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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. On the road to Arizona

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Saguaro

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Great Moments in Cubs Marketing

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    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…

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

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    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…

  9. 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…

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

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer dugout

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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%…

  15. Bud Selig tells the Yankees to stop their complaining about revenue sharing

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Ken Davidoff has what is hopefully the last we’ll hear of Hank Steinbrenner’s little tantrum yesterday.  Guess what: when Hank Steinbrenner said that guys were “too busy building mansions” he didn’t mean anyone specifically. He meant it as a figure of speech.  You know, like people have been saying since olden times. I know that…

  16. Good news for Gatorade coolers: Carlos Zambrano’s anger management issues are “cured”

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Last year Carlos Zambrano was ordered to undergo anger management counseling after he nearly came to blows with teammate Derrek Lee and bashed a Gatorade cooler into submission during a dugout tantrum in June. Today he talked about the counseling, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com: “It’s all done. I’m cured.” Here’s more from the kindler,…

  17. Update: Orlando Cabrera denies the report about him retiring after this year, says he’s in the best shape of his life

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE:  Call off the retirement party: Orlando Cabrera told the U.S. media today that the report in the Colombian newspaper was wrong and that he’s not going to retire after 2011.  And then — as if he was targeting me specifically — he said “I feel I can play for many years. I feel I’m…

  18. Jayson Werth: “I was trying to maximize things”

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth spoke to the media today, and the subject of his contract came up.  His comments — posted over at the Phillies Zone — were pretty interesting. He basically said that once he hit free agency he no longer viewed himself as a member of the Phillies but rather, viewed himself as a member…

  19. C.J. Wilson gets nod as Opening Day starter for Rangers

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Since the site has been overtaken by Opening Day starter announcements, here’s one more: C.J. Wilson will get the Game 1 assignment for the Rangers. A year ago at this time Wilson was a reliever trying to convince the Rangers he should get a chance to join the rotation and now he’s the Opening Day…

  20. Edwin Rodriguez is confident

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Today Edwin Rodriguez addressed his team for the first time this season. And since is the first time he’s been the manager at the outset of spring training, it’s the first time he’s ever gotten to do that whole set-the-tone thing.  And according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald,  the tone he set was…

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