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  1. J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton headed to the disabled list

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks is essentially back as Ozzie Guillen’s closer, but he didn’t get there without a body count. J.J. Putz re-injured his right knee last night against the Orioles and Matt Thornton hasn’t appeared in a game since last Tuesday’s due to soreness in his forearm. After last night’s 7-5 win, Guillen told the Chicago…

  2. Reds may shut down struggling rookie Mike Leake

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Last week the Reds demoted Mike Leake to the bullpen in an effort to keep the rookie’s innings count in check, but after back-to-back ugly relief outings they’re now thinking about shutting him down altogether. Leake gave up six runs while recording one out last night and afterward manager Dusty Baker said: We’re addressing that…

  3. Mets GM Omar Minaya needs "big finish" to keep his job

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon hinted otherwise earlier this month, however sources tell Jon Heyman of SI.com that the team will likely need a “big finish” in order for Omar Minaya to retain his job as general manager. But that doesn’t mean Minaya is going to be fired. Because he is respected within the organization —…

  4. Mets castoff Rod Barajas has record-setting Dodgers debut

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Claimed off waivers by the Dodgers earlier this week, Rod Barajas went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles last night to become the first player to smack three extra-base hits in his debut since the team moved to Los Angeles. Prior to being put on waivers Barajas had a grand total of three extra-base…

  5. Brad Hawpe is officially a free agent

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    A source tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that Brad Hawpe has officially cleared waivers and can now sign with any team. According to Renck, Hawpe is expected to sign with a new team by Thursday. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after he batted just .255/.343/.432 with seven…

  6. Roy Oswalt plays left field in extra-innings loss to Astros

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Who said Roy Oswalt wasn’t going to appear against his former team this week? Yes, we’ll all remember this one for Oswalt becoming the first Phillies’ pitcher to play a position in the field since Bill Wilson on August 6, 1971, but the game was actually plenty entertaining before that. Cole Hamels and Bud Norris…

  7. Bad omen? Skydiver gets stuck on Rangers Ballpark flagpole

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    The Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins for the second straight night on Tuesday, a nice confidence builder for the Rangers after being handed their lunch by the Rays the week before. But perhaps the real excitement came before the game, when a U.S. Army skydiver was snared by a flagpole as he was descending…

  8. Edinson Volquez may be moved to the bullpen

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez failed to escape the first inning Monday night against the Giants, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over just two-thirds of an inning. He now has a 6.17 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over his first eight starts since being activated from the disabled list in July, posting a troublesome 36/27…

  9. Magglio Ordonez set for season-ending ankle surgery Wednesday

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Magglio Ordonez is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize his fractured right ankle, ending his season and most likely his career in Detroit. Ordonez fractured the ankle on a slide into home plate on July 24. Today’s announcement marks an unfortunate, but not completely unexpected end to a…

  10. Pair of Angels on track for rare accomplishment

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    There’s still a ways yet to go, but both Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis have opportunities to become the first players since 2003 to finish a season with 200 plate appearances and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of at least 12:1. Let’s look at the carnage: Wood – .163/.180/.219, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 54/4 K/BB in 189…

  11. Yankees to skip Javier Vazquez's next start

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    With the right-hander getting lit up because of a dead arm that has him looking more like a Triple-A journeyman than one of the game’s top strikeout pitchers, the Yankees are finally ready to do something about Javier Vazquez. He’ll have his turn skipped this week, and he’ll be available to work out of the…

  12. Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf likely done for 2010

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    An MRI Tuesday showed a significant strain in the muscles of Ross Ohlendorf’s upper back, likely putting the Pirates hurler on the shelf for the rest of 2010. Ohlendorf felt discomfort in the back of his throwing shoulder during his start Monday and took himself out of the game against the Cardinals after he faced…

  13. Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster. Crosby…

  14. Why isn't Damien Cox getting the Jerod Morris treatment for his Jose Bautista comments?

    Aug 24, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Last year a blogger named Jerod Morris made headlines for writing an article suggesting that Raul Ibanez’s career-best production at age 37 “raised questions” about whether he was using steroids. Not only did Ibanez respond very angrily and publicly to the article, ESPN had Morris as a guest on Outside the Lines, where he was…

  15. Johnny Damon turns down Red Sox, saying: "I'm not going"

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Johnny Damon will not approve a move to the Red Sox, with the veteran outfielder telling him “I’m not going” prior to this afternoon’s game. Since news of the Red Sox’s waiver claim hit yesterday Damon has repeatedly said that he was leaning toward remaining with the Tigers and…

  16. Ron Mahay out with torn rotator cuff in non-throwing shoulder

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Ron Mahay will likely miss the remainder of the season after tearing the rotator cuff in his non-throwing shoulder while trying to make a fielding play Saturday. At age 37, his career is in jeopardy. Dating back to last season Mahay has quietly done some nice work for the Twins with a 3.14 ERA, .244…

  17. Edmonds headed for disabled list with oblique strain

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Rosters moves are beginning to pour in for Tuesday night’s full slate of games and the Reds look to be fairly active. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are calling up right-hander Sam LeCure to serve in mop-up duty if…

  18. Dan Uggla reportedly seeking five-year extension worth at least $55 million

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    A couple weeks ago Matthew suggested that Dan Uggla and the Marlins might be able to find some common ground on a contract extension worth around $30 million over three years, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Uggla is seeking a deal worth $55-60 million for five years. Uggla is making $7.8 million this…

  19. Reds' Joey Votto graces cover of Sports Illustrated

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon passes along word that Reds first baseman Joey Votto will be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated that is set to reach newsstands today.  Sheldon also has a picture of the cover, so go check that out. Because we’re mostly sane here at HBT and don’t buy into petty jinx…

  20. Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann ready to return for Rays

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The Rays lost starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the same day in early August and in the middle of their ongoing hunt for the American League East crown.  Today the East is all tied up, with the Yanks and Rays sharing a .616 winning percentage, and both Davis and Niemann are projected to…

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