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  1. Brandon Webb pulled off rehab with more shoulder issues

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

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    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along word that veteran right-hander Brandon Webb had to be pulled off his minor league rehab assignment Thursday after renewed inflammation was discovered in his rotator cuff. Webb surrendred five earned runs on eight hits during a 3 1/3-inning rehab start on Monday afternoon at Double-A Frisco.…

  2. Giants GM: If Scott Cousins “never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy…”

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    The Giants are still plenty upset about the late-May collision at home plate that caused an early end to catcher Buster Posey‘s 2011 season. Earlier this week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy reached out to Joe Torre, who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, and lobbied for a rule change. Now…

  3. Pablo Sandoval to begin rehab assignment Friday at Single-A

    Jun 2, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ official Twitter feed passed along some good news this evening on third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has been sidelined since late April due to a fractured right hamate bone. “Kung Fu Panda” is going to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday with Single-A San Jose. He will play two games there…

  4. 25 years ago today: Rod Carew announces his retirement

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Rod Carew 1986 Topps

    June 2, 1986 Officially ending his Hall of Fame career about six months after MLB owners did it for him, Rod Carew announced his retirement.  A victim of collusion after the 1985 season, Carew failed to get any suitable offers for what would have been his age-40 campaign.  Nine years later, he’d be awarded $782,000…

  5. Reliever Manny Delcarmen signs with Rangers

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen

    A day after requesting and receiving his release from the Mariners, former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen signed with the Rangers on Thursday.  It’s his fourth organization in the last year. Delcarmen, who was traded from Boston to Colorado last summer, had a 5.14 ERA and a 23/12 K/BB ratio in 28 innings for Triple-A…

  6. More injuries for Twins, as Jim Thome and Jason Kubel hit the disabled list

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Just when it looked like the Twins might be getting some positive news on the health front with Joe Mauer finally catching in extended spring training the team announced that Jim Thome and Jason Kubel are the latest members of the injury wrecked lineup to be placed on the disabled list. Thome and Kubel join…

  7. Players of the month announced

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Not a ton going on this afternoon, so hey, let’s pass along press-released news! MLB has announced its players, pitchers and rookies of the month. In the NL it’s Jay Bruce, Jair Jurrjens and Justin Turner, respectively.  In the AL it’s Jose Bautista, Jeremy Hellickson and … Jeremy Hellickson. They also announced a reliever of the…

  8. Joe Mauer catches three innings in extended spring training

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon, getting back behind the plate for the first time since being shut down in mid-April due to leg problems stemming from his offseason knee surgery. Mauer went 0-for-5 at the plate, but afterward told David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press that…

  9. The Pirates choke away a 7-0 lead, lose to the Mets 9-8

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    There has been some ugly baseball played in this Pirates-Mets series, and today may have been the ugliest. The Pirates had a 7-0 lead after three innings. The Mets’ comeback began conventionally enough with a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran. Then things got smaller and slightly unconventional in the sixth, with New York scoring runs…

  10. The “A-Rod’s cousin-gate” scandal is over

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Rodriguez_Alex

    This morning the Daily News reported that Major League Baseball was looking into the fact that Alex Rodriguez‘s PED-connected cousin, Yuri Sucart, was travelling with A-Rod and staying at the team hotel.  Everything is fine with that, however, says MLB’s Executive Vice-President Rob Manfred, who spoke with ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson: “Our position is, we…

  11. Picture of the Day: Braves reliever Peter Moylan and his fiancee model black dresses

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Peter Moylan has plenty of time on his hands following back surgery last month, so the Braves reliever tweeted a picture of his fiancee in the dress she’s wearing to the ESPY awards … and then tweeted a picture of himself wearing a similar dress. The double tattoo sleeves sticking out of a sleeveless dress…

  12. Rich Hill will need season-ending surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we saw Rich Hill leave the White Sox-Red Sox game after grabbing his left arm. Today the worst fears have been confirmed: Pete Abraham reports that Hill will need season-ending surgery.  The exact diagnosis is unknown, but the MRI he received yesterday confirmed that the injury was serious. Probably a ligament/Tommy John thing. Hill was…

  13. Royals stud prospect John Lamb needs Tommy John surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Heading into this season Baseball America ranked Kansas City left-hander John Lamb as the 18th-best prospect in MLB, but the Royals just announced that the 20-year-old former fifth-round pick will miss the remainder of season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Lamb was one of nine Royals prospects to crack Baseball America‘s top 100 list after…

  14. Ken Rosenthal: “the Mets damn sure should keep Jose Reyes and David Wright”

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    MLB:  AUG 09 Braves v Mets

    Should the Mets let Jose Reyes walk? Should they trade him at the deadline? Or should they just go in the other direction and keep Reyes and try to unload David Wright? Such a hard set of decisions! Or maybe not, because after reading Ken Rosenthal’s latest, I’m having a hard time disagreeing with him:…

  15. Darin Erstad is the new head baseball coach at Nebraska

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    darin erstad nebraska

    Darin Erstad, who played baseball and football at the University of Nebraska before the Angels made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, will soon be named the Cornhuskers’ new head baseball coach, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. Erstad is just 36 years old and only two years removed from…

  16. First-third awards: 2011 NL MVP

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    Now we’re on to the MVP awards. I’ll start with the more controversial of the two. Here are the league’s OPS leaders to date: 1.044 – Lance Berkman (OF STL): .329/.449/.595, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 0 SB in 158 AB 1.001 – Joey Votto (1B CIN): .338/.468/.532, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 4 SB in 201…

  17. Everything you ever wanted to know about the weather at Petco Park but were afraid to ask

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    I’m not a weather geek, buy my old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years, so I can speak their language.  And I’ve only been to San Diego a couple of times, but my brother lives there, so I can speak that language a little bit too.  So, of course, when there…

  18. Phil Hughes throws simulated inning, nears rehab assignment

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    ap hughes

    Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the only batter and he never actually took a swing, but technically Phil Hughes threw about 50 pitches in a simulated outing yesterday. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will face real hitters taking actual swings when he throws batting practice Saturday, at which point the…

  19. HBT Daily: Answering some Twitter questions

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    And now those questions that did make the cut, including one led me to answer with a bleeped profanity for the first time ever!

  20. Major League Baseball to end its investigation into Dodgers finances one week after next payroll comes due

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Why is it that I have this feeling that MLB would have ended its investigation into Dodgers finances this week had Frank McCourt not managed to make payroll on May 31st? Anyway, here’s Shaikin: The commissioner’s office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers’ finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said…

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