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  1. Cardinals lose David Freese to broken hand

    May 1, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Freese, who was batting a robust .356 in 87 at-bats this season, suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a Scott Linebrink pitch in Sunday’s loss to the Braves and is expected to be placed on the disabled list. The Cardinals didn’t provide a timetable for Freese’s return, but an absence of…

  2. Pedro Martinez could soon announce retirement

    May 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    While reports last month indicated that he was interested to returning to the majors, perhaps with the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez said Sunday that he is leaning towards retirement. “I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is…

  3. Neftali Feliz still on track for Friday return to Rangers

    May 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Texas closer Neftali Feliz is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday in front of the Rangers’ coaches and trainers in Oakland. If everything goes well, he will then make a single rehab appearance at one of the organization’s minor league affiliates before returning to the big league bullpen on Friday. This all comes…

  4. Dodgers activate Hong-Chih Kuo from disabled list

    May 1, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dodgers setup man Hong-Chih Kuo strained a muscle in his back during spring training and landed on the disabled list in mid-April after trying to pitch through the pain for two weeks. He’s now finally healthy and ready to return to form at the back end of the Dodgers’ bullpen. According to Dylan Hernandez of…

  5. Kevin Millwood officially opts out of contract with Yankees

    May 1, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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    Yankees fans, the Kevin Millwood Era is over. From Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet comes word that the right-hander officially opted out of his contract with the Yanks on Sunday morning and is now a free agent, clear to sign with any team. Millwood held out all spring for a guaranteed big league roster spot…

  6. MLB suspends Roger McDowell two weeks for slurs, threats

    May 1, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Major League Baseball has suspended Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay following his actions toward a group of fans last weekend in San Francisco. He has also been fined an undisclosed — but probably quite hefty — sum of money. According to reports,…

  7. Tigers clear Victor Martinez for two-game rehab assignment

    May 1, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    The return of Victor Martinez is coming fast. According to Steve Kornacki of MLive.com, the slugger will head out to Triple-A Toledo this week for a two-game minor league rehab assignment. If everything goes according to plan, he will be back in a Tigers uniform on Wednesday. Martinez did blocking drills Saturday and was cleared…

  8. Jered Weaver scratched Sunday with flu-like symptoms

    May 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Angels ace Jered Weaver won’t be trying for his seventh win this afternoon in Tampa Bay. From Angels announcer Victor Rojas comes word that Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday outing against the Rays due to a flu-like illness. Tyler Chatwood, 21, will slide up the schedule and take the mound in his…

  9. Logan Morrison on SI’s Hot Clicks Podcast with Jimmy Traina

    May 1, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is on the disabled list currently with a lisfranc sprain and muscle strain in his left foot. He isn’t expected to return to the big leagues for another couple of weeks. With time to spare, the talented 23-year-old spent about 20 minutes last week on SI.com’s Hot Clicks Podcast with Jimmy…

  10. Kevin Youkilis still being bothered by hip discomfort

    May 1, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was lifted early from Thursday’s game against the Orioles after jamming his hip while trying to break up a double play. He’s been able to stay active and productive, but that hip discomfort still remains. According to associate reporter Evan Drellich of MLB.com, Youk had to be pulled in…

  11. Dodgers’ Andre Ethier extends hit streak to 26 games

    May 1, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

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    If it wasn’t time before, it’s probably time now to begin taking Andre Ethier‘s hit streak seriously. From Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News comes word that the 29-year-old outfielder went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday evening’s loss to the Padres, extending his streak to 26 games. Ethier also made a…

  12. Jose Tabata out “a couple of days” with hamstring tightness

    May 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata was forced from Saturday’s game in the first inning after pulling up lame while attempting to beat out a groundball. He was diagnosed only with right hamstring tightness, not a strain, but that tightness is going to keep the outfielder sidelined for the next few games. According to Jenifer Langosch of…

  13. X-rays show progress in Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s fractured fibula

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins' Nishioka gets a hand from Morneau as he hops into the dugout after player introductions before the start of their game in Minneapolis

    Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his left fibula earlier this month when Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher upended him on a broken double play attempt at Minnesota’s Target Field. The Japanese infielder is still a couple weeks from returning to the Twins’ major league lineup, but he is making steady progress. Robert Falkoff of MLB.com…

  14. Smoltz misses cut in first pro golf tourney by 27 strokes

    Apr 30, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    smoltz wide

    Pitching only once every five or six days over the course of a 21-year major league career, right-hander John Smoltz had ample time to develop a pretty outstanding golf game. Smoltz finally got to put those golf skills in action this weekend at the South Georgia Classic, a tournament on the PGA Nationwide Tour. The…

  15. Reds’ Jared Burton already cleared for light rehab work

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    burton wide

    Reds setup man Jared Burton opened the 2011 regular season on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation and underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same shoulder just this past week. He is a long way from fully returning to a major league mound, but the right-handed reliever is making some amount of progress. According to…

  16. Rays send Jake McGee to minors, call up Alex Cobb for spot start Sunday

    Apr 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have sent Jake McGee to Triple-A Durham and called up Alex Cobb to start Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. The Rays need a spot starter for Sunday because of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins. McGee, 24, made the Rays out of spring training,…

  17. UPDATE: Zack Greinke to make Brewers debut Wednesday

    Apr 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    UPDATE: It’s official. Greinke will make his Brewers debut Wednesday against the Braves, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 9:30 AM: Brewers fans, the wait is almost over. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Zack Greinke allowed two runs over five innings last night with Triple-A Nashville in what was expected to…

  18. Clay Buchholz scratched from Sunday’s start due to illness

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    Clay Buchholz was scratched from tomorrow’s start against the Mariners due to illness, according to Sam Dykstra of WEEI.com. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Buchholz was sent home last night due to “intestinal turmoil,” which aside from sounding really painful, would actually be a pretty awesome name for a metal band. Tim Wakefield will…

  19. Nationals sure to suffer without Ryan Zimmerman

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Ryan Zimmerman, now likely out through mid-June with a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen, probably doesn’t qualify as one of baseball’s top 10 performers just yet, but as far as irreplaceable players go, he’s very near the top. In Zimmerman’s absence, the Nats have been trying to get by with Jerry Hairston Jr. and…

  20. First-round bust Daniel Moskos arrives in majors

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

    Replacing the injured Evan Meek on Pittsburgh’s roster will be 2007 first-round pick Daniel Moskos, the Pirates announced Saturday. It will be the first trip to the majors for Moskos, who was drafted fourth overall behind David Price (Rays), Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Vitters (Cubs) four years ago.  The Pirates weren’t interested in spending…

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