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  1. Shin-Soo Choo says DUI arrest has led to struggles at plate

    Jun 5, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Here’s an interesting note from the Associated Press concerning the recent offensive struggles of Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo: Choo believes he is thinking too much and trying too hard to make a good impression since he was charged with drunken driving. The note is not accompanied by any kind of quote from Choo, so…

  2. Red Sox activate John Lackey for Sunday start vs. A’s

    Jun 5, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    lackey face

    As expected, the Red Sox have activated right-hander John Lackey from the 15-day disabled list and will ask him to take the mound in Sunday’s series finale against the A’s. Temporary backup outfielder Josh Reddick was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a roster spot. Lackey spent about three weeks on the disabled list with…

  3. Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller now pitching at Double-A

    Jun 5, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    shelby miller pose

    The Cardinals selected Texas high school pitcher Shelby Miller with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, confident that his sharp high-90s fastball could one day make him a major league ace. That day may be coming soon. Miller was promoted to Double-A Springfield last week after opening the 2011 season with…

  4. Phil Hughes targeting early-July return to the major leagues

    Jun 5, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    hughes throws

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News passes along notice that Yankees starter Phil Hughes has been cleared to report to the team’s spring training complex in Tampa to continue his rehabilitation from right arm fatigue. He’ll arrive there Monday. Hughes has been traveling with his Yankees teammates for the past couple of weeks…

  5. Marlins likely to place Hanley Ramirez on disabled list Monday

    Jun 5, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez hasn’t improved since revealing to reporters last Monday that he couldn’t put his shoes on due to lingering discomfort in his lower back and upper left leg. According to Manny Navarro, beat writer for the Miami Herald, Ramirez is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday morning.…

  6. O’s prospect Manny Machado done rehabbing knee injury

    Jun 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    machado prospect

    Orioles shortstop prospect Manny Machado suffered a patella subluxation of his left knee in early May while playing in a game at Single-A Delmarva. He’s been rehabbing at the Orioles’ spring training complex for the past couple weeks and is just about ready to rejoin the Delmarva Shorebirds. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto, Albert Pujols

    We’re going to run a post like this one every Saturday and Sunday morning going forward as a kind of open thread for the previous day’s games. So, here goes nothing. Saturday’s box scores: Red Sox 9, Athletics 8 (14 innings) Dodgers 11, Reds 8 (11 innings) Rays 3, Mariners 2 Cardinals 5, Cubs 4…

  8. Pedro Alvarez could begin rehab assignment early next week

    Jun 4, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    alvarez getty

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez took another few steps in the right direction this week as he continues his recovery from a right quadriceps strain. According to Jenifer Langosch, beat writer for MLB.com, the young infielder has now played four games at extended spring training in Bradenton, Florida and could be cleared to begin a…

  9. Albert Pujols swiftly waking, hits walkoff homer to beat Cubs

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Whether caused by a hamstring injury, distractions related to his impending free agency, or simply the aging process, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a disappointing first two months. He’s on a mission to make June, July, August, September and October far more fruitful. Pujols finished 3-for-4 with four RBI in the Cardinals’ extra-innings defeat…

  10. Brandon Belt diagnosed with hairline fracture in left wrist

    Jun 4, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    belt getty

    You can forget all that talk about Brandon Belt‘s wrist injury being of the minor variety. According to the Giants’ official Twitter feed, the promising 23-year-old was diagnosed Saturday with a hairline fracture in his left wrist and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Belt was struck in the wrist by a pitch…

  11. Paul Konerko remains sidelined following minor wrist surgery

    Jun 4, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko had a loose bone fragment removed from his left wrist Friday afternoon during a minor surgical procedure. He’s not going to be placed on the disabled list, but the veteran is again out of the Pale Hose starting lineup Saturday against the Tigers and could rest up during Sunday’s…

  12. Joe Mauer to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jun 4, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    While Justin Morneau and Denard Span are out of the Twins’ starting lineup tonight due to injury, we at least have some encouraging news about the face of the franchise to pass along. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Joe Mauer will be the designated hitter tomorrow in his first minor league rehab…

  13. Orioles set to activate Derrek Lee from disabled list

    Jun 4, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Well, that was quick. After going 2-for-3 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A Bowie last night, the Orioles are set to activate Derrek Lee from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com writes that Lee will have to make it through batting practice…

  14. Buster Posey releases statement in response to Scott Cousins

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    Buster Posey injured

    According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Buster Posey just released the following three-paragraph statement: “I appreciate the continued support of Giants fans and others as I begin the process of working my way back. But in no way do I condone threats of any kind against Scott Cousins or his family.…

  15. Johnny Bench critiques Buster Posey’s positioning at home plate

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Johnny Bench

    This whole Buster Posey-Scott Cousins controversy will go away eventually. Though it’s taken entirely too long, everyone involved is beginning to say the right things. Adults acting like adults. What a concept? Still, when a Hall of Fame catcher like Johnny Bench weighs in on the situation, well, you have no choice but to give…

  16. UPDATE: Clay Buchholz on track for Yankees series despite back issue

    Jun 4, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tells us that Buchholz will indeed start against the Yankees next week. Apologies for the false alarm. Carry on, everyone. 2:02 PM: First the Yankees miss Dan Haren, now this? According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated this morning that Clay…

  17. Chipper Jones says Mets should build around David Wright

    Jun 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has some very important decisions to make about the future of the franchise in the coming weeks and months. Various scenarios have been discussed and speculated in the media, including the possibility of parting with both David Wright and Jose Reyes. Chipper Jones has been torturing the Mets on a…

  18. UPDATE: Rafael Furcal placed on disabled list with strained side

    Jun 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: The Dodgers just announced that Rafael Furcal and Jon Garland were placed on the disabled list while Ivan DeJesus Jr. and John Ely were called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. 12:00 PM: Another injury for the Dodgers’ infield? Shocking, I know. Rafael Furcal left last night’s game against the Reds after suffering an injury to…

  19. UPDATE: Jordan Schafer diagnosed with non-displaced sinus fracture

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jordan Schafer injured

    UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Schafer was diagnosed with a small non-displaced sinus fracture. The Braves will hold off on a roster move for now, but Matt Young and Joe Mather will likely see time in center field over the next few days. Wilkin Ramirez would likely be called up from…

  20. Report: Pirates expected to take Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    College World Series - Game One

    As opposed to the past two years, there isn’t an obvious No. 1 pick in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft. This has led to spirited debate about who the Pirates may select. Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole and Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen have been mentioned most frequently in the past few weeks,…

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