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  1. Vazquez wisely skipped in Yankees' rotation

    May 15, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a calculated move Saturday in an effort to protect Javier Vazquez’s confidence, bumping the righty from his next scheduled start.  Vazquez pitched a solid seven innings of two-run ball last Wednesday against the Tigers and was in line to take on either the Red Sox or Rays this week.  But…

  2. Nick Johnson may need wrist surgery

    May 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    According to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Nick Johnson may need surgery to remove inflamed tissue from his right wrist. Johnson was already expected to miss four weeks, but if the injury requires surgery, he would likely miss an additional four to six weeks, placing his return somewhere around…

  3. UPDATE: Oliver Perez moved to the bullpen

    May 15, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Perez has been moved to the bullpen, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.tv reports that Manuel has yet to name a replacement, but logic dictates that it would be left-hander Hisanori Takahashi. If not, the Mets would need to make a roster move should they choose to pluck R.A. Dickey…

  4. Don't hold your breath on Aroldis Chapman

    May 15, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg were often mentioned in the same breath this spring, but it’s become pretty clear that the Cuban left-hander isn’t anywhere near as polished as last year’s No 1 pick. Chapman was hammered for a career-high eight runs over just 3 1/3 innings in an outing for Triple-A Louisville on Friday…

  5. Jose Reyes moved back to the leadoff spot

    May 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel’s grand experiment is over. Jose Reyes will bat leadoff against the Marlins on Saturday night, according to David Lennon of New York Newsday. It was a worthwhile idea at the time, but Reyes batted just .207/.253/.280 with zero homers, six RBI and a 533 OPS over 82 at-bats as the No. 3 hitter.…

  6. UPDATE: Pablo Sandoval (foot) out of Saturday's lineup

    May 15, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    UPDATE: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sandoval is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season on Saturday. 1:58 PM: Pablo Sandoval exited Friday’s game against the Astros after he was plunked on the left foot by right-hander Jeff Fulchino in the eighth inning. Henry Schulman of the…

  7. Rays designate Pat Burrell for assignment; promote Hank Blalock

    May 15, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    The Rays have designated designated hitter Pat Burrell for assignment in order to make room for Hank Blalock, according to the Tampa Tribune. Burrell, 33, has been a tremendous failure since signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the club in January of 2009, posting a pathetic .218/.311/.361 batting line and just 16 homers over…

  8. Jason Marquis out eight weeks after elbow surgery

    May 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis will miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow on Friday, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com. Marquis, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals in December, posted a disastrous 20.52 ERA and 2.88 WHIP over his first three starts before going on the disabled…

  9. Rafael Furcal unlikely to return this weekend

    May 15, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    The Dodgers have decided to delay Rafael Furcal’s return from the disabled list after he felt some tightness in his right hamstring during two rehab games with Class A Inland Empire this week. Furcal was originally expected to be activated on Friday, however Dodgers manager Joe Torre told Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times…

  10. Ron Gardenhire tells Pat Neshek to stay off the "Tweeter"

    May 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Last week, Aaron outlined how Pat Neshek expressed his frustration over the misdiagnosis of his injury via Facebook and Twitter. Well, on Friday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that he recently met with Neshek to tell him that he was “not very happy” with the way he handled the situation. “‘Our…

  11. Athletics bring back Jack Cust

    May 15, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Searching for more production from a designated hitter spot that has combined for just two home runs (tied for lowest in the league) and a .291 on-base percentage (tied for third lowest), the Athletics have called up Jack Cust from Triple-A Sacramento, reports Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com. He’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s game against…

  12. Is it time to eat some crow about David Ortiz?

    May 15, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    David Ortiz continued his recent hot-hitting on Friday night, slugging two mammoth home runs and driving in four runs in a 7-2 win over the Tigers. The first home run, a three-run shot off the struggling Max Scherzer in the first inning, traveled an estimated distance of 459 feet to right-center field, according to HitTracker,…

  13. UPDATE: Nick Swisher day to day with biceps strain

    May 15, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Swisher is listed as day-to-day with a slight strain of the left biceps, according to Tim Britton of MLB.com. Friday’s MRI came back negative. Friday, 9:33 PM: Nick Swisher exited Friday’s game against the Twins with a sore left biceps, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. He was taken to the hospital for…

  14. Charlie Manuel regrets comments about stealing signs

    May 14, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Martin Frank of the News Journal has some quotes from the Phillies’ skipper: “I shouldn’t have said a word, but I didn’t say anything about Colorado or anything about them crying,” Manuel said. “If I did something, I’ll definitely talk to [Tracy]. I didn’t say anything about that particular game. “Usually, I say we’ll…

  15. Fake trade: Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman to Mets for Ike Davis

    May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mets acquire RHP Roy Oswalt, 1B Lance Berkman and cash from the Astros for 1B Ike Davis, LHP Oliver Perez and SS Ruben Tejada. Why it works for the Mets: First, let’s get this out of the way: there’s no way the Mets would trade Davis straight-up for Berkman. Even ignoring salaries, I can imagine…

  16. Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones have five-hit games for Pirates

    May 14, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones, hitting third and fourth respectively in the Pirates order, both had five hits Friday as part of a 10-6 win over the Cubs. Both also homered, with Jones delivering a tie-breaking three-run shot in the eighth and McCutchen adding a solo blast in the ninth. Jones ended up driving in…

  17. New York high schoolers to start having their pitch counts monitored

    May 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Missed this from yesterday, but file this under good ideas: New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League has agreed to have coaches keep track of pitch counts of high school pitchers, submit them with game results and post them on the league’s Web site. Sure, they had to be threatened by the city council to…

  18. Why would a reliever use "Ring of Fire" for his walk-on music?

    May 14, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lots of people weighing in on their choice of walkup/coming out of the bullpen music in the earlier thread today. Initial takeaway: man, a lot of you guys like rap metal and 70s guitar bands.  No one wants to walk to the plate listening to The Smiths or The Jesus and Mary Chain? [crickets] Anywhoo,…

  19. FOX may make its Game of the Week to 100% prime time next year

    May 14, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    FOX will air a handful of its Saturday games in prime time this year, and if it works they move the whole shebang into prime time next year, USA Today reports (Stop gawking at Erin Andrews and scroll down to the second story). If they do that, they’re thinking about doing more renationalized games as…

  20. Video: Previewing the Yankees-Twins series

    May 14, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    This morning I recorded a Yankees-Twins series preview with Ted Berg for SNY and it’s a slow news day here at Hardball Talk, so why not watch it … New York and Minnesota are tied for the second-best record in baseball at 22-12, so it should be a good series. I’m actually feeling oddly optimistic…

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