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  1. Greetings from the Cactus League

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:50 AM EST

    Buttes

    I write to you from a strange place, my friends. For one thing, my hotel is carved into the side of a mountain. Really. Picture a fortress built by a 1960s Bond villain, add some down comforters and complimentary toiletries and you’ve got the idea.  Once I’m acclimated to my new environment I intend to search…

  2. Miguel Cabrera could arrive at Tigers camp on Thursday

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:23 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera had originally planned to arrive at spring training to begin preparing for the 2011 season this past Saturday, but that schedule took a wild and unfriendly detour when he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest without the intention of violence last week. Cabrera has been undergoing medical evaluation by team…

  3. Aaron Cook feeling better, nearing bullpen session

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Aaron Cook

    Rockies starter Aaron Cook missed a scheduled bullpen session this past weekend because he was dealing with general soreness in his arms and legs. He hasn’t stepped atop a mound this week either, but that could change soon. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Cook played long toss from 180 feet on Wednesday…

  4. Millwood working out at Boras’ place, waiting for calls

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood served as the Orioles’ Opening Day starter last season. Things didn’t exactly go smoothly for him in his one year with Baltimore, but it’s crazy to think of where he was then and where he is now. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun caught up with the free agent on Wednesday.…

  5. Adam Wainwright getting second opinion on injured elbow

    Feb 23, 2011, 7:53 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    It’s a near certainty at this point that Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is going to require Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his injured right elbow, but an official decision might not come for at least another 24 hours. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wainwright has requested that MRI results taken Wednesday…

  6. Brewers catcher Lucroy breaks finger, needs surgery

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Jonathan Lucroy, who is slated to be the Brewers’ starting catcher this season, suffered a broken right pinkie finger during drills Wednesday and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. Fortunately for the Brewers, the injury happened early enough to give Lucroy a shot at being ready for the regular season, and since the injury…

  7. Ronny Paulino still absent from Mets camp

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:04 PM EST

    Ronny Paulino

    From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that Mets catcher Ronny Paulino has still not arrived at spring training due to visa issues. Paulino was handed a 50-game suspension from MLB near the end of the 2010 season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. New Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is telling…

  8. Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes celebrated news of Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury

    Feb 23, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

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    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News was in the Reds’ clubhouse when news of Adam Wainwright‘s injury broke this morning and described the scene, which included outfielder Jonny Gomes celebrating with a song: Jonny Gomes walked into the Cincinnati Reds spring training clubhouse early Wednesday morning singing at the top of his warbly voice.…

  9. Veteran umpires Jerry Crawford, Chuck Meriwether, and Mike Reilly retiring

    Feb 23, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

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    MLB announced today that Jerry Crawford, Chuck Meriwether, and Mike Reilly are retiring after combining for more than 80 years as big-league umpires. Crawford has been on the job since 1977 and became the game’s senior umpire when Ed Montague retired last year. Reilly became an MLB umpire in 1983 and Meriwether, who missed last…

  10. Twins choose Carl Pavano, not Francisco Liriano, as Opening Day starter

    Feb 23, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Ron Gardenhire announced this afternoon that Carl Pavano will be Minnesota’s starter on Opening Day, which is noteworthy because the Twins chose Francisco Liriano over Pavano to start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees just four months ago. Perhaps picking Pavano for Opening Day has everything to do with his veteran-ness or maybe…

  11. Dodgers “absolutely” expect Vicente Padilla to pitch this year and Don Mattingly ruffled some feathers

    Feb 23, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    Vicente Padilla is headed for surgery on a nerve in his forearm and there’s no official timetable yet for his recovery, but general manager Ned Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he “absolutely” expects Padilla to pitch for the Dodgers at some point this season. In fact, according to Hernandez “he…

  12. Bryce Harper No. 1, nine Royals on BA’s Top 100 Prospects

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Baseball America put out its annual top 100 prospects list Wednesday, leading off with 2010 first overall pick Bryce Harper as the top prospect in the land. Here’s the top 10: 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals) 2. Mike Trout (OF Angels) 3. Jesus Montero (C Yankees) 4. Domonic Brown (OF Phillies) 5. Jeremy Hellickson (RHP…

  13. New manager John Farrell tells Blue Jays to stay off Twitter

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

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    John Farrell isn’t banning anyone from using Twitter for now, but the Blue Jays’ new manager said yesterday that he’ll “advise” players to avoid social networking because “they set themselves up for another distraction.” Farrell explained to John Lott of the National Post that the Blue Jays informed all players about the “pitfalls” of social…

  14. Cardinals future dims without Adam Wainwright

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    If the worse-case scenario comes to pass, the Cardinals are about to lose the right-hander who finished third in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2009 and second last year for the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. Adam Wainwright has won 39 games the last two years. In 2010, he went 20-11…

  15. Brian Roberts leaves Orioles camp for X-rays on sore neck

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Brian Roberts woke up this morning with a sore neck, so he skipped team workouts and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that he left Orioles camp to undergo X-rays. Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back and sat out the final week due…

  16. Oblique strain shuts down Mat Gamel for at least one week

    Feb 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    For the second straight season a spring training injury has put Brewers prospect Mat Gamel‘s chances of cracking the Opening Day roster in jeopardy. Last spring a shoulder injury caused Gamel to begin the season on the disabled list and he ended up spending nearly the entire year at Triple-A, getting just 15 at-bats with…

  17. Dodgers lose Vicente Padilla to elbow surgery, out indefinitely

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

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    And just like that, the Dodgers’ impressive rotation depth is no more. Vicente Padilla returned to Los Angeles to have an MRI exam on his sore right elbow and the news isn’t good, as the Dodgers announced today that he’ll undergo surgery “to free up a nerve that is entrapped in his forearm.” There’s no…

  18. Joe Mauer “not happy” Ron Gardenhire talked publicly about his knee injections

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

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    Yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire revealed to reporters that Joe Mauer might be held out from catching early in Twins camp after receiving a lubricant injection in his surgically repaired left knee, saying he wanted to “make sure those things take effect” before upping Mauer’s workload. Apparently that wasn’t supposed to be public information, because this…

  19. Cardinals fear Adam Wainwright has “significant” elbow injury

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

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    As if the early days of spring training haven’t been tough enough on the Cardinals, now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that ace Adam Wainwright has returned to St. Louis to have his right elbow examined for a possible ligament injury. Wainwright apparently felt pain while throwing batting practice Monday and…

  20. Carl Crawford “creeped out” by the Red Sox

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    Last week general manager Theo Epstein revealed that the Red Sox had scouts tracking Carl Crawford on and off the field last season in preparation for potentially signing him as a free agent, saying it was “as if we were privately investigating him.” That was apparently news to Crawford, who told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com…

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