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  1. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse

    Mar 18, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters at the start of spring training that he was open to the idea of Bryce Harper earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. But it was a longshot from the start, and any hope of it happening has now been crushed. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s…

  2. Chris Carpenter throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 18, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter took a big step in the right direction Sunday, throwing two simulated innings to a group of teammates in camp. Carpenter was diagnosed earlier this month with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and has not yet appeared in a Grapefruit League game. But he’s beginning to make progress and…

  3. Kendrys Morales to make Cactus League debut Tuesday

    Mar 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Good news out of Halos camp in Tempe, Arizona. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels slugger Kendrys Morales is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday vs. the Rockies, after he plays one final minor league game Monday. Morales has been in recovery mode from an ankle injury for nearly 22 months. He…

  4. David Robertson expected to return to games this week

    Mar 18, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Yankees setup man David Robertson hasn’t thrown a pitch in a Grapefruit League game since making his debut against the Phillies on March 5. But he should be ready to change that by the end of this week. According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, Robertson threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning in Yankees…

  5. A’s Joey Devine to open season on 15-day disabled list

    Mar 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s announced Sunday morning in camp that reliever Joey Devine is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to lingering soreness in his right biceps muscle. Devine is believed to be making progress, but he has yet to throw…

  6. Michael Morse (lat strain) shut down for at least a week

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken recently on Michael Morse‘s strained right lat muscle revealed no significant structural damage. But that positive development hasn’t really meant all that much for the 29-year-old slugger. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Morse won’t be cleared to resume baseball activities “for at least a week” due to lingering discomfort on his…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes turned down six-year offer from Cubs

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    From Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned down a six-year, $36 million contract offer from the Cubs last month before inking his four-year, $36 million deal with the A’s. Wittenmyer explains: In addition to the significant difference in annual salary, the center fielder told his agent he…

  8. Nationals sign Xavier Nady to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that the Nationals have reached agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Xavier Nady. The deal does not come with an invitation to major league spring training, meaning the 33-year-old will be stationed in minor league camp in Viera, Florida with no chance of cracking the Opening…

  9. Jake Peavy goes five hitless in third Cactus League start

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was shelled for three earned runs on four hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut March 7 against the Brewers. Peavy then allowed six earned runs on eights hits to the A’s in his second Cactus League start — an outing that lasted just 2 1/3 innings. But he got…

  10. X-rays on Placido Polanco’s finger come back negative

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The Phillies received a bit of good news Sunday morning when, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, X-rays turned up negative on the left ring finger of infielder Placido Polanco. Polanco jammed the finger Saturday in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays while diving back to first base on a pickoff…

  11. Picture of the Day: Happy St. Paddy’s from Manny Ramirez

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    From the official Twitter account of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats comes this shot of Manny Ramirez wearing a leprechaun hat while signing autographs Saturday in A’s camp: Manny has a home run and a double but no other hits in 17 plate appearances this spring. The 39-year-old designated hitter is suspended for the first…

  12. Ryan Braun 1-for-15 on the spring after hitless Saturday

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun went 0-for-2 with a walk in Saturday’s Cactus League game vs. the Angels, leaving him 1-for-15 with three walks and five strikeouts through the first half of the 2012 exhibition schedule. It’s silly to over-analyze spring stats, but let’s just note that Braun batted .325/.372/.700 in 40 at-bats last February and March and…

  13. Carlos Quentin to get knee surgery Monday, out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Quentin has been experiencing knee discomfort since the beginning of spring training, and San Diego manager Bud Black told Hayes on Saturday that team…

  14. Chase Utley hopes to play in a game next week

    Mar 17, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Chase Utley finally broke his silence earlier this afternoon and while he didn’t say much, he told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he would like to play in a game next week. The Phillies always planned to bring Utley along slowly this spring due to his chronic right knee condition, but there are some minor…

  15. UPDATE: Royals inquire about Ivan Rodriguez, who is “not ready” to join team

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that, contrary to Heyman’s report, the Royals have not made an offer to Rodriguez or invited him to camp. The club has “inquired” about the veteran backstop, but have also looked into “20 or more” players. Hard to tell whether an official offer was ever actually…

  16. Josh Collmenter to open season in Diamondbacks’ starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

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    2011 first-round pick Trevor Bauer has stolen the show in Diamondbacks’ camp, posting a 2.57 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over seven innings during Cactus League action. We’ve heard multiple reports recently that the 21-year-old right-hander was being seriously considered for a spot in the starting rotation, but it appears his major league debut will…

  17. Placido Polanco sent for X-rays after leaving game with finger injury

    Mar 17, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

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    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Placido Polanco left this afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays with an injury to his left ring finger. He jammed the finger diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt. No word yet on his condition, but an extended absence is the last thing the Phillies need after…

  18. Red Sox release injured right-hander Carlos Silva

    Mar 17, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they have released Carlos Silva. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with Boston over the winter in hopes of competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but he failed to make an appearance this spring due to complications with a preexisting shoulder injury. Silva signed…

  19. The Rockies plan to discuss whether to sign Dontrelle Willis

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will discuss today whether to sign Dontrelle Willis, who was released by the Phillies yesterday after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring while dealing with arm fatigue. “It’s tough at this point in camp, but we…

  20. We’ll have a little less Vin Scully this season

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Vin Scully announced last August that he was returning for his 63rd season in the booth. He has routinely skipped road trips outside of National League West opponents in recent years, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the 84-year-old plans to limit his travels even further this season. The Dodgers are scheduled to play…

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