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  1. Kendrys Morales has hit a “plateau” in his rehab

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Morales_Kendry

    Yesterday we heard that Kendrys Morales may begin the year on the DL. Today Mike Scioscia elaborated on that, and it doesn’t sound good: “It’s not a setback; there are just some plateaus guys hit,” said Scioscia. “You can’t force things. He’s going to keep working, keep moving forward.” One thing that I wonder: how…

  2. So, do you feel omniscient punk? Well, do ya?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    crystal ball

    We’ll make a bunch of predictions for the 2011 season here at HBT, but since we’re still hoping to make the Olympic Prediction Team, we’re trying to maintain our amateur status and not make it an actual competition. Wezen-Ball’s Larry Granillo has no compunction about turning pro, however, so he has a genuine contest going.…

  3. Are the Nationals getting fed up with Nyjer Morgan?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    We’ve been rough on Nyjer Morgan here at HBT, criticizing the Nationals outfielder for various on-field altercations, horrendous base-stealing, and his overall ineptitude last season. I’m sure annoying bloggers isn’t a particularly big concern for Morgan, but now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals may be getting sick of him too.…

  4. Scott Downs out a month after breaking toe “playing around with my kids”

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Downs_Scott

    Scott Downs, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Angels this offseason, revealed today that he broke the big toe on his left foot while “playing around with my kids” and “just doing normal dad stuff at home.” He’ll be out for at least two weeks and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  5. Who’s the greatest living player for each team?

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Yastrzemski

    Dan Shaughnessy has a column up about Carl Yastrzemski and what he’s doing these days. It’s a good read and I recommend it. But more interesting to me than the column itself, however, is a passing line Shaughnessy uses: “Fifty years after his rookie season, the greatest living Red Sox player …” That has sparked a…

  6. Marty Marion: 1917-2011

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    marty marion cardinals card

    Marty Marion, an eight-time All-Star who spent 11 seasons as the Cardinals’ starting shortstop and won the NL MVP in 1944, has passed away at age 94. Marion’s reputation was always much bigger than his numbers, even during his MVP season, as he hit just .267 with six homers and a .686 OPS that ranked…

  7. Sixteen-year-old Luis Heredia to start in rookie ball for the Pirates

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    They’re letting a 16-year-old pitch professionally in the Pirates’ organization? And here I thought there were laws about exposing minors to obscenity … That talent and maturity is why management’s plan for 2011 — though not yet formally announced — is to assign [Luis] Heredia to Bradenton of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, an extraordinary…

  8. Brian Cashman disagrees with Cliff Lee saying the Yankees “are getting older”

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Last week during a radio interview Cliff Lee said that he chose Philadelphia over New York in part because “it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older.” First of all, technically “some of the Yankee guys are getting older” is a statement of fact. We’re all “getting older” (with the notable exceptions…

  9. Jon Lester will be the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Lester_Jon

    Terry Francona just announced that Jon Lester will be the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter (a full story on it is here). Seems right, at least if you subscribe to the “best starter from last year” theory of Opening Day starters. Personally, I subscribe to the “Rick Mahler should be the Opening Day starter” school, but…

  10. Diamondbacks pick Ian Kennedy as Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    ian-kennedy-dbacks-spring

    Arizona announced that Ian Kennedy will get the Opening Day assignment after throwing 194 innings with a 3.80 ERA last season. Kennedy has bounced back nicely after injuries took him from top prospect to afterthought with the Yankees and he led the team in both wins and ERA last year, but as senor Calcaterra pointed…

  11. The Mariners release their annual funny TV ads

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Every year the Mariners release some pretty-clever-for-a-baseball team TV commercials.  This year is no exception.  There are five of them, all of which you can see over at the Seattle Times page.  This one, however, is my favorite because (a) it’s self-aware; and (b) it features both a bald guy and a hairy guy. Not…

  12. Bryce Harper’s minor league at-bats will have a sponsor

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    miss utility

    After spending a couple weeks in big-league camp Bryce Harper was optioned to high Single-A Hagerstown, where each of his at-bats will apparently be sponsored by “Miss Utility,” which is a service for construction workers to contact for information before digging into underground utility mains. Seriously. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post passes along the…

  13. Luis Salazar loses his left eye

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Bad news from Orlando: Doctors were unable to save Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar’s left eye.  They had put off surgery on it until yesterday to allow swelling to go down, but the damage, it seems, was just too extensive. This is awful, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not the worst…

  14. Casey Blake “expected to miss minimal time” with back injury

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    casey-blake-dodgers-spring

    Casey Blake underwent a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back and the results showed lower thoracic spine inflammation, with Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reporting that “he’s expected to miss minimal time.” There’s no timetable yet for his return, but Blake reported feeling some improvement yesterday and is officially listed as day-to-day. Blake struggled with…

  15. Baseball’s official historian slams statistical analysis

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    John Thorn

    What’s more unexpected: me linking a Bleacher Report column or baseball’s official historian — and sometime sabermetrician — John Thorn talking about how apocryphal tales are preferable to the actual nuts and bolts of what happened on the baseball diamond? For a whole generation of fans and fantasy players, stats have begun to outstrip story and that…

  16. Joe Mauer makes his spring training debut at designated hitter

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer is making his spring training debut this afternoon, batting third and starting at designated hitter after mostly sitting out the first two weeks of camp following offseason knee surgery. Mauer has already begun catching bullpen sessions and has repeatedly said that he has no doubts about being ready for Opening Day, so presumably…

  17. Buster Olney needs a new “evaluator”

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Medlen_Kris

    Buster Olney spoke with “an evaluator” about the Atlanta Braves and included his comments in his column this morning: “It’s a very deep club, beyond their 25-man roster. If they have an issue with the rotation, they’ve got Kris Medlen and [either] Mike Minor or [Brandon] Beachy as backup, depending on who wins the No. 5 spot.…

  18. Great Moments in fact checking the headline

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    In which, in the space of only a couple of lines, I take a swipe at Tony La Russa and a newspaper and get to have fun with Charlie Manuel anachronisms!

  19. The Phillies’ injuries mount: Placido Polanco tweaks his elbow

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Phillies’ third baseman Placido Polanco injured his left elbow yesterday, hyperextending it during a swing.  This is the same elbow on which he had surgery back in November.  He says it’s not serious, though, and it’s suspected that he’ll only miss a few days. I think most people agree that injuries are the only thing that…

  20. Few fans line up for Mets tickets. So what?

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    The Bergen Record reports on the first day of Mets single-game ticket sales and paints a gloomy picture: There was no wait at all until 10:25, when a line of just eight people formed. No one camped out overnight like years past; no one spent hours waiting. And plenty of good tickets still are available, as…

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