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  1. Juan Nicasio continues to make progress following neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio

    One week removed from being hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond, Juan Nicasio continues to make progress. Nicasio was released from the hospital earlier this week after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is currently “resting comfortably at home” and has been…

  2. Giants may make decision on possible DL stint for Carlos Beltran tomorrow

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game tonight with a strained right hand/wrist and it sounds like the Giants are close to making a decision about placing him on the disabled list. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Beltran has only made “marginal improvement” since receiving…

  3. It doesn’t sound as though A.J. Burnett is bullpen bound

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman came to the defense of beleaguered right-hander A.J. Burnett on Friday amid speculation that the $18 million-per-year pitcher could get sent to the pen. “The stuff on A.J. is well overblown,” Cashman said. “A.J. Has been solid for us this year. I just think the way it’s playing doesn’t necessarily reflect…

  4. John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame. Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year. Kruk is better known now for his big appetite…

  5. Rockies place Huston Street on DL, activate Jason Giambi

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle. To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a…

  6. Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Al Alburquerque

    Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing. As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was…

  7. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to come off DL before Thursday

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez remains on track to return from knee surgery and rejoin the Yankees next week, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s unlikely to come off the disabled list before Thursday. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York the current plan is for Rodriguez to play minor-league games in Florida tomorrow and…

  8. Ozzie Guillen not yet ready to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn‘s historic ineptitude against left-handed pitching has convinced Ozzie Guillen to frequently bench him versus southpaws, but the manager said yesterday that he’s not yet to the point of pinch-hitting for Dunn once he’s already in the lineup: I would rather put him on the bench against lefties and give him some time than…

  9. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth slams Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    Whether’s it’s Manny, Hanley, Ramon or now Aramis, slamming a Ramirez is simply the in thing to do in baseball these days. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, who works in the studio for Comcast Sportsnet, decided to take on Aramis Ramirez on “The McNeil and Spiegel Show” this morning.  The Chicago Tribune has the quotes: When…

  10. Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed. Stark notes that the…

  11. MiLB.com launches free “Triple-A” app

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    MiLB.com

    Using an interface modeled after the MLB At Bat 2011 app, minorleaguebaseball.com is now offering the free Milb.com Triple-A app, providing scoreboard and pitch-tracker information for every Triple-A game over the rest of the season. The app also features a customizable home screen that can be set up with one’s favorite affiliate, archived box scores…

  12. Former Village People lead singer planning to sue Rays

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    village people

    Victor Willis, who was the lead singer (and cop) in the Village People before leaving the group in 1984, announced yesterday that he plans to sue the Tampa Bay Rays “within the next 30 days.” Willis is upset because in promoting a Village People concert at Tropicana Field last August the Rays used some video…

  13. Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need…

  14. Phillies sign Mariners castoff Jack Cust to minor-league deal

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Jack Cust

    Released by the Mariners last week, Jack Cust has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. If he makes it back to the majors Cust will have gained 27 games in the standings by going from Seattle to Philadelphia, but he’d be no more than a bench bat for…

  15. Justin Morneau rejoins Twins six weeks after neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is back in the Twins’ lineup, coming off the disabled list slightly ahead of schedule following neck surgery six weeks ago. Morneau sped up his return timetable by going 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in seven games at Triple-A, reportedly texting various Twins decision-makers to tell them he wanted back…

  16. Former big leaguers Tony Phillips and Mike Marshall fight as Jose Canseco manages

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    grumpy old men

    When he’s not busy tweeting about his depressing love life Jose Canseco manages the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American Baseball League, which believe it or not isn’t even close to the weirdest part of this story detailed by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. One of the Yuma players is Tony Phillips,…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo returns ahead of schedule from broken thumb

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Shin-Soo Choo was scheduled to come off the disabled list next week, but in a surprise move the Indians activated him today about six weeks into what was initially an 8-10 week recovery timetable for a broken left thumb. They’re obviously confident that Choo is healthy, but he certainly didn’t show it by going 0-for-6…

  18. Albert Pujols is still ALBERT PUJOLS

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols‘ season totals are still well below his usual standards because of his bad start, but he’s somewhat quietly been his usual dominant self and then some for the past two months. Last night Pujols went 4-for-4 against the Brewers, smacking his 28th homer to move into a tie for the NL lead with…

  19. Brian McCann to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Brian McCann will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Gwinnett. McCann hasn’t played since straining his left oblique during the extra-innings marathon against the Pirates back on July 26. While he originally hoped to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday and return from the disabled list tonight,…

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