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  1. Jose Guillen diagnosed with Grade 1 left quad strain

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Royals outfielder-designated hitter Jose Guillen left Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners with what appeared to be a left leg injury.  On Wednesday he got an official diagnosis. According to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton, Guillen has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle and could be out for the next several…

  2. Jason Heyward will take batting practice this weekend

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    Braves general manager Frank Wren told Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that outfielder Jason Heyward is making progress in his rehab from a deep thumb bruise and will begin taking batting practice this weekend. “It’s going well,” Wren said, “he feels good and that’s a good sign.” The rookie phenom was placed…

  3. Red Sox groom RHP Michael Bowden for relief role

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    With little relief available on the trade market at the moment, the Red Sox have decided to look within the organization for setup help. Long-time pitching prospect Michael Bowden was shifted from the rotation to the pen this week, with an eye towards a promotion to the majors after the All-Star break. It certainly wasn’t…

  4. Todd Helton lands on DL with stiff back, pulled hamstring

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who is sitting on two homers and 16 RBI halfway through the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back and hamstring issues prior to Wednesday’s game. The Rockies called up quad-A slugger Brad Eldred to replace him on the roster and included him in the lineup for…

  5. 16-year-old Adonis Cardona gets record bonus from Blue Jays

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Baseball America reports that the Blue Jays have signed 16-year-old right-hander Adonis Cardona for $2.8 million, a record bonus for an amateur out of Venezuela. BA had Cardona rated as the No. 3 prospect available out of Latin America this summer. The 6-foot-4 Cardona tops out at 93 mph now and should add velocity as…

  6. The Mariners are asking a ton for Cliff Lee

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dear lord, we are way, way short on our daily Cliff Lee post quota!  How will baseball ever compete with the NBA hype at this rate?  Let’s fix that with one last Cliff Lee tidbit of the day. Rosenthal and Morosi are saying that the Mariners are seeking “a mammoth return” for Cliff Lee.  This…

  7. Jordan Zimmermann takes first step on long road back from Tommy John surgery

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Pitching for the first time since Tommy John surgery about 11 months ago, Jordan Zimmermann tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab start at Single-A. His fastball was reportedly clocked in the mid-90s and Zimmermann was very pleased with the outing: It feels great. I mean, I’ve been waiting for 10 months now. No pain,…

  8. The Diamondbacks may not go crazy at the deadline

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    That’s Ken Rosenthal’s assessment, and it’s not a bad one.  His thinking: (a) interim GM Jerry Dipoto can’t be expected to have been handed the reins to do a full-blown fire sale mere weeks after taking over for Josh Byrnes; and (b) the Diamondbacks really don’t have a need to slash payroll given that Brandon…

  9. Jake Peavy may be out for the season with detached shoulder muscle

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    After leaving last night’s start in the second inning with a shoulder/back injury Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with a “detached latissimus dorsi muscle.” There’s no word yet from the White Sox on his expected recovery timetable, but Peavy has been placed on the disabled list and Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune writes that…

  10. The Padres trade Sean Gallagher to the Pirates

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Padres have traded righty Sean Galllagher to the Pirates for cash. San Diego had DFA’d Gallagher last Thursday. Gallagher made 15 appearances for the Padres and allowed 14 earned runs on 24 hits in 23 and a third innings. Very Nuke LaLooshy, too, inasmuch as he struck out 21 and walked 19 in that…

  11. It was inevitable: the campaign for the last All-Star roster spot goes negative

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mr. Swisher, your campaign has all the momentum of a runaway freight train. What makes you so popular?

  12. Heath Bell added to NL All-Stars as Yovani Gallardo's fill-in

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Heath Bell had little chance of winning the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest for spot in the All-Star game, but now he’s been taken off the ballot and officially added to the NL roster as the injury replacement for Yovani Gallardo. Bell made his first All-Star game last season while doing a marvelous job stepping in…

  13. The White Sox are "all over Adam Dunn right now"

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says.  I hope they get off him in the next four hours, because he has to play the Padres tonight! Trading Adam Dunn to the White Sox would be a lot of fun, partially because of the competitive implications — he would definitely give the Sox a big push in the…

  14. Cardinals starter Brad Penny shut down following setback

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brad Penny had been hoping to begin a rehab assignment this weekend with an eye toward returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, but those plans have been put on hold following a setback yesterday. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has the details: He threw a normal pregame warmup, took some long-toss, and…

  15. Olney: The Rockies may make a play for Dan Uggla

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Marlins players have been worried about the team being broken up, but it’s probably going to happen because they’re not going anywhere.  The most obvious trade chit: Dan Uggla, who is having a typical — maybe even slightly better than typical — Dan Uggla season and will once again be due for a big raise. …

  16. Five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Commissioner’s Office suspended five minor leaguers for PED use today.  They are Yankees pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos; Rays catcher Jhancarlos Infante’ Diamondbacks pitcher Joel Matos; and Royals pitcher Freddy Rodriguez. All of them are plying their trade down in the Dominican Summer League. They’ll all get 50 games on ice…

  17. Marlins demote struggling starter Chris Volstad to Triple-A

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad went 8-4 with a 2.83 ERA through his first 20 starts after debuting as a 21-year-old in mid-2008, but he’s just 11-21 with a 5.36 ERA in 41 starts since then and today the Marlins demoted him back to Triple-A. What’s interesting about Volstad’s fall from grace is that the underlying numbers within…

  18. HBT Extra: Slamming Ryan Howard, the Giants and our friend from the 209

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.

  19. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol piling up strikeouts at historic rate

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol picked up his 16th save of the season last night by striking out five of the seven batters he faced, giving him an amazing 77 strikeouts in 40.2 innings on the year. To put that in some context, consider that Nick Blackburn, John Lannan, and Brad Bergesen have combined for 78 strikeouts this…

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