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  1. So far so good with Joe Nathan’s comeback from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Justin Morneau‘s long-awaited return to the lineup after sitting out the past eight months with a concussion is the biggest news in Twins camp this week, but Minnesota also has another elite player coming back from an even longer absence in closer Joe Nathan. Right around this time last year Nathan left his first spring…

  2. UPDATE: It was Evan Longoria’s car that got boosted

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Reggie Jackson

    UPDATE: Disregard all that wild speculation below. Turns out it was Evan Longoria’s car that was stolen, not Reggie Jackson’s. Oh well, I never was that good a detective. 3: 33 P.M.: I’m bored, so I’m going to channel my fictitious hero Daryl Zero and play detective with this story from Arizona that reader Bloodysock…

  3. Two members of my family and Manny Acta agree: Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz looks good

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    My uncle and cousin spent the past week in Arizona checking out a bunch of spring training games–they didn’t arrive until after Craig had gone home, just to be safe–and sent me a slew of text messages while watching Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz pitch Sunday. My uncle, a high school baseball coach, and my cousin,…

  4. Your obligatory Oliver Perez update

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    There are so many good players in Major League Baseball.  Why, then, I focus so much on one of the worst ones is beyond me. But I do, probably because of that contract. Anyway, here’s Oliver Perez‘s line against the Astros today: three innings, three earned runs — all in the first inning — four…

  5. Chris Carpenter throws problem-free bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    Chris Carpenter left last week’s start with a hamstring injury and then had to cut short Sunday’s bullpen session when he felt a “twinge” in the same area, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he successfully completed a problem-free bullpen session today. Carpenter described the 12-minute session as “definitely way…

  6. Neftali Feliz scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Neftali Feliz

    One day after admitting that he’d prefer to remain a closer rather than join the rotation the Rangers announced that Neftali Feliz will pitch out of the bullpen tomorrow against the A’s. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve given up on making him a starter, as Feliz is scheduled to go well beyond a closer’s workload…

  7. Corey Hart was in the best shape of his life but he’s not anymore

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post had the tweet of the day earlier when he said that now is that time of the spring when all of those guys who said that they were in the best shape of their lives are breaking down. I literally lol’d. Tom Haudircourt has a concrete example of…

  8. Derrek Lee to have injured right wrist examined by specialist

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters this afternoon that Derrek Lee‘s spring training debut “is not imminent” and revealed that the veteran first baseman will have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. After struggling for much of last season Lee underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in November…

  9. News you can use: Top 10 beers available at Major League ballparks

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Anchor Steam

    Rob Iracane has a print-and-save article for you over at Big League Stew: “The top 10 brews available at MLB parks.” Warning: he hates on Natty Boh and other local beers with a long history but with a bad taste.  Which is exactly what he should do because we’re in this for the beer, not…

  10. Mark Trumbo’s power is turning heads in Angels camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Kendry Morales‘ uncertain status as he comes back from the broken leg that ended his 2010 season after 51 games has potentially opened the door for a minor leaguer to grab a roster spot and perhaps even a prominent early season role for the Angels. So far at least Mark Trumbo looks like the man…

  11. So really, what does “he’s a ballplayer” actually mean?

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Yesterday I noted a couple of scouts referring to Melvin Mora as “a ballplayer” and mused what, if anything, that could mean. My suspicion was that it’s a term baseball people use to refer to a guy who they really like but whom it would be misleading to describe primarily in terms of phenomenal baseball…

  12. Ryan Madson hopes to stay with the Phillies, but wants to be a closer

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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    Ryan Madson is in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal and the setup man told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he “would love the opportunity to stay and finish my career here.” Madson also told Gelb that he’d like the chance to be a closer and with the Phillies likely…

  13. Coming soon: pitcher helmets

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Pitcher helmet

    Via Pete Abraham, we are pointed to a press release about a new product coming to a baseball diamond near you: helmets for pitchers. It actually appears to be more of a shield that fits over a cap, but I can’t tell. Head protection is head protection, I suppose. The press release makes mention of a high…

  14. Baby steps: A.J. Burnett throws three perfect innings

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    It says a lot about how far A.J. Burnett has fallen that his throwing three perfect innings in an early March spring training game qualifies as news, but here we are. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Burnett threw 30 of 45 pitches for strikes yesterday and drew positive reviews from both…

  15. Video: If you didn’t think Lenny Dykstra could get more pathetic

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    It’s one thing to see Lenny Dykstra make a disgrace of himself just going about his daily business, but doing so by giving an obviously inebriated interview in which he says that Mitch Williams “doesn’t get it” because, I dunno, he didn’t commit suicide after the 1993 World Series or something is a new low.…

  16. Matt Cain “let it go with no hesitation” in bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start last week with elbow inflammation, but returned to the mound yesterday for a bullpen session and manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that “he let it go with no hesitation.” Bochy told Chris Haft of MLB.com that Cain will likely be asked to throw batting practice or a…

  17. Former employee of Kendry Morales’ former agents charged with grand theft

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    About a year ago Kendry Morales left his agents the Hendricks brothers and joined in with Scott Boras.  It came out soon after that there were allegations of financial impropriety. The allegation: that Hendricks employee Rodney Fernandez swiped hundreds of thousands of dollars from Morales’ account. Fernandez denied it at the time and pointed a…

  18. After eight months on the sidelines Justin Morneau is playing in a “B” game today

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

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    Justin Morneau is starting at first base and batting cleanup in this morning’s “B” game between the Twins and Pirates, marking the first time he’s been in any lineup since suffering a concussion more than eight months ago. Normally a former MVP seeing game action for the first time since last July would have been…

  19. Twins to give away souvenir glorifying blatant cheating awful underhanded play*

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Hrbek Gant

    I think approximately 500 people sent me links to the pic of this Kent Hrbek-Ron Gant bobblehead when it started making the rounds a couple of weeks ago.  I held off writing about it because it’s not good to blog angry, but now the Twins have officially announced it as a promotion, so what the…

  20. Joel Zumaya shut down for “at least” one week with more elbow problems

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Dr. James Andrews provided a second opinion on Joel Zumaya‘s injured elbow and confirmed that there’s no structural damage, but the Tigers announced that the oft-injured reliever will be shut down for “at least” one week. Zumaya has said–perhaps more out of frustration than fact–that he’d give serious thought to retiring if he suffers another…

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