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  1. Mets release right-hander Kiko Calero

    May 16, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    Back in March the Mets signed reliever Kiko Calero to a minor league contract, hoping he might come close to replicating his impressive 2009 stat line: a 1.95 ERA, 69 strikeouts and a .180 opponents’ batting average in 60 innings for the Marlins.  It hasn’t exactly worked out like that. Kalero has allowed 24 runs…

  2. UPDATE: Duchscherer headed back to DL

    May 16, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Duchscherer has been placed back on the disabled list, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee.  Chad Gaudin has been designated for assignment.  And Kurt Suzuki was activated from the disabled list. 11:40am: Justin Duchscherer was activated Saturday after spending three weeks on the disabled list and was scheduled to start last night against the Angels. …

  3. Tigers option Sizemore, Scherzer to AAA

    May 16, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    The Tigers made a couple of bold but necessary moves Sunday, demoting starting second baseman Scott Sizemore and starting pitcher Max Scherzer to Triple-A Toledo.  The news was reported first by MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Sizemore entered the 2010 season with a bit of hype, but hasn’t been able to transfer his minor league success to…

  4. Tigers grab 21st victory with walk-off walk

    May 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit on Saturday night to capture a 7-6 extra-innings victory from the Red Sox.  It was all capped off by fill-in second baseman Ramon Santiago, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning off Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez.  In all the excitement, Santiago almost…

  5. Andre Ethier has fracture in right pinkie finger

    May 16, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweeted late Saturday night that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with a fracture at the tip of his right pinkie finger.  It’s horrible news, especially when you consider how important Ethier has been for the red-hot 19-17 Dodgers this season. Ethier, 28, leads the team in…

  6. Getting to know hype machine Bryce Harper

    May 15, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Want to get better acquainted with 17-year-old catcher Bryce Harper before he’s (almost certainly) drafted No. 1 overall by the Nationals this June?  Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post wrote a great piece about him this afternoon, collecting opinions about the prodigy’s attitude and personality from several different sources.  It’s worth reading the entire article,…

  7. Brad Lidge placed on disabled list yet again

    May 15, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge was diagnosed with elbow inflammation after undergoing an MRI earlier this week and tried to throw a side session Saturday to see if he could pitch through the soreness.  It didn’t go well.  According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the 33-year-old right-hander has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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