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All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Feb. 25

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Josh Hamilton left his team's facility on crutches Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton left his team's facility on crutches Tuesday. (USATSI)

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It's babysteps, sure, but teams have begun intrasquad action leading up to actual spring training games. Thus, much more of the bulk of these updates will now start to focus on the injury updates. Still, we have three free agents with draft compensation attached still sitting around unsigned and trade rumors persist.

So let's dive in.

INJURY UPDATES

Angels: Josh Hamilton left camp on crutches Tuesday due to a strained left calf. He'll be reevaluated in a few days but doesn't expect the issue to impact the regular season (latimes.com). Also, C.J. Wilson took a liner to the head, but it appears that he's come out of the incident fine.

Cardinals: Trevor Rosenthal cut a bullpen session short Tuesday due to a right groin strain, but he said it's very minor and that during the regular season he'd just pitch through it (MLB.com). Also, Jaime Garcia needs to visit Dr. James Andrews about his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder.

Dodgers: Center fielder Matt Kemp will undergo an MRI on his surgically-repaired left ankle Friday. He hasn't run outdoors since the surgery, so a clean MRI will help him progress in his rehab (latimes.com).

Marlins: Closer Steve Cishek has battled through a neck issue and is now pain free (sun-sentinel.com).

Nationals: Reliever Ryan Matteus has been dealing with chest pains and an MRI revealed costochondritis, which is (via washingtonpost.com), "inflammation of the joint between the joint that connects the sternum and ribs." He's out until the pain goes away while he's on anti-inflammatory medication.

Orioles: Infielder Alexi Casilla has a pulled right hamstring and hopes to only miss two or three days (baltimoresun.com).

Padres: Chase Headley's original diagnosis of a calf strain was confirmed by an MRI. He's out two to three weeks (Padres.com).

Rockies: Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin's MRI revealed nothing more than inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He'll stay shut down for at least a week before attempting to again start throwing (denverpost.com).

NEWS, RUMORS and SPECULATION

Angels: The club and superstar Mike Trout are still discussing a huge extension in the ballpark of $150 million.

Ervin Santana: The free agent still has an asking price of four years and $50 million, which is very reasonable considering Ubaldo Jimenez just got precisely that last week. Jon Heyman has the details.

Johan Santana: He's a free agent and did a showcase for interested clubs, but he was only sitting in the high-70s with his fastball.

Mets: See Rays entry.

Rays: They've joined the Mets in the sweepstakes to trade for Mariners youngster Nick Franklin. Heyman's got the story.

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