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  1. UPDATE: Wood scratched from scheduled outing

    Mar 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Wood told’s Anthony Castrovince on Sunday afternoon that he is already back on his normal spring schedule and will throw a bullpen session Monday followed by an appearance in Wednesday’s spring game.  Sounds promising. SATURDAY, 6:31pm: Enjoy spring training traditions?  Here’s one for you: According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer,…

  2. Olney: Phillies discussed Howard-Pujols swap

    Mar 14, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Here’s the craziest thing you’ll read all week (and it’s only Sunday):  According to’s Buster Olney, the Phillies at one point kicked around the idea of offering Ryan Howard to the Cardinals for slugger Albert Pujols.  Inside Olney’s oddly-formed story we get a flat-out denial of any such talks from Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro…

  3. Ankiel out another week with ankle soreness

    Mar 14, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Royals manager Trey Hillman told the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton on Sunday that outfielder Rick Ankiel could require another week of recovery for his sore right ankle.  There’s no reason to panic just yet, but Ankiel needs all the work he can get.  The 30-year-old batted just .231 with a .285 on-base percentage last…

  4. Sunday injury rundown: Cabrera, Lee, Gonzalez

    Mar 14, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    A few Sunday afternoon minor injury updates from the sunny ball fields of Arizona and Florida… – Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has a strained left groin and is considered “day-to-day.”  He was unavailable Saturday and again on Sunday, but it doesn’t sound like an overly serious issue. – Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has a…

  5. UPDATE: It's Strasburg Day… for a second time

    Mar 14, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Strasburg allowed zero runs and only two hits Sunday over three innings of work against the Cards.  He also fanned two batters and tallied six groundouts. 12:23pm: It is Stephen Strasburg Day again in south Florida, as the young right-handed starter is scheduled to make his second appearance of the spring this afternoon against…

  6. Brian Roberts headed to Baltimore for tests

    Mar 14, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been plagued by a back injury for the last few weeks and his lack of progress has been frustrating for all parties involved.  So the O’s made a move Sunday, sending the 32-year-old back to Baltimore for an epidural and further examination of his ailing back.  Roberts is likely…

  7. Beckett sick, won't start Sunday's spring game

    Mar 14, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    According to the Boston Herald, right-hander Josh Beckett was scratched from a scheduled start Sunday due to an undisclosed illness.  He was spotted in the clubhouse earlier this morning eating breakfast with teammates, but his name was switched with Ryne Miller on the Red Sox’s lineup card.  Beckett retired all nine batters he faced in…

  8. Ollie throws four hitless frames in spring victory

    Mar 14, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Mets left-hander Oliver Perez heaved four innings of hitless baseball during Sunday’s 9-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers.  He desperately needed a strong outing after allowing seven hits and five runs in his spring debut, and manager Jerry Manuel acknowledged to the New York Post afterward that Perez is beginning to look a bit…

  9. Dodgers win, split exhibition series in Taiwan

    Mar 14, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The Dodgers have been in Taiwan for close to a week, trying to spread the good word about baseball.  Manny Ramirez even made the trip and collected three hits Saturday as the group of MLB players defeated a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) All-Star team 11-1 in exhibition play.  It was the final game of…

  10. Dice-K releases statement about neck issue

    Mar 13, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka would not talk to reporters about his neck discomfort Saturday, but he did issue a short statement through a team spokesperson.  Here it is, via the Boston Globe: “I didn’t throw live BP today due to stiffness in my neck. As for my schedule going forward, I’m going to see how I feel…

  11. Red Sox prospect to undergo brain surgery

    Mar 13, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein announced Saturday that outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland has a “cavernous malformation” in his brain and will require surgery to fix it.  From the description of a brain malformation on the Providence Journal’s website, it sounds like he should be able to make a full recovery.  Still, any time you…

  12. Brandon Webb resumes throwing, but likely headed for DL

    Mar 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb threw off flat ground on Saturday morning, his first throwing session since saying he felt “stagnant” last week. Manager A.J. Hinch told John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse that he was encouraged by the right-hander’s progress: “He showed more life in his arm today,” Hinch said. “Throwing a few breaking balls may not sound…

  13. Piniella says Lilly is "ahead of schedule"

    Mar 13, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella sounded upbeat after Ted Lilly threw on the backfields at HoHoKam Park early Saturday: “We want to keep him under the radar gun and not talk much about it,” Piniella said of Lilly’s progress. “He’s coming along really well. He’s had no setbacks whatsoever. He’s actually ahead of schedule. “We feel…

  14. Dice-K cuts batting practice short with stiff neck

    Mar 13, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    It’s probably safe to say we can take Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the mix to start the season in Boston’s rotation. Dice-K’s live batting practice session on Saturday was scratched due to a stiff neck. He threw just five pitches in the bullpen before shutting it down. Today was going to be an important step…

  15. Asdrubal Cabrera to miss five to seven days with strained groin

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will miss up to a week because of a strained left groin muscle. Cabrera suffered the injury while diving back into third base on a pickoff throw during Friday’s game against the Angels. According to Hoynes, Cabrera is expected to be held out…

  16. UPDATE: Twins sign Denard Span to five-year contract

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Update: Here’s the details: Span will make $750,000 in 2010, $1 million in 2011, $3 million in 2012, $4.75 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014. The contract includes a $9 million option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. 12:08 pm: Here it is. Christensen tweets that Span will earn $16.5 million over the…

  17. Kinsler sidelined for at least a week with high ankle sprain

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that second baseman Ian Kinsler will miss at least a week because of a high right ankle sprain. Kinsler was a late scratch from Friday’s lineup against the Padres after turning his ankle during pregame warm-ups. Durrett reports that assistant general manager Thad Levine was surprised by the diagnosis…

  18. J.C. Romero being sued for alleged altercation with fan

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    We originally mentioned this last June, but now J.C. Romero is being sued by the fan who accused him of assault. Robert Eaton, 26, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Romero caused him “serious and permanent injury” by allegedly hitting him in the neck when he was asking for an autograph. Eaton recalls getting the…

  19. Kuo scratched from Taiwan series with sore elbow

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to start for the Dodgers in his native Taiwan on Saturday night, however he has been scratched because of a sore left elbow. Kuo’s injury was disclosed following a rainout of Friday’s game and though his elbow was barking earlier this week, manager Joe Torre told reporters he “had just found…

  20. Lance Berkman needs knee surgery, making him doubtful for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Update: According to Alyson Footer, Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, Berkman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. Dr. David Crumbie removed loose cartilage debris from the knee and did not see any sign of ligament or meniscus damage. He’s still expected to miss 2-4 weeks, leaving Opening Day in doubt. Friday…

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