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  1. Brad Lidge has no structural damage in his elbow

    May 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Phillies’ closer Brad Lidge had an MRI on his wonky elbow today, and the results are pretty good news: only inflammation and no structural damage.  He’s day-to-day. I say “pretty good” because, as we noted earlier this week, inflammation is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and based on this news item we have no idea…

  2. Royals fire Trey Hillman minutes after victory

    May 13, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Just minutes after the Royals beat the Indians this afternoon for Zack Greinke’s first win of the season, the team fired manager Trey Hillman. General manager Dayton Moore struggled to get the words out and appeared to have some tears upon making the announcement during a press conference that’s going on as I type this.…

  3. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher

    May 13, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia has had all kinds of problems stemming from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is a condition that causes arm and hand numbness. He underwent surgery to correct the problem, which involved the removal of a rib, and the Rangers demoted him to the minors after he struggled to come back. Saltalamacchia has hit exceptionally…

  4. Bud Selig talks about Arizona . . . kinda

    May 13, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Today Bud Selig spoke for the first time about his thoughts on the new Arizona immigration law and the calls for baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game from Chase Field. His response: Baseball hires a lot of minorities. Really, that was his answer: Asked about such demands at a news conference Thursday following an…

  5. Twins send Wilson Ramos back to Triple-A

    May 13, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota returned to a 12-man pitching staff following yesterday’s win over Chicago, activating Jose Mijares from the disabled list and sending Wilson Ramos back to Triple-A. Ramos going 4-for-5 with a double in his debut and 3-for-4 with two doubles in his second game initially had many Twins fans clamoring for him to stick around…

  6. Jarrod Washburn isn't going to pitch anywhere this year

    May 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As the season goes on and teams get more desperate, the prospect of signing Jarrod Washburn to shore up the shaky rotation becomes less and less laughable.  But according to Jon Paul Morosi, don’t count on J-Wash (like that? I just came up with it!) coming to your hometown nine in 2010: When asked by…

  7. Bernie Carbo tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez's arms

    May 13, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    In an interview with ESPN for an upcoming “Outside the Lines” segment, longtime major leaguer Bernie Carbo revealed that he tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez’s arms in 1985 after Hernandez testified that Carbo introduced him to cocaine when they were teammates on the Cardinals. I knew some people, and I had $2,000,…

  8. Selig sets yet another deadline on the Rangers sale

    May 13, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball hasn’t yet seized the Texas Rangers, but according to Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal, Bud Selig has set yet another deadline.  It’s a secret though. Seriously. As Fisher notes, every other deadline that either Selig or Hicks or Greenberg or anyone else has set in this deal has been blown through,…

  9. Jim Johnson out 8-10 weeks with elbow injury

    May 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Orioles reliever Jim Johnson was examined today by Dr. James Andrews and has been diagnosed with “a small tear in his right elbow.” Andrews advised Johnson to rest for at least 8-10 weeks, but Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that “if things don’t improve in four weeks he could be facing season-ending Tommy…

  10. Shameless Self-Promotion

    May 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    As per my usual Thursday afternoon routine, I’m going to be on the Paul and Tom Show at at at 2pm.  Today’s topics will include the whole Ken Griffey Jr. sleeping/media shunning affair, other pressing baseball topics of the day and, if form holds, a good bit about 1980s NWA wrestling. Space Mountain, baby.

  11. If you list it, they will buy

    May 13, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The filming site of the movie “Field of Dreams” — cornfield ballpark and all — is up for sale: The movie site, located northeast of Dyersville, has been officially listed, according to owners Don and Becky Lansing. The listing encompasses the movie site, which includes the baseball diamond, a two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath house, six outbuildings…

  12. Nelson Cruz to come off disabled list tomorrow

    May 13, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    One of the hottest hitters in baseball before landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury late last month, Nelson Cruz avoided a setback during a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A and is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ lineup tomorrow. Cruz told Richard Durrett of that his time on the DL was “tough”…

  13. Who is baseball's best player?

    May 13, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    If I asked 100 of you that question, 97 would say Albert Pujols and three of you would say Derek Jeter, after which you’d tell me that the Yankees Rule!!11!!one!!! But what if it’s someone else?  Someone like . . . Chase Utley.  That’s defensive expert John Dewan’s, view of things.  Warning: it’s a statty…

  14. Freddy Sanchez finally nearing return, but Mark DeRosa may be DL bound

    May 13, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez finally looks close to rejoining the Giants following knee and shoulder surgeries, going 3-for-5 with three doubles in the first two games of his rehab assignment at Single-A. Bruce Bochy said Sanchez could be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as next Wednesday if he avoids a setback while moving…

  15. Die Hard Cardinals Fan is pretty awesome

    May 13, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. Other men paint their portly naked torsos proclaiming themselves “Die Hard Cardinals Fan.” Best part: the words on his back are printed pretty clearly, which suggests that he has a wife or a girlfriend help him with this getup…

  16. How times change: Andre Ethier walked to get to Manny

    May 13, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    I missed this in the recaps, but file this under “wow, that wouldn’t have happened a year or two ago.” In the seventh inning of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game, A.J. Hinch decided to intentionally walk Andre Ethier with two men on in order to load the bases for Manny Ramirez. And it wasn’t like they were…

  17. Carlos Beltran is running pain-free

    May 13, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    As expected, Carlo Beltran began his running program on Monday and, according to Newsday, he’s apparently pain-free: “Thank God there’s no pain . . . It’s a learning process for me to start running again, so right now I’m thinking about how to make it perfect. Today was the first day I ran and didn’t…

  18. Umpire Dale Scott rung up Big Papi on a terrible call

    May 13, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    David Ortiz struck out looking in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Sox-Jays game.  I’ve seen Ortiz roll his eyes and grumble about calls before, but he’s not known to be a whiner or anything.  He went absolutely nuts after strike three, however, and when you watch the video, you’ll agree that he had a case. …

  19. Milton Bradley to be out at least another week

    May 13, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    The Mariners are talking to some reporters.’s Jim Street, for instance, and he reports that, according to the team, Milton Bradley isn’t likely to rejoin the club until late next week. Bradley is on the restricted list so he’s not traveling with the Mariners.  Don Wakamatsu says, however, that “I think everything is going…

  20. Quote of the Day: Tyler Clippard's unmentionables

    May 13, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    “I asked if I could start wearing his underwear. But he said no.” – Washington Nationals’ Craig Stammen on teammate Tyler Clippard’s MLB-leading seven wins. The rose goes in the front, big guy. (thanks to Wooden U. Lykteneau for the heads up)

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