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  1. Doctors agree that Ike Davis won’t need ankle surgery

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis hasn’t played since May and was ruled out for the season long ago, but the good news is that it sounds like he won’t need ankle surgery. Davis said last week that he was confident enough in his rehab progress to avoid surgery and today doctors who examined his bone bruise agreed, according…

  2. Charlie Morton is out of the Pirates rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    At least for now. He’s bring moved aside in favor of lefty Jeff Locke. I realize that this of little interest to non-Pirates fans and non-fantasy players (uber deep league fantasy players if guys like Morton and Locke are implicated), but a story like this interest me because they shows us just how damn long…

  3. Chipper Jones is batting second for the first time since 1996

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Fredi Gonzalez has decided to shake things up with the Braves’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Mets, moving Chipper Jones into the second spot. Last time Jones hit second in the order? Way back in 1996, when he did so four times as a 24-year-old. In the 15 seasons since here’s…

  4. What would MLB do if a team plane crashed?

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Old airliner

    In light of yesterday’s tragic crash of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, Al Yellon of SB Nation details the plans in place — which Major League Baseball is understandably loathe to talk much about — in the event that tragedy were to strike a major league team in which more than five of its players…

  5. Hamstring injury keeps Bryce Harper from Double-A playoffs

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    harper futures getty

    Bryce Harper hasn’t played since August 18 because of a hamstring injury and the Nationals announced today that he’s been ruled out for the Double-A playoffs. Harper got off to a very slow start following his midseason promotion to Harrisburg, but was hitting .286 with an .879 OPS in 14 August games before the injury.…

  6. Reggie Jackson has regrets?

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    Marc Carig has a good piece over at Baseball Prospectus today. He talks with Reggie Jackson about Mr. October’s all-time strikeout record and how, in hindsight, Reggie wishes he had cut down on his mighty hack.  Marc adds some analysis of his own comparing the guy who was once thought of as an insane whiffer…

  7. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Sunday versus the Astros

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    strasburg ap wide

    Stephen Strasburg looked fantastic in his first start back from Tommy John elbow surgery, averaging 96 miles per hour with his fastball while throwing five shutout innings Tuesday night, so the Nationals will keep him on a normal rest schedule for his next turn in the rotation. Strasburg is slated to make his second start…

  8. The Brewers are not happy with Nyjer Morgan

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    morgan ap

    Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin was on WTMJ radio today and was asked about the Nyjer Morgan/Albert Pujols business from last night.  Summary here, actual broadcast here. Upshot: He’s not happy.  He said that manager Ron Roenicke is going to deal with Morgan “internally,” and likely not by giving him a firm handshake and an “‘attaboy.” He…

  9. Dodgers rule out Andre Ethier for the season with knee injury

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Andre Ethier backtracked a bit from his comments last month suggesting the Dodgers were making him play through a knee injury, but manager Don Mattingly just announced that Ethier has been shut down for the season. According to Ethier doctors initially told him that playing through the injury wouldn’t make it any worse, but Dylan…

  10. Why baseball is better than football

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    baseball

    ESPN’s Jim Caple writes one of these every year, so he’s kind of running out of original ideas, but it’s always good to be reminded of any reasons — even the weaker ones — why baseball beats the crap out of football, so I link it with approval. To be honest, though, whenever I’m presented…

  11. Phillies activate Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Chase Utley is out for at least a few days with a mild concussion, but the Phillies’ middle infield does get a boost today with Jimmy Rollins being activated from the disabled list. Rollins hasn’t played since August 22 because of a groin injury and wasn’t quite ready to return from the DL when eligible…

  12. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    The Question

    I made a decision this week to steer away from Aquaman questions. But we have Batman, Dr. Manhattan, some gratuitous death penalty politics and we get to watch an HBT writer — not me — basically commit career suicide!

  13. “Run down” Jake Peavy will remain in White Sox’s rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    After a poor outing last week Jake Peavy talked about being “run down” a year removed from shoulder surgery, but the White Sox have decided to keep him in the rotation for now. Peavy bounced back with 6.1 shutout innings against the Twins on Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 4.92, but the 30-year-old right-hander told…

  14. Who will the Red Sox start at shortstop in the playoffs?

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    marco-scutaro-red-sox

    Back in early August, when Jed Lowrie returned from the disabled list, manager Terry Francona indicated that Lowrie and Marco Scutaro would “split” playing time at shortstop for the Red Sox. That didn’t last very long, however, as Lowrie was needed to fill in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third base and Scutaro has…

  15. Tired of rain, Yankees and Orioles fans? Tough!

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Storm cloud

    In an earlier post I jokingly said that today’s makeup game between the Orioles and the Yankees would probably have rain, thereby extending those teams’ sogginess streak to approximately 800.  I probably should have checked the forecast, however, because, wouldn’t you know it, rain is expected today in Baltimore. There’s a slight chance of rain…

  16. Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic despite initially not being very excited about the possibility, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Belt was apparently convinced it would be a good thing following a conversation with manager Bruce Bochy, saying: “After talking with him, I really think it’s…

  17. Chase Utley has a mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley was hit in the head with an Eric O’Flaherty pitch in last night’s game. He stayed in, but was later pulled for a pinch hitter after complaining of a headache. Ruben Amaro said afterward that he has a “mild concussion.” Utley was held back from joining the team on its flight to Milwaukee and will…

  18. Oh good: Jeff Loria wants to make more baseball decisions

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Yesterday, in the wake of the Marlins shuffling around their front office, I observed that part of the Marlins success over the years has been that, despite the financial constraints and despite the fact that their owner is basically a disaster area, the Marlins have always let good baseball people make good baseball decisions and…

  19. Jeff Francoeur threw a batter out at first from right field

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ve offered several kudos to Jeff Francoeur for having a better-than-expected season this year. But given that I’ve still offered approximately 598 more slams than kudos in his career, I still have some work to do.  So it’s definitely appropriate for me to note that Francoeur shot a dude down cold from right field yesterday…

  20. Tim Wakefield is never going to win his 200th game

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    On the one hand I think round numbers for the sake of round numbers are kind of silly. On the other hand, I like knuckleballers and I really like Tim Wakefield, so it makes me kind of sad to see him get start after start in the pursuit of 200 wins only to fall short…

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