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  1. McCutchen scratched from Saturday’s lineup with stiff neck

    Apr 3, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen tried to talk himself into Sunday’s lineup against the Cubs and was successful at first, but Pittsburgh’s coaches and trainers eventually decided to play it safe. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jose Tabata is playing center field on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field with Matt Diaz covering…

  2. Braves re-sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Apr 3, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Scott Proctor is back with the Braves. Kind of. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran right-hander agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday morning and will report to Triple-A Gwinnett this week. Proctor was cut by the Braves at the end of spring training after allowing 12 hits and 14…

  3. Victorino expects to return from tight calf on Tuesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    The Phillies got some good news Sunday on center fielder Shane Victorino, the morning after he made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of tightness in his left calf. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Victorino is aiming to return to the Phils’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s series-opening tilt against the Mets. The Phillies have…

  4. Evan Longoria headed to disabled list with oblique injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

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    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria began feeling discomfort in his left oblique before Saturday’s game against the Orioles. But he didn’t ask out of the starting lineup and now it might cost him. Longoria had to be lifted from the game at the start of the…

  5. Jurrjens placed on disabled list, Minor to start Wednesday

    Apr 3, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens began feeling discomfort in the left side of his body during the final week of spring training. Now it has carried over into the regular season. From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that, in somewhat expected news, Jurrjens has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to…

  6. SNY employee channels Family Guy, takes jab at Mets

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Note to current and future employees and interns of broadcasting companies: not everyone has a great barometer for sarcasm and parody. According to this report from Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, a SportsNet New York (SNY) employee is in hot water for playing a Mets-mocking clip from the show Family Guy at the end of the…

  7. Jimenez could miss next start due to small cut on thumb

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered six runs over six innings Friday in a rough debut loss to the Diamondbacks. A report Saturday from the Denver Post may give us an idea of why he looked so shaky. According to the Post‘s Troy Renck, Jimenez has a small cut along his right thumb cuticle and it…

  8. Orioles’ Luke Scott suffers groin injury

    Apr 3, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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    The Orioles are going to be without one of their main sluggers for the next couple of days. Or maybe longer. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, outfielder Luke Scott had to be lifted from Saturday night’s game — the same game that saw Rays third baseman Evan Longoria suffer an oblique injury…

  9. Shane Victorino pulled Saturday with soreness in left calf

    Apr 2, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Victorino runs to first base as Boston Red Sox pitcher Lester fields a bunt during a MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    The amount of high profiles injuries this spring was absurd. Now it’s carrying over into the regular season. From MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki comes word that Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino had to be pulled from the club’s Saturday evening tilt against the Astros due to soreness in his left calf. Victorino collided with fellow Phillies…

  10. Evan Longoria exits game with sore left oblique

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    longo hitting

    A bit of frightening news out of Tampa Bay. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was lifted prematurely from Saturday’s game against the Orioles due to soreness in his left oblique. Longo will be reevaluated after undergoing a round of tests Sunday morning. The 25-year-old was 0-for-1…

  11. On disabled list, Andrew Bailey has “best day yet”

    Apr 2, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the season due to a muscle strain in his right forearm. Good news: he made a little progress today. According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Bridge Baseball, Bailey played long toss from a distance of 120 feet on Saturday afternoon…

  12. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon arrives in Fla., will work out Sunday

    Apr 2, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE, 7:02 PM: Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com has a bit more information. Simon arrived in Florida on Saturday afternoon and will work out at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota on Sunday. The club is going to stretch him out as a starter. 4:10 PM: Well, here’s a surprise. Phil Issac, the agent for…

  13. J.A. Happ scratched from Sunday start with oblique injury

    Apr 2, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have scratched J.A. Happ from his scheduled start against the Phillies tomorrow with an oblique injury. Happ was pulled from Tuesday’s start against the Astros’ Triple-A team with a strained right oblique. It’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, since…

  14. Were the Yankees cheating on Opening Day?

    Apr 2, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    You may have seen Keith Olbermann tweet this picture of Brett Weber, who regularly charts velocity and pitch type from behind home plate for the Yankees, holding up four fingers towards the field during the season opener Thursday against the Tigers. It seemed more weird than anything else at the time, but it turns out that MLB rules…

  15. Matt Holliday may not need DL stint for appendectomy

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    UPDATE: Finally, some good news for the Cardinals. Well, maybe. According to the Associated Press, the Cardinals plan to wait a few days before deciding whether to place Matt Holliday on the disabled list following his appendectomy. He had the surgery yesterday and the Cardinals believe it’s possible that he could return before the end of…

  16. Deep thought: Brian Cashman says Pedro Feliciano was “abused” by Mets

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Interesting comments by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman today. According to Jack Curry of YES Network, he said that Pedro Feliciano was “abused” during his time with the Mets. The amazing part is that Cashman is acting like this is somehow news. Feliciano has led the majors in appearances over the past three seasons and…

  17. Jon Daniels admits he missed the boat on the Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Apr 2, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez Rangers swing

    It’s easy to forget, but at one point the Rangers had Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Teixeira in the same lineup. Of course, not many thought that Gonzalez would develop into one of the best power hitters in the sport, but the December 2005 trade that sent him to the Padres along with Chris Young and…

  18. Joel Pineiro has setback with shoulder, won’t be ready to pitch next week

    Apr 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Joel Pineiro was placed on the disabled list this week due to right shoulder tightness, but the Angels were optimistic enough about his progress that he was lined up to start the home opener next Friday against the Blue Jays. That apparently won’t happen. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Pineiro had…

  19. Jair Jurrjens expected to be placed on the disabled list

    Apr 2, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves starter Jurrjens pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during a MLB spring training game in Dunedin

    According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves are prepared to go the precautionary route and place Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list with an injury to his right side. They aren’t expected to make an official announcement until he throws a side session tomorrow. The Braves have been shooting for Jurrjens to make his…

  20. Just in case you needed a reminder, Johnny Damon is not Carl Crawford

    Apr 2, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    We knew the Rays were going to take a step back defensively when they signed Johnny Damon to replace Gold Glover Carl Crawford in left field. Unfortunately for Rays fans, the difference became pretty clear during yesterday’s Opening Day loss to Orioles. Damon sprinted to catch up with a ball that was hit to the…

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