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  1. Johnny Bench released from hospital after bout of pancreatitis

    May 23, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Johnny Bench

    Johnny Bench was released Monday after spending five days in a Rochester, N.Y., hospital with acute pancreatitis, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bench, 63, fell ill a day after appearing as a guest at a taping for MLB Network’s “Greatest Games” show that aired Sunday.  He was on his way to a speaking engagement in Rochester when…

  2. Finally given some protection in the lineup, Jose Bautista homers in first at-bat

    May 23, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    The slump is over

    Jose Bautista, who went four straight at-bats Sunday without homering, got back in the swing of things Monday, taking Bartolo Colon deep in the first inning against the Yankees. Bautista now has 18 1/2 homers this season.  We’re giving the other half of this one to Yunel Escobar, who had Colon shaking on the mound…

  3. A’s give Conor Jackson his first career start at third base

    May 23, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson

    Willing to try just about anything — well, short of calling up Jemile Weeks or Adrian Cardenas — to improve their lackluster lineup, the A’s have Conor Jackson starting at third base on Monday. It’ll be the first career start for Jackson at the hot corner.   He has played four innings there over two games this…

  4. Padres demote right fielder Will Venable, call up Blake Tekotte

    May 23, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Will Venable

    The Padres had to do something after scoring just two runs while being swept by the Mariners over the weekend, and the hammer came down on Will Venable today, as the team demoted it’s primary right fielder and called up Blake Tekotte. Venable, the Padres’ leader with 11 steals, was hitting just .224/.293/.291 with no…

  5. Adam LaRoche goes on DL, avoids surgery after second opinion

    May 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    Adam LaRoche got his second opinion Tuesday.  And it’s not that he’s ugly, too. LaRoche, who was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, rest his throwing shoulder for at least a couple of weeks, CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports.  Surgery was not recommended, but he was placed on the disabled list prior…

  6. Braves set to place Nate McLouth on DL, call up Jordan Schafer

    May 23, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Nate McLouth‘s strained left oblique will put him on the disabled list, according to the Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien, and the Braves are set to call up Jordan Schafer to replace him. Schafer, who opened 2009 as the Braves’ center fielder, is back in the majors for the first time since June of that year.  There…

  7. Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and call up Japanese reliever

    May 23, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    As expected, the Rangers activated both Josh Hamilton (arm) and Nelson Cruz (quad) from the disabled list on Monday.  But they also made another move, bringing up reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock. The 35-year-old Tateyama, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, had a 2.14 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB…

  8. Mitchell Boggs goes from closer to Triple-A in three weeks

    May 23, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    When the Cardinals bumped Ryan Franklin from the closer role last month they turned to Mitchell Boggs as his replacement and the 27-year-old right-hander responded by converting his first three save chances. Boggs blew his fourth save chance on April 26 and hasn’t been given another ninth-inning lead since. And today the Cardinals demoted him…

  9. The Braves sign Julio Lugo for some reason

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    It’s a pretty bad day when both your team and its division rival both sign guys to minor league deals, the rival’s signing is Scott Podsednik, and they’re move is far, far better than your team’s. But alas it was, as the Braves signed Julio Lugo for some reason. Lugo tore up baseball to the…

  10. HBT Daily: What was Fred Wilpon thinking?

    May 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss the Fred Wilpon thing. The answer to that question, though: he wasn’t thinking.

  11. Joe Blanton taking injured elbow to Dr. James Andrews

    May 23, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    blanton throws

    Scratched from his Thursday start and placed on the disabled list with the same elbow problems that shelved him earlier this season, Joe Blanton will now get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Meeting with Dr. Andrews is never a good thing for a pitcher and beyond that Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer…

  12. The Reds send Edinson Volquez down to AAA

    May 23, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Volquez_Edinson

    Aaron wrote this morning how Edinson Volquez‘s arm and his mouth are doing the Reds no favors.  Well, the Reds just did something to take care of that:  they sent Volquez down to Louisville. Not exactly the fate one would expect for the Opening Day starter of the defending NL Central champs, but he is…

  13. Chase Utley batting second in return to Phillies’ lineup

    May 23, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley is back from the disabled list after missing the first 46 games with a knee injury and he’s hitting second in the Phillies’ lineup tonight against right-hander Bronson Arroyo and the Reds. Utley has hit third for most of his career but does have 168 career starts in the No. 2 spot, including…

  14. An ambidextrous pitcher is turning some heads

    May 23, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    left right

    There’s a story over at ESPN Chicago today about Ryan Perez, a pitching prospect who happens to pitch both right-handed and left-handed. At least one scout is saying he’s the real deal: “He can really pitch. He’s a crafty, crafty guy. It’s not like he’s just hitting 82. I’ve seen him in a tryout camp…

  15. Adam Dunn is 0-for-30 against left-handed pitchers this year

    May 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    ozzie-guillen-and-adam-dunn-white-sox-spring

    Like most left-handed hitters Adam Dunn has been much weaker versus left-handed pitchers throughout his career, but he has still been an asset against southpaws with an .810 OPS that is, for instance, higher than the overall career OPS of guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Young, Vernon Wells, Miguel Tejada, Adrian Beltre, and…

  16. Boras: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know”

    May 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    David Wright took the high road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments in The New Yorker. Now Carlos Beltran‘s agent — the inimitable Scott Boras — offers a somewhat more pointed, but still far from angry response: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know … If you’re a member of a…

  17. Pablo Sandoval “on pace to return in about two weeks”

    May 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Bruce Bochy shared some good news about Pablo Sandoval‘s recovery from a fractured hamate bone, telling Adam Berry of MLB.com that the third baseman has begun fielding ground balls and taking light batting practice. According to Bochy he could be ready to come off the disabled list in two weeks, which would be at the…

  18. A far more interesting Power Rankings than HBT’s

    May 23, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    I think I do at least a serviceable job with the Power Rankings each week, but mine really pale compared to what Grant Bisbee has been doing over at SB Nation. This week: he ranks the teams based on the most annoying player on their roster.  At number one, the White Sox, who employ the…

  19. What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?

    May 23, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    The 2011 Cardinals are off to a fine start. They’ve scored more runs than any other team in baseball and feature an 11th-ranked 3.52 staff ERA, which has been inflated all year by poor bullpen work. Matt Holliday is putting together an MVP-like season with a .996 OPS, seven home runs and 31 RBI in…

  20. Reds calling up prospect Todd Frazier from Triple-A

    May 23, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    todd-frazier-reds

    No official move has been announced yet, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds will call up prospect Todd Frazier in time for tonight’s game. Frazier, who ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2009 and 2010, has hit .294 with 11 homers and a .949 OPS in…

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