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  1. Carl Crawford admits he likely pushed himself too soon following wrist surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    Carl Crawford was shut down and put on anti-inflammatory medication yesterday after suffering a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist. The high-priced outfielder told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this morning that the setback was likely the result of pushing himself too soon, especially after participating in bunting drills. “Bunting didn’t help it,” he…

  2. Padres and Cameron Maybin agree to five-year extension with club option for 2017

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that the deal is official. Crasnick also notes that Maybin’s desire for a no-trade clause was denied because the Padres have a club policy against giving no-trade clauses. 12:05 PM: Corey Brock of MLB.com confirms that the deal is worth $25 million. Sounds like a potential bargain…

  3. Freddie Freeman making quick progress from knee injury

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Freddie Freeman is making quick progress after partially disclocating his right kneecap Tuesday while doing pick drills at first base. Freeman hit off a tee and took live batting practice earlier today, after which he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he didn’t even think about his knee. “I let it loose and…

  4. Dan Runzler to see Dr. James Andrews for strained lat muscle

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that left-hander Dan Runzler will leave Giants’ camp tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews in Florida regarding a strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder. Runzler originally strained the lat in the final game of the regular season last year and aggravated the injury while throwing a bullpen…

  5. Cubs’ president Theo Epstein sees opportunity with the additional wild card

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    MLB made expanded playoffs official yesterday, a decision which will undoubtedly have a major impact on how general managers will approach things leading up to the trade deadline this year. We are likely to have more buyers than ever before while players on the handful of sellers could come at a premium cost. New Cubs’…

  6. Chris Carter signs with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

    Chris Carter Getty

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes that former major league outfielder Chris Carter is now playing with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League. Carter is best known for being traded from the Red Sox to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Billy Wagner deal in August of 2009.…

  7. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

  8. Matt Moore scheduled for bullpen session today

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    The Rays have been extra careful with prized left-hander Matt Moore this week as he dealt with a lower abdominal strain, but he is finally close to getting back on a mound. Moore has played catch each of the last three days without incident and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’s…

  9. Royals’ reliever Jeremy Jeffress was arrested in January following a domestic dispute

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Jeffress Getty

    According to the Associated Press, Royals right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was arrested last month in Arizona following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Jeffress, who was acquired from the Brewers last offseason as part of the Zack Greinke trade, was booked for assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct. The first two charges were dismissed, but Jeffress…

  10. New Astros GM says the Rangers are spending like “drunken sailors” in Latin America

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Luhnow

    UPDATE: Astros’ general manager Jeff Luhnow told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he shouldn’t have used “drunken sailors” to describe the Rangers’ activity in Latin America. He also clarified his comments by saying that his point “was more about the magnitude of their investment prior to future limitations. Not saying it’s a bad…

  11. Bryan Petersen emulates Logan Morrison in all of the wrong ways

    Mar 2, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Bryan Petersen

    The Marlins have a second outfielder whose tweets they may need to worry about. Bryan Petersen, a 25-year-old outfielder with a shot of making the team as a bench player this spring, tweeted the following this evening: For those of u who think u have to hit .330 with 30 and 100 to have a…

  12. Dodgers, Giants, Mariners would have benefited most from 10-team playoffs

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    CSN Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz worked it all out; if the new 10-team playoffs had been the standard since the wild card was introduced in 1995, the Dodgers, Giants and Mariners all would have reached the postseason an additional four times during the span. The Red Sox, who made the postseason in nine of the 17…

  13. Mariners hit five homers to win Cactus League opener

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Carlos Peguero, Jesus Montero

    The Phillies played Florida St. on Wednesday and there were three more exhibitions between Florida-based MLB teams and colleges today, but the spring season officially started later in the afternoon, with the Mariners and A’s squaring off in the Cactus League opener. As one would assume with such noted powerhouses playing each other, there were…

  14. The fish — the real fish — have arrived at the Marlins new ballpark

    Mar 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Via our friend Rick Chandler over at Off The Bench, we learn that the second weirdest element of the Marlins’ new ballpark has arrived.  The live fish in the fish tanks behind home plate: Of course the weirdest thing in the place is that robotic sculpture home run thing.  But I have this feeling that’s…

  15. Paul Konerko was in the stands for the Robin Ventura-Nolan Ryan beatdown

    Mar 2, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Ventura

    I never get tired of thinking about the Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura fight. And now that Ventura is managing the White Sox, people are finding occasion to talk about it all again. Over at CSNChicago.com, Chuck Garfien has a new angle on it. Seems that one of Ventura’s players — Paul Konerko — was at the…

  16. Evan Longoria aiming to return from bruised hand Monday

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria went for X-rays yesterday after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his right hand, but he was diagnosed with merely a bruise and is now hoping to resume playing Monday. Longoria told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that as soon as the swelling goes down and he’s able to pick up a bat he’ll…

  17. The Marlins are interested in Vlad Guerrero? Really?

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Not much to this story, but Vladimir Guererro told Dominican newspaper El Caribe that the Marlins have expressed interest in him as a bench player. You know, to DH. Oh, wait, can’t do that in the NL.  Or to be a backup outfielder. Oh wait, he doesn’t play defense anymore either. Look, I’m sure there’s something…

  18. A movie about Dummy Hoy? Sure, why not?

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dummy Hoy

    A guy from here in Columbus, Ohio has written a movie about Dummy Hoy, the man who played for 14 years in the majors in the late 19th and early 20th century, stealing over 500 bases despite being deaf. The name: “The Silent Natural”: Steve Sandy of Columbus has a screenplay ready for a movie…

  19. Carl Crawford had a setback in recovery from wrist surgery

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford was not able to swing a bat today and has resumed taking medication after experiencing a setback in his recovery from left wrist surgery. Crawford told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that the setback occurred when he was practicing bunting Wednesday and the medication is for inflammation in the wrist. As recently…

  20. Quote of the Day: Ivan Nova feels closer to Mark Teixeira

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Yankees pitcher Nova reacts after getting the Tigers out to end fifth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Out of context, this quote is tender and sweet. Like, I picture Teixeira riding on the handlebars of Nova’s bike and then them having a picnic: “I saw Teix today in a way that I could have never imagined,” pitcher Ivan Nova said. “You should have seen him. I couldn’t stop smiling. It made me…

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