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  1. Vicente Padilla throws first bullpen session since forearm surgery

    Mar 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Vicente Padilla underwent surgery late last month to release a nerve entrapped in his right forearm. The Dodgers originally estimated that he could resume throwing 3-4 weeks after surgery, placing his return somewhere around late April or early May, but it appears that he is progressing faster than most anticipated. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com,…

  2. Mookie Wilson reclaims his old number after Castillo release

    Mar 19, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    If Sandy Alderson was trying to win over Mets fans with yesterday’s release of Luis Castillo, he’s off to a roaring start. One of the overlooked side benefits of cutting Castillo was that his No. 1 was put back into circulation. This is notable because Mookie Wilson, who will serve as first base coach this…

  3. Jacoby Ellsbury likely to bat leadoff this season

    Mar 19, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox' Ellsbury hits a home run against the Detroti Tigers during the fourth inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Florida

    Jacoby Ellsbury entered spring training with a little something to prove after being limited to just 18 games last season due to fractured ribs. Fortunately for the Red Sox, he’s been the best player in camp thus far. Ellsbury is batting .429 over his first 35 at-bats this spring, leading the team in batting average,…

  4. Zack Greinke might not be back as soon as we thought

    Mar 19, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke throwing AP

    When it was revealed earlier this month that Zack Greinke fractured a rib playing pickup basketball, the Brewers estimated that he would only miss the first couple weeks of the season. Maybe not. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told John Schlegel of MLB.com yesterday that it’s unlikely Greinke will be ready by April 16, a date…

  5. Could Tim Wakefield have a tough time making the Red Sox?

    Mar 19, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Tim Wakefield gave up six runs on seven hits — including four home runs in the span of six batters– over three innings in last night’s loss to the Rays. Ugly, yes, but normally we’d say no big deal. Sometimes the knuckleball dances just right and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s nothing Red Sox fans haven’t seen…

  6. Derrek Lee set for spring debut this afternoon

    Mar 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Derrek Lee will make his spring debut this afternoon against the Phillies, playing first base and batting third. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last night that Lee will likely get two or three at-bats if he feels well enough. Lee, who signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract over the…

  7. On second thought, Luis Castillo is a pretty popular guy

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Luis Castillo became symbolic of the failures of former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, so most expected him to be cut loose prior to Opening Day, even though he was arguably the team’s best option at second base. But when someone is cut based more on perception than reality, we shouldn’t be surprised when said…

  8. Grady Sizemore officially ruled out for Opening Day

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore AP

    The assumption has been that Grady Sizemore won’t be ready until sometime in mid-April, so it’s not much of a surprise to learn that the Indians have officially ruled him out for Opening Day. Indians manager Manny Acta made the announcement earlier tonight, saying there’s just “not enough time to get him ready” for the…

  9. Could the Nationals really send Drew Storen to the minors?

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Aaron asked earlier today just how much spring stats actually matter. The general consensus is that they shouldn’t hold much weight, especially with more established players. For instance, the Orioles aren’t going to cut Luke Scott just because he entered tonight’s action with an .067 batting average over his first 30 at-bats this spring. They…

  10. Doug Davis set to audition for teams next week

    Mar 18, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Doug Davis was limited to just eight starts last season with the Brewers due to a heart problem and an elbow injury which eventually required surgery. The good news is that he’s now back to full health and ready to put himself back out there for MLB teams. Steve Canter, the agent for Davis, tells…

  11. Madoff bankruptcy trustee increases his claim against Wilpon and friends: to one BILLION dollars

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    You can ask for anything you want in a complaint, but when you start off by asking for $300 million from the Wilpons and Saul Katz, and then increase your demand to one billion, one would assume there’s a reason for that: The amended complaint also provides additional substantiation of the inter-dependent relationship between Sterling…

  12. No shock: Ricky Nolasco says he didn’t try to hit Nyjer Morgan

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Not that there was much doubt in the mind of anyone but Nyjer Morgan, but Ricky Nolasco made it pretty clear today that he didn’t intend to hit Morgan with a pitch earlier this week: I don’t know what to tell Nyjer. I’m not trying to hit him. What’s happened last year is squashed. If…

  13. Must-Click Link: Ryan Westmoreland’s long road back

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Charles Pierce has a major piece on Ryan Westmoreland, the Red Sox farmhand who last year was diagnosed with a congenital condition that led to brain surgery and a long, long road back to baseball: Over the past year, Ryan Westmoreland had to teach himself how to relearn all the most basic things that made…

  14. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 18, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Dare I … Dare I … Dare I pick the Cubs?

  15. Pirates claim Garrett Olson off waivers from Mariners

    Mar 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    One of the benefits of finishing with the worst record in baseball last season is that the Pirates still have the No. 1 waiver priority and they used it today to claim Garrett Olson after he was let go by the Mariners. I once thought Olson had a future as a solid mid-rotation starter for…

  16. Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” to be honored by the Hall of Fame

    Mar 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Terry Cashman

    Ron Santo and Alan Trammell can’t sniff the Hall of Fame, but the Hall is going to honor this treacly, nostalgic wreck of a song: Thirty years ago singer/composer Terry Cashman displayed his love for the national pastime with his song, “Talkin’ Baseball.”  Now baseball is showing its love for Cashman and his composition, with the Hall…

  17. Scot Shields retires after 10 years as elite, underrated reliever

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Scot Shields was said to be pondering retirement throughout the offseason and the longtime Angels setup man officially called it quits today after a 10-year career in which he threw 697 innings with a 3.18 ERA. Because he never got a chance to be a full-time closer Shields was almost always overlooked during discussions of…

  18. Is Aroldis Chapman the Reds’ future closer?

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Reds GM Walt Jocketty told John Fay yesterday that Aroldis Chapman may one day be the Reds’ closer: “We would still leave (starting) as an option,” Jocketty said. “He definitely could be a top-of-the-rotation guy. He’s either going to have to do that or be a closer. I don’t see him being a set-up guy…

  19. Ryan Raburn in the mix for Tigers’ starting job at second base

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower than expected recovery from knee surgery has opened the door for Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes to compete for the Tigers’ starting job at second base, but Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that Ryan Raburn has emerged as a contender for the gig as well. Raburn has never started more than 15…

  20. Kudos to Rafael Belliard. For two reasons.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    There are two notable things about this article in the Detroit Free Press: It catches us up with former Pirates and Braves shortstop Rafael Belliard, who is friends and neighbors with Luis Salazar. Belliard passes along some encouraging words Salazar told him during a recent hospital visit; and There’s a picture of Belliard — who…

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