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  1. Banged up Ted Lilly adds knee injury to offseason shoulder surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly was already taking things easy coming back from November shoulder surgery and now he also has a knee injury to deal with. Lilly had cartilage removed from his left knee in July, but this time the right knee gave him problems after playing catch from flat ground this week and he’s scheduled to…

  2. The Diamondbacks think about locking up Upton, Reynolds

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks are thinking long term: Their arbitration-eligible players all taken care of thanks to the Valentine’s Day signing of right-hander Edwin Jackson, the D-backs front office will turn its attention to signing players with less than three years of big league service. That typically involves one-year deals, but in the case of third baseman…

  3. Aybar, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract with an additional $100,000 in potential incentives based on reaching 575 and 625 plate appearances. Aybar was asking for $2.75 million via arbitration while the Angels filed at $1.85 million, so even reaching the maximum incentives would mean that…

  4. UPDATE: Brian Roberts has back spasms

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Orioles’ beat writer Brittany Ghiroli says that Buster was wrong, and that Roberts doesn’t have kidney stones. Rather, he has back spasms. How one can mistake those two things given the, um, geography involved is an open question, but we just pass along what we hear. 2:16 P.M.: Buster Olney writes: Heard this: Orioles…

  5. Cliff Lee almost ready to take mound again after minor foot surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee gave Mariners fans a scare earlier this month by undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left foot, but it looks like reports of the operation being “minor” will prove accurate. Lee is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring next Wednesday, which would actually put him slightly ahead…

  6. Buster Olney is right on the money

    Feb 18, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    I rip reporters when I think they go off track on the steroids business, most recently with Mark McGwire, so it’s only fair that I point out when someone stone-cold nails it, as Buster Olney did with what he wrote today regarding McGwire (and Tiger Woods): Why would Tiger Woods need to say he’s sorry…

  7. With Giambi as his backup, Helton plans to take more days off

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Todd Helton said yesterday that he plans to take more days off this season because he “had nothing left at the end of the year.” Here’s more from the 36-year-old first baseman: That was partly my fault. I should have kept myself in a little better shape. You just get worn down from playing so…

  8. Source: Kelvim Escobar may be seriously hurt

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Adam Rubin of the Daily News tweets: Johan Santana played catch with him all week and said Escobar having trouble gripping a baseball would be untrue. Santana’s not a doctor of course and a playing catch grip is different than a pitching-at-full-speed grip, but this, at the very least, undercuts my earlier report.  Obviously…

  9. Johan Santana says he's better than Roy Halladay

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    David Lennon of Newsday tweets from Mets’ spring training: When Johan was asked to name best pitcher in NL East, he replied, “Santana.” Hear that Halladay? I may be a Braves fan, but I can think of nothing I’m looking forward to more this season than watching Johan Santana and Roy Halladay battling to figure…

  10. Joel Hanrahan to begin season on disabled list

    Feb 18, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Traded to Pittsburgh along with Lastings Milledge in late June, Joel Hanrahan tossed 31.1 innings with a 1.71 ERA down the stretch and was slated to be the Pirates’ primary setup man this year. Unfortunately the team announced today that he’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list with a strained elbow. He’s…

  11. The Astros beat Wandy Rodriguez in arbitration

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alyson Footer tweets that the Astros have won the Wandy Rodriguez arbitration. Rodriguez will earn $5 million in 2010. He had asked for $7 million. He made $2.6 million last year. No one but the participants knows for sure what went down in that hearing room, but I’m rather surprised that Rodriguez lost.  Sure, people…

  12. The White Sox, Tigers court Johnny Damon

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The White Sox and Tigers are getting down to brass tacks with Johnny Damon, and the lobbying has begun. The White Sox sent A.J. Pierzynski and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson out golfing with Damon yesterday. Despite the fact that most mortals probably couldn’t stand playing one hole of putt-putt with those two characters, multiple reports came…

  13. UPDATE: The Indians replacing Mark Shapiro as GM

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, so it wasn’t Manny Acta’s hat. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting – albeit a bit speculatively — that the presser is to announce that Indians’ assistant GM Chris Antonetti is going to replace Mark Shapiro as GM, who will get kicked upstairs to be the team’s president.  The change, however, would not…

  14. The State of the Yankees

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi had his annual beginning-of-spring-training news conference yesterday. Marc Carig of the Star Ledger was there. The highlights: Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson are the top candidates for the second slot in the order. I’d probably just plug Johnson and his uber-OBP into that slot, but I assume that Girardi is at least a…

  15. Create your own spring training story

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Captain there are massive amounts of win detected from Brew Crew Ball! Set phasers for awesome! This year, though, you don’t have to sit back and wait for a bland, uninspired spring training preview for your favorite team. With an assist from Mad Libs, you can create your own. Simply fill in the blanks on…

  16. They're still playing baseball in the Metrodome

    Feb 18, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    It has been established that ballparks which have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of baseball murder. A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and domes has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking baseball victims. It’s hard for us here to be reporting this to…

  17. Barajas likely to accept Mets offer

    Feb 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Heyman tweets that Rod Barajas is likely to accept a minor league offer from the Mets worth $1 million if he makes the team. Heyman also says that he’s likely to be the Mets starting catcher. If the Mets are so sure about him starting I’m not sure why it’s a minor league offer, but…

  18. The Giants wanted to keep Freddy Sanchez's surgery quiet

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez had surgery on his shoulder in late December, but no one knew about it until late January. The Giants said at the time the news came out that they kept it secret at Sanchez’s request, with him not wanting people to make his health a topic of discussion. Sanchez, however,…

  19. Shocker: Kelvim Escobar has shoulder soreness

    Feb 17, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The Mets tested fate by handing out a guaranteed $1.25 million contract to a pitcher who has only appeared in one major league game over the past two seasons because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder. So we really shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Kelvim Escobar experienced shoulder soreness recently and will…

  20. Dioner Navarro sued by former agent

    Feb 17, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    According to the St. Petersburg Times, Rays catcher Dioner Navarro is being sued by his former agent for breach of contract.  From the Times’ Marc Topkin: In the suit, filed last week in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Startrust claims Navarro and his wife owe fees and expenses dating back to 2005 and seeks reimbursement, including money…

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