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  1. Adrian Beltre could make Cactus League debut as soon as Monday

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre has made enough progress from his right calf injury that Rangers manager Ron Washington feels he could be able to make his spring debut Monday against the Dodgers, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. If it isn’t Monday, it shouldn’t be long. Beltre ran the bases for a fourth straight day this…

  2. Chase Utley is making some progress, we think…

    Mar 12, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies provided an update about Chase Utley‘s ailing right knee this morning. Well, sort of. We didn’t learn much, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Utley has been able to do more exercises than before. “These are kind of baby steps,” Amaro said. “I can’t…

  3. Scott Podsednik has setback with plantar fasciitis in left foot

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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    Scott Podsednik made his spring debut against the Yankees yesterday, finishing 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base. He told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that his left foot wasn’t completely pain-free, but said that he was to the point where he could “go out there and play.” Apparently not. Chisholm reports this morning that…

  4. The MLS thinks the Wilpons would make “great” owners

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, MLS commissioner Don Garber believes the Wilpons would make “great” owners of the league’s 20th franchise, despite their current financial and legal troubles. “The success of our league is the core values of our ownership group and … I believe the Wilpons fit very well with our owners in terms…

  5. Adrian Gonzalez set for spring debut this afternoon

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    We heard the other day that Adrian Gonzalez was hoping to make his spring debut “sometime next week,” or “maybe even earlier.” Consistent with his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery, Gonzalez is running ahead of schedule. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Adrian Gonzalez is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox…

  6. UPDATE: Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. agree to four-year contract extension

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain in the fold through 2015. 7:12 PM, Friday: A team source tells Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that a contract extension for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is “done.” 10:15…

  7. Aaron Cook suffers broken ring finger, likely out until May

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Aaron Cook is giving new meaning to the phrase “tough-luck pitcher.” Cook was already expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to inflammation in his shoulder, but he could now be sidelined until May after breaking the ring finger on his pitching hand. As he explained to Troy Renck of the Denver…

  8. Johnny Cueto leaves start with forearm tightness

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto was originally scheduled to throw four innings against the Rangers this afternoon, but he was pulled from his start after just two innings due to forearm tightness. It’s easy for your imagination to run wild when a pitcher comes down with forearm tightness, but Reds head trainer Paul Lessard told Mark Sheldon of…

  9. Ronny Paulino finally expected to arrive at Mets’ camp Saturday

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ronny Paulino finally made it to the United States today after an extended delay due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic. Paulino, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets over the winter, is expected to report to camp tomorrow. The 29-year-old backstop…

  10. HBT Extra: Breaking down the NL East

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany insults my ability to pick it at second base for the Phillies. Why, the nerve of her …

  11. Must-click link: Drawing the Hall of Famers (all 295 of them)

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Summer Anne Burton has decided to draw all 295 baseball Hall of Famers alongside interesting stats, facts, and anecdotes about each player. You can look at all the drawings she’s done so far on her blog, which is a lot of fun: Burton: Every Hall of Famer Here’s one of my favorites:

  12. Bud Selig issues a statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Magnitude 8.9 Strong Earthquake Jolts Northern Japan

    There are a great number of Japanese baseball players, coaches, interpreters and media members associated with Major League Baseball. Today has been an extremely rough day for them as they’ve had to process the awful news of the earthquake and tsunami. So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but…

  13. Don’t cry for Chuck Greenberg: he’s walking away with a $25 million profit

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    This morning I said that, having been booted out of the Rangers ownership chair he fought so hard to claim, Chuck Greenberg will never get the last year and a half of his life back.  Bob Nightengale puts this in perspective, however: It may have been tough for Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to step down,but will…

  14. Dayan Viciedo won’t need surgery, could return sooner than initially expected

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Dayan Viciedo was given a 3-4 week recovery timetable after suffering a fractured right thumb in yesterday’s game, but the White Sox announced today that further examination showed he won’t require surgery. That means he can resume baseball activities within two weeks and could be healthy in time for Opening Day, although Viciedo remains on…

  15. Jim Leyland backtracks on Miguel Cabrera being in the best shape of his life

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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    You know, I’m beginning to think that you can’t necessarily take someone’s word for it when they say a player is in the best shape of his life. For example, Jim Leyland said that of Miguel Cabrera while he still stunk of scotch the morning of his DUI arrest. Now, however, he’s saying that may…

  16. Brian Roberts shut down again with more back problems

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Brian Roberts had X-rays on his sore neck upon arriving at Orioles camp last month and now he’s been shut down again with back spasms. Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back, so the latest setback is definitely a big concern for the 33-year-old second…

  17. The Nats release Cla Meredith

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    That was a short time in Washington. Cla Meredith was signed by the Nats in early February, got hurt almost as soon as spring training began, had Tommy John surgery last week and today was released. I always wonder who pays for a guy’s medical bills when this sort of thing happens.  Do the Nats cover…

  18. Bryce Harper not included in Nationals’ first round of cuts

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals made their first batch of spring training cuts and somewhat surprisingly 18-year-old Bryce Harper was not among the 11 players reassigned to the team’s minor-league camp. That won’t impact his status for this year–Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that he “has no realistic shot of making the Opening Day roster”–but it does…

  19. Luis Salazar is doing better

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman reports that Luis Salazar’s condition has improved: he’s talking with doctors and his family and has said he’s eager to get back to work. That may take a while, but the doctors are saying that he should be able to do so once he’s through the woods on his immediate injuries to his face…

  20. Thankfully for Nationals fans, F.P. Santangelo isn’t Rob Dibble

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Dibble was fired as the Nationals’ television analyst following comments he made about Stephen Strasburg, but before that he’d more than earned the firing with various other “controversial” statements and, most importantly, awful announcing. Included among Dibble’s many faults as an announcer was that he referred to “we” and “us” while openly cheering for…

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