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  1. Tim Hudson aiming to return from back surgery by May 1

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson is recovered enough from November back surgery that he could be cleared to throw off a mound later this week and the veteran right-hander told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his targeted return date is May 1 “at the latest.” O’Brien describes Hudson as “upbeat and optimistic,” but any plans…

  2. Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ lineup after missed week

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since the Grapefruit League opener, sitting out a week with a sore shoulder and the flu, but he’s back in the Cardinals’ lineup today. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll start at designated hitter and bat third in a split-squad game against the Braves. Allen Craig…

  3. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  4. Tommy Hanson has fun in abbreviated spring debut

    Mar 11, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Pitching with a new delivery and a damaged shoulder that didn’t require surgery, Tommy Hanson gave up three runs — two earned — in one-plus innings Sunday against the Blue Jays in his spring debut. Hanson turned in a one-two-three first, but he didn’t retire any of the four hitters he faced in the second…

  5. TMZ: Frank Robinson treated by EMTs at Lakers game

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Frank Robinson

    Hall of Famer Frank Robinson needed medical attention during Sunday’s game between the Celtics and the Lakers, a witness told TMZ. According to the report, Robinson was attended to during the fourth quarter of the game. He left with medical personnel before the game ended, but he was able to walk out under his own…

  6. Brett Lawrie tearing the cover off the ball in Florida

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    22-year-old Brett Lawrie did it again Sunday, going 3-for-3 against the Braves to raise his average to .579. Toronto’s third baseman is 11-for-19 and has already collected five doubles this spring. Lawrie was one of the AL’s best hitters after debuting at the tender age of 21 last August, batting .293/.373/.580 with nine homers and…

  7. Giancarlo Stanton hit on wrist by a pitch, leaves game

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins Photo Day

    Update: X-rays were negative on Stanton’s left wrist, and he’s listed as day-to-day. /// Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was lifted from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets after taking a Chris Schwinden pitch off his left hand. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, he has been diagnosed with a contusion. Stanton,…

  8. Cardinals considering “Plan B” options in case Carpenter misses the start of the season

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke to ESPN 101’s Brian Stull on Sunday morning about Chris Carpenter‘s neck injury, which has been officially diagnosed as a bulging cervical disc. Mozeliak didn’t get into many specifics about the diagnosis nor did he speak about a recovery timetable for the 36-year-old right-hander, but he did admit there…

  9. Mets send David Wright to New York for rib cage exam

    Mar 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to discomfort on the left side of his rib cage. Wanting to rule out anything serious, team doctors have summoned him to New York to have his midsection examined and to get a cortisone shot. This according to ESPN New…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: Brian Wilson is mistaken about a great many things

    Mar 11, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    So I’m loitering along the rail down the right field line, about 20 feet away from where Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jeremy Affeldt are stretching. When this happens: Brian Wilson: So you guys would agree that Superman would beat Batman in a fistfight? Lincecum: I dunno, man. I guess if it’s just…

  11. Cubs announce five-year, $6 million agreement with Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a five-year, $6 million contract. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported in early February that the deal was done, but it apparently took a little while to make everything final. Concepcion, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s…

  12. Michael Morse gets cortisone shot, hopes to play Monday

    Mar 11, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Michael Morse hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against the Braves because of a mild strain of his right lat muscle. But he’s hoping to get back on the right track early this week. From MLB.com beat writer Bill Ladson comes word that Morse was given…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: Hall of Famers out the wazoo

    Mar 11, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Willie Mays

    The original plan was to head out for the Dodgers-Cubs tilt. But as I was considering it last night I decided that I just wasn’t in the mood. I didn’t want to go clear out to Glendale, I wanted to go to a park with character and not one of the new mega-complexes and I…

  14. Orioles closer Jim Johnson fans two in “B” game

    Mar 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    jim johnson getty

    The Orioles can remove right-handed reliever Jim Johnson from their list of injured players. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN.com, the 28-year-old closer struck out two batters Saturday during a one-inning appearance in a “B” game. It was his first live action of the spring. Johnson is about a week behind the other pitchers in…

  15. Allen Craig (knee surgery) aiming to play in game by May

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig told reporters when he arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida last month that he was hoping to be ready for Opening Day. But that never seemed very realistic. Craig, who underwent surgery in November to repair a small fracture in his right kneecap, acknowledged Sunday to B.J. Rains of FOX…

  16. Chris Perez on track to resume mound work this week

    Mar 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez is making a steady recovery from the oblique strain that he suffered during his first bullpen session of the spring, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, and may be ready to resume mound workouts this week. Perez, who was originally prescribed a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks, has already progressed to throwing…

  17. David Price could return to Grapefruit League on Tuesday

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    david price reuters

    Rays left-hander David Price injured his neck Thursday while toweling off between innings during a Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. But it was only a minor tweak and might not affect his spring training throwing program whatsoever. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Price is likely to be cleared to make…

  18. Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

    Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this update on right-hander Chris Carpenter: Still unable to project their co-ace’s return to the mound, the Cardinals nonetheless drew a sigh of relief upon learning Saturday that Chris Carpenter is dealing with a bulging cervical disc rather than a recurrence of career-threatening nerve issues. Carpenter…

  19. Mike Napoli scratched Saturday due to minor groin issue

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Joey Nowak comes word that Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had to be scratched from Saturday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox due to a “nagging left groin issue.” Rangers trainers called the decision “precautionary,” and Rangers manager Ron Washington assured reporters in camp that “there’s no concern.” Napoli is a little behind…

  20. A.J. Burnett making speedy recovery from eye fracture

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    When A.J. Burnett underwent eye surgery in early March after fracturing his orbital bone during a bunting drill, the Pirates’ doctors guessed that he would be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. But recent reports out of Bradenton, Florida have us thinking the right-hander might beat that timetable altogether. According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Burnett rode a…

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