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  1. Joel Zumaya goes for second opinion on surgically-repaired elbow

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Bad news out of Tigers’ camp. According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Joel Zumaya went for a second opinion on his surgically-repaired elbow earlier today. Zumaya hasn’t pitched since scar tissue broke away from his elbow during his first Grapefruit League appearance last Sunday against the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander was originally expected…

  2. UPDATE: Padres reach out to Bengie Molina, who wants guaranteed deal

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    The Padres hoped that Gregg Zaun would feel well enough after shoulder surgery to back up primary catcher Nick Hundley this season, but they are back to the drawing board now that the 39-year-old backstop has announced his retirement. However, they can probably cross one option off their list. Dan Hayes of the North County…

  3. Brandon Webb ready to throw to hitters

    Mar 7, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb is finally ready to throw against some hitters, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. “Maybe seeing some hitters will help me tighten up my command a little bit,” Webb said. “I’ve just felt a little wild.” Webb declared himself ready to go after throwing 62 pitches in his most recent bullpen session yesterday.…

  4. Domonic Brown set for surgery tomorrow; out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    As expected, Dominic Brown will undergo surgery tomorrow on the broken hamate bone in his right hand and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Hamate injuries can be tough to recover from, particularly for power hitters, as it often takes a while before their full strength returns. It’s an unfortunate setback for one of the…

  5. Carlos Silva pitched horribly again, but did manage to avoid fighting any teammates

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    carlos-silva-cubs-spring

    The bad news? Carlos Silva got rocked again this afternoon, following two scoreless frames by coughing up eight runs in a disastrous third inning against the Angels. The good news? He exited the game without incident, avoiding a fight with anyone in his own dugout for what is now one consecutive game. Silva, who’s talked…

  6. Neftali Feliz wants to remain a closer even as the Rangers groom him to join the rotation

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    My assumption has been that Neftali Feliz is on board with the Rangers giving him an opportunity to join the rotation this season, but today the reigning Rookie of the Year told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that he’d prefer to remain a reliever: I’m comfortable there and I’ve done it before at…

  7. Astros interested in Nationals catcher Jesus Flores

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    Jesus Flores seemed like a natural target for the Astros now that they’re pursuing catching help in the wake of Jason Castro‘s season-ending injury and sure enough Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that they’re “looking at” Flores. Any trade would likely be dependent on Flores showing that he’s healthy after missing nearly two years with…

  8. Marlins tickets are selling like hotcakes

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    For next year, that is, not this year: A section of premium seats behind home plate in the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark has sold out. The Marlins said Monday that all 379 diamond club seats have been bought for when the team moves into the park next year. The team says a majority of dugout…

  9. MLB lets some executives go

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Buster Olney reports that Major League Baseball has let three executives go as a part of its restructuring of the Baseball Operations operation.  The newly unemployed: Darryl Hamilton, Mike Port and Ed Burns. Hamilton was an assistant to Bud Selig and the other two worked under Bob Watson. Now Joe Torre is in charge of baseball…

  10. Nick Johnson’s minor league contract with Indians includes 2012 option

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson‘s minor-league deal with the Indians was first reported last Tuesday, but the two sides didn’t get around to actually finalizing (and announcing) the contract until this afternoon. Johnson won’t be ready for Opening Day after undergoing three wrist surgeries in the past year, but will be in line to receive $750,000 if he…

  11. Dirk Hayhurst walks a fine line

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I’m an unabashed Dirk Hayhurst fanboy, based on “The Bullpen Gospels.” Of course, the dude still pitches and I couldn’t help but wonder as I was reading his book how his writing goes over with teammates.  Seems it’s a tad touchy, but Hayhurst makes it clear that he isn’t out to burn anyone and everyone…

  12. Miguel Olivo out indefinitely with strained groin muscle

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    miguel-olivo-groin-injury-mariners

    Miguel Olivo was carted off the field during Saturday’s game after falling to the ground in pain from a groin injury and an MRI exam revealed that he has a strained adductor muscle. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times “there’s no real timeline on when he may be able to return to action”…

  13. Melvin Mora to miss some time because of a car accident, which leads me to two random observations

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jack Magruder reports that Diamondbacks’ third baseman Melvin Mora was struck from behind in car accident and will miss a couple of days because of it. This is not major news, but I pass it along so I can put up two random spring training observations I didn’t get around to making last week: 1) Some…

  14. Chris Carpenter doubtful for Friday start after feeling “twinge” in injured hamstring

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter had been hoping to get back on the mound Friday after leaving his start last week with a hamstring injury, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that’s now “doubtful” after the former Cy Young winner felt a “twinge” in the hamstring during a bullpen session yesterday. According to Strauss…

  15. Did a Cardinals minor leaguer get a drug suspension for eating a steak?

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    syringe

    Or a burger. Or some other beef-product. Larry at IIATMS has the interesting story of Lainer Bueno, beef products and the banned PED Clenbuterol. I have no idea if Bueno was using a PED intentionally and, given his stature as a player, it probably makes no real difference baseball history regardless.  But the uncertainty in fact…

  16. Mat Latos freaked out a little bit after yesterday’s ugly outing

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    It’s not quite Carlos Silva scuffling with a teammate in the dugout because the defense made an error behind him in an exhibition game, but Padres ace Mat Latos had a mini-freakout following a rough spring training start yesterday. Don Norcross of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Latos, who has been known to…

  17. That’s just Manny bein’ … a hard worker

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince is down at Rays’ camp today, and Joe Maddon told him that Manny Ramirez has been “a joy.” And a hard worker too. Maddon gave Manny the day off yesterday, but he showed up anyway and was taking hacks in the batting cage at 8 a.m. Take that haters. That is, assuming…

  18. You decide: Twins beat reporter or 80s/90s utility infielder?

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    len3 and newman

    Having witnessed an “are you Al Newman?” moment first-hand when I was in the press box at Target Field with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune last season, I got a chuckle out of this tweet from the Twins beat reporter who is frequently confused for the former Twins utility infielder: Don’t…

  19. A renewed call for baseball to move the All-Star Game away from Arizona

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boycott Arizona

    There was a great deal of controversy over the 2011 All-Star Game being in Phoenix in the wake of Arizona passing its controversial immigration bill last year.  That more or less died down as an issue as far as baseball was concerned after the federal government sued Arizona over the law, suspending its implementation until…

  20. Astros in market for catching help after Jason Castro’s injury

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro‘s season-ending knee injury leaves the Astros with career-long backup Humberto Quintero and prospect bust J.R. Towles atop the catching depth chart, so not surprisingly Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that they’re now looking to add a veteran backstop. According to Campbell the Astros are already about $2 million over their $80…

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