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  1. Travis Hafner nearing possible weekend return from DL

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Injuries have played a big part in the Indians losing 14 of 19 games to see their AL Central lead vanish, but it sounds like they’ll have Travis Hafner back in the lineup soon. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Hafner took batting practice yesterday and is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment today…

  2. The Marlins tell Logan Morrison to put a lid on it

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is famously outspoken, both in interviews and on his Twitter feed. To date the Marlins have been wary but generally OK with it, but that changed last week after Morrison went on about how the team was upset after hitting coach John Mallee was fired: Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has…

  3. Cubs manager Mike Quade is already on the hot seat, but so is general manager Jim Hendry

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    With the Cubs tied for the second-worst record in baseball at 26-39 “fans and the media have begun to wonder if Mike Quade’s days as manager may be nearing an end,” according to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago. Quade went 24-13 down the stretch last season after taking over for Lou Piniella, but all the…

  4. Meet Mrs. Met

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Mr. Met Love

    I didn’t know there was a Mrs. Met.  I also didn’t know that she married Mr. Met.  And despite learning all of this just now, I find myself sad that they ended up getting a divorce. If two baseball-headed mascots can’t make love work, what hope do the rest of us poor schmucks have? (note:…

  5. The Diamondbacks do not want to move to the American League

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently there had been a report that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be an alternate candidate to move to the American League in that whole move-the-Astros-to-the-AL realignment gambit.  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, however, that the Dbacks wouldn’t be terribly interested in that.  And, for that matter, Diamondbacks CEO…

  6. OK, Justin Ruggiano was definitely safe

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Double Face Palm

    In ATH this morning I voiced some qualified sentiment that perchance Magglio Ordonez‘s gunning down of Justin Ruggiano at the plate in the Tigers-Rays game was a blown call, deferring to the fact that I couldn’t see a really good replay. Courtesy of reader ChurchOfThePerpetuallyOutraged, who pointed us to a pic from Jonah Keri’s Twitter…

  7. Frank McCourt said to have “no chance” to make the June 30 payroll

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt scrimped and saved — wait, no he didn’t; he borrowed — to make payroll at the end of May.  He is said to be fine for the mid-June payroll due tomorrow too, so good for him.  That business with the Manny Ramirez payment coming due at the end of the month, however, makes…

  8. A nation mourns Derek Jeter’s tragic, heroic calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Mourning angel

    There are, like, two dozen injury stories a week. Seriously, go back through the HBT archives and you’ll see that a huge percentage of our minor posts are this guy straining that muscle and this or that body part being sore.  It’s easily the most rote kind of post we or anyone else who writes…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:04 AM EST

    Ramon Santiago

    I had every recap done this morning, hit “save” and then just as that happened something barfed on itself in Google Chrome and I lost it all. So if these recaps seem superficial, it’s only because I’m trying to type them with one fist punched in the monitor. Tigers 2, Rays 1: A wilder one…

  10. UPDATE: Derek Jeter diagnosed with Grade 1 strain of right calf

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    jeter grimace

    UPDATE: The Yankees have announced that Jeter was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. 10:18 PM: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the Yankees have sent Jeter for an MRI on his sore right calf. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his gut feeling is that Jeter…

  11. The Diamondbacks are also a candidate to move to the American League

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    We learned over the weekend that Major League Baseball is considering realignment. The initial report presented one scenario where the Astros could be moved to the American League. However, it appears they aren’t the only team under consideration. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks could be the team “most likely” to change…

  12. The year in shutouts

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    I wanted to dig into scoreless games for a minute. Here’s a look at the teams throwing the most and fewest and then the teams that are on the other end. Throwing shutouts Most Braves – 8 Brewers – 8 Phillies – 8 Rangers – 8 Tigers – 8 Mariners – 7 Fewest Blue Jays…

  13. Vicente Padilla needs neck surgery

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:32 PM EST

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Another injury for the Dodgers’ bullpen? Sure, why not? Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced before tonight’s game against the Reds that Vicente Padilla will undergo neck surgery on Thursday. He is expected to miss “an extended period of time” Padilla was pulled from a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month due to a bulging…

  14. Jason Heyward begins rehab assignment tonight

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It sounds like Chipper Jones may soon get his wish. Jason Heyward will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Gwinnett, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It’s a rather surprising turn of events considering that Heyward just swung off a tee for the first time on Friday. It’s not clear how…

  15. Jeremy Guthrie is funny

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    And he deserves better than a 2-8 record this season. Jeremy Guthrie tweeted today: I would like to formally wish @SimplyAJ10 luck in crossing the CA border 2nite. High powered immigration lawyer on flight just in case! SimplyAJ10 happens to be teammate Adam Jones, and Guthrie is, of course, referring to the incident in Toronto…

  16. Russell Martin scratched again, looking like DL candidate

    Jun 13, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    That can't be good for his back

    Russell Martin returned Sunday after missing four days with back stiffness, but he wasn’t able to give it another go tonight, as the Yankees scratched him and started Francisco Cervelli behind the plate in the series finale against the Indians. It makes one wonder if Martin might go on the disabled list within the next…

  17. No Tommy John surgery for Brett Anderson

    Jun 13, 2011, 6:28 PM EST

    Brett Anderson

    After visiting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, it was determined that Brett Anderson wouldn’t undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow.  He’s scheduled for six weeks of rehab, with his first evaluation coming in three weeks. Anderson, who opened the season with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts, complained of elbow soreness…

  18. Dexter Fowler doesn’t think giving up switch-hitting is the answer

    Jun 13, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    Dexter Fowler

    Slumping center fielder Dexter Fowler probably would have been sent down by the Rockies last week if not for a strained abdominal muscle that put him on the disabled list instead, but he doesn’t believe that quitting switch-hitting will give his flailing career a boost. The 25-year-old Fowler, in his third full season with the…

  19. Adam LaRoche to decide on shoulder surgery

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    Adam LaRoche

    With his sore shoulder feeling no better after a couple of weeks of rest, Adam LaRoche could opt for shoulder surgery after a meeting with Nationals officials Tuesday, the Washington Post reports. LaRoche will meet with GM Mike Rizzo, manager Jim Riggleman and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz before Tuesday’s game, according to Adam Kilgore.…

  20. Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty to 25 charges

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Monday in a federal case where he’s accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. Federal prosecutors contend Dykstra sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from an $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee. Dykstra appeared dazed in court, according to The Associated Press…

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