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  1. Bryce Harper No. 1, nine Royals on BA’s Top 100 Prospects

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Baseball America put out its annual top 100 prospects list Wednesday, leading off with 2010 first overall pick Bryce Harper as the top prospect in the land. Here’s the top 10: 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals) 2. Mike Trout (OF Angels) 3. Jesus Montero (C Yankees) 4. Domonic Brown (OF Phillies) 5. Jeremy Hellickson (RHP…

  2. New manager John Farrell tells Blue Jays to stay off Twitter

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    John Farrell isn’t banning anyone from using Twitter for now, but the Blue Jays’ new manager said yesterday that he’ll “advise” players to avoid social networking because “they set themselves up for another distraction.” Farrell explained to John Lott of the National Post that the Blue Jays informed all players about the “pitfalls” of social…

  3. Cardinals future dims without Adam Wainwright

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    If the worse-case scenario comes to pass, the Cardinals are about to lose the right-hander who finished third in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2009 and second last year for the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. Adam Wainwright has won 39 games the last two years. In 2010, he went 20-11…

  4. Brian Roberts leaves Orioles camp for X-rays on sore neck

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts woke up this morning with a sore neck, so he skipped team workouts and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that he left Orioles camp to undergo X-rays. Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back and sat out the final week due…

  5. Oblique strain shuts down Mat Gamel for at least one week

    Feb 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    For the second straight season a spring training injury has put Brewers prospect Mat Gamel‘s chances of cracking the Opening Day roster in jeopardy. Last spring a shoulder injury caused Gamel to begin the season on the disabled list and he ended up spending nearly the entire year at Triple-A, getting just 15 at-bats with…

  6. Dodgers lose Vicente Padilla to elbow surgery, out indefinitely

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    And just like that, the Dodgers’ impressive rotation depth is no more. Vicente Padilla returned to Los Angeles to have an MRI exam on his sore right elbow and the news isn’t good, as the Dodgers announced today that he’ll undergo surgery “to free up a nerve that is entrapped in his forearm.” There’s no…

  7. Joe Mauer “not happy” Ron Gardenhire talked publicly about his knee injections

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire revealed to reporters that Joe Mauer might be held out from catching early in Twins camp after receiving a lubricant injection in his surgically repaired left knee, saying he wanted to “make sure those things take effect” before upping Mauer’s workload. Apparently that wasn’t supposed to be public information, because this…

  8. Cardinals fear Adam Wainwright has “significant” elbow injury

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

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    As if the early days of spring training haven’t been tough enough on the Cardinals, now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that ace Adam Wainwright has returned to St. Louis to have his right elbow examined for a possible ligament injury. Wainwright apparently felt pain while throwing batting practice Monday and…

  9. Carl Crawford “creeped out” by the Red Sox

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Last week general manager Theo Epstein revealed that the Red Sox had scouts tracking Carl Crawford on and off the field last season in preparation for potentially signing him as a free agent, saying it was “as if we were privately investigating him.” That was apparently news to Crawford, who told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com…

  10. On the road to Arizona

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    As much as I love the ice and cold of the great Midwest, it’s time to leave that nonsense behind for a spell.  As you read this, I am en route to Phoenix.  Spring training, my friends. Cactus-style.  I’ll be there until a week from Friday. While I’m in Arizona I’ll be taking in baseball…

  11. Mark Grudzielanek retires

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Mark Grudzielanek, Brett Gardner

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that Mark Grudzielanek has announced his retirement. Over the course of 15 seasons Grudzielanek hit .289/.332/.393 for six teams.  He finished with over 2000 hits and won the gold glove at 2B in 2006. Not a bad career. Not a bad career at all.  In my book that puts him in the Hall…

  12. The Wilpons could sell more than 25 percent of the team

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The New York Times reports today that the proposals fielded by the Wilpons in their efforts to find a “strategic partner” (read: cash infusion) suggest that most of the interested parties are interested in more than the 25 percent share of the Mets that the Wilpons want to sell.  This can be inferred by the…

  13. Great Moments in Cubs Marketing

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

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    You know, I have to think that it’s somewhat demoralizing for Cubs fans that the team has decided to put Derek Jeter on billboards advertising single-game ticket sales. Yeah, Castro is on there too, but if they really felt it necessary to put a second player on the sign it’s not like there aren’t other…

  14. The prosecution doesn’t intend to give up their case on Alfredo Simon

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

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    Contrary to multiple reports yesterday which indicated that Alfredo Simon was about to be cleared in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte in the Dominican Republic, prosecutor Victor Mueses told Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com earlier today that Simon isn’t going anywhere. “Nothing has happened to make us change our position. This…

  15. Chad Durbin could return to the Phillies

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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    Just when it began to look like the Phillies wouldn’t have room for Chad Durbin in their bullpen or their payroll, there’s now a pretty good chance that he will return. Peter Gammons of MLB Network alluded to the possibility earlier this afternoon and a source tells Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that returning to Philadelphia…

  16. Joe Mauer won’t be catching in the early part of spring training

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Joe Mauer received a shot of medicine earlier today to help lubricate his left knee joint, according to Kelly Theisier of MLB.com. Of course, Mauer underwent minor surgery in December to take care of some lingering inflammation in the very same knee. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said today that he plans to take it easy…

  17. Report: Jose Guillen will retire if he doesn’t get an offer in the next week

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Are you sitting down? Good. Call a friend, because I’m not sure you can handle this news on your own. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Jose Guillen will retire if he doesn’t receive a contract offer in the next week. “Today I have authorized my agent to explore the market and see if…

  18. Nick Punto out 8-12 weeks following hernia surgery

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Nick Punto

    Nick Punto visited a specialist after showing up at Cardinals camp with groin soreness and the doctor gave him some bad news, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be out 8-12 weeks following hernia surgery. According to Goold the diagnosis is that Punto has a “sports hernia/hockey hernia” and…

  19. J.D. Drew, alligator hunting expert/crazy person

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has an amusing anecdote from Red Sox camp in Florida, where NESN announcer Don Orsillo spotted an alligator in the pond behind the condo he’s living in and wondered whether it could be hunted. J.D. Drew was eventually brought in as the expert, because he’s from Florida and, as…

  20. Quote of the Day: Zack Greinke tells us how he really feels about the press

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Zack Greinke‘s difficulty socializing with fans, the press and his teammates is well-documented. It’s all a part of his struggle with social anxiety disorder and he does the best he can with it. It’s not easy, I’m sure, but if there is one upside to it at all, it’s that he can be be 100%…

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