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  1. Hong-Chih Kuo shut down; likely headed for DL

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    The Dodgers have shut down reliever Hong-Chih Kuo for the second time in the past week after he felt continued discomfort in his left elbow on Friday, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. “Nothing felt really bad, but it wasn’t real good as far as how it felt,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “I don’t think…

  2. Red Sox ink Schoeneweis to minor league deal

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a little update to a story Aaron covered on Tuesday. The Red Sox have signed veteran left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis to a minor league contract, reports NESN.com. Schoeneweis was released by the Brewers earlier this week and wasn’t too happy about it, saying “I wasted a month of my time” and “It’s just ironic…

  3. Joe Nathan undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE: General manager Bill Smith says that Nathan’s reported “significant” UCL tear ended up being a complete tear, reports Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 7:31 pm: The Twins have announced that Joe Nathan’s Tommy John surgery was a success, reports Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Mets (gasp!) team physician Dr. David…

  4. A-Rod still hasn't met with feds about Galea

    Mar 26, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and I have something in common: Neither of us met with federal investigators in regards to Canadian doctor Anthony Galea on Friday. “We’re going to continue to work together and cooperate,” he said. “I’m going to talk to the Feds and Major League Baseball shortly.”. Rodriguez wouldn’t say why he didn’t go, or…

  5. Cliff Lee is probably going on the DL

    Mar 26, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee’s abdomen strain is not responding well to rest and a little throwing, so the team has decided to shut him down completely for five days.  It looks increasingly likely, then, that he will begin the season on the disabled list. According to the team, he would need a couple of bullpen sessions before…

  6. Piniella picks Silva, Gorzelanny for Cubs' rotation

    Mar 26, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella announced this afternoon that Tom Gorzelanny and Carlos Silva will begin the season in the Cubs’ rotation, with Jeff Samardzija and Sean Marshall both heading to the bullpen. “Unfortunately, we only have two spots,” Piniella said, which is funny considering that one of those spots is going to a guy who went 5-18…

  7. Ian Kinsler may not be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler suffered a high ankle sprain on March 11th, and hasn’t played since. While the team says that it’s been improving since then, they gave him a cortisone shot today.  The Rangers are uncertain if he’ll be available for Opening Day. Evan Grant at the Dallas Morning News is on it: he notes that…

  8. Roy Oswalt leaves start with hamstring injury

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt left today’s start against the Pirates with a strained hamstring and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that he’s flying to Houston to be examined by team doctors. Oswalt told McTaggart that the injury is “nothing major” and something he “could have gotten through” had it been the regular season, but general manager Ed Wade…

  9. The Upper Deck comes down at Yankee Stadium

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The below video (wait until the one minute mark) will either make you really sad, or else it will make you feel like you felt when they pulled down Emperor Palpatine’s statue at the end of that enhanced version of Jedi.  Wait, that made me sad too because no damn way no Empire is going…

  10. Giants trade Frandsen to Red Sox for PTBNL

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Giants were said to be shopping Kevin Frandsen around and sure enough they just traded the 27-year-old infielder to the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. After missing all of 2008 with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Frandsen hit .295/.352/.438 with 13 homers in 110 games at…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels lose too much blood this winter?

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Los Angeles Angels The big question: Did the Angels lose too much blood this winter? Chone Figgins is in…

  12. Mike Lowell limps off with bruised left knee

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    As if he needed another injury to come back from, Mike Lowell limped off the field today after fouling a ball off his leg and has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion. Ian Browne of MLB.com notes that “Lowell immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be in considerable pain” before being helped…

  13. Sex-for-World Series tickets defendant convicted on one charge, acquitted on another

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Big day for prostitution news in baseball, as Susan Finkelstein, the Phillies fan who was charged with trying to trade a little slap and tickle for World Series tickets was acquitted on the prostitution beef last night, but was convicted of attempted prostitution by a Bucks County, Pennsylvania jury. Finally, the people of Bucks County,…

  14. Dustin McGowan shut down for two weeks

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just last week Dustin McGowan’s comeback from shoulder surgery was said to be going very well, but this morning manager Cito Gaston announced that he’s been shut down for at least two weeks. After watching McGowan pitch a two-inning simulated game last week Gaston noted that he “looked good” and “threw well, free and easy.”…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Are the Indians the worst team in baseball?

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Hello, everybody, Harry Doyle here, welcoming all you Friends of the Feather to another season of Indians baseball! The big question: Are…

  16. Ronnie Belliard makes weight, gets $825,000

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    As a fat guy it amused me when the Dodgers re-signed Ronnie Belliard two months ago and included a clause that guaranteed his one-year, $825,000 contract only if the 5-foot-9 infielder weighed in at 209 pounds or less at some point during spring training. Sure enough Belliard weighed in at 208 pounds yesterday and earned…

  17. Shameless Self-Promotion: hear me talk on the phone at 2PM

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If you have always been dying to pair up the image of my bald head and pasty skin with an annoyingly nasly voice, by all means, head over to Hotstove.com at 2PM Eastern today to hear me hold forth on the Mets, Joe Mauer, the teams that did the most and the least to improve…

  18. Worst Opening Day Starters of All Time

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    In honor of Joe Torre starting Vicente Padilla on Opening Day (now official!), lar at Wezen-Ball gives us a list of the worst Opening Day starters of all time. Two thoughts: 1. I am absolutely tickled that Jack Morris makes the list. Take that Morris-for-the-Hall-of-Fame truthers! 2. I am happy to see that Rick Mahler…

  19. What kind of damage can Jason Heyward do as a 20-year-old rookie?

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Now that Jason Heyward has officially made the Braves it’s time to start thinking about what kind of rookie season he’s capable of putting together at age 20. Here are his projections from a few prominent sources: AVG OBP SLG OPS Baseball Prospectus .274 .345 .461 .806 Rotoworld Draft Guide .267 .343 .440 .783 Baseball…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Is suicide the only hope for Royals fans?

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: Kansas City, Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! The big question: Is suicide the only hope for Royals fans? Baseball is supposed…

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