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  1. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez finally got some answers about his stomach problems this week after visiting Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic. According to Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and has been prescribed medication that he can take before each meal to curb some of his digestive issues. He…

  2. Amaro thinking Chase Utley might be ready by end of May

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    The Phillies still aren’t putting an official timetable on Chase Utley‘s rehabilitation from patellar tendinitis, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did offer some optimism on Saturday evening. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Amaro told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he’s hopeful Utley will be ready to return to the Phillies’ starting lineup before…

  3. Marlins ink right-hander Chris Sampson to minors contract

    Apr 23, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

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    Players breaking news on Twitter is kind of a funny modern phenomenon. Chris Sampson did just that on Saturday afternoon, announcing that he has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Marlins. The 32-year-old right-hander spent all of spring training with the Rockies but was cut just before Opening Day and took a…

  4. Phil Hughes ready for minor league rehab assignment

    Apr 23, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    After throwing an extended bullpen session earlier this afternoon, Phil Hughes told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he expects to make his first minor league rehab start in five days. “I felt like balls were coming out pretty good,” Hughes said. “We’ll have to wait and see.” While Hughes isn’t sure where he’ll…

  5. Neftali Feliz placed on disabled list with shoulder inflammation

    Apr 23, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    C’mon, you just knew something like this would happen, right? According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have placed closer Neftali Feliz on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that Feliz is dealing with inflammation in his rotator cuff, but is hopeful that he…

  6. Chris Young to return to Mets’ starting rotation Tuesday

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have confirmed that right-hander Chris Young will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Nationals. Young, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with right biceps tendinitis, was cleared for the start after throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session…

  7. Felipe Lopez benched for not hustling

    Apr 23, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Felipe Lopez was pulled from last night’s game against the Blue Jays after failing to run out a ground ball in the 11th inning. It’s the second time this week that Lopez didn’t hustle to first base. Rays manager Joe Maddon tells Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that Lopez is benched for today’s…

  8. Brandon Webb to throw in extended spring training Monday

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb is still a long way from actually pitching for the Rangers, but he’s making some incremental progress. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Webb flew to Arizona yesterday after completing his latest long-toss session under the supervision of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. He’s scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring…

  9. Justin Morneau back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Apr 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Justin Morneau is back in the starting lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Indians. He’ll play first base and bat cleanup against right-hander Fausto Carmona. Morneau has been sidelined since last Saturday due to a stiff neck and a case of the flu. He recently received…

  10. Jeff Wilpon orders destruction of bullpen mascot “Stanley”

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

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    The Mets are willing to try anything — and I mean anything — change their losing ways. Even if they have to blame inanimate objects for their bad luck. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros, the Mets destroyed “Stanley,” a black and yellow rolling toolbox that had become the bullpen’s mascot. It held some…

  11. Scott Downs placed on disabled list with stomach virus

    Apr 23, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

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    According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, Angels reliever Scott Downs has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a gastrointestinal virus caused by food poisoning. Downs missed the first two weeks of the season because of a broken left big toe, so this is his second trip to the disabled list this season. He…

  12. Did Tony La Russa pull a fast one on Dusty Baker last night?

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Tony La Russa used the weather and the rules to his advantage in last night’s 4-2 win over the Reds, moving his club back into first place in the National League Central. La Russa scratched Kyle McClellan from his scheduled start because of the threat of inclement weather, instead sending Miguel Batista out for the…

  13. Chipper Jones has pain in his other knee

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jones is out of Saturday’s lineup. 8:34 AM: Chipper Jones has exceeded all expectations coming back from left knee surgery, batting .274/.341/.425 with two homers, five doubles and 14 RBI over his first 82 plate appearances. He has appeared in every game this season and even…

  14. UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid broke up in ninth inning

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Marlins win 4-1. Sanchez ends up with a complete-game one-hitter. 9:35 PM: So much for that. Dexter Fowler just broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the ninth. It bounced just beyond Omar Infante‘s glove into right field. Is Edwin Rodriguez going to pull him now? 9:26 PM: Sanchez has made it…

  15. The Brewers will be paying Ryan Braun until 2031

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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    The Brewers announced a five-year, $105 million extension with Ryan Braun yesterday that will keep him in Milwaukee through at least 2020, but they’ll actually be paying him for much, much longer. According to Colin Fly of the Associated Press, the new contract includes at least $18 million in interest-free deferrals through 2031. In other…

  16. Justin Morneau receives cortisone shot for stiff neck

    Apr 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game this evening. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that while Morneau is still getting over the flu, he also needed a cortisone shot today to relieve vertebrae inflammation in his neck. “He had a neck issue before he even…

  17. Scott Rolen gets cortisone injections for shoulder

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is absent from Friday’s lineup and iffy for the weekend after receiving two cortisone injections for soreness in his left shoulder, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “I kind of tracked it back to San Diego,” he said, referring to an April 11-13 series. “I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I haven’t…

  18. Rockies acquire Brad Emaus from Blue Jays

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Second baseman Brad Emaus, who was just returned from the Mets to the Blue Jays under the terms of his Rule 5 status, was traded from Toronto to Colorado for right-hander Chris Malone on Friday. The Rockies, presumably, will stick Emaus at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Had they wanted him for the major league team, they…

  19. Should the Mets move the wall in at Citi Field?

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    This comes up about twice a year and people like to talk about it, so hey, why not?  Go read Marty Noble over at MLB.com opining that the Mets should move the fences in at Citi Field because it’s killing David Wright and making home runs scarce and all of that: Right field at Citi…

  20. Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Johnny Damon missed three games after being hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday and revealed today that he has a hairline fracture in the tip of his left ring finger. Damon played last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, and is back in the lineup tonight against the Blue Jays, telling Roger Mooney…

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