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  1. Charlie Morton is “ahead of schedule” after hip surgery

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Charlie Morton was a nice surprise for the Pirates last season, posting a 3.93 ERA in 172 innings after coming into the year with a 5.98 career mark, but he underwent hip surgery in October and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. However, manager Clint Hurdle said yesterday that Morton is “ahead…

  2. DAN UGGLA SMASH!!!!

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Florida Marlins

    Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has freakishly big arms. Just, giant iron-pumped guns, made to look all the bigger because he wears comically small jerseys with short short sleeves. I kinda love it. But it’s going to get even crazier this year. Because as Dave O’Brien of the AJC tweeted a few minutes ago, Uggla…

  3. Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for work

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jason Varitek is said to be leaning toward retirement, but the other 40-year-old catcher on the free agent market, Ivan Rodriguez, is still trying to land a gig for 2012. Rodriguez told the Associated Press that he’s been “working out every day in the gym” and “can still play” if a team gives him a…

  4. One writer really, really hates Manny Ramirez

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There were all manner of reactions to the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez yesterday, but the one that stood out to me the most was the reaction — across multiple tweets — from Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com. Miller is not at all pleased with the fact that Ramirez has a job now. And he has…

  5. Baseball America releases its annual top 100 prospects list

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    harper futures getty

    We previously linked to prospect rankings from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law of ESPN.com, and today the industry leaders at Baseball America released their annual top 100 prospects list. I won’t spoil all the fun, because you’ll want to check out the list and their analysis for yourself, but here’s their top…

  6. Tommy Hanson has a mild concussion, will be out a few days

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    hanson wide ap

    Following up on Tommy Hanson’s car wreck from yesterday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Hanson has a mild concussion and should miss a few days of workouts. David O’Brien of the AJC adds that it’s a Grade 1 concussion, which is the least serious flavor of concussion. He came to camp this morning but…

  7. Tony La Russa has big plans for his time in Tigers camp

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland

    Tony La Russa is in Tigers camp, spending his first spring training as a retiree by hanging out with his buddy Jim Leyland. He’s doing so in a non-official capacity, but as Tom Gage of the Detroit News notes La Russa still has some pretty big plans: Tony LaRussa in Tigers camp. Said his two…

  8. I think Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are going to kiss

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Love at first sight, courtesy of Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press: Maybe it was the way Prince Fielder showed up four days early for spring training. Or maybe it was the massive home run he hit during batting practice … Or maybe it was the way Fielder hung out in the clubhouse Monday morning and…

  9. Matt Moore will have no innings limit this year

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Matt Moore! [Rays GM Andrew] Friedman said rookie LHP Matt Moore’s innings will be watched but don’t have to be limited because he’s been “built up in a pretty systematic way” in the minors. Moore has one regular season major league start, but he had 201 strikeouts in 155…

  10. Joe Saunders is in The Best — and the sexiest — Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    But first, a word from Indians President Mark Shapiro.

  11. Brett Cecil is in The Best Shape of His Life; quotes Bruce Lee

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil, Scott Richmond

    Rumors of Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil‘s weight loss have floated around all winter, but today the Globe and Mail has a full report on it. And, unlike a lot of the BSOHL stories, this one is damn definitive and pretty impressive: Cecil has gone from 252 pounds last season to 219.  Which, on a…

  12. Cardinals won’t stretch out Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    OK, yeah, boring headline; this one probably won’t get a lot of clicks. But it rates as a pretty curious decision to me. New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he doesn’t plan to stretch out any of his relievers, a group that includes former starters Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs. In…

  13. Wade Davis isn’t thrilled with the possibility of pitching out of the bullpen

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    wade davis getty

    The Rays decided against cashing in on their starting pitching depth over the winter and will enter spring training with six realistic candidates for five spots. David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and top prospect Matt Moore are essentially locks for the rotation at this point, which means Wade Davis will compete with Jeff Niemann…

  14. Rockies have “handshake agreement” with manager Jim Tracy on extension

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Rockies announced this evening via their official Twitter account that they have a “handshake agreement” on a contract extension with manager Jim Tracy. No word on the exact details, but Tracy’s current contract was set to expire after this season. And so, the new deal will allow him to avoid the dreaded lame-duck status.…

  15. Zack Greinke not talking contract, says there’s “no reason” for him to have an agent

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Zack Greinke, who is representing himself after leaving CAA in December, said last month that he was open to discussing a contract extension with the Brewers. However, from his comments at Brewers’ camp today, it doesn’t appear as though a contract is in the front of his mind. According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee…

  16. Brian Wilson says elbow bothered him throughout 2011

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson made the All-Star team for a third time last season and didn’t go on the disabled list until mid-August, but he admitted Monday that his elbow was problem for most of the year. Asked why his strikeouts were down and his walks were up in 2011, Wilson replied, “Probably pitching with a hurt elbow…

  17. What Manny Ramirez brings the A’s

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Here’s was Oakland’s projected lineup two weeks ago: 2B Jemile Weeks – S CF Coco Crisp – S LF Seth Smith – L C Kurt Suzuki – R RF Josh Reddick – L 3B Scott Sizemore – R DH Brandon Allen – L 1B Daric Barton – L SS Cliff Pennington – S And here’s…

  18. Ryan Howard taking ground balls after torn Achilles

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Ryan Howard isn’t scheduled for his first media session of the spring until Wednesday, but it appears he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered on the final play of the Phillies’ season. According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard took some grounders on the field and also soft-toss…

  19. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    harper futures getty

    Bryce Harper is super-excited to be heading to big league camp. He is determined to make the most of things and, if he can at all help it, break camp with the big club.  And how’s he gonna do it?  He told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: “I’m going work as hard as I…

  20. Picture of the Day: Thanks for the $240 million!

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    pujols and moreno spring

    Albert Pujols‘ arrival at Angels camp was kind of a big deal and amid all the hoopla Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com snapped this picture of Pujols shaking hands with the man who gave him $240 million, Arte Moreno. (Moreno, incidentally, bought the Angels in 2003 … for $184 million.)

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