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  1. Joe Nathan throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in March, making 20 throws from flat ground at a distance of 45 feet. Starting to throw again from flat ground is merely the first big step on the long road back from Tommy John surgery and Nathan is still…

  2. Trade him? Nah, the Marlins are thinking about extending Dan Uggla's contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla has been a popular source of trade rumors lately, with writers alternatively saying that he’s going to get traded  or not. He’s the subject of rumors every summer it seems. Screw that, says MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Feesh are thinking about extending him: While teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to…

  3. David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday. According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe…

  4. So who's the next Cubs manager?

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Cubs’ press release in which Sweet Lou calls it a career has him announcing his decision to retire now because “it gives Jim Hendry ample time to find the next manager and he doesn’t need to do so in secrecy.”  I take that as a license to speculate: Ryne Sandberg: That’s the name you’re…

  5. Marlon Byrd is still taking whatever Victor Conte gives him

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Would you trust the man behind BALCO to give you your vitamins every day?

  6. Dodgers reportedly interested in Pirates starter Paul Maholm

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers “have been very aggressive in their pursuit of pitching” and today Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quotes “an industry source” who says they’re interested in Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm. General manager Neal Huntington indicated previously that the Pirates don’t plan to be very…

  7. Jake Westbrook is going to be expensive

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal: Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy of his…

  8. Lou Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE:  The…

  9. A's lose Ryan Sweeney to season-ending knee surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney tried to play through a knee injury, receiving a cortisone shot and platelet-rich injections within the past two weeks, but ultimately decided to undergo season-ending surgery. A couple different doctors looked at the knee and it wasn’t a matter of if I needed the surgery. It was a matter of when I was…

  10. HBT Daily: A matchup of aces, the Tigers gasp for air and some gratuitious Braves love

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Because one video a week of a pasty, lisping bald guy is not enough, we’re now going to give you five. You’re welcome.

  11. Guest post: Joe Tetreault's 164 lines about 82 All-Stars

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Congratulations to Joe Tetreault, winner of HBT’s Home Run Derby contest. The prize: a guest post on anything he wanted. And boy did he use up all the latitude we gave him on this one.

  12. Armando Galarraga set to rejoin the Tigers' rotation tonight

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Demoted to Triple-A earlier this month just six starts after his imperfect game, Armando Galarraga is scheduled to rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight against the Rangers in Detroit. At the time of the demotion Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the move was made primarily to get Galarraga some work during the All-Star break and…

  13. Pitching porn tonight: Lincecum vs. Kershaw

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m probably going to be a bit drowsy tomorrow, because there’s a great pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles: Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw. When you’re a junkie like me you just can’t miss that kind of thing. Lots of interesting stuff swirling around this one. The last start from each of these aces for…

  14. Lots of teams are interested in John Buck

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game.  Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at…

  15. Dodgers reliever George Sherrill goes unclaimed on waivers

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    As expected, George Sherrill has cleared waivers after the Dodgers made him available to any team willing to absorb the rest of his $4.5 million salary. For now he remains in the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning yesterday, but they’re free to remove him from the 40-man roster and demote…

  16. The Yankees want to buy into the Premier League? Sure. . .

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    There are many, many reasons to discount reports that the Yankees are interested in investing in the English Premier League. The man pictured to the left is the biggest among them.

  17. The Marlins are going to interview Ted Simmons for their managerial job

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over. Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’…

  18. Twins finally call up dominant Triple-A reliever Anthony Slama

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Last night the Twins finally called up right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been so dominant in the minors and deserving of a chance for so long now that various Twins blogs have been running “Free Anthony Slama” campaigns. Clearly the front office doesn’t believe in the former 39th-round pick, keeping Slama in the minors until…

  19. Derek Jeter is baseball's most marketable player

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    That according to SportsBusiness Daily, which surveyed oodles of sports business professionals. The list ended up breaking down thusly: 1. Derek Jeter2. Albert Pujols3. Joe Mauer4. Stephen Strasburg5. Ryan Howard6. Evan Longoria7. Tim Lincecum8. David Wright9. Alex Rodriguez10. Dustin Pedroia/Torii Hunter I’ll accept that list at face value, but I can’t help but think that…

  20. The Dodgers are calling all over for pitching

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers — previously thought to be unable or unwilling to do anything at the deadline — have been “very aggressive” in pursuit of pitching, making calls about Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona.  Brown also reports that the Dodgers are interested in the eleventeen…

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