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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Rays place Matt Bush on restricted list

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Livan Hernandez released by Astros, signs with Braves

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    UPDATE: Surprisingly enough, it didn’t take Hernandez long to find another gig. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’s signing with the Braves, who for some reason prefer the 37-year-old soft-tosser to their various inexperienced prospects. Good thing Calcaterra is on vacation today. ========== Once thought to be a near-lock for the Astros’ rotation, Livan…

  8. When chanting “Let’s go Blue Jays” is an insult

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    My hockey counterpart James O’Brien reminds us that the Blue Jays will never be the number one game in Toronto, but they certainly can serve as the basis of an insult: If starting their 15th goalie of the post-lockout era wasn’t a strong enough sign that things are bad for the Toronto Maple Leafs, then Thursday’s humorous…

  9. Kevin Kouzmanoff fails to make Royals, sent to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kevin Kouzmanoff spent part of last season at Triple-A and he’ll begin this season back in the minors, as the Royals sent him down as part of their latest round of cuts. Kouzmanoff hasn’t been the same since the Padres traded him in January of 2010, which is odd because calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home…

  10. Frank McCourt will get no parking revenue from the Dodgers

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt made his bones with a big parking lot in Boston. And, as his days as the Dodgers owner dwindled, there was talk that he would continue to maintain ownership over the parking lots of Dodger Stadium, thereby continuing to hold the team hostage in his own special parking lot troll way. But nope,…

  11. Angels send 20-year-old top prospect Mike Trout to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout played 40 games in the majors last season, but with the Angels’ first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam already causing them to shop Bobby Abreu and move Mark Trumbo to third base there was no room for him in the lineup. Today the team made official what has been expected all spring, optioning Trout…

  12. Springtime Storylines: What did the Mat Latos deal do for this team?

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Yonder Alonso

    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 San Diego Padres. The Big Question: What did the Mat Latos deal for this team? We are seeing fewer…

  13. Become a part of the Wisdom of Crowds

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Crowds

    Tom Tango is big on crowd-sourcing. In the past he has asked readers for personalized scouting reports, but he does other stuff along those lines too.  Including this, his Community Forecast, which determines how often each player on a given team is expected to play. There are many applications for this kind of data, be…

  14. Prosecutors drop Manny Ramirez’s domestic violence case because his wife “was uncooperative”

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Juliana Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping his wife in September, but TMZ reports that Florida prosecutors have dropped the case. Asked why, a representative for the State Attorney’s Office told TMZ: “The state dropped the charge because the victim was uncooperative. She successfully avoided being served with a state…

  15. Jason Isringhausen makes Angels’ bullpen at age 39

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen didn’t sign a minor-league deal with the Angels until late February, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 39-year-old right-hander will be in the Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen will get at least $700,000 for cracking the roster and has further incentives based on appearances after throwing 47 innings with…

  16. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    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 Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  17. Trade off? Bobby Abreu is in the Angels’ lineup today

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Late last night several reports had Bobby Abreu all but traded to the Indians, but this morning a deal seemed far less certain and now Abreu is actually in the Angels’ lineup for this afternoon’s game. That may not mean anything in terms of him eventually being traded, as removing a player from a spring…

  18. Tony La Russa to get $2.5 million a year to … do something

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    If hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen had been the successful bidder for the Dodgers, Tony La Russa was going to be the team president. That didn’t happen, though, so La Russa needs something to do. He got it: Typo correction: La Russa’s deal with major league baseball not yet announced, will pay him about $2.5…

  19. Red Sox expect Carl Crawford to miss all of April

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Most of the updates about Carl Crawford‘s recovery from wrist surgery have involved setbacks or delays this spring, and now Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes: “Don’t expect Crawford to join the Red Sox before May.” That’s not an official timetable, at least not yet, but according to Abraham he’s yet to take batting…

  20. Wait, Michael Pineda may not make the Yankees rotation now?

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pineda warms up on the mound during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater

    There has been an insane amount of attention paid to Michael Pineda this spring. First his weight, then his velocity. Now, if you can believe it, there are questions about whether he even makes the team: To answer some questions: I think there is a better chance than not that Pineda is in rotation, but…

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