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  1. Nick Punto might need season-ending elbow surgery

    Jul 17, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Bad news for the first-place Cardinals. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brings word that 33-year-old utilityman Nick Punto is headed back to the disabled list and could be facing season-ending elbow surgery. Punto has spent more time on rehabbing injuries this season than he’s spent on the active roster, and he air-mailed an…

  2. Chien-Ming Wang will rise to Triple-A Syracuse next week

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

    wang reuters

    Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is inching closer and closer to returning to the major leagues. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, Wang will be promoted to Triple-A Syracuse early next week and will make his fifth minor league rehab start Tuesday night against the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Wang has surrendered just 13 hits and two earned…

  3. Tigers, Braves discussing trade involving Derek Lowe?

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    lowe getty helmet

    The Braves have a six-game lead in the National League Wild Card and trail the Phillies by only three games in the National League East, but they may be open to dealing a prominent member of their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Tigers have…

  4. Brewers interested in Royals infielder Wilson Betemit

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    The Brewers have already made an upgrade to their bullpen, acquiring late-innings reliever Francisco Rodriguez last week in a trade with the Mets. Now they’re looking for more offense at third base. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Brewers have “talked with the Royals” recently about acquiring corner infielder Wilson…

  5. Joe Nathan replaces Matt Capps as Twins’ closer

    Jul 16, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    nathan getty wide

    Ahh, the great circle of life. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins have reinstated veteran right-hander Joe Nathan into his old familiar ninth inning role and moved Matt Capps back to setup. Nathan opened the 2011 regular season as Minnesota’s primary closer, but he was still in recovery mode…

  6. Rosenthal: The Rays made a play for K-Rod

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The Rays aren’t ready to go into sell-mode yet. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Rays made a play for Francisco Rodriguez before the the Brewers “swooped in late.” Rosenthal expounded on the subject in today’s “Full Count” video, citing K-Rod’s past connection with Rays manager Joe Maddon as a potential reason for their…

  7. Clay Buchholz won’t be back with the Red Sox any time soon

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    While Jon Lester is optimistic that he’ll be able to return as soon as next Friday, we probably won’t see Clay Buchholz back with the Red Sox any time soon. The rehabbing right-hander was able to play catch yesterday and plans to do so again tomorrow, but he told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this…

  8. Carlos Guillen makes return from microfracture surgery this afternoon

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Guillen_Carlos

    As expected, the Tigers have activated Carlos Guillen from the 60-day disabled list. He’ll bat seventh and play second base this afternoon against the White Sox. Guillen hasn’t played in the major leagues this season following microfracture surgery on his right knee last September. The 35-year-old batted .318 (12-for-38) with one home run and eight…

  9. Bobby Jenks on disabled list again with back tightness

    Jul 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Bobby Jenks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness. He felt discomfort warming up last night in the same area that sent him to the disabled list last month. This is his third trip to the DL this season. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein envisioned…

  10. Ben Revere is just showing off

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Ben Revere

    Though it was ultimately overshadowed by Matt Capps‘ latest ninth-inning meltdown, Twins’ rookie outfielder Ben Revere did something pretty incredible while legging out a triple in the sixth inning last night against the Royals. Revere pulled a pitch into the right field corner and was off like a shot. He lost his footing between second…

  11. Carlos Beltran out of today’s lineup with flu-like symptoms

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    It was a little curious when Carlos Beltran was not on the lineup card for today’s game against the Phillies, but the intrigue didn’t last too long. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is out with flu-like symptoms. Scott Hairston will start in his place in right field this afternoon and bat third…

  12. Orioles agree to three-year contract extension with J.J. Hardy

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun adds that the deal is worth between $22-22.5 million over three years. The no-trade clause involves eight teams and Hardy has been assured that he will not be traded this season. 12:38 PM: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy have…

  13. Carlos Marmol removed from closer’s role indefinitely

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs manager Mike Quade acknowledged the obvious following yesterday’s close call win over the Marlins, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that Carlos Marmol will be removed from the closer role indefinitely to work on his mechanics. “Relievers just don’t have the side time and the time to work on stuff that starters do,” Quade said.…

  14. Carl Crawford kicks off brief rehab stint at Pawtucket

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford played his first of two minor league rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket last night. He played five innings in left field and went 1-for-2 a broken bat RBI single, a walk and a run scored. Most importantly, he told Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe after the game that his hamstring felt fine.…

  15. Want Jeff Baker? Don’t even think about it.

    Jul 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Jeff Baker

    What does a .279 career batting average and .769 OPS make you? Untouchable. At least according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the Cubs have no plans to deal utility man Jeff Baker to a contender. The Red Sox and Indians are among the…

  16. David Wright doubles in first minor league rehab game

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are beginning to look a lot like sellers, but they are finally close to getting their third baseman back. David Wright went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. According to Greg Auman of ESPN New York, he…

  17. Pirates grab share of first place in National League Central

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Karstens Pirates AP

    Did you wake up feeling a little off today? Maybe your cup of coffee doesn’t taste quite the same as it usually does and you have the sudden and unprecedented impulse to go for an early morning jog? No worries, it’s perfectly explainable. You see, the Pirates are tied with the Cardinals for first place…

  18. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    This rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds continues to live up to the hype. The Reds kicked off the second half in style last night, defeating the Cardinals 6-5 thanks to a two-out, walk off two-run homer by Brandon Phillips off Cards’ closer Fernando Salas in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Reds were…

  19. David Aardsma to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    aardsma fist pump

    David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues this season. And now it’s very likely we won’t see him again until latter part of the 2012 season at the earliest. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Aardsma will undergo Tommy John surgery late next week in California. The 29-year-old right-hander has been rehabbing…

  20. MLB splits up agitator umps Joe West and Angel Hernandez

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Gerry Fraley points out something I can’t believe I missed: Major League Baseball has split up crew chief Joe West and over-zealous cohort Angel Hernandez to start the second half. Hernandez has been moved on to Gerry Davis’ crew and switched spots with Sam Holbrook. West’s crew had become notorious for hot-headedness this season.  In…

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