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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Lance Berkman says Bud Selig “extorted” new Astros’ owner into moving team to AL

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman used a pretty loaded word earlier today to describe how MLB commissioner Bud Selig convinced new Astros’ owner Jim Crane to move the team to the American League West. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the former Astro said Selig “extorted” Crane into switching leagues as a precondition of ownership. Berkman hasn’t conveyed…

  10. Taking the Belt to Bruce Bochy

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly thinks the lineup the Giants used today is the one Bruce Bochy will go with on Opening Day as well. Which should please fans of the other NL West teams. CF Angel Pagan LF Melky Cabrera 3B Pablo Sandoval C Buster Posey 1B Aubrey Huff RF Nate Schierholtz 2B Ryan…

  11. Orioles sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

    Mar 20, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Dontrelle Willis Reuters

    The Phillies released Dontrelle Willis last Friday after he allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring, but it didn’t take him long to find a new home. As first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Willis has latched on with the Orioles on a minor league deal.…

  12. Shoulder stiffness leads to Neftali Feliz’s early exit

    Mar 20, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz, who is making the switch from the closer’s role to the rotation this spring, came out of his start Tuesday against the Cubs after three innings due to right shoulder stiffness. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has some details: Feliz had pitched three scoreless innings on 49 pitches against the Cubs…

  13. Roy Halladay may not be done after all

    Mar 20, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    With his fastball reportedly back in the 89-92 mph range, Roy Halladay limited the Orioles to one run and three hits in six innings Tuesday, lowering his spring ERA from 10.57 to 6.59. Halladay, who had given up five homers in three spring starts, allowed just one extra-base hit, an Adam Jones double, in this…

  14. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  15. Royals acquire Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois from Astros

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has added a pair of bench players by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Astros for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. Quintero became expendable in Houston with Jason Castro back from injury and veteran Chris Snyder signed this offseason, but his ineptitude offensively…

  16. Padres sign Nick Hundley long term, block prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Nick Hundley and the Padres have agreed to a multi-year contract that covers 2013 and 2014 while including a team option for 2015. Hundley was already signed for $2 million this season and under team control through 2014 via the arbitration process, so the Padres will pre-pay for two seasons of arbitration eligibility in exchange…

  17. The Phillies infielders are dropping like flies

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Phillies Astros Baseball

    The Phillies are already missing 3/4 of their infield due to injuries.  Now it looks like the carnage is extending to the backup infielders too:  Michael Martinez has a broken bone in his foot. Freddy Galvis is suddenly the starting second baseman, so he’s not a bench infield option, which means that the Phillies are…

  18. Ryan Braun has played through a groin injury for several weeks, but sat out today’s game

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun was a late scratch from today’s game with a strained groin and manager Ron Roenicke revealed that the reigning MVP has been playing through the injury for several weeks. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the injury “flared up yesterday after Braun started against the Rangers.” Braun is expected to sit out tomorrow…

  19. Of course you want a five-pound fish sandwich at a ballgame

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Captain Ahab

    Every spring we hear about food gimmicks at the ballpark. Giant burgers. Burgers with glazed donuts for buns. Stuff like that.  It’s almost always red meat, however, so I can only assume that the pescatarians are behind this one from the Lake County Captains of the Midwest League: The Moby Dick features a 15″ sesame…

  20. Paul Goldschmidt: “I enjoy numbers in the business sense”

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has an interesting article about Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who was a finance major in college and had to pass up a scheduled offseason internship “shadowing a financial investor” after he was called up in August and played into October. And it sure sounds like the 24-year-old first baseman is a…

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