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  1. Pujols’ absence likely to be on the longer end of that 4-6 week time frame

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols

    Yesterday when the Cardinals announced Albert Pujols‘ absence they cited a four-to-six week time frame for his absence. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting, however, that one shouldn’t get too optimistic about all of that: Am told Pujols needs 4 weeks in cast but may need longer wait for baseball-related activies. Mid-August…

  2. Phil Hughes to make two more rehab starts

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    hughes wide reuters

    Joe Girardi confirmed yesterday that Phil Hughes will make two more rehab starts, probably one at Double-A Trenton and one at Triple-A Scranton, after which — assuming everything goes well — he could be back with the Yankees before the All-Star break. As we mentioned over the weekend, Hughes struck out seven batters and hit…

  3. Ozzie Guillen’s ejection was pretty hilarious

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    For what it’s worth, I think Ozzie Guillen had a good point when he argued that Alexi Ramirez was wrongfully called out on what looked like a foul ball in last night’s Cubs-White Sox game. But his argument and ejection were awesome, mostly for the reaction of Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto when Guillen kicked his…

  4. Derek Jeter to resume baseball activities this week

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Joe Girardi told the sporting press yesterday that Derek Jeter — who stands six hits shy of 3,000 —  is expected to resume baseball activities this week and is hopeful that he can return from the disabled as soon as he’s eligible on June 29. Jeter’s strained right calf is the kind of thing that can…

  5. McCourt willing to sell a minority stake in the Dodgers? Yeah, good luck with that.

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    After a day in which the Dodgers mess got messier, word seeps out that Frank McCourt is mulling — had mulled? will mull? — selling a minority stake in the team in order to infuse the organization with cash and preserve his place in the ownership chair. Of course this is all too little too…

  6. Braves’ Prado ‘not close to being ready’ to return

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:41 AM EDT

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    Follow @bharks Martin Prado, who underwent surgery on June 10 to remove a staph infection from his lower right leg and left knee, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, that’s not going to happen soon. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Prado is “not…

  7. Chipper Jones “never wanted Yunel to leave” the Braves

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones Yunel Escobar Getty

    The Braves kicked off an interleague series against the Blue Jays tonight, so a natural topic of conversation before the game was Yunel Escobar‘s return to Atlanta. It wasn’t too long ago that Escobar was considered the Braves’ long-term solution at shortstop, but he was traded to the Blue Jays last July along with left-hander…

  8. Shaun Marcum still uncertain for Wednesday start

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Boston Red Sox

    Shaun Marcum‘s status for his next scheduled start is still up in the air. Marcum, who left Friday’s start against the Red Sox after just one inning with a left hip flexor strain, threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Marcum was cleared to throw…

  9. White Sox GM won’t rock the boat by promoting Dayan Viciedo

    Jun 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Dayan Viciedo

    While acknowledging the fine job the Cuban defector was doing at Triple-A Charlotte, White Sox GM Ken Williams said there isn’t currently any place for him on the major league roster. Manager Ozzie Guillen insisted last week that Juan Pierre was his left fielder and leadoff hitter for as long as he’s on the team,…

  10. Frank McCourt’s attorney calls rejection of FOX deal “potentially destructive” to Dodgers and MLB

    Jun 20, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s attorney Steve Susman has released a statement in response to commissioner Bud Selig’s rejection of the proposed television deal between the Dodgers and FOX. And predictably, they aren’t very happy. Here’s part of the statement, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times: “We are extremely disappointed with the Commissioner’s rejection of the proposed FOX…

  11. Rich Harden strikes out side twice in first rehab start

    Jun 20, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Rich Harden pitched three hitless innings and fanned six while walking just one Monday in his first rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento. Harden, who has been on the DL since the beginning of the season with a shoulder strain, threw 30 of his 42 pitches for strikes. The A’s may well have used Harden as…

  12. Adrian Gonzalez willing to play outfield to make room for David Ortiz

    Jun 20, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    Expectations were that either the AL’s third-best or fourth-best hitter would have to be held out of the lineup when the Red Sox start a nine-game road trip in National League parks on Friday.  There is an alternative, though. Adrian Gonzalez said he’s willing to move to right field to make room for David Ortiz…

  13. Suspect in Bryan Stow beating to be detained for ten more months

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    This morning we noted that Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect in the Bryan Stow beating, could have been released today, because all they have him on right now is a potential parole violation, and because he has not yet been charged with any Stow-related crimes. Well, he isn’t going anywhere for a while, because he was found…

  14. Why did Selig reject the Dodgers-Fox deal? Because it was more looting of the team by Frank McCourt

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    The primary reason the Dodgers are in the boat they’re in right now is because Frank and Jamie McCourt took some $100 million out of the organization for personal use, carved up the team into individual components and leveraged it all to the hilt. Bud Selig has just released his official statement regarding why Major…

  15. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    I posted a look at some honorable mentions yesterday, but here’s the real countdown of the winter’s top 111 free agents. I’m including pretty much everyone except for a few locks. I am assuming that the Yankees and Cardinals will exercise their respective options on Robinson Cano and Yadier Molina. Also, I’m having a hard time…

  16. In first day on the job Jack McKeon benches Hanley Ramirez

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    jack mckeon marlins

    Jack McKeon wasted no time making his presence felt as Edwin Rodriguez’s replacement, as the 80-year-old’s first lineup since returning as Marlins manager doesn’t include Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has dealt with back problems for much of the season, but told reporters that he’s healthy and confused by not starting tonight. McKeon explained to Clark Spencer…

  17. MLB had a huge attendance weekend

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    old turnstile

    Major League Baseball has been suffering from a bit of an attendance decline this year, partially due to the weather, partially due to a wildcat strike by fans against the Dodgers and partially due to unknown causes, be they economic or what have you.  This past weekend, however, was a humdinger at the box office.…

  18. Rockies activate Dexter Fowler from DL, send him to Triple-A

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    As expected, the Rockies have activated Dexter Fowler from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A instead of bringing the center fielder back to the big-league roster. Fowler’s abdominal injury actually kept him from being demoted to Triple-A last month and since then the Rockies have repeatedly talked about the switch-hitter needing to improve…

  19. NL All-Star ballot update: Pujols remains tops at first, but for how long?

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    Major League Baseball just announced the latest vote tallies for the National League All-Stars. In light of today’s news, the totals at first base are the most notable: Albert Pujols leads Joey Votto 2,806,864 to 2,270,211. Obviously the vote totals don’t reflect the fact that Pujols was knocked out yesterday and only announced as being unavailable for…

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