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  1. Erick Almonte first player placed on seven-day DL for concussions

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Erick Almonte Getty

    According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Erick Almonte was placed on the seven-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Reds. He is the first player to go on MLB’s new disabled list specifically designed for players recovering from concussions. Almonte suffered the concussion when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball…

  2. Ryan Raburn gives Miguel Olivo a homer

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Detroit Tigers

    Count on it being a staple of blooper reels for years. Miguel Olivo hit a line drive to the warning track in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, and Ryan Raburn turned it into a homer as it bounced off his glove and flew another 20 feet into the bullpen. We can’t…

  3. Andre Ethier makes history with April hitting streak

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an RBI double off Chris Volstad in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Marlins, establishing a new record for the longest hitting streak ever in April. As mentioned yesterday, Ethier’s former manager Joe Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games as a member of…

  4. Ryan Zimmerman resumes baseball activities

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list for the past two weeks with an abdominal strain, resumed some light baseball activities at Nats Park this afternoon. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Zimmerman played catch from 60 feet, fielded some light grounders and jogged about 90 feet several times. It’s good news, but…

  5. Victor Martinez on track for May 4 return

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    Seven days after going on the disabled list with a strained right groin, Victor Martinez returned to the field Tuesday, playing catch and hitting without pain. “I’m feeling great, man,” he said afterwards. “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.” Martinez is…

  6. Albert Pujols out Tuesday due to tight hamstring

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    The Cardinals thought Albert Pujols‘ hamstring problem was mild enough that they didn’t bring him in for treatment on Monday’s off day, but he is out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game in Houston. Pujols left the Sunday night game against the Reds in the seventh inning because of what was originally called tightness and…

  7. All-Star balloting underway on MLB.com

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Major League Baseball unveiled the 2011 All-Star ballot on Tuesday for the July 12 game in Phoenix. And, fear not, Sam Fuld did make the cut, as the league chose to list Johnny Damon at DH and Ben Zobrist at second base for the Rays. So, head over and cast your vote. Or, better yet,…

  8. Major League Baseball is going to have an “All-Star Charity Dance-a-Thon.”

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Stewart Reed

    What’s the matter, Othello, jealous? Well, did you know there’s a swimming pool under this floor? And did you know that button behind you causes this floor to open up? And did you further know that George Bailey is dancing right over that crack? And I’ve got the key? Stand back, everybody! Stand back! They’re cheering us! We must…

  9. Joe Mauer not ready to return from DL when eligible Thursday

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, but general manager Bill Smith confirmed today that he won’t be ready to return then. In fact, there’s no official timetable for Mauer’s return and his status continues to be somewhat mysterious between the initial diagnosis of bilateral leg weakness and a subsequent…

  10. Evan Longoria to begin rehab assignment Thursday, aiming to come off DL early next week

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria has been out since straining his oblique muscle in the second game of the season, but Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he’s scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Assuming he can avoid a setback while playing at Double-A, Longoria is aiming to come off the disabled…

  11. UPDATE: The Dodgers are going to go closer-by-committee … or are they?

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Broxton_Jonathan

    UPDATE:  Well, this could be awkward.  Broxton said this afternoon that Mattingly told him that he’s still the closer. That’s going to make for an interesting day in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. Might make an even more interesting day for Ned Colletti who said something quite different on the radio today. 3:30 PM: As readers pointed…

  12. Josh Hamilton “still more than a month away from returning”

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    It’s been exactly two weeks since Josh Hamilton fractured his shoulder and was given a 6-8 week timetable, so T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reporting that he’s “still more than a month away from returning” makes sense. Sullivan notes that Hamilton has started “working out in left field” and is making some throws to second base,…

  13. Some Mets visited Walter Reed Hospital; some didn’t; world did not end

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Walter Reed Hospital

    Remember the ridiculous controversy — or was it a nontroversey? — last September when Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez failed to make the voluntary team visit to Walter Reed Hospital while in Washington to play the Nats?  How Jeff Wilpon and then the New York media went absolutely bonkers over this, calling out…

  14. Ian Desmond takes paternity leave from Nationals

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    desmond infield

    As expected, Ian Desmond has taken a paternity leave from the Nationals. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that outfielder Roger Bernadina has been called up from Triple-A to replace Desmond on the roster for what will likely be just a day or two. Desmond joins Colby Lewis as the first players to take advantage of…

  15. MLBPA: let’s not get ahead of ourselves on expanded playoffs

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    Bud Selig’s comments about the expanded playoffs being inevitable may have been a bit premature. That’s because, as Jayson Stark reports, the league and the union — which has to sign off on any plan — haven’t gotten all that far along in the process. Michael Weiner: “We’ve had healthy discussions at the bargaining table…

  16. Pirates claim outfielder Xavier Paul off waivers from Dodgers

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    xavier-paul-tommy-lasorda-dodgers

    Pittsburgh is making good use of the No. 1 waiver position, claiming Brandon Wood from the Angels last week and now snagging Xavier Paul off waivers from the Dodgers today. I’m sure the Pirates will be mocked in some quarters for picking up other teams’ scraps and certainly neither waiver claim is going to be…

  17. Comment of the Day: Manny Ramirez was “La Tabla”

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    In this morning’s Manny Ramirez post, I excerpted a passage from Sara Rimer’s New York Times story in which she described a one-handed, 400+ foot home run Ramirez allegedly hit while in high school.  It elicited a comment from a former high school teammate of Ramirez’s, vouching for the veracity of the story and adding…

  18. Brandon Webb tops out at 84 mph in extended spring training

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Jason Grey of ESPN.com was on hand for Brandon Webb‘s extended spring training start yesterday and filed a report that suggests the former Cy Young winner is still nowhere near full strength more than two years after shoulder problems first surfaced. Webb threw two scoreless innings against the Mariners’ extended spring squad, but Grey notes…

  19. Wanna buy David Wright’s Manhattan loft?

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Wright_David

    I’m kind of a real estate voyeur. Maybe it’s a holdover from back in the day (like, say, 2005) when high end real estate seemed sexy and exotic rather than a horrible millstone around our nations’ economy and, some may argue, its soul. But hey, it’s fun. And it’s always fun when a ballplayer’s real…

  20. UPDATE: Corey Hart to return from disabled list Wednesday

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Corey Hart

    UPDATE: Now the Brewers are saying Hart will come off the disabled list tomorrow. ========== Corey Hart went just 2-for-15 with three strikeouts during a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A, but he’s rejoined the Brewers in Milwaukee and is expected to come off the disabled list in time for tonight’s game. Hart has been sidelined…

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