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  1. Cardinals have “no timetable” for Skip Schumaker’s return

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker underwent further testing after being diagnosed with a torn oblique muscle earlier this week and it doesn’t sound like the Cardinals should expect him back anytime soon. “There’s no timetable,” Schumaker told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “They just know there’s a significant injury in there. I kind of knew…

  2. Because I know you want to give David Freese a makeover

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Freese makeover

    GQ has a brief interview with the Cardinals’ David Freese. And a “Style Upgrade” which is more fun than it should be. The upshot: you get to slide a little bar across the screen and transform Freese from a guy who looks uncomfortable wearing a bad suit to … well, a guy who looks uncomfortable…

  3. Twins send Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    When the Twins selected Terry Doyle with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 draft it seemed like an odd choice because the 25-year-old right-hander had yet to even pitch at Triple-A and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about his track record or raw stuff. Afterward the Twins talked about how impressed they were…

  4. Brian Roberts is feeling better

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has not played baseball since last May due to multiple concussions. And he missed all but 59 games in 2010 for the same reason. Earlier this month the outlook still seemed kinda grim. There is some decent news now, though, as Roberts has continued to work out and is slowly getting back…

  5. Jeff Francis won’t opt out of minor-league deal with Reds

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    As part of his minor-league contract with the Reds left-hander Jeff Francis the ability to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 28, but that won’t be happening. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his odds of securing a spot in the Reds’ rotation…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  7. Kevin Millwood beats out Hisashi Iwakuma for final spot in Mariners’ rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Manager Eric Wedge announced today that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will be joined in the Mariners’ rotation by Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan, and Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal in January after spending the end of last season with the Rockies and the 37-year-old beat out Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma for the fifth…

  8. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiff and Craig

    Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes in today’s video that we were wearing in yesterday’s video. Heh, heh, you know what that means, don’t ya? Yep: we taped them on the same day. What?  

  9. Corey Hart has a headache and eight stitches after being “whacked on the head” lifting weights

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Corey Hart is making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but now he has another issue to deal with. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Hart “got whacked on head by the bar while lifting weights and got eight stitches.” There’s no indication that it’s anything serious, although Hart did…

  10. Bob Uecker is getting a statue at Miller Park

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Brewers announced today that Bob Uecker is getting a statue outside of Miller Park this summer.  This led to the same Twitter joke being told over and over again, but Tyler Kepner said it best: Brewers announce plans for a Bob Uecker statue. It will be placed juuuuuust a bit outside the Miller Park…

  11. Rangers don’t want Yu Darvish facing the Angels in a spring training game

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    This certainly isn’t unheard of, but it’s still interesting. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday instead of facing the Angels in a big-league game because the Rangers want to avoid giving their AL West rivals a look at their new ace. Manager Ron Washington told Sullivan…

  12. The Lake Elsinore Storm would like to trade for Tim Tebow

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Denver Broncos Tebow fumbles after hit by Patriots Ninkovich during the first quarter during their NFL AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxborough

    The worst part of being a baseball blogger is that I never get a chance to pile on media frenzies that go down in the other sports. Man, I would have loved to add (virtually nothing) to the Dwight Howard stuff. To the Peyton Manning stuff. To, well, whatever the hell people get all animated…

  13. Second opinion confirms Joakim Soria’s ligament damage, Tommy John surgery looms

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria moved one step closer to Tommy John surgery, as a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the initial diagnosis of a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Soria is “taking a few days off to consider options” following the second opinion, but adds that surgery…

  14. Allen Craig returns from surgery to hit in minor-league game

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Chris Carpenter‘s setback is the biggest story in Cardinals camp, but they did get some good news yesterday as Allen Craig returned from knee surgery to play in a minor-league game. It was Craig’s first action since Game 7 of the World Series, although he was limited strictly to hitting and didn’t run or play…

  15. B.J. Upton still sore from collision, sctratched from lineup

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    B.J. Upton returned from last week’s outfield collision with Desmond Jennings to play in a minor-league game yesterday and was slated to make his return to the Rays’ lineup this morning, but those plans were canceled. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Upton “came in a little bit sore” today after going 0-for-2 with a…

  16. Nationals pick Stephen Strasburg as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg was impressive in his five-inning start against the Mets yesterday and today the Nationals announced that he’ll get their Opening Day assignment versus the Cubs. It will be the first Opening Day start for Strasburg, who wasn’t called up until June in 2010 and missed the beginning of last season recovering from Tommy…

  17. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp following setback with neck injury

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Whatever progress Chris Carpenter had made in his recovery from a neck injury has been wiped away, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the veteran right-hander has left Cardinals camp “to be further examined by nerve specialists after experiencing renewed symptoms associated with a bulging cervical disc.” In other words:…

  18. Why does Dontrelle Willis keep getting jobs?

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    This is not a deep thought or anything, but I really do want to know what it is about Dontrelle Willis that makes teams keep signing him.  The Orioles are the latest. He’s had two really good seasons. One of them was nine years ago, the other seven. He had one more useful season for…

  19. The lawsuits are settled, but the money ain’t flowing for the Mets just yet

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    When Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled their Madoff lawsuit the other day, the first thought among most was “hey, it’s not as bad as we thought it would be.” The next thought was “hey, now maybe the Mets can spend some money.”  The next thought: “when?” Not too soon, says Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t…

  20. Former Red Sox ace Mel Parnell dies of cancer at 89

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Mel Parnell, who spent his entire big-league career with the Red Sox and led the American League in wins with 25 in 1949, passed away Tuesday at age 89 following a long battle with cancer. Parnell’s 123 wins were the most by a Red Sox left-hander. Besides his 25-win season in 1949, he finished with…

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