Posted on: April 26, 2010 2:38 pm

Giants' Sanchez within two weeks of return

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports Freddy Sanchez could return to the Giants within two weeks.

Sanchez, recovering from a surgically repaired shoulder, played in his first extended spring camp game in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday going 1 for 2 with a walk.

"It looks like he's on his way," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Posted on: April 26, 2010 2:33 pm

Mariners' Lee ready for Friday debut

Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times reports Cliff Lee is ready to make his Mariners debut Friday at home against the Texas Rangers.

The 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner threw six scoreless innings Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.

Lee threw 68 pitches of which 46 were strikes.

"I felt good," Lee told the Times. "Threw strikes. Forced them to swing the bat. It went good. The injury is a nonissue. I would have liked to have had a little more command, but that will come. Every [pitch] felt comfortable. My curveball wasn't as good as I wanted, but that's not out of the ordinary. But fastball, changeup, cutter, they were all where I wanted them to be.

"There was no apprehension. I was excited and ready to get back to facing hitters. I don't know what I expected. I expected to come out here and throw strikes. I was able to do that and work on some things. I felt strong the whole time."

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Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:21 pm

Phils' Blanton, Romero could be back by May 1

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports the Phillies could have right-handed starter Joe Blanton and left-handed setup man J.C. Romero back by May 1.

Blanton, on the disabled list since late March with an oblique strain, pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab start for Class A Lakewood on Tuesday.

Romero, who is recovering from offseason elbow surgery, pitched a second consecutive day for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:08 pm

Astros reliever Arias likely done for season

Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports Astros reliever Alberto Arias is probably done for the season after having surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in 42 games last season and was 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA, while striking out 39 batters in 45 2/3 innings.

"I'm not going to play this year, so I'm going to be ready for spring training [in 2011]," Arias told the Chronicle.

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Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:47 pm

Mets likely to call up first-base prospect Davis

New York-based SNY reports that the Mets will call up first-base prospect Ike Davis before Monday night's game against the Cubs.

The 23-year-old is batting .364 in 33 at-bats with Triple-A Buffalo.  He was scratched from Buffalo's Monday lineup, adding to the rumors of his call-up.

Davis combined to hit .298 with 20 homers and 71 RBI between Double-A Binghamton and Class A Port St. Lucie last season.

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Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:38 pm

Piniella to shake up Cubs lineup

Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to shake up the lineup.

Against lefties, look for Marlon Byrd to lead off, Jeff Baker to bat second, Xavier Nady to hit fourth and Geovany Soto and Ryan Theriot to bat before the pitcher.

"We're going to change this lineup around and see if we can spur the offense a little bit," Piniella said after the Cubs dropped Sunday's game to Astros.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 3:57 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 4:02 pm

O's Montanez ready if Pie hits DL

Orioles Insider reports the team isn't sure if outfielder Felix Pie will need to go on the disabled list or not, but Triple-A outfielder Lou Montanez will be on hand if needed.

Pie strained his left shoulder in Wednesday's game against the Oakland A's.

The Orioles are sending Montanez out to Oakland to meet them and be ready in case Pie ends up on the DL.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 3:51 pm

Astros' Berkman to play two games in Triple-A

Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports Astros first baseman Lance Berkman will play two games for Triple-A Round Rock this weekend.

Berkman, who started the season on the disabled list while he recovers from minor knee surgery, is slated to play for the Express Saturday and Sunday.

Houston hopes Berkman will be in Tuesday's lineup when the Astros host the Florida Marlins in the first game of a nine-game homestand.

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