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  1. Dallas Braden has setback during throwing session

    May 2, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser tweets that Dallas Braden‘s throwing session Monday didn’t go as hoped and that Braden will be reexamined by team doctors. Braden was throwing for the first time since going on the disabled list April 18 with left shoulder inflammation. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts…

  2. Jake Peavy set for next rehab start Thursday

    May 2, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

    peavy pose

    Jake Peavy‘s return from shoulder surgery was delayed just two weeks ago, but it’s now possible that he could make his season debut with the White Sox as soon as next week. Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that Peavy will make his next — and potentially final — minor league rehab start with…

  3. After 10 days off, Angel Pagan plays in extended spring game

    May 2, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    In his first action since going down with a strained left oblique, Angel Pagan went 1-for-4 with a walk while playing five innings in an extended spring training game Monday. Obliques strains tend to require at least three weeks on the DL, but Pagan appears to be aiming to make it back in the minimum…

  4. Red Sox line up Josh Beckett for Wednesday, Dice-K Friday

    May 2, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    The Red Sox cleared Josh Beckett to start Wednesday after his 25-pitch bullpen session went well Monday, and they announced plans to return Daisuke Matsuzaka to the rotation on Friday. Beckett, whose normal turn would have fallen tonight, was given extra rest after failing to come out with his best stuff in a no-decision last…

  5. Robinson Cano out of lineup with bone bruise

    May 2, 2011, 6:01 PM EST

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano runs up the first baseline after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    A bone bruise in his left hand has Robinson Cano out of the Yankees lineup for Monday’s game against the Tigers, though the All-Star does hope to play Tuesday. Cano was injured Sunday while trying a catch a pickoff throw from pitcher Ivan Nova.  Eduardo Nunez is starting at second base in his place tonight. …

  6. David Freese likely out until late July following hand surgery

    May 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    David Freese

    David Freese exited yesterday’s game with a broken hand thanks to a Scott Linebrink fastball and today general manager John Mozeliak announced that his return timetable is 9-12 weeks. According to Mozeliak he’s unlikely to return until late July, which is a big blow to a Cardinals roster already decimated by injuries. Freese was off…

  7. Curt Schilling and Mariano Rivera each opine on bin Laden. Guess which one was sensible.

    May 2, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Schilling

    Ultimately what baseball players think about the major issues of the day that aren’t baseball-related is rather unimportant, but I found this distinction to be 100% unsurprising. Here’s Mariano Rivera when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden by Ben Shpigel:  “You do something like that, somewhere along the way you’re going to pay.…

  8. Homer Bailey to come off DL, rejoin Reds’ rotation Thursday

    May 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    Homer Bailey, Ryan Hanigan

    Out since mid-March with a shoulder injury, Homer Bailey is scheduled to come off the disabled list Thursday and start against the Astros. Bailey also missed a big chunk of last season with shoulder problems, but when healthy posted a 4.46 ERA and 100/46 K/BB ratio in 109 innings to finally show some of the…

  9. HBT Daily: The good, the bad and the ugly of April

    May 2, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Tiffany and I wonder if the Twins and White Sox have dug too deep a hole. Er, two holes.

  10. Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia has completely torn MCL in elbow

    May 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    Jenrry Mejia was off to a good start at Triple-A, but the 21-year-old top prospect is in danger of missing the rest of the season after the Mets announced today that he has a completely torn MCL in his right elbow. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that Mejia will seek a…

  11. It’s Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park

    May 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Nats Park

    This is a coincidence — the event was already planned — but the tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park.  For the occasion, military personnel, be they active or retired, with a valid military ID can receive up to four free tickets to the game. All you need to do is to go to…

  12. Sammy Sosa enjoyed himself at Heat-Celtics game yesterday

    May 2, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    sammy sosa heat game

    Mocksession.com (via The Big Lead) grabbed a nice screen shot of Sammy Sosa cracking up in the background while ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke was on camera during yesterday’s Heat-Celtics playoff game. The guy in the black shirt must have told a helluva joke. And apparently they didn’t get the memo about the home crowd…

  13. Albert Pujols played third base yesterday for the first time since 2002

    May 2, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    David Freese and Nick Punto leaving yesterday afternoon’s game with injuries put the Cardinals in a tough spot and led to Albert Pujols playing third base for the first time since 2002. He moved from first base to third base for the final 1.1 innings of a 6-5 loss to the Braves and handled his…

  14. Pablo Sandoval to have surgery tomorrow

    May 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    sandoval_pablo

    I love Twitter. Before it was invented, you’d have to be friends with a baseball player in order to have him tell you that he’s having surgery tomorrow. As was reported over the weekend, Sandoval likely faces 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. If that schedule holds, it means he’ll be back the first or…

  15. Scott Rolen unlikely to return from DL when eligible Friday

    May 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the “odds are slim” he’ll be ready to return from a strained left shoulder by then. Reds trainer Paul Lessard told Groeschen that Rolen is progressing in his recovery, but added: “We don’t have a…

  16. Padres say new television deal will lead to increased payroll

    May 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    television money

    With an Opening Day payroll of just $45 million the Padres rank 27th in player spending, but chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team is negotiating a new local television contract that could increase the payroll by 10-20 percent as soon as 2012. Cox Communications’ current 10-year deal to broadcast Padres games…

  17. Ozzie Guillen calls his two-game suspension for tweeting “a good move” by MLB

    May 2, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    I thought MLB suspending Ozzie Guillen two games for posting on Twitter following his ejection last week was too extreme, but yesterday the White Sox manager told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that the punishment “was a very fair one”: I think it was good for baseball, myself and the integrity of the game. If MLB…

  18. Roger McDowell was lucky to just get a suspension

    May 2, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    mcdowell head

    I missed this yesterday — which was apparently written before baseball suspended Roger McDowell for two weeks — but Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Roger McDowell’s behavior in San Francisco last week from another perspective: that of the fan who didn’t hire Gloria Allred to reenact McDowell’s behavior at a press…

  19. Phillies activate Domonic Brown from DL, send him to Triple-A

    May 2, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Rather than keep him on a minor-league rehab assignment for his fractured hamate bone, the Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the disabled list yesterday and then optioned him to Triple-A. That means he’ll continue to play in the minors, but will do so as a Triple-A player rather than a rehabbing big leaguer. While perhaps…

  20. Carl Pavano loses to Royals, but defeats garbage can

    May 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Carl Pavano

    Francisco Liriano‘s struggles are more extreme and have gotten more attention during the Twins’ awful first month, but Carl Pavano has been plenty terrible himself with a 5.84 ERA through six starts. More worrisome than the bloated ERA is that Pavano’s strikeout rate continues to plummet, dropping from 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2009…

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