hard” in attempt to return from the disabled list, causing him to suffer a setback that required…

  14. Jake Arrieta set for season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in…

  15. What’s gotten into the Padres?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks, Jesus Guzman, Will Venable

    The Padres last night started their fourth options at first base and catcher, their third options at third base and in left field and their backup second baseman, yet scored nine more runs in a win over the Mets. Their batting lines by month to date: April: .211/.293/.308, 14 HR in 27 G May: .249/.303/.363, 19…

  16. Josh Johnson looking for “peace of mind for the offseason”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched since mid-May and could end up missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that continues to be described as merely inflammation, and yesterday the Marlins ace explained that he’s now just looking for “peace of mind for the offseason.” Johnson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’d be…

  17. MRI finds no structural damage in Tommy Hanson’s shoulder

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Tommy Hanson has already been scratched from Friday’s scheduled start and received a cortisone injection because of shoulder problems, but the Braves got some good news yesterday when an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the current plan is for Hanson to avoid the disabled list…

  18. Logan Morrison takes “not so subtle jab at Hanley Ramirez”

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Florida Marlins

    Shortly after the Marlins placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder Logan Morrison took what Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel describes as a “not so subtle jab at Ramirez.” Rodriguez has the details: “What we don’t have is experience and a veteran who is in the…

  19. Bruised shoulder sends Dodgers rookie Dee Gordon to DL

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dee Gordon took over as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop when Rafael Furcal was traded to the Cardinals, but now the 23-year-old rookie will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a bruised right shoulder. Don Mattingly described the decision to place Gordon on the disabled list as “precautionary” and an MRI exam revealed no…

  20. Bryce Harper ejected from Double-A game after confrontation with umpire

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:08 AM EDT

    bryce harper ejection

    Bryce Harper thought he drew a 3-2 walk in the seventh inning at Double-A last night, but as he headed to first base home plate umpire Max Guyll called him out on strikes and the 18-year-old Nationals uber-prospect angrily slammed his helmet down in disgust. Guyll immediately ejected him from the game, at which point…

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