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  1. Phil Hughes targeting early-July return to the major leagues

    Jun 5, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    hughes throws

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News passes along notice that Yankees starter Phil Hughes has been cleared to report to the team’s spring training complex in Tampa to continue his rehabilitation from right arm fatigue. He’ll arrive there Monday. Hughes has been traveling with his Yankees teammates for the past couple of weeks…

  2. Marlins likely to place Hanley Ramirez on disabled list Monday

    Jun 5, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez hasn’t improved since revealing to reporters last Monday that he couldn’t put his shoes on due to lingering discomfort in his lower back and upper left leg. According to Manny Navarro, beat writer for the Miami Herald, Ramirez is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday morning.…

  3. O’s prospect Manny Machado done rehabbing knee injury

    Jun 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    machado prospect

    Orioles shortstop prospect Manny Machado suffered a patella subluxation of his left knee in early May while playing in a game at Single-A Delmarva. He’s been rehabbing at the Orioles’ spring training complex for the past couple weeks and is just about ready to rejoin the Delmarva Shorebirds. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Geovany Soto, Albert Pujols

    We’re going to run a post like this one every Saturday and Sunday morning going forward as a kind of open thread for the previous day’s games. So, here goes nothing. Saturday’s box scores: Red Sox 9, Athletics 8 (14 innings) Dodgers 11, Reds 8 (11 innings) Rays 3, Mariners 2 Cardinals 5, Cubs 4…

  5. Pedro Alvarez could begin rehab assignment early next week

    Jun 4, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

    alvarez getty

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez took another few steps in the right direction this week as he continues his recovery from a right quadriceps strain. According to Jenifer Langosch, beat writer for MLB.com, the young infielder has now played four games at extended spring training in Bradenton, Florida and could be cleared to begin a…

  6. Albert Pujols swiftly waking, hits walkoff homer to beat Cubs

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Whether caused by a hamstring injury, distractions related to his impending free agency, or simply the aging process, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a disappointing first two months. He’s on a mission to make June, July, August, September and October far more fruitful. Pujols finished 3-for-4 with four RBI in the Cardinals’ extra-innings defeat…

  7. Brandon Belt diagnosed with hairline fracture in left wrist

    Jun 4, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    belt getty

    You can forget all that talk about Brandon Belt‘s wrist injury being of the minor variety. According to the Giants’ official Twitter feed, the promising 23-year-old was diagnosed Saturday with a hairline fracture in his left wrist and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Belt was struck in the wrist by a pitch…

  8. Paul Konerko remains sidelined following minor wrist surgery

    Jun 4, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

    Paul Konerko

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko had a loose bone fragment removed from his left wrist Friday afternoon during a minor surgical procedure. He’s not going to be placed on the disabled list, but the veteran is again out of the Pale Hose starting lineup Saturday against the Tigers and could rest up during Sunday’s…

  9. Joe Mauer to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jun 4, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    While Justin Morneau and Denard Span are out of the Twins’ starting lineup tonight due to injury, we at least have some encouraging news about the face of the franchise to pass along. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Joe Mauer will be the designated hitter tomorrow in his first minor league rehab…

  10. Orioles set to activate Derrek Lee from disabled list

    Jun 4, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Well, that was quick. After going 2-for-3 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A Bowie last night, the Orioles are set to activate Derrek Lee from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com writes that Lee will have to make it through batting practice…

  11. Buster Posey releases statement in response to Scott Cousins

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:54 PM EST

    Buster Posey injured

    According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Buster Posey just released the following three-paragraph statement: “I appreciate the continued support of Giants fans and others as I begin the process of working my way back. But in no way do I condone threats of any kind against Scott Cousins or his family.…

  12. Johnny Bench critiques Buster Posey’s positioning at home plate

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Johnny Bench

    This whole Buster Posey-Scott Cousins controversy will go away eventually. Though it’s taken entirely too long, everyone involved is beginning to say the right things. Adults acting like adults. What a concept? Still, when a Hall of Fame catcher like Johnny Bench weighs in on the situation, well, you have no choice but to give…

  13. UPDATE: Clay Buchholz on track for Yankees series despite back issue

    Jun 4, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tells us that Buchholz will indeed start against the Yankees next week. Apologies for the false alarm. Carry on, everyone. 2:02 PM: First the Yankees miss Dan Haren, now this? According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated this morning that Clay…

  14. Chipper Jones says Mets should build around David Wright

    Jun 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has some very important decisions to make about the future of the franchise in the coming weeks and months. Various scenarios have been discussed and speculated in the media, including the possibility of parting with both David Wright and Jose Reyes. Chipper Jones has been torturing the Mets on a…

  15. UPDATE: Rafael Furcal placed on disabled list with strained side

    Jun 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: The Dodgers just announced that Rafael Furcal and Jon Garland were placed on the disabled list while Ivan DeJesus Jr. and John Ely were called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. 12:00 PM: Another injury for the Dodgers’ infield? Shocking, I know. Rafael Furcal left last night’s game against the Reds after suffering an injury to…

  16. UPDATE: Jordan Schafer diagnosed with non-displaced sinus fracture

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    Jordan Schafer injured

    UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Schafer was diagnosed with a small non-displaced sinus fracture. The Braves will hold off on a roster move for now, but Matt Young and Joe Mather will likely see time in center field over the next few days. Wilkin Ramirez would likely be called up from…

  17. Report: Pirates expected to take Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    College World Series - Game One

    As opposed to the past two years, there isn’t an obvious No. 1 pick in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft. This has led to spirited debate about who the Pirates may select. Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole and Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen have been mentioned most frequently in the past few weeks,…

  18. Adam Dunn finally got a hit against a southpaw last night

    Jun 4, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Chicago White Sox

    It wasn’t pretty, but it happened. Adam Dunn wasn’t even in the original starting lineup for last night’s game against the Tigers, as he was expected to sit against left-hander Andy Oliver, but he ended up being a last-minute replacement for Paul Konerko, who underwent a minor wrist procedure earlier in the day. The high-priced…

  19. Red Sox confirm Tommy John surgery for Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    It’s official. After last night’s game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed that Daisuke Matsuzaka will indeed have Tommy John surgery. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Francona said the surgery would happen “probably next week” and will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Matsuzaka will miss the rest of this season and at…

  20. Astros release struggling second baseman Bill Hall

    Jun 4, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Bill Hall

    The Astros announced following last night’s game that they have decided to release struggling second baseman Bill Hall. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hall will be placed on unconditional release waivers, clearing the way for Jason Bourgeois to return from the disabled list. While Hall thrived as a utility player with the Red…

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