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  1. Timetable for Brian Roberts’ return from concussion unclear

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since May 16 of last season, but there’s still no timetable for his return from multiple concussions. Roberts has progressed to taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, and Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the second baseman now has more good days than bad days, but that means…

  2. Mariano Rivera, seemingly leaning toward retirement, may reveal post-2012 plans at midseason

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Last month Mariano Rivera was coy about his future beyond this season, saying he’d already come to a decision but wasn’t going to share it publicly. That led to some speculation that he plans to retire and Rivera’s comments to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post today would seemingly strengthen those beliefs. Asked when…

  3. Neil Walker out with back injury, not close to contract extension with Pirates

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    Neil Walker was a last-minute subtraction from the Pirates’ lineup today because of lower back soreness. For now the Pirates are saying he’s likely to miss just 2-3 days, but it’ll be something to keep an eye on throughout camp. Walker played 159 of a possible 162 games last season, but saw his production decline…

  4. Brandon Inge is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    You’d figure that with the games beginning and there being actual baseball stuff to talk about that BSOHL stories would have stopped by now, but they still keep trickling in. To wit: Peter Gammons on Tigers second baseman (I suppose) Brandon Inge: Inge worked out all winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing mixed martial arts…

  5. NBC SportsTalk: Torii Hunter wouldn’t take the bait

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    I interviewed Torii Hunter at Angels camp yesterday. He wouldn’t take the bait when I asked him if L.A. is truly an Angels town now. That’s probably because he’s a pro and knows how not to step in it when some jerk member of the media asks a question designed to create controversy. Oh well.…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:51 AM EDT

    TT Roadhoue

    After I left the ballpark yesterday afternoon I came back to my hotel and placed my health first among all other things. First, I moved into my new non-smoking room, which was good for my lungs. Then I went to the fitness center and ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes which was good for…

  7. Corey Hart out 3-4 weeks following knee surgery

    Mar 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    Corey Hart is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing successful surgery this morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. This is the same timetable that was originally estimated by the Brewers over the weekend. Hart hasn’t ruled out the possibility of being ready for Opening Day, but…

  8. Minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    dominican republic

    MLB announced earlier this afternoon that minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado was suspended 50 games for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Hurtado, a 17-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, just signed with the Cardinals last month. However, his contract has already been terminated. Ben Badler of Baseball America notes…

  9. Josh Hamilton sees himself eventually moving to first base

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Interviewed on ESPN 103.3 radio Tuesday, Josh Hamilton said he sees himself having another four years in the outfield before moving to first base. Hamilton, 30, is expected to play left field rather than center this year in an effort to save wear and tear on his body. Injuries have limited him to 89, 133…

  10. David Wright won’t make spring debut until at least next week

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    david wright pose getty

    The Mets decided over the weekend to hold David Wright out of the first two games of the Grapefruit League schedule due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. He has downplayed the severity of the issue all along, but it’s clear that the Mets aren’t taking any chances. According to Adam…

  11. Dan Duquette might butt heads with Peter Angelos on trades

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    A lot of MLB teams are nervous about trading with teams within their division, but perhaps no club has been quite so paranoid as the Orioles under owner Peter Angelos. The last significant deal they made with an AL East team was in 2006, when they traded reliever Chris Britton to the Yankees for Jaret…

  12. Freddie Freeman returns to lineup, says knee “feels great”

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    Initially when Freddie Freeman dislocated his right knee cap on February 28 the fear was that he’d miss several weeks, but instead the Braves first baseman has made a rapid recovery. Freeman rejoined the lineup today, playing four innings, and afterward told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his knee “feels great right…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: It finally feels like baseball

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Angels Equipment Bag

    Maybe you don’t have to be at a ballpark on a 75 degree day in March in order for it to feel like baseball season, but it sure does help.  Because I gotta tell ya, I’m feeling baseball today. My last actual working duty of the day happened a few minutes ago. I interviewed Torii…

  14. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Francisco_Juan

    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  15. Colby Rasmus trying to keep his father out of his game

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus; Adam Lind

    The influence exerted by father and former coach Tony Rasmus always got a big part of the blame when the relationship between Colby Rasmus and the Cardinals went south. Colby, for his part, doesn’t want to see the same thing happen in Toronto. “I’m trying not to talk to him a whole lot,” Rasmus said…

  16. Negotiations between Cole Hamels and Phillies “are heating up”

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels‘ agent is in Florida this week and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that long-term contract negotiations with the Phillies “are heating up.” According to Salisbury, agent John Boggs has already met with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. once and plans to do so again later this week. Asked to describe the present status…

  17. Cuban defector Leonys Martin left out of Rangers’ center field competition

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin, Mike Dayly, Jon Daniels

    The Rangers spent far more than anyone expected to land 23-year-old Cuban defector Leonys Martin last year, signing him for $15.5 million over five years. He was generally impressive in the minors in his U.S. debut, but manager Ron Washington told the Dallas Morning News today that he’s still not close to helping the team:…

  18. Picture of the Day: Thanks for the $51.5 million

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    mccutchen and bob nutting

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review snapped this shot of Andrew McCutchen, fresh off his $51.5 million contract extension, chatting with the man who’ll be signing his paychecks, Pirates owner Bob Nutting:

  19. Johan Santana throws two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon and threw two scoreless innings against the Cardinals. It was Santana’s first game action since pitching in the instructional league in October and his first appearance against major league competition since undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule muscle in his left shoulder of September of…

  20. Michael Morse scratched from Nationals lineup with lat strain

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was a last-minute scratch from the Nationals’ lineup today with a strained lat muscle. He’s listed as day-to-day for now, but lat strains tend to linger. Bryce Harper replaced Morse in the lineup today, but presumably the Nationals wouldn’t let the injury impact Harper’s timetable unless Morse was sidelined for an extended period.…

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