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Posted on: March 25, 2010 11:44 am

Opening day doubt for Cards' Molina

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina might not be ready for opening day. The Gold Glove winner suffered an oblique strain on Wednesday.

Molina batted .293 with six home runs and 54 RBI last season.

Posted on: March 22, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 11:35 am

Twins look into dealing for a closer

Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Twins will likely trade for a new closer now that Joe Nathan is out for the season.

To avoid having Nathan being startled by rumors, Minnesota general manager Bill Smith told the injured closer of his intentions to acquire a possible closer.

San Diego's Heath Bell has been rumored, and the Twins are looking at Toronto, where Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor are competing for the Jays' closer gig.

"The past two weeks, we've been working on contingencies," Smith told the Pioneer Press.
Posted on: March 22, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 2:20 pm

Pujols suffering from stiff back

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a stiff back.

A Cardinals official said Pujols was scratched so that he could have his back checked.

Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:52 pm

Tigers' reliever Miner doubtful for opening day

Tom Gage of the Detroit News reports Tigers reliever Zach Miner might not be available for opening day because of a strained right elbow.

Miner, who has a 12.15 ERA in five appearances this spring, doesn't know when he'll be able to throw again.

"I've strained some stuff in there, but it wasn't my ligament." Miner told the News. "I was concerned about that because it had been bother me for a little bit. Any time you get pain in your elbow, you're immediately concerned."

Miner is about to begin his fifth season in the majors -- all with the Tigers. He was 7-5 last season with a 4.29 ERA in 51 games, which included five starts. The right-hander is 25-20 with a 4.24 ERA in his career, which included 35 starts.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 17, 2010 12:39 pm

Fish looking at Lowell

The Miami Herald reports the Florida Marlins have shown some interest in Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

Florida scouts were on hand for Boston's Monday spring training game in which Lowell made his 2010 Grapefruit League debut. The Red Sox have been trying to move Lowell after adding Adrian Beltre in the offseason.

Lowell played for the Marlins from 1999-2005, hitting .272 with 143 homers and 578 RBI. The last four seasons, the South Florida high school product, played for the Red Sox.

Lowell, who won World Series rings with Florida (2003) and Boston (2007), is coming off offseason thumb surgery and is also dealing with a hip issue.
Posted on: March 12, 2010 12:37 pm

O's Roberts still not ready for spring games

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been placed on a new anti-inflammatory medication and will need a couple of days before resuming his rehabilitation program for a sore back.

The team still plans on Roberts being ready for the regular-season opener.

The switch-hitter posted a .283 batting average in 2009 with 16 homers, 79 RBI, 110 runs and 30 stolen bases.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:09 am

Rays, Blalock closer to deal

Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting the Tampa Bay Rays are close to completing a deal with former two-time American League All-Star Hank Blalock.

Blalock, 29, hit .259 with 152 home runs and 535 RBI during his eight seasons with the Texas Rangers. The left-handed hitter struggled with a .234 average last season, finishing with 25 homers and 66 RBI in 495 plate appearances.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:00 am

Cubs' Guzman facing career-ending surgery

The Chicago Tribune is reporting Chicago Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman is facing career-threatening shoulder surgery.

Guzman, 28, was diagnosed with a significant ligament tear near his armpit and instability in the shoulder. He will visit Dr. James Andrews before making his decision to go through with the surgery.

The right-hander debuted with the Cubs in 2006 and was 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA, while striking out 47 in 61 innings last season. The Venezuela native is 3-10 with a  4.82 ERA in his career.

Category: MLB
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