Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:09 am

Mets ace Santana slated for Tuesday start

Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News that Johan Santana felt good after tossing 40 pitches during a Thursday workout.

"I don't feel anything in my arm," Santana told the Daily News. "That's a good sign."

Santana is schedule to make his first spring training start Tuesday against the Astros in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:02 am

M's closer Aardsma tweaks groin

The Seattle Times is reporting Mariners closer David Aardsma injured his groin in Thursday's spring training game, but shouldn't miss much time.

"We don't think it's very serious and he might miss one outing hopefully and that's it," manager Don Wakamatsu told the Times.. "It was the very last pitch and he felt something in his groin. Hopefully, we caught it before it gets to be anything serious."

The right-hander pitched the third inning, walking Yorvit Torrealba to open the frame before inducing Everth Cabrera into a double-play groundout and an inning-ending groundout by Tony Gwynn Jr.

Aardsma saved 38 games last season after taking over the closer role from Brandon Morrow in mid-May.
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: March 8, 2010 10:06 am

Rays, Marlins looking at Blalock

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in signing former Texas Ranger infielder Hank Blalock to a minor league deal. The Florida Marlins have shown interest, too.

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

Posted on: March 3, 2010 10:23 am

Giants second baseman Sanchez unlikely for opener

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez is unlikely to be ready for opening day on April 5 against the Houston Astros.

Sanchez is recovering from surgery to his left shoulder.

Sanchez hit .293 last season, while hitting seven home runs and 41 RBI for the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates last season.

Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:13 am

O's Roberts to miss first week of spring games

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts told the Baltimore Sun that he is slowly "making progress" and plans on sitting out the first week of spring training games as he continues to rehab his sore back.

On Sunday, Roberts took live batting practice for the first time since being diagnosed with a small herniated disc in his lower back.

The switch-hitting veteran, who is about to begin his 10th major league season, batted .283 with 16 homers, 79 RBI, 110 runs and 30 stolen bases last year. He led the American League in doubles with 56.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 22, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: February 22, 2010 10:59 am

Rangers' Greene won't report on time

T.R. Sullivan of is reporting infielder Khalil Greene won't be reporting to camp in Surprise, Ariz., with the rest of the Texas Rangers.

The utility infielder is struggling with social anxiety disorder, a condition which landed him on the disabled list twice last year with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"The Rangers fully support Khalil's decision to address this private matter," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told "Per club policy, we will not comment on his medical situation. We have agreed to leave the door open for a continued relationship, if both Khalil and the team desire that in the future."

Texas singed Greene to a one-year contract this offseason. Green played 77 games with the Cardinals last season, hitting .200 with six homers and 24 RBI in 170 at-bats. He played with the San Diego Padres from 2003-08.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 22, 2010 10:23 am
Edited on: February 22, 2010 10:23 am

Gomes weighing Reds minor league offer

Free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes should know by Monday if he'll be returning to the Cincinnati Reds.

General Manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, "We would like it resolved by the time the [position] players report."

Position players report on Tuesday.

Cincinnati offered Gomes a minor league deal, but the right-handed slugger is reportedly exploring options with other clubs.

Gomes, who would get a shot to win the left-field position, hit 20 homers for the Reds with 51 RBI and a .267 batting average in 281 at-bats for the Reds last season. Gomes, who debuted with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003, batted .307 against left-handers and .244 against right-handers last year.

Posted on: February 22, 2010 9:58 am

Braves, Dominican prospect nearing deal

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Braves are close to signing 18-year-old shortstop prospect Edward Salcedo of the Dominican Republic. Atlanta is waiting on Salcedo to take a physical in Florida.

Salcedo, who nearly signed with the Indians two years ago but the deal fell through due to questions about his age, is considered to be on the same level as a first-round draft choice.

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