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  1. Padilla scratched from next start with bulging disk in neck

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    That didn’t take long. Just one start after returning from the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his neck, the Dodgers have scratched Vicente Padilla from Sunday’s start against the Astros with a recurrence of the same injury. According to the team’s official Twitter feed, rookie right-hander Carlos Monasterios will start in his…

  2. A's exercise manager Bob Geren's option for 2011

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    With a lineup that features very little power and a rotation that is without a veteran presence, the Athletics’ 70-70 record this season is actually quite good.  And quite surprising.  Thus, manager Bob Geren is going to be brought back for the 2011 season. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s…

  3. Andy Pettitte expects to return vs. O's next Sunday

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make his final rehab start with Double-A Scranton on Tuesday, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. If all goes well, he will return from the disabled list next Sunday against the Orioles. “I feel like I’m a healthy player and I’m good to go.” Pettitte tossed four scoreless…

  4. Justin Masterson sent to bullpen due to innings limit

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson will pitch as a reliever for the remainder of the season in an effort to limit his workload, according to the Indians’ official Twitter feed. He will be available out of the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Twins. Masterson is at 166 innings this season after throwing 129 1/3 innings between the…

  5. Josh Johnson fails to throw Saturday, status in doubt

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson, currently sidelined with right shoulder inflammation and a mid-back strain, didn’t throw as scheduled before this afternoon’s game against the Nationals, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez wasn’t quite ready to say it this morning, but if Johnson is unable to throw Sunday, he’ll be…

  6. Carlos Beltran scratched with tendinitis in his "other" knee

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Carlos Beltran was scratched from Saturday’s lineup against the Phillies due to tendinitis in his left knee. The good news? This isn’t the knee that required surgery in January. That was the right one. The bad news? Mets manager Jerry Manuel thinks that Beltran has…

  7. Ho-hum: Mark Buehrle was called for two balks last night

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    And you’ll never guess who the umpiring crew was. That’s right. Joe West’s crew. As you probably remember, West ejected Buehrle and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after he called the left-hander for two balks in May. He was later fined for his actions. While West didn’t call any of the balks himself this time…

  8. Report: A.J. Hinch to join Padres' scouting department

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, the Padres are close to hiring former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to be their director of scouting. This confirms a report by Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse earlier this week. Padres general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t call the hiring official, but Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall confirmed to Bloom…

  9. Jason Bay still holding out hope to return this season

    Sep 11, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    It’s not all bad news for the Mets. According to Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger, Jason Bay told reporters on Friday that he is still hoping to return this season. “I haven’t had a headache in about a week — four or five days,” the Mets left fielder said prior to Friday night’s game…

  10. Nyjer Morgan is punching his ticket out of Washington

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Shocking, I know. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com alluded to the inevitable earlier this week, when two scouts told him that the chances the Nationals will keep Morgan are “nonexistent.” Let’s just say that Morgan isn’t doing anything to change their minds. Take last night’s game against the Marlins, for instance. Batting eighth, Morgan reached on…

  11. Peter Gammons speaks the truth

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    I’d love to say the Rangers’ 6-5 extra-inning win over the Yankees last night (or this morning) was exciting and dramatic — and it certainly had its moments — but unfortunately the five-hour, 12-minute marathon was completely dominated by pitching changes. The two teams combined to set an American League record by using 19 pitchers.…

  12. Scott Boras isn't pleased with the Mets right now

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We’ve discussed the Walter Reed situation ad nauseam in this space this week, so I don’t want to give it too much time. Besides, the Mets have already found a new disaster with the pending shoulder surgery for Johan Santana. Still, it was hard to ignore this one. Scott Boras, who represents both Carlos Beltran…

  13. We're all tied up: Giants grab share of NL West lead

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    We’re back at zero. That’s where we stand after Friday night, as the Giants defeated the Padres 1-0 to move into a virtual tie for first place in the National League West. This is the first time that the Padres haven’t had sole possession of first place since they were a half-game out on June…

  14. Cubs GM Jim Hendry is releasing a book!

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    OK, maybe not, but someone wants you to think he is. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, somebody circulated a fake press release promoting a book claimed to be written by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. The title? “How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League.” It gets…

  15. Reds activate Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list. Sort of.

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Reds activated both Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list today. Just don’t look for them to play prominent roles down the stretch. Earlier this week, we thought that Edmonds’ career could be over after he revealed that he has a torn oblique muscle. That hasn’t…

  16. Josh Hamilton "not recovering quickly" from bruised rib cage

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com “the situation is not good” with Josh Hamilton’s bruised left rib cage and the MVP candidate “is not close to returning” from the injury suffered while crashing into the outfield wall Saturday. X-rays showed no structural damage, but Hamilton has yet to swing a bat and told Sullivan that…

  17. Edinson Volquez bumps Aaron Harang from Reds' rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang struggled in two starts since returning from the disabled list last month, allowing seven runs in 6.1 innings while falling to 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA overall this season, and today the Reds removed him from the rotation. Edinson Volquez will take his place beginning Saturday against the Pirates after spending two weeks…

  18. David Ortiz: super agent

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi gives us some insight into the negotiating mind of David Ortiz. Big Papi on Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano: “That’s the one guy they have to make sure they keep — for the next year, the next five years,” Ortiz said. “You can’t get no better than that. I’m telling you right now,…

  19. Report: Royals set to sign former quarterback Pat White

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Via our colleagues at Pro Football Talk–who may put us out of business if they start breaking news about baseball too–the Royals are close to signing former West Virginia University and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White to a minor league contract. White was released by the Dolphins earlier this week and went unclaimed on waivers,…

  20. Comment of the Day: Silicon Valley and the Oakland A's

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Earlier today I noted how Silicon Valley CEOs are getting on board the bring-the-A’s-to-San Jose train. I said that I thought this was a weird thing for tech company CEOs to be doing, inasmuch as it shows a boosterism — and an economic ignorance — that is usually reserved for politicians and  car dealers and…

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