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  1. Brandon Webb could return to mound next week

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb threw 60-65 pitches off flat ground Thursday, ESPN Dallas’ Richard Durrett reports, and appears to be on pace to return to the mound early next week. Webb was taken off the mound after showing little velocity in his first bullpen session last week, putting his status for the beginning of the season in…

  2. Decision coming on Miguel Cabrera’s status

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will arrive at Tigers camp in time to talk to the media at 4:30 p.m. EST this afternoon, and a Tigers spokesman said to expect “a decision” on the first baseman’s status then. Cabrera has been away from camp after being arrested on DUI charges on Feb. 16. According to a Detroit News…

  3. Video of the Day: Ron Gardenhire, skinny utility infielder

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire never actually played for the Twins, spending his entire 285-game career with the Mets, but he did appear in a Twins uniform during spring training in 1987 and Edward Thoma of the Mankato Free Press discovered video evidence of him striking out against Astros right-hander Julio Solano: In addition to simply getting a…

  4. Rich Hill is a side-arming left-handed specialist now

    Feb 24, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Rich Hill had success as a starter in his first two seasons, but injuries and ineffectiveness have doomed him in the three years since then and now he’s trying to win a spot in the Red Sox’s bullpen with the help of a new arm slot. Hill, who used to throw from the three-quarters level…

  5. Bryce Harper scheduled to make spring training debut Monday

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper has no chance of actually making the Opening Day roster, but the 18-year-old No. 1 overall pick is in big-league camp and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that his spring training debut will come Monday as the Nationals open the exhibition schedule versus the Mets. Harper, who was named the top prospect in…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: The Diamondbacks and Rockies are impossibly spoiled

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    I am writing this in the press box of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (note: here’s an explanation for that name).  I’ve been here a little over three hours, and I still haven’t wrapped my brain around it all. The complex sits on the far northeast side of town next to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa…

  7. Brian Roberts set to rejoin workouts Friday after neck X-rays

    Feb 24, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Brian Roberts left Orioles camp yesterday to have X-rays on his sore neck and the news is mostly positive. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Roberts will skip today’s workouts, but “said his neck feels better” and hopes to be back on the field Friday after getting some treatment to “just try to…

  8. It’s official: Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery

    Feb 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he feared the worst when news of Adam Wainwright‘s elbow injury surfaced yesterday and unfortunately it’s now official, as the team announced today that Wainwright will undergo Tommy John surgery. He’ll return in 12-18 months with a big scar and a rebuilt elbow, but whether Wainwright will still be…

  9. Carl Crawford says Angels’ efforts to sign him were “weird” and “didn’t make sense”

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Carl Crawford apparently had a very emotional offseason. Earlier this week Crawford said that he was “creeped out” by the Red Sox admitting that they followed him both on and off the field last year in preparation for potentially signing him as a free agent and yesterday he told Jon Heyman of SI.com that he…

  10. Tommy John surgery could cost Adam Wainwright $21 million

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright is seeking a second opinion on his injured elbow before making a decision about Tommy John surgery, but just about everything suggests he’ll eventually go under the knife and be sidelined for 12-18 months. Even a speedy recovery from the surgery would have Wainwright on the disabled list when this season ends and…

  11. The first difference I’ve noticed between Florida and Arizona

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phoenix

    As the next nine days unfold I’ll be talking a lot about the differences between Florida and Arizona spring trainings. But for now I’ll give you a preliminary observation: the fact that all of the Arizona spring training complexes are located in the same major city is convenient as all hell, but also a bit…

  12. Wanna get paid to watch baseball all season?

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    You may have seen these ads floating around: Major League Baseball is starting a thing — and I think we can only safely call it a “thing” at the moment — in which some lucky sod is going to get paid to immerse themselves in baseball this season. MLB is calling it a “dream job,”…

  13. Wanna watch Derek Jeter get shaved on the side of a building?

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    This is … strange. There’s a giant billboard of Derek Jeter on the side of a building  in Manhattan. It’s for Gillette. Every day it changes, running in a three-day cycle: first he has stubble, then he has shaving cream on and then he’s clean shaven.  The New York Times has the pics. I think…

  14. The Phillies won’t be trading Joe Blanton to the Cardinals

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton smiles during a news conference in Clearwater

    Maybe that goes without saying, but given that a great number of Phillies fans half-jokingly — at least I hope it was half-jokingly — proposed a silly Joe Blanton-for-Colby Rasums trade after hearing about Adam Wainwright‘s injury yesterday, it’s probably wise that Ruben Amaro put the kibosh on such nonsense immediately: Whether the Phils would deal…

  15. Greetings from the Cactus League

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Buttes

    I write to you from a strange place, my friends. For one thing, my hotel is carved into the side of a mountain. Really. Picture a fortress built by a 1960s Bond villain, add some down comforters and complimentary toiletries and you’ve got the idea.  Once I’m acclimated to my new environment I intend to search…

  16. Miguel Cabrera could arrive at Tigers camp on Thursday

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera had originally planned to arrive at spring training to begin preparing for the 2011 season this past Saturday, but that schedule took a wild and unfriendly detour when he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest without the intention of violence last week. Cabrera has been undergoing medical evaluation by team…

  17. Aaron Cook feeling better, nearing bullpen session

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Rockies starter Aaron Cook missed a scheduled bullpen session this past weekend because he was dealing with general soreness in his arms and legs. He hasn’t stepped atop a mound this week either, but that could change soon. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Cook played long toss from 180 feet on Wednesday…

  18. Millwood working out at Boras’ place, waiting for calls

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood served as the Orioles’ Opening Day starter last season. Things didn’t exactly go smoothly for him in his one year with Baltimore, but it’s crazy to think of where he was then and where he is now. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun caught up with the free agent on Wednesday.…

  19. Adam Wainwright getting second opinion on injured elbow

    Feb 23, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    It’s a near certainty at this point that Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is going to require Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his injured right elbow, but an official decision might not come for at least another 24 hours. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wainwright has requested that MRI results taken Wednesday…

  20. Brewers catcher Lucroy breaks finger, needs surgery

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Jonathan Lucroy, who is slated to be the Brewers’ starting catcher this season, suffered a broken right pinkie finger during drills Wednesday and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. Fortunately for the Brewers, the injury happened early enough to give Lucroy a shot at being ready for the regular season, and since the injury…

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