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  1. Adam LaRoche’s surgically repaired shoulder is not at full strength

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    laroche swing

    After missing out on Prince Fielder the Nationals are fully committed to Adam LaRoche at first base despite his missing most of last season following shoulder surgery. LaRoche played catch from 150 feet today, which is the furthest he’s thrown since going under the knife in May, and but afterward told Adam Kilgore of the…

  2. Omar Vizquel: “This will likely be my last year”

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com was on hand today when Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel said today that 2012 will likely be his last year: “This will likely be my last year.  My motivation is to challenge myself to play another year. I know every year it starts to get a little harder for yourself and…

  3. Jose Canseco is having a good day

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Wonka

    Sometimes, on his Twitter feed, Jose Canseco sounds really sad and depressed. Some days, however, he’s the most optimistic, upbeat guy in the world. I’m no psychiatrist, but I’m going to assume that swinging back and forth between such extremes — between such poles, as it were — is nothing but healthy.  All that mania…

  4. Russell Martin, Yankees still discussing long-term deal

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    That can't be good for his back

    UPDATE: Martin’s agent told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees are now pitching the idea of figuring out a three-year deal that would cancel out his one-year contract, but “negotiations are in the early stages.” ========== Russell Martin and the Yankees avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $7.5 million contract back in…

  5. Hey look: another misleading “the Mets have sold a bunch of minority shares” story!

    Feb 23, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Once or twice a month we get a new story about how the Mets have sold several of those minority stakes they’ve been peddling for close to a year. The stories always have a bit of an optimistic “we’re almost there!” spin to them.  The latest appeared yesterday as the Newsday — and then the…

  6. Jason Isringhausen’s minor-league deal is worth at least $700,000 if he makes Angels

    Feb 23, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Yesterday the Angels and Jason Isringhausen agreed to a minor-league contract and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the deal is worth between $700,000 and $1 million in guaranteed money if he cracks the Opening Day roster. DiGiovanna and other reporters covering the Angels seem to think that’s likely, and general manager…

  7. Cardinals “re-engage” in contract talks with Yadier Molina

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    Earlier this week Yadier Molina said that long-term contract negotiations with the Cardinals had stopped, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides have “re-engaged” in talks. Molina has made it clear that he won’t discuss a deal once spring training is over and he’ll be a free…

  8. Back tightness is the new oblique strain

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Back pain

    Remember last year how we couldn’t go a day in spring training without hearing about strained oblique muscles?  Yeah, that was great.  This year we have a new fashionable muscle strain: starting pitcher backs. Tim Lincecum the other day, Clayton Kershaw yesterday.  Today it’s Wandy Rodriguez. Will back strains become as popular as strained obliques?…

  9. Ozzie Guillen says Hanley Ramirez will stay at third base even if Jose Reyes is injured

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    hanley getty

    Now that Hanley Ramirez has put to rest all the offseason speculation about his willingness to play third base the next question is whether the Marlins would move him back to shortstop if Jose Reyes is on the disabled list. Ozzie Guillen gave a pretty adamant “no” to that question today, telling Clark Spencer of…

  10. Roy Oswalt is probably going to pull a Roger Clemens, come back mid-season

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Roy Oswalt still plans on making an announcement later today, but Jerry Crasnick has some inside dirt:  Oswalt is likely going to pull a Roger Clemens and come back in the middle of the season: Oswalt, 34, has told teams that he plans to keep throwing, stay ready and would be willing to return during…

  11. MLB Network is going to mic-up players for a spring training game

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    mic

    I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but one of my favorite 1990s baseball things is watching Braves games on TBS and hearing a constant flow of Greg Maddux F-bombs through that networks’ seemingly over-sensitive field mics.  That doesn’t seem to happen very much these days. Maybe because players are more refined than Greg Maddux…

  12. Justin Verlander has his own cereal now

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    justin verlander cereal

    Sure, winning the Cy Young and MVP awards were nice, but Justin Verlander‘s outstanding 2011 season has led to something even bigger and more exciting: He has his own cereal. Verlander appears on the box for a special-edition cereal called “Fastball Flakes” that will be sold in Michigan to raise money for the local VA…

  13. Bill Lee is dubious of Oil Can Boyd’s claims

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Bill Lee

    No one believes it when someone like Ronald Belisario or Ron Washington says that they did cocaine only once. Seems that Bill Lee doesn’t believe Oil Can Boyd’s claim that he did cocaine hundreds of times: Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee, appearing on WEEI’s Planet Mikey show recently with good friend Mike Adams, spoke…

  14. Would the Angels use Albert Pujols at third base?

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    Mark Trumbo has never played third base in a professional game, majors or minors, so the Angels’ plans to use him at the hot corner this spring and perhaps regularly during the season raised the question of whether they might do the same with Albert Pujols. Pujols, unlike Trumbo, actually has plenty of third base…

  15. Bryan LaHair is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Bryan LaHair was the MVP of the Pacific Coast League last year.  Yes, Iowa is in the Pacific Coast League. Just let it go. But he’s not content to rest on those laurels. He’s cranking it to 11, BSOHL-style! “I’m about as ready as I can be,” he said. “I’m probably in the best shape…

  16. Bobby Jenks was “leaking spinal fluid” from “an error done inside” during nightmare back surgery

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks was placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Red Sox earlier this week following two back surgeries and a pulmonary embolism, and today the reliever shared the details of his nightmarish offseason with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Once he was recovered from the pulmonary embolism Jenks underwent spinal surgery in…

  17. Pirates President Frank Coonelly was arrested for DUI back in December

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Frank Coonelly

    From Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, we learn that Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to drunken driving. Coonelly was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged him with drunken driving, driving the wrong way, careless driving and driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least .16.  That is some big…

  18. GM: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal”

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Roy Oswalt is expected to make his long-awaited decision today and finally sign with a team, but in the meantime we know one place where he won’t be going: St. Louis. General manager John Mozeliak appeared on AM-590 in St. Louis this morning and said: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal.” Joe…

  19. You’re not gonna believe this, but Elijah Dukes was arrested again

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    We all have to change our “days since Elijah Dukes was arrested” signs back to zero: Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested early Thursday after he tried to eat a plastic bag of marijuana and had marijuana blunt tucked behind his ear, police said … He faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of…

  20. True to his word, Carlos Beltran will pay for Jon Niese’s nose job

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Jon Niese showed up to spring training earlier this week with a reconstructed schnoz, relaying the story of how former Mets teammate Carlos Beltran encouraged him to get a nose job and even offered to pay for the operation. That was before Beltran got traded to the Giants around midseason, but apparently he’s living up…

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