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  1. Adding Damon would be too little, too late for Red Sox

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The Red Sox pretty obviously have a need for Johnny Damon. No, mediocre defensive left fielders with 764 OPSs aren’t particularly valuable, but Damon is getting on base 36 percent of the time and he’d likely improve his numbers with a return to Fenway Park, where he’s a career .305/.376/.440 hitter. Damon, though, probably doesn’t…

  2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia released from hospital

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    After four days in the hospital with an infected leg, Jarrod Saltalamacchia rejoined the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday and played catch on the field. “I feel fine,” he told the Providence Journal. “I’m just getting my body back into it. But it’s going to take a day or two for that.” The…

  3. Ian Kinsler ready to get back on the field

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Second baseman Ian Kinsler still needs to be cleared to return, but he’s hoping to begin a rehab assignment this week after undergoing an MRI Tuesday that could pave the way for him to resume baseball activities. Kinsler has been on the DL since the end of June with a strained left groin. According to…

  4. Stephen Strasburg headed for disabled list after MRI confirms strained flexor tendon

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman said this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg is all but certain to be placed on the disabled list and a short time later general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that an MRI exam has confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that…

  5. Behold: The most Jon Heyman tweet in the history of Jon Heyman tweets

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    At the risk of being blocked from following him like he did to Craig, this recent Johnny Damon note from SI.com’s Jon Heyman qualifies as the most Heyman tweet of all time. Seriously, instead of simply writing “Damon isn’t sure if he’ll accept the move” we get non-news positioned as an update on a story…

  6. Johnny Damon mulling whether to accept move to Red Sox

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have informed Johnny Damon that the Red Sox are indeed the team that placed a waiver claim on him and the veteran outfielder is now deciding whether or not he’d accept the move. Damon has the Red Sox on the list of teams he can’t be traded…

  7. Brewers sound ready to finally pull the plug on Manny Parra

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Manny Parra’s raw stuff has always exceeded his actual performance and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers may finally have given up waiting for that to change. Parra fell to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA by allowing seven runs in six innings against the Padres yesterday and has yet to record an out…

  8. Bryce Harper to meet the press in Washington later this week

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    In news that probably would have excited Nationals fans a whole lot more before Stephen Strasburg’s injury, the team announced that this year’s No. 1 overall pick, Bryce Harper, will meet the Washington media for the first time Thursday. Harper and the Nationals agreed to a five-year, $9.9 million major-league contract just moments before last…

  9. Manny not on waivers yet, but likely to be traded this week

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    The Dodgers activated outfielder Manny Ramirez from the disabled list over the weekend and were expected to place him on waivers immediately. So far, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, that has not happened…

  10. Red Sox reportedly place waiver claim on Johnny Damon

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the mystery team submitting a waiver claim for Johnny Damon was … the Red Sox. Seriously.

  11. Lou Piniella has not considered broadcasting future

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    VIDEO: Lou Piniella got a bit emotional when reflecting on his career as a manager Sunday and told reporters that he has not yet considered a return to broadcasting. For now, he’s simply headed home.

  12. Carlos Gomez will return Tuesday, but as a backup

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list back in early August after getting nailed in the head by a pitch.  He had a concussion, and dealt with symptoms for a little over two weeks before beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week.  Now he’s coming back to the big leagues. According…

  13. Brandon Webb now just hoping to pitch at least once this year

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    When last we heard from Brandon Webb he was aiming to return from shoulder surgery in time to make 6-8 starts this season, but yesterday the rehabbing right-hander said his goal is now to simply pitch this season, period. One time or 10, whatever I can get. Hopefully, I’ll pitch the last game of the…

  14. Reds GM says "there's not a lot of interest" in Micah Owings

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Cincinnati has until August 26 to trade or release Micah Owings after designating him for assignment last week, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that “there’s not a lot of interest” in the 27-year-old right-hander. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Owings being “arbitration-eligible next year and represented by Scott Boras ……

  15. Phillies hire HOFer Bruce Sutter as minors consultant

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter has been hired by the Phillies as a minor league pitching consultant.  His man objective will be to assist in the evaluation of the staffs at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Whether it translate to the young athletes he will be working…

  16. Must-click link: The Platoon Advantage on Skipper Sendoffs

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Cubs sent manager Lou Piniella off with a blowout loss, which is either sad given his excellent (and possibly Hall of Fame) career or fitting given how bad the Cubs have been all season. Either way, the boys over at The Platoon Advantage put together a lengthy, interesting look at the final games…

  17. David Ortiz has managed a triple in 11 straight seasons

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit his first triple of the season Sunday in Boston’s 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays, driving a Shaun Marcum pitch into the tricky left-center field gap at Fenway Park.  The annual Big Papi triple has become a sort of tradition for Red Sox fans and the beat writers…

  18. OK, so "Omar Infante, All-Star" isn't quite as funny now

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    I was among the many people who mocked Omar Infante’s presence on the All-Star team and I’ll stand by that mockery, because at the time he was a 28-year-old career-long utility man who wasn’t even playing every day for the Braves. However, he’s been on fire since the All-Star break and after going 4-for-6 with…

  19. Brewers cut ties with disappointing reliever David Riske

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    From the Brewers’ official Twitter feed comes word that the organization has released right-handed reliever David Riske. The 33-year-old Riske opened the 2010 season on the disabled list due to Tommy John…

  20. Bobby Jenks comes up big for worn out White Sox bullpen

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    With the White Sox’s pitching staff in shambles after playing a pair of extra-inning games Saturday, manager Ozzie Guillen used Bobby Jenks in a very uncharacteristic way yesterday. Jenks was brought into the game in the seventh inning for the first time since August 20, 2005 and then proceeded to throw three full innings, which…

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