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  1. Brian Schneider pulled Wednesday with strained hamstring

    May 11, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

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    More bad injury news for the Phillies. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, catcher Brian Schneider was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after straining his left hamstring while running the bases. Dane Sardinha replaced him on the basepaths and will finish out the game behind the plate. Carlos Ruiz is…

  2. N.Y. Times: Doc used stem cells to treat Bartolo Colon’s injured shoulder

    May 11, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    It’s not often that a major league pitcher is going to prefer to have arm surgery in the Dominican Republic. It might have been necessary in this case, though. Bartolo Colon received injections of his own stem cells into his shoulder and elbow to treat a rotator cuff tear and ligament damage in a procedure…

  3. Stephen Strasburg nearly ready to begin throwing off mound

    May 11, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

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    Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty provided an update Wednesday afternoon in the Washington Post on rehabbing right-hander Stephen Strasburg: “Everything is going along fine,” said McCatty. “I know he’s close to throwing off the mound. I’m sure he’s getting close to it. I know there were some discussions about it. It will be shortly. Everything…

  4. Is it time for Reds to demote Edinson Volquez?

    May 11, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Even though he didn’t really excel in his first half-season back from Tommy John surgery, going 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 12 starts, Edinson Volquez was Reds manager Dusty Baker’s choice to start on Opening Day this year. And as it turned out, it worked just fine.  Volquez gave up five runs in six…

  5. Ryan Klesko rejoins Braves, won’t replace Jason Heyward

    May 11, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    In some serious need of outfield depth with Jason Heyward possibly facing a DL stint because of a sore right shoulder, the Braves have turned to former All-Star Ryan Klesko. To pitch batting practice. Klesko, who retired in 2007 after eight seasons with the Braves, seven with the Padres and one with the Giants, threw…

  6. Blue Jays grant outfielder Scott Podsednik his release

    May 11, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet passes along word that veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik has been granted his request for an unconditional release from the Blue Jays organization. Podsednik signed a minor league contract with the Jays over the winter that carried a potential $1 million in total value, but an old case of plantar fasciitis caught…

  7. Ryan Braun listed as “day-to-day” with left ankle contusion

    May 11, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Padres because of a left ankle contusion. The Brewers don’t think the condition is serious and are considering him “day-to-day.” That all comes from Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Braun, 27, has opened his fifth major league season with a sparkling .307/.392/.562…

  8. 10 years ago today: Rick Ankiel gets sent down

    May 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Having walked five and thrown two wild pitches the night before, Rick Ankiel was sent down to Triple-A Memphis on this day 10 years ago.  It’d be 3 1/2 years before he returned to the majors and six before he was back for good. After going 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA as a rookie, Ankiel experienced a…

  9. Hong-Chih Kuo returns to DL with psychological issue

    May 11, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dodgers setup man Hong-Chih Kuo, who had struggled since returning from a back strain on May 1, was placed back on the disabled list with what Los Angeles Times writer Dylan Hernandez has been told is a physcological issue. Hernandez says Kuo is experiencing a recurrance of the yips, which first struck back in 2009.…

  10. Victor Martinez collects three hits, three RBI in third straight

    May 11, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Victor Martinez has been red-hot since coming off the disabled list on May 5 and particularly so this week.  In Wednesday’s win over the Twins, he had three hits and three RBI for the third straight game, making him only the 11th player to accompish such a feat in the last 30 years. The others: Mike…

  11. Rafael Soriano is “day-to-day” with elbow inflammation

    May 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano underwent and MRI exam yesterday after complaining of elbow soreness and the news is positive, as Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that he’s “day-to-day” with elbow inflammation. According to Carig he’s expected to test the injury by playing catch tomorrow and presumably could be cleared for game action as soon…

  12. The Yankees expect CC Sabathia is going to remain with the Yankees beyond 2011

    May 11, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    CC Sabathia has an opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, but Buster Olney is talking to Yankees people, and they say that they expect Sabathia to say in New York beyond 2011. Which doesn’t mean that Sabathia won’t opt-out.  Indeed, even if he wants to stay with the Yankees and they want to…

  13. Phillies minor leaguer Kevin Frandsen suspended 50 games for Ritalin

    May 11, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Kevin Frandsen slides across home plate to score against Seattle Mariners during American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Journeyman infielder Kevin Frandsen, who’s currently playing for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug policy, according to Michael Lore of the Lehigh Valley Express Times. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Frandsen tested positive for Ritalin. Frandsen signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in late March…

  14. Grady Sizemore to get an MRI on his knee

    May 11, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Grady Sizemore slid hard into second base in the sixth inning of last night’s Rays-Indians game. A few minutes ago he left the Indians’ clubhouse in street clothes, obviously not playing tonight.  The Indians have just revealed that Sizemore is going to get an MRI on the knee. Which, thankfully, is not the same knee…

  15. Peter Moylan expects to miss 8-12 weeks after back surgery

    May 11, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan feared the worst with his back injury and the Braves reliever was right, as the team announced today that he’ll undergo surgery next week. Moylan told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he hopes to return in 8-12 weeks, which in theory could give him enough time to pitch again this season, but that…

  16. Padres rap out 23 hits, beat Brewers 13-6

    May 11, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    The Padres, who entered today’s game with a major league-worst .219 batting average, collected 23 hits Wednesday in a 13-6 win over the Brewers. It was the third most hits in franchise victory.  They had 24 hits on April 19, 1982 against the Giants and on Aug. 12, 2003 against the Braves (in a Greg…

  17. Driving Lenny Dykstra

    May 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Scott Engel of RotoExperts has an exclusive story in which he interviewed a guy Lenny Dykstra hired to drive him around New York for a few days.  That sounds like it might be a rather attenuated account of the Life of Dykstra, but the details in there paint a highly depressing picture that, in many…

  18. Cubs place catcher Geovany Soto on DL with groin injury

    May 11, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto left last night’s game with a strained groin and the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Soto was off to a slow start before the injury, hitting just .226 with three homers and a .709 OPS through 31 games, but that’s still above-average production for…

  19. Jeff Francoeur explains why he gave Charlie Samuels $50,000

    May 11, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    As reported this morning, former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was arrested today, accused of gambling with mobbed-up bookies, stealing Mets’ equipment and memorabilia and committing fraud.  You know, typical New York stuff. You may recall that last fall when this all hit the news Jeff Francoeur‘s name popped up by virtue of him writing…

  20. Rehabbing in the 209: Dallas Braden set for shoulder surgery

    May 11, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    After getting second and third opinions on his injury, including a trip to see Dr. James Andrews, the A’s announced today that Dallas Braden will undergo surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but a torn shoulder capsule is the same injury that wrecked…

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