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  1. Rickie Weeks will be out a few days with groin tightness

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks probably won’t play in a Cactus League game for the next couple of days. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Weeks made an early exit Thursday from the Brewers’ exhibition matchup against the Rockies due to tightness in his groin. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters after…

  2. Carlos Beltran rides stationary bike, works out in pool

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since Sunday, when he served as the club’s designated hitter against the Red Sox. The 33-year-old is battling left knee tendinitis and is not expected to resume playing in live games for another couple of days. But he is staying active. According to Adam…

  3. Anibal Sanchez suffers bruised shin during Thursday start

    Mar 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez may be sidelined for the next week or two. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Sanchez had a large ice wrap around his right shin in the Marlins’ clubhouse Thursday after being nailed by a grounder during his three-inning Grapefruit League start against the Mets. The Marlins believe that he only…

  4. Dayan Viciedo out 3-4 weeks with fractured right thumb

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Dayan Viciedo left today’s game after being hit on the hand by a pitch and the White Sox just announced that he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb. It’s unfortunate timing for Viciedo, as he was seeing action in right field this spring after previously being exclusively a third baseman and…

  5. Ron Villone is still alive and the Nationals have him

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    About a year ago Ron Villone was cut by the Nats. Then a few weeks later he was back working out with the Nats. He ended up pitching 41 games for the Nats’ AAA team last season.  Then he flew off to whatever magical land old crafty lefties go to warm themselves over the winter.…

  6. Daisuke Matsuzaka is getting lit up this spring

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Yes, we know he’s in the best shape of his life and yes we know that spring stats aren’t supposed to mean anything, but Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s spring hasn’t been too encouraging. He got lit up for five runs in 3.2 innings against the Rays today, which brings his ERA on the spring up to 11.42.  What’s…

  7. Brandon Webb’s first action against live hitters wasn’t very impressive

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb has all but been ruled out to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation, but he took the mound yesterday for his first action against live hitters and … well, manager Ron Washington didn’t sound very impressed: There were some good and some not so good. But there was some sink. It wasn’t…

  8. “This is what I was born to do. I’m a baseball player.”

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Chavez flips the ball toward Nova covering first on a grounder hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Polanco during MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    AP writer Howie Rumbergap — which is a FANTASTIC sportswriter name, by the way — talks to a number of former big baseball names who are now the marginal types in spring training camps across Florida and Arizona.  The Mark Prior/Mike Hampton/Bartolo Colon/Eric Chavez types.  After noting that, despite the fact that many of them…

  9. Matt Cain returns from elbow injury in 47-pitch simulated game

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain returned to the mound Monday with a bullpen session and threw a three-inning simulated game today, so it looks like he’s fully recovered from the elbow problems that caused him to miss a start last week. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cain threw 47 pitches today–including off-speed stuff–against teammates…

  10. Kenny G takes batting practice with the Yankees

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Besides my family, there are only a handful of things that bring me unequivocal joy in this world.  Baseball is one, of course.  Good whiskey.  Good music too, and of the many styles I enjoy, jazz may be the one that moves me the most emotionally. So when I see Kenny G taking batting practice…

  11. Behold the power of spring training

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tradition Field

    Moses Green is a longtime reader (and occasional proofreader) of mine.  He’s also a Mets fan, and had the opportunity to take in a Mets spring training game there the other day.  He waxed crazy-effusive: Quick spring training note:  visited Port St. Lucie with a buddy while driving home to CT from Miami.  Got to…

  12. Edinson Volquez returns to Reds camp after dealing with visa issues in Dominican Republic

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    Edinson Volquez arrived at Reds camp on time last month, but was forbidden from appearing in a game because of visa issues stemming from his 50-game suspension for failing a performance-enhancing drug test last year. In order to get things straightened out Volquez had to leave spring training and travel home to the Dominican Republic,…

  13. Johnny Damon turned down the Red Sox because he thought the Tigers wanted him

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Remember last August when the Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon on waivers and some talk of a trade happened?  There was a day or two’s back and forth on that, as Damon had a limited no-trade clause that prevented him being traded to the Red Sox without his approval. Ultimately he said no to the…

  14. MRI exam on Derrek Lee’s injured wrist “came back normal”

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Derrek Lee had a specialist look at his injured right wrist earlier this week and the Orioles announced yesterday that an MRI exam “came back normal.” According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun “team officials continue to believe that the veteran is just experiencing some tendonitis that resulted from the inactivity following thumb surgery.”…

  15. Franklin Gutierrez — Luis Salazar’s son in law — leaves Mariners camp

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is married to Luis Salazar’s daughter. As such it is understandable that he has left M’s camp for a few days to fly to Florida with his wife to be with Salazar as he recovers from the foul ball incident. As for Salazar, there haven’t been any updates beyond that there…

  16. Jon Garland out 4-6 weeks, will begin season on disabled list

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland‘s strained oblique muscle was confirmed today by an MRI exam and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’ll be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, meaning he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Coming into spring training the Dodgers had impressive pitching depth, but now Garland is out until at least late…

  17. Tim Lincecum either has a perfect double or else he’s going to be in a lot of trouble soon

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Fun find by ‘Duk over at Big League Stew: a video of someone who claims not to be Tim Lincecum complaining about getting mixed up with Tim Lincecum all the time.  Except, yeah, it’s almost certainly Tim Lincecum doing it. Actually, that’s probably warrantless speculation on my part. Lincecum’s agent says it isn’t him.  Of…

  18. For some reason the Royals want Billy Butler stealing bases

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Billy Butler royals

    Billy Butler is a 6-foot-1, 240-pound first baseman who should probably be a designated hitter, could best be described as “lumbering,” and has a grand total of one stolen base in 533 games. Yet for some reason the Royals are convinced he should be running more this season. Butler stole a base in yesterday’s game…

  19. Nerd Alert! A comparison of Josh Beckett and the “Star Trek” films

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Before you read the link below, please be sure to click this brief audio file: Thank you. You may now proceed to a lengthy comparison of Josh Beckett’s Red Sox career to the “Star Trek” movie franchise. And yes, I can call the author a nerd because I too like the “Star Trek” films, because…

  20. Jake Peavy throwing well and aiming “to break camp with the team”

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Back in November general manager Ken Williams said he expected Jake Peavy to begin the season on the disabled list and there were some reports that he might not be ready to join the rotation until June, but Peavy has recovered from shoulder surgery more quickly than anticipated and has looked good enough in his…

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