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  1. Edinson Volquez throws successfully off a mound

    Mar 21, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery last August and is expected to miss the entire 2010 season.  But on Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, he took a major step in his ongoing recovery from the elbow ligament replacement surgery.  Volquez, 26, threw 30 pitches off a mound at about 50 percent intensity and plans…

  2. Twins, Mauer making progress in long-term talks

    Mar 21, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, there are “strong indications” that the Twins and catcher Joe Mauer are “gathering momentum” toward a long-term contract extension. Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, was spotted near the Twins’ spring training facility on Sunday afternoon and Olney has been picking up on hints of progress.  The 26-year-old catcher, widely regarded as…

  3. Wellemeyer staking claim on final rotation spot

    Mar 21, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Giants inked free agent Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league contract this winter and told him he’d have a legitimate shot at making the team as a fifth starter or long reliever.  Despite the promises, we considered Wellemeyer a longshot to make the team when he signed.  But he has shot out of the…

  4. Dice-K to make Grapefruit League debut Thursday

    Mar 21, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been slowed in camp by a sore neck and back, is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut against the Marlins on Thursday (according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal). Dice-K has been limited to games of catch and bullpen sessions as the Red Sox ease him back to full…

  5. Manzella out one week with strained quad

    Mar 21, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    According to Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella suffered a strained right quadriceps while trying to beat out a grounder during Saturday’s spring game against the Yankees.  The injury isn’t considered horribly serious, but he’s likely to miss at least a week while the swelling subsides.  Manzella hit .289/.339/.417 with nine…

  6. Nathan opts to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 21, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    9:36pm: Christensen passes along word that Nathan has opted to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss all of the 2010 season.  The throwing session apparently ran less than smoothly: “It didn’t go like we hoped,” Nathan said. “We knew it was a long shot, but this will help clear my head.” 8:48am:…

  7. Heyward held off base for first time this spring

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Braves phenom Jason Heyward failed to register a hit or walk for the first time this spring during Saturday’s 7-6 exhibition loss to the Blue Jays. According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who has apparently nicknamed the kid “J-Hey,” it’s the first time the 20-year-old has been held off the basepaths since…

  8. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

    Mar 20, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, speaking to the Associated Press about the idea of realigning the league’s divisions: “When I am on long airport rides I will fiddle around with divisions and things.  The one thing about it: you come up with 100 different [scenarios].” It’s nice to hear that Bud is at least…

  9. Bobby Jenks scratched with calf irritation

    Mar 20, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bobby Jenks was scratched from a scheduled appearance in Saturday’s spring game after an MRI on his left calf revealed some mild irritation. It’s not a major issue — Jenks should be fine by the start of the regular season if he recovers properly — but the…

  10. Navarro injured in collision, carted off field

    Mar 20, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    5:26pm: Topkin hears that Navarro has only a bruised nerve in his left leg and should be fine for the start of the season.  He’ll sit out the next two or three days of camp. 2:07pm: According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays catcher Dioner Navarro was injured in a collision at…

  11. Brendan Ryan (wrist) makes spring debut

    Mar 20, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan made his spring debut Saturday against the Mets, batting second in the lineup and finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored.  He underwent a minor wrist procedure in early February and was limited to drills for the first few weeks of spring training.  Now healthy, he’s hoping to fit in about 50…

  12. Bobby Seay still having shoulder problems

    Mar 20, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Bad news out of Tigers camp this afternoon.  According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, left-handed reliever Bobby Seay (shoulder) experienced a setback Saturday while throwing a bullpen session and is scheduled to undergo an MRI.  He’s expected to start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list no matter the results of the test because…

  13. Westmoreland begins long recovery process

    Mar 20, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent brain surgery Tuesday to correct a “cavernous malformation” in his brain, has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.  He’s now in a rehab facility and is nearly ready to begin his long road to recovery.  Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein shared…

  14. Tigers reunite with Fien on minors contract

    Mar 20, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Casey Fien is back in Tigers camp after spending the last few months hopping from team to team on baseball’s waiver wire.  The 26-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by Detroit in late February, claimed off waivers by the Red Sox a few days later, then waived again and picked up by the Blue Jays.…

  15. Bradley tossed again, Wakamatsu defends

    Mar 20, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Things could be going better for new Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley, who was ejected for a second time in three days Friday night after exchanging words with home plate umpire Jon Merry following a questionable called third strike.  Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu immediately came to the defense of his outfielder, and seems to think umpires…

  16. Red Sox ink Embree to minor league deal

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford of Boston-based WEEI.com passes along word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with reliever Alan Embree.  The veteran left-hander posted a 5.84 ERA, a 12/12 K/BB ratio and a 1.62 WHIP in 36 appearances last season for the Rockies before fracturing his tibia in mid-July.  He…

  17. UPDATE: Strasburg says goodbye, for now…

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    UPDATE: According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, Strasburg has been optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.  That’s that. SATURDAY, 8:39pm: Stephen Strasburg just wrapped up what could be his last start of the spring with the Nationals. He got off to a bit of a rough start, serving up a solo home run to Cardinals shortstop…

  18. Freddy Sanchez to return "end of April, first of May"

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy finally acknowledged the obvious on Friday, stating that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will likely be sidelined until the “end of April, first of May.” Sanchez, who was inked to a two-year, $12 million contract in November, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, and to this point, has only progressed…

  19. UPDATE: Cliff Lee has right abdominal strain

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Update: Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that Lee has a right lower abdominal strain. He was treated in Seattle on Friday be team doctor Edward Khalfayan. Lee underwent an ultra-sound exam and was given a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated in one week, but as Geoff Baker of…

  20. Royals' Anderson hits for cycle in four innings

    Mar 19, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    Former White Sox first-round pick Brian Anderson, currently auditioning for a spot on the Kansas City bench, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs in the first four innings Friday as the Royals took a 17-0 lead over the Diamondbacks. Anderson, who would have had a shot at a starting job before Rick…

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