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  1. UPDATE: Joe Nathan hits disabled list with tenderness in right elbow

    May 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    Because the previous two stories weren’t enough, here’s more bad news for the Twins. Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports that Joe Nathan is feeling tenderness in his surgically-repaired right elbow and may need a stint on the disabled list. Nathan, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, hasn’t pitched since allowing two runs…

  2. And the hits keep on coming: Twins scratch Francisco Liriano due to sore shoulder

    May 28, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    After blowing a 5-0 lead and losing to the Angels 6-5 on Friday, the Twins had more bad news for their fans, announcing that Francisco Liriano would be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to a sore shoulder. Anthony Swarzak will take his place. Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox earlier…

  3. Twins find another way to lose, blow 5-0 lead in eighth

    May 27, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    It looked like the Twins finally had one in the bag when Scott Baker turned a 5-0 lead against the Angels over the bullpen after seven excellent innings.  It should have been the elusive third victory for Baker, who had seen the Twins score more than three runs in just three of his nine starts.…

  4. David Price strikes out career-high 12 as Rays shut out Indians

    May 27, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    David Price

    David Price struck out 12 over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout in the Rays’ 5-0 defeat of the Indians on Friday. Price outdueled Josh Tomlin, who was far and away the hotter pitcher entering the game.  Tomlin, who hadn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his nine…

  5. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from Saturday start with discomfort in elbow

    May 27, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Atlanta Braves

    According to Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have scratched Wandy Rodriguez from Saturday’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks due to discomfort in his left elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to make the start in his place. Rodriguez complained of some soreness following Sunday’s outing against the Blue Jays and…

  6. Jim Riggleman clears the air with Jayson Werth

    May 27, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    The last-place Nationals dropped their fifth consecutive game on Wednesday against the Brewers, which caused Jayson Werth to proclaim that “things need to change.” His quotes didn’t sound all that out of the ordinary for a team that’s regularly losing baseball games, but many speculated that Werth was directing his frustration towards Nationals manager Jim…

  7. Not everyone can be Sergio Santos

    May 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Photo Day

    Sergio Santos and Kenley Jansen might be making it look easy, but the last week has seen three position players-turned-pitchers get released. The most famous of the trio, former White Sox center fielder Brian Anderson, got let go by the Yankees today.  Anderson, who had been on the DL since May 2, was released despite opening the year…

  8. Angel Pagan actually had a stress fracture in his rib cage

    May 27, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Just when you thought the whole Mets misdiagnosing injury thing was in the rear-view mirror, here’s this. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Angel Pagan said earlier today that an MRI a little over two weeks ago revealed a stress fracture in his rib cage. Pagan, who made his return to the Mets’ lineup tonight,…

  9. Giants say no catcher needed, expect to use Brandon Belt off bench

    May 27, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Runs?  Who needs ‘em?  After all, the Giants are in first place now despite having the NL’s worst offense. Speaking out prior to Friday’s game, Giants GM Brian Sabean said that he hasn’t made any inquiries about finding a replacement for Buster Posey and manager Bruce Bochy stated that the newly recalled Brandon Belt would…

  10. Five years ago today: Jered Weaver debuts for Angels

    May 27, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver 2006

    May 27, 2006 Filling in for an ailing Bartolo Colon, 2004 first-round pick Jered Weaver makes his major league debut for the Angels and shuts out the Orioles for seven innings to earn a win.  He allows three hits, walks one and strikes out five in a 10-1 victory. Weaver went on to open his…

  11. Report: Gary Carter’s brain tumors likely malignant

    May 27, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Gary Carter AP

    In some very distressing news, doctors from Duke University are “90 percent certain” that the tumors on Gary Carter’s brain are malignant. The New York Daily News reports that an official diagnosis is expected next week after Carter underwent tests today. Examined after dealing with headaches and forgetfulness of late, Carter was found to have four…

  12. How much longer can the Padres keep Anthony Rizzo down?

    May 27, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo spring training

    14 homers, 56 RBI. Those are Anthony Rizzo’s totals in 44 games for Triple-A Tucson so far. And they’re totals Brad Hawpe may struggle to match if he spends the entire season as the Padres’ first baseman. Rizzo actually has slowed down a bit of late.  He’s hit a mere .329/.415/.671 in May after dominating Triple-A pitching…

  13. R.A. Dickey diagnosed with partially torn plantar fascia

    May 27, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey has been diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia after injuring himself while covering first base in yesterday’s start. Dickey is officially listed as day-to-day for now and hasn’t been placed on the disabled list, but Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York reports that he’ll have to avoid any problems during a bullpen…

  14. 10 years later, Bob Brenly still bitter about Ben Davis’ bunt

    May 27, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bob Brenly Diamondbacks

    Whether our entry yesterday had anything to do with it or not, Cubs PBP man Len Kasper decided to bring up the Curt Schilling game with former Diamondbacks manager and current Cubs color guy Bob Brenly today on WGN. And Brenly still isn’t happy about the play, saying that Davis did in fact break unwritten rules…

  15. Reds place Homer Bailey on DL with sprained shoulder

    May 27, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey pitches

    UPDATE: Sure enough, the Reds put him on the DL. Mike Leake is taking his place. ========== Homer Bailey complained of muscle spasms in his shoulder after leaving yesterday’s start and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he’s been diagnosed with a sprained shoulder. Reds trainer Paul Lessard told Fay that no surgery…

  16. Tigers trade Scott Sizemore to A’s for David Purcey

    May 27, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Tigers Indians Baseball

    As a 25-year-old rookie last season Scott Sizemore was the Tigers’ Opening Day second baseman, but poor hitting and injuries have since removed him from the team’s plans and today they traded him to the A’s for left-hander David Purcey. Purcey has a similar story, as the former first-round pick was dumped by the Blue…

  17. Kendrys Morales’ surgery is successful. Again.

    May 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    morales squarer

    Great news, Angels fans! Kendrys Morales had surgery on his left ankle today and, according to the team, the surgery was deemed a success. Indeed, this is the best news Angels fans have heard since last year, when Kenrdys Morales had surgery on his left ankle and it was deemed a success! It’s gonna be…

  18. “Buster Posey must be allowed to wear an armored exoskeleton at all times”

    May 27, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    posey catching

    “The Dugout” has moved around a lot over the years, but it is still my favorite place for faux-chat-room-style-humor. Really, it stands head and shoulders above its competitors in this regard. Today’s entry is a great example of what makes it so … um, great: Bud Selig and Jeff Berry saying in The Dugout what…

  19. Angel Pagan rejoins Mets despite rained out Triple-A tuneup

    May 27, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Angel Pagan was supposed to get a few at-bats in the minors before returning from an oblique injury, but rain washed away the Triple-A game he was supposed to play in last night and the Mets have decided to activate him from the disabled list anyway. Pagan, who hasn’t played since April 21, is starting…

  20. Padres place Orlando Hudson on DL with strained groin

    May 27, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    For the second time this season the Padres have placed Orlando Hudson on the disabled list, with a strained groin sending him to the shelf this time. Hamstring problems led to Hudson’s first DL stint earlier this month and he lasted just seven games before being shut down again. Hudson has also struggled when healthy…

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