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  1. Michael Pineda headed to disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    Michael Pineda will officially begin his tenure as a Yankee on the disabled list. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Pineda was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis following an MRI this morning. The 23-year-old right-hander reported some soreness behind his right shoulder last night after being pounded for six runs on seven hits and three…

  2. Jed Lowrie’s thumb injury may land him on the disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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    X-rays and an MRI both came back negative after Jed Lowrie sprained his right thumb diving back into second base on a pickoff throw on Wednesday, but the Astros are still concerned that he might miss the start of the season. Lowrie took some ground balls and played catch yesterday, but Astros manager Brad Mills…

  3. Ted Lilly to begin season on disabled list following neck stiffness

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

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    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced yesterday that Ted Lilly will begin the season on the disabled list. The veteran left-hander hasn’t started a Cactus League game since March 16 due to neck stiffness and while he was able to throw a bullpen session without incident yesterday,…

  4. Orioles place right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported last night that Orioles have placed right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette downplayed the story initially, but Simon confirmed to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com this morning that he has indeed been placed on waivers. Simon, who is out of options this spring, struggled…

  5. Yu Darvish is pretty good, you guys

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    Yu Darvish had his latest tuneup for his official major league debut last night against the Rockies and boy was he impressive. Darvish threw 97 pitches and allowed three runs over six innings while striking out 11, walking one, throwing one wild pitch and hitting a batter. And this wasn’t some B-lineup the Rockies were…

  6. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer makes the Rockies starting rotation

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer has a history of defying the odds, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy announced last night that the 49-year-old left-hander has won a spot in the team’s starting rotation. He’ll start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Astros. Moyer, who is…

  7. Can Magic Johnson play third base?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Juan Uribe

    Because Juan Uribe is looking pretty much cooked. Fresh off an inaugural season with the Dodgers in which he hit .204/.264/.293 with four homers in 270 at-bats, Uribe is batting .231/.286/.282 in 39 at-bats this spring. It’s also a safe guess he wasn’t the subject of any “best shape of his life” articles after reporting…

  8. Michael Pineda complains of sore shoulder after rough night

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Update: Pineda complained of shoulder soreness after his outing tonight and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. It’s still not official, but now it seems pretty certain that he won’t be in the rotation to start the year. /// Michael Pineda is already hearing the boo-birds in pinstripes, without even having pitched in a regular-season…

  9. Padres sign Cory Luebke to contract extension

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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    After locking up center fielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley on long-term deals earlier this month, the Padres just announced a short while ago that they have signed left-hander Cory Luebke to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2016 and 2017. The deal could potentially cover all of his arbitration seasons and…

  10. Springtime Storylines: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory?

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    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 New York Mets. The Big Question: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory? How much hope can…

  11. Shaun Marcum tosses five scoreless innings in minor league game

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Shaun Marcum may be on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster, after all. After delivering three shutout frames in his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Dodgers, Marcum tossed five shutout innings in a minor league exhibition game this afternoon. He allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking none. Marcum has been slowed…

  12. Royals sign Alex Gordon to four-year, $37.5 million deal

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    Update: The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports the first four seasons are worth $37.5 million: $6 million in 2012, $9 million in 2013, $10 million in 2014 and $12.5 million in 2015. The Royals are paying more than they likely needed to for the next two years (Gordon was already signed for $4.775 million…

  13. Daniel Bard strikes out seven in final rotation audition

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront didn’t do much to make the Red Sox’s decision for them in their final bids for the two openings in the rotation. Bard followed the solid outings by Aceves and Doubront yesterday with six innings of three-run ball against the Twins on Friday. A Justin Morneau double was…

  14. Allen Craig to begin season on disabled list following offseason knee surgery

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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    There was some optimism last weekend that Allen Craig could potentially make the Cardinals’ roster as a bench player as he continues his rehab from offseason surgery on his right knee, but things have changed over the past few days. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Craig will be placed on the…

  15. Stephen Drew on return timetable from broken ankle: “It’s a slow process”

    Mar 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Stephen Drew was never expected to make it back from his broken ankle by Opening Day, but with the season starting next week there’s still no timetable for his return. Drew, who fractured his ankle and tore multiple ligaments in July, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that his recovery “is a slow process” and described…

  16. Mike Morse to begin season on disabled list with lat injury

    Mar 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    As expected Mike Morse will begin the season on the disabled list, with the Nationals making the move official today. Morse has been out since March 13 with a lat injury and received platelet-rich plasma injections as part of his treatment, but won’t have enough time to be ready by next week. Morse’s injury opens…

  17. MRI exam confirms no ligament damage for Jed Lowrie

    Mar 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Brad Mills, Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie probably won’t be so mad at Omar Infante for blocking second base now that he knows his thumb injury isn’t that serious. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that an MRI exam revealed no ligament damage, so the original diagnosis of a sprained right thumb will stick. Lowrie is considered day-to-day for…

  18. Rays place Matt Bush on restricted list

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman promised that Matt Bush would never play for the organization again following his latest arrest and today the former No. 1 overall pick was placed on the restricted list. For now that means he remains Rays property, but is no longer on the 40-man roster. Presumably…

  19. Gerald Laird leaves game with knee injury, may get MRI

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Gerald Laird had to be helped off the field after injuring his left knee in a collision with Don Kelly during today’s game. For now he’s been diagnosed with a sprain, but Tigers reporters watching in person described it as an ugly looking injury and Laird is expected to undergo an MRI exam. Alex Avila…

  20. Giants release Mike Fontenot, likely keeping Ryan Theriot

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Mike Fontenot and San Francisco avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.05 million deal in December, but the Giants have decided not to guarantee that salary by keeping him as a bench bat and instead released the veteran infielder. Fontenot played poorly last season, but got into 85 games and logged 252 plate appearances. Barring a…

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