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  1. 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…

  2. David Price could return to Grapefruit League on Tuesday

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Mike Matheny “not real happy” with Marlins and MLBPA

    Mar 10, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals and Marlins had their Grapefruit League game in Jupiter, Florida halted on Saturday by a one-hour, 49-minute rain delay. During that delay the Fish got a little business done, holding a required MLB Players’ Association meeting in their clubhouse. These 30-minute meetings are held every year with every team, right around this time…

  7. Reds to meet with Brandon Phillips’ agents next week

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips told reporters upon arriving to Reds’ camp last month that he hadn’t spoken with the club about a possible contract extension since December. That’s about to change. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com this afternoon that he plans to meet with Phillips’ representatives when they arrive in Goodyear,…

  8. Are the Blue Jays interested in Joe Blanton?

    Mar 10, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Take from this what you will, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos scouted today’s Orioles-Phillies game. It’s possible he was just getting a look at a division rival, but Morosi notes that Anthopoulos left after Joe Blanton after was done pitching. Morosi writes that the Blue Jays…

  9. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  10. David Wright won’t make his Grapefruit League debut until at least next weekend

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    We heard on Monday that David Wright wouldn’t make his Grapefruit League debut this week due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. The Mets continue to express confidence that the 29-year-old third baseman is making progress, but he won’t be playing in a game anytime soon. According to Andy Martino of…

  11. Shaun Marcum to throw bullpen session on Sunday or Monday

    Mar 10, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Shaun Marcum was shut down on Monday after feeling lingering soreness in his right shoulder, but he’s close to getting back on a mound after long-tossing for a third straight day. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Marcum is expected to throw a bullpen session tomorrow or…

  12. Michael Pineda tops out at 93 mph during second spring outing

    Mar 10, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pineda pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Remember the panic over Michael Pineda’s velocity — or lack thereof — after he sat between 88-91 mph with his fastball during his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Phillies? He’s still nowhere near his average of 94.7 mph from last season, but he did make some progress this afternoon against the Braves. While Pineda…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: George Foster and Bert Campaneris say hello

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    Yeah, it’s another photo post. There really isn’t anything all that newsworthy happening today. At least before the game starts. So I give you two baseball legends, who are out on the concourse here at Phoenix Municipal signing autographs. First, George Foster, who was actually in a happy mood and was talking to little kids and being…

  14. Kendrys Morales close to making Cactus League debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard nothing but good things about Kendrys Morales so far this spring. That’s quite a contrast from this time last year, which Craig can vouch for first-hand. And while Morales has yet to make his Cactus League debut, he’s certainly moving in the right direction. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times,…

  15. Photos of the Day: Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes take BP

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    I know we already had a Photo of the Day. I don’t care. Batting practice was fun this morning. The pics are real. The dialogue, I made up. Manny Ramirez: See the ball, hit the ball. That’s all you gotta do, Yoenis. It’s really easy. Yoenis Cespedes:  I see the ball … Yoenis Cespedes: I…

  16. Kevin Mulvey is back with the Mets on a minor league contract

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Kevin Mulvey’s career has officially come full circle, as the Mets announced this morning that he has returned to the club on a minor league deal. Mulvey, who turns 27 in May, was a second-round pick of the Mets back in 2006 and was later dealt to the Twins along with Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training Coco Crisp is an anti-baldite too

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Yeah, it’s another equipment bag shot. At this point I probably need an intervention. If you see me out someplace, kneeling on a warning track, squaring up a photo of an equipment bag on the grass, you are authorized to knock me over and take my camera away from me. I’m at Phoenix Municipal Stadium…

  18. Braves’ right-hander Arodys Vizcaino sidelined with elbow inflammation

    Mar 10, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Arodys Vizcaino entered spring training as a strong candidate to make the Braves’ Opening Day roster as a reliever, but he’s currently sidelined with discomfort in his throwing elbow. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam showed only inflammation around the elbow and that Vizcaino will rest for a few days before being…

  19. Dodgers sign NFL player Jarrad Page to minor league contract

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have signed free agent NFL safety Jarrad Page to a minor league contract as an outfielder. As our friends at ProFootballTalk noted last weekend, Page recently attended an open tryout with the club. Page, who batted .233 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 46 strikeouts over…

  20. Buster Posey catches two innings in first game since collision last May

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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    We’ve provided pretty consistent updates on Buster Posey since his season ended last May with a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments following a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins. But after months of talking about the latest step in his rehab process, we finally have some baseball results to pass along. Posey caught two…

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