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  1. Roy Oswalt placed on disabled list with lower back inflammation

    May 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt, who was scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start with lower back inflammation, was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list following last night’s loss to the Braves. Oswalt originally felt something in his back when he was pulled from a start against the Marlins back on April 16. He hasn’t pitched in a game…

  2. UPDATE: Jaime Garcia gives up first walk, hit in eighth inning

    May 6, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: There goes that. Garcia was able to get Prince Fielder to ground out to Albert Pujols at first base, but walked Casey McGehee and gave up a clean single to Yuniesky Betancourt. Perfect game over. No-hitter over. 9:57 PM: We already had Derek Lowe carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning tonight, but something pretty…

  3. Cliff Lee has 16 strikeouts, takes backseat to Derek Lowe

    May 6, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    9:50 p.m. EDT – Kimbrel settled for one strikeout, getting Ryan Howard to end the Braves’ 5-0 victory.  Four Braves pitches combined on a two-hit shutout as Cliff Lee notched his 16 strikeouts in a losing cause. 9:40 p.m. EDT – The Braves padded their lead with two runs in the top of the ninth…

  4. Tigers’ prospect Andy Oliver has start pushed back after playing with slingshot

    May 6, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT


    We’ve heard some weird injuries over the years, but this one is up there. According to Jason Beck of, Tigers’ prospect left-hander Andy Oliver had his Friday start with Triple-A Toledo pushed back after playing with a slingshot on Thursday. I’m not kidding. No, he wasn’t grounded or anything, but his hand apparently became…

  5. Josh Hamilton hopes to return in “two to three weeks”

    May 6, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Buster Olney of hinted in his column this morning that Josh Hamilton could be back before the end of the month, but now we have it directly from the horse’s mouth. Hamilton told Richard Durrett of earlier today that he hopes to be back with the Rangers in “two to three weeks.” “I…

  6. Red Sox manager Terry Francona ejected, likely to be suspended

    May 6, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Terry Francona was tossed from Friday’s game and likely will be banned for a game or two after coming out to argue a balk call against the Twins. The call by Angel Hernandez appeared to be correct. Tim Wakefield tried the fake-to-third-throw-to-first move and it worked, as Denard Span took off for second and was…

  7. Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 30 games

    May 6, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Andre Ethier just keeps on keepin’ on. Ethier, who missed Wednesday’s game with left elbow inflammation, ripped a line drive single to right center field in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Mets. Either is now the first player to hit in 30 consecutive games since Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did it during…

  8. Orioles prospect Manny Machado injures knee

    May 6, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    manny machado

    MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that 2010 first-round pick Manny Machado will likely go on the minor league disabled list with a left knee injury sustained in Thursday’s game for low Single-A Delmarva. The 18-year-old Machado was hurt on the basepaths while attempting to tag up on a flyball. Kubatko says that an MRI showed a…

  9. The 2011 Braves are really freakin slow

    May 6, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, Nate McLouth

    33 games into the season, the Braves are a remarkable 5-for-15 stealing bases. Now they’re not the only team in single digits when it comes to steals: the Cubs have just one more stolen base on the season. But to have been caught on two-thirds of their attempts makes this an historically awful start. The…

  10. Alexi Ogando’s blister causes Rangers to go to 13 pitchers

    May 6, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    The Rangers shipped out catcher Taylor Teagarden to make room for Neftali Feliz on the roster Friday and now we know why: Alexi Ogando is again dealing with a finger blister and is iffy to pitch Sunday. So, at the moment, the Rangers have 13 pitches on the roster, even though they’ve barely needed 12…

  11. Padres catcher Nick Hundley nurses strained oblique

    May 6, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Update: Hundley was placed on the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, making room for Phillips. /// It hasn’t put him on the DL, but Nick Hundley is unavailable for Friday’s game with a strained right oblique, forcing the Padres to call up a third catcher in Kyle Phillips. Although he’s slumping lately, Hundley has…

  12. Lenny Dykstra indicted on thirteen counts of bankruptcy fraud

    May 6, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT


    Remember how Lenny Dykstra was arrested for bankruptcy fraud?  Yeah, he’s indicted now. Thirteen counts, reports CNBC’s Darren Rovell.  If he is convicted on all counts he faces 80 years.  Given his business acumen, however, I’m sure he could talk it down to 95. This is just the latest in a long line of fun…

  13. Neftali Feliz returns from the disabled list “good to go”

    May 6, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    As expected, the Rangers activated Neftali Feliz from the disabled list and the closer told Richard Durrett of that he’s “good to go” after being out since April 21 with shoulder inflammation. Feliz struck out the side in a one-inning rehab appearance Wednesday at Double-A and his fastball was in the high-90s. Prior to…

  14. Angel Pagan suffers setback on verge of returning from DL

    May 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    Earlier this week Angel Pagan played in an extended spring training game and was hoping to return from the disabled list when eligible Saturday, but those plans have been squashed. Terry Collins said that Pagan suffered a setback yesterday in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle and will travel to New York to be…

  15. Julio Teheran to make his major league debut on Saturday

    May 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    I mentioned earlier that the Eric Hosmer callup is going to interfere with my Friday night plans with the wife. Well, might as well cancel the entire weekend, Mrs. Calcaterra, because on Saturday it’s even better: the Braves have called up top prospect Julio Teheran and will give him the start against the Phillies. Teheran…

  16. Let’s make all of the Dodgers free agents

    May 6, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Now we know this isn’t going to happen. But I thought this would be fun. It’s May 31… the Dodgers miss payroll and MLB, not realizing it, is a few minutes late in stepping in to pay the players. Every Dodger player now has the right to elect free agency. There’s two thoughts here: first,…

  17. Roy Oswalt scratched from Saturday start with back soreness

    May 6, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT


    Roy Oswalt rejoined the Phillies yesterday after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following last week’s tornadoes and was expected to start Saturday, but Jim Salisbury of reports that he’s been scratched from the start. Oswalt is apparently still dealing with back soreness and could be headed for the disabled…

  18. Quote of the Day: Lyle Overbay makes a curious assessment

    May 6, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    We heard a few weeks ago about how Charlie Morton had revamped his entire delivery, modeling everything off Roy Halladay.  Not a bad model if you need one, though he’d have to expect far less success than Doc using it. Unless you ask Lyle Overbay, that is, who was asked about Morton’s new approach in…

  19. Braves reliever Peter Moylan: “Looks like surgery is imminent”

    May 6, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Peter Moylan‘s back pain hasn’t subsided after taking two weeks to rest, so the Braves reliever told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he expects to undergo season-ending surgery. Moylan was examined yesterday by a surgeon in Atlanta and will travel to Los Angeles early next week to get a second opinion before…

  20. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are talking about alcohol-related incidents

    May 6, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The other day we heard that the league will attempt to seek the option to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases — like DUI — when labor contract talks begin after this season.  Now the Associated Press is reporting that those conversations have already started:  Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for…

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