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  1. Nick Punto out 8-12 weeks following hernia surgery

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

    Nick Punto

    Nick Punto visited a specialist after showing up at Cardinals camp with groin soreness and the doctor gave him some bad news, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be out 8-12 weeks following hernia surgery. According to Goold the diagnosis is that Punto has a “sports hernia/hockey hernia” and…

  2. J.D. Drew, alligator hunting expert/crazy person

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

    alligator

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has an amusing anecdote from Red Sox camp in Florida, where NESN announcer Don Orsillo spotted an alligator in the pond behind the condo he’s living in and wondered whether it could be hunted. J.D. Drew was eventually brought in as the expert, because he’s from Florida and, as…

  3. Quote of the Day: Zack Greinke tells us how he really feels about the press

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Zack Greinke‘s difficulty socializing with fans, the press and his teammates is well-documented. It’s all a part of his struggle with social anxiety disorder and he does the best he can with it. It’s not easy, I’m sure, but if there is one upside to it at all, it’s that he can be be 100%…

  4. Bud Selig tells the Yankees to stop their complaining about revenue sharing

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Ken Davidoff has what is hopefully the last we’ll hear of Hank Steinbrenner’s little tantrum yesterday.  Guess what: when Hank Steinbrenner said that guys were “too busy building mansions” he didn’t mean anyone specifically. He meant it as a figure of speech.  You know, like people have been saying since olden times. I know that…

  5. Good news for Gatorade coolers: Carlos Zambrano’s anger management issues are “cured”

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    gatorade cooler

    Last year Carlos Zambrano was ordered to undergo anger management counseling after he nearly came to blows with teammate Derrek Lee and bashed a Gatorade cooler into submission during a dugout tantrum in June. Today he talked about the counseling, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com: “It’s all done. I’m cured.” Here’s more from the kindler,…

  6. Update: Orlando Cabrera denies the report about him retiring after this year, says he’s in the best shape of his life

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE:  Call off the retirement party: Orlando Cabrera told the U.S. media today that the report in the Colombian newspaper was wrong and that he’s not going to retire after 2011.  And then — as if he was targeting me specifically — he said “I feel I can play for many years. I feel I’m…

  7. Jayson Werth: “I was trying to maximize things”

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth spoke to the media today, and the subject of his contract came up.  His comments — posted over at the Phillies Zone — were pretty interesting. He basically said that once he hit free agency he no longer viewed himself as a member of the Phillies but rather, viewed himself as a member…

  8. C.J. Wilson gets nod as Opening Day starter for Rangers

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Since the site has been overtaken by Opening Day starter announcements, here’s one more: C.J. Wilson will get the Game 1 assignment for the Rangers. A year ago at this time Wilson was a reliever trying to convince the Rangers he should get a chance to join the rotation and now he’s the Opening Day…

  9. Edwin Rodriguez is confident

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

    edwin-rodriguez-marlins

    Today Edwin Rodriguez addressed his team for the first time this season. And since is the first time he’s been the manager at the outset of spring training, it’s the first time he’s ever gotten to do that whole set-the-tone thing.  And according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald,  the tone he set was…

  10. Justin Verlander to make fourth straight Opening Day start for Tigers

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    verlander

    Jim Leyland has joined the early Opening Day starter announcement fun, saying that he’ll go with Justin Verlander in Game 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Leyland added that Max Scherzer will start Game 3 in order to line him up for the Tigers’ home opener, but didn’t say who’ll be getting the nod in…

  11. The Dusty Baker anecdote you could have gone your whole life without hearing

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker reacts to his team's play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of play in National League Major League Baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi passes along an anecdote about Dusty Baker’s final dark days as the Cubs’ manager that, I am quite certain, is unique in the history of Major League Baseball: “At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker said Monday morning. “That was…

  12. Justin Morneau takes outdoor batting practice for the first time

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Justin Morneau took outdoor batting practice against live pitching today for the first time, which is a big step as he continues what is now an eight month-long recovery from a concussion suffered on July 7. Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that Morneau took 40 swings, “hit five balls over the fence, and kept a…

  13. Corey Hart had a career-year despite not wearing his contacts

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    corey-hart-brewers

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an interesting note about Corey Hart, who had a career-year in 2010 while everyone thought he was wearing contact lenses the Brewers recommended when a spring training physical exam revealed near-sightedness. However, after struggling to adjust to the contacts so much that he was worried about being…

  14. The Union has no concerns about the Mets. For now.

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Michael Weiner’s spring training tour took him to Port St. Lucie today, where he met the Mets. Adam Rubin reports on the  two Met-specific issues that are likely on Weiner’s radar screen: Weiner said he has been assured by the commissioner’s office that players’ guaranteed contracts will not be affected by the Wilpons’ legal issues; and…

  15. Reds choose Edinson Volquez as Opening Day starter over Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Edinson Volquez-thumb-220x149-9891

    Aaron Harang has been Cincinnati’s starter on Opening Day in each of the past five seasons, but he’s in San Diego now and manager Dusty Baker announced that Edinson Volquez will get the Game 1 assignment this year. Volquez is sort of an odd pick, because he missed most of last season while coming back…

  16. Derek Jeter laughs off Hank Steinbrenner’s comments

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    As if you expected anything else.  Jeter, when asked about Hank Steinbrenner’s comments from yesterday, basically laughed them off. Ben Shpigel has the full rundown.  You will not be at all surprised to see that Jeter closed with “Owners can say what they want.” Which is all sad. I mean, how awesome would it have been…

  17. Vicente Padilla to undergo MRI exam on sore right elbow

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    Last week I wrote about the Dodgers’ impressive pitching depth, noting that their sixth starter likely headed to the bullpen, Vicente Padilla, could be the third starter on a lot of teams. Exhibition games haven’t even started yet and that depth may already have vanished, as Padilla has left Dodgers camp and returned to Los…

  18. More fat news: Matt Kemp has dropped 15 pounds

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Matt Kemp

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Matt Kemp checked into camp at 215 pounds. Last year he was at 230. After Pablo Sandoval, I think that Kemp’s weight may be the most significant conditioning story of spring training. No, not because he was fat like Sandoval or anything. But because I don’t think…

  19. David Aardsma getting “close” to walking without crutches

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    aardsma end game

    David Aardsma is still walking with crutches six weeks after hip surgery, but the Mariners’ closer said yesterday that he’s “close” to ditching them and is currently able to put about 80 percent of his weight on his legs. His return timetable has already been pushed back to mid-April at the earliest and even that…

  20. Great Moments in Journalism: Cliff Lee’s muscle strain edition

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Someone else tell me if this is bizarre: On Sunday, a story appears on Philly.com — Internet home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News — reporting that Cliff Lee has a muscle strain; In the next 12 hours, the Internet picks up the story, people start blogging about it, tweeting about it,…

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