Jul 1, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT
Out since mid-May with a strained lower back, Josh Beckett threw a two-inning, 41-pitch simulated game today at Fenway Park and reported no problems. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Beckett could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday, but the Red Sox still don’t expect him…
Jul 1, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT
Phillies’ skipper Charlie Manuel argued balls and strikes with world’s worst umpire C.B. Bucknor on Tuesday night, his hat apparently brushed Bucknor’s head and now Manuel has been suspended for one game for “aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact.” Whatever. C.B. Bucknor couldn’t call a strike on the strikingest day of his life with an electrified…
Jul 1, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT
Erik Bedard could be making his final rehab start when he takes the mound tonight at Triple-A, with manager Don Wakamatsu saying the Mariners “are looking at starting him against Kansas City” next week. Bedard will obviously have to avoid a setback with his surgically repaired shoulder and look decent in his final tune-up, but…
Jul 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT
What would happen if A-Rod said and did the things Pedroia does?
Jul 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT
Traded from the Yankees to the Braves this offseason in the Javier Vazquez-for-Melky Cabrera swap, 19-year-old pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino has been placed on the Single-A disabled list after being diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament. He’s expected to miss six weeks, which is a tough break given how well Vizcaino was pitching with…
Jul 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Do I hear fiddy? Fiddy goin’ once! Fiddy goin’ twice! Sooooold to the man in the big hat!
Jul 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT
UPDATE: Now it’s being widely reported that Utley actually already had his surgery this morning. 12:14 P.M.: I’ve only seen this from one source so far — Peter Gammons — but if he’s right, the news is very, very bad for the Phillies: Gammons says that Chase Utley is going to require surgery on his…
Jul 1, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT
Ted Lilly must have a great cell phone plan. Unlimited minutes to call anywhere, including Greater Crazyville, where he apparently reached Carlos Zambrano: Ted Lilly became the first Cubs player to get through to Carlos Zambrano, saying the controversial pitcher wants to return to help the team in the second half of the season. “I…
Jul 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT
Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal notes that starting exactly one year from today the Mets will begin paying Bobby Bonilla an annual salary of $1.2 million … for the next 25 years. Bonilla is 47 years old, has been retired since 2001, and hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999, but when they…
Jul 1, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT
You can add the Phillies to the list of suitors interested in Dan Haren, joining the Nationals and the Cardinals. Indeed, Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Diamondbacks are scouting Phillies’ prospects to see what they might get in return. Haren doesn’t appear to be having his best year ever — he’s 7-6 with a 4.56…
Jul 1, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT
Luke Scott may be headed to the disabled list after injuring his hamstring last night during his home run trot. Scott took Cedrick Bowers deep to left-center field in the seventh inning, but ran hard out of the box before knowing it was gone and pulled up lame after rounding first base. MLB.com has the…
Jul 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT
I never thought I’d see the day when someone out-crazied baseball’s hot stove season, but King James has done that.
Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam…
Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT
This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that: The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access…
Jul 1, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT
We taped this before Matt Kemp went and pulled that 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI game out of his butt yesterday, but at least 2/3 of the video hasn’t been overtaken by events, so enjoy!
Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT
If baseball teams could date, Vlad would be that girl the Angels idiotically dumped last year.
Jul 1, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT
My first thought when I saw that the Giants were unloading Bengie Molina on the Rangers last night: Wow, if the Mets had only gone multiple years and, like, ten million bucks, he could have been theirs! My next thought: this works for everyone involved. The Giants needed to find a permanent home for Buster…
Jul 1, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT
This tweet from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal is interesting: Breaking News: Spurned Texas Rangers bidders invited to federal mediation. Kaplan promises more details later, but my first thought is that this cuts a couple of different ways, one in which is good for team Greenberg and one that isn’t. On the one hand it…
Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT
Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process: “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the…
Jul 1, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
There’s a Roger Miller reference in here someplace, but I link to Asleep at the Wheel’s version, because the video quality was higher.
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