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The Dodgers are awaiting the results of an MRI exam performed on the injured hamstring of Hanley Ramirez on Friday.

The oft-injured shortstop was held out of Friday's lineup after leaving Thursday's contest early due to mild tightness in his left hamstring. The injury isn't believed to be serious, but the team wants to take every possible precaution. The results should be available before the conclusion of Friday's game.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 07:22:00 PM

The White Sox announced Saturday that Chris Sale suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at his home on Friday.

The early diagnosis is that he's expected to miss three weeks. While it sounds that he avoided a significant injury, it could put his availability for Opening Day in jeopardy. The team will wait for the swelling to subside before determining his status.
Feb 28 - 1:09 PM

Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on Friday to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.

Initially, the team feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break, though the tear wasn't as bad as they had feared and they were able to get by simply trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered.
Feb 27 - 7:09 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Blue Jays are among the teams talking to Dayan Viciedo.

Both clubs have an opening in left field following Michael Saunders' (knee) injury, so it makes sense. Viciedo is a poor defender and has a career .298 OPS, but he's also slugged 60 homers over the last three seasons. His ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes would be in Toronto, where his power would play well at Rogers Centre.
Feb 27 - 5:44 PM

Melvin Upton has been diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot and is expected to miss all of spring training.

Sesamoiditis is inflammation in the bone behind the ball of his foot. Upton will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking boot for 4-6 weeks after that. He won't be allowed to resume baseball activity until at least early April and is expected to be out until at least May 1. It's a tough break for a guy in desperate need of a bounce-back season after hitting just .198/.279/.314 in his first two seasons with the Braves. Eury Perez, Eric Young and Zoilo Almonte are options to fill in for Upton in center field.
Feb 27 - 3:54 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels are not expecting a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's impending suspension anytime soon.

Fletcher adds that it "could be weeks" and the club is "hoping by Opening Day" a decision will be made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have reported that Hamilton is likely facing a suspension of at least 25 games following his drug relapse, but it's a complicated process and new commissioner Rob Manfred could show the outfielder some compassion given his efforts to remain sober.
Feb 27 - 2:02 PM

Andrelton Simmons (oblique) did some light throwing and took some dry swings on Friday.

It's a surprise given that he was diagnosed with an oblique strain just a day ago. Simmons will likely continue to slowly build up his hitting progression over the next few days, but it sounds like he won't be sidelined very long at all. The slick-fielding shortstop hit .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last season.
Feb 27 - 1:09 PM

Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement from baseball.

Pierre, 37, didn't play last season but only now has officially decided to hang up his cleats. It was quite a career for the speedster, as Pierre sported a .295/.343/.361 batting line over his 14 seasons while stealing 614 bases. He never made an All-Star team, but Pierre finished in the top-20 in National League MVP voting twice and won a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003.
Feb 27 - 12:48 PM

Homer Bailey (elbow) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

It's his first session off the mound this spring after last September's surgery to repair his right flexor tendon. "It was kind of really rewarding, it felt really good," Bailey said. Bailey is a bit behind the other Reds' pitchers in camp and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, but he should rejoin the rotation sometime in April. He missed the final seven weeks of action last season.
Feb 27 - 11:59 AM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Johan Santana (shoulder, Achilles) is "highly unlikely" to be ready by Opening Day.

Santana hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, as he missed 2013 while recovering from a second major shoulder surgery and 2014 after blowing out his Achilles. He had a minor setback with his shoulder earlier this offseason, but delaying his start to 2015 likely is just so he can build up some stamina. The Blue Jays are viewing Santana as a starter, and he could be part of the rotation at some point in April if all goes well. The lefty has an opt-out clause in his contract on April 28 and will make $2.5 million plus incentives when on the big league roster.
Feb 27 - 11:04 AM

Aramis Ramirez said Friday that the 2015 season will likely be his final one.

Ramirez, who exercised a $14 million option for this season, will turn 37 in late June. While injuries have hampered him the last couple years, the third baseman has had an incredibly productive career, sporting a .285/.344/.496 batting line with 369 homers and 1,342 RBI across 17 seasons. He's a three-time All-Star and has also finished in the top-10 in National League MVP voting on three occasions.
Feb 27 - 10:44 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets are "strongly considering" Bartolo Colon for their Opening Day start against the Nationals.

Rubin says the club has narrowed their choices to Colon and one other unnamed pitcher. The Mets have said that Matt Harvey (elbow) will start one of the first five games of the season, but it would be asking a lot to give him the ball on Opening Day in his first start in over 17 months. Reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom is another option, but the Mets are likely to keep his innings at least relatively in check. Colon, who will turn 42 in May, would be the oldest Opening Day starter in Mets history.
Feb 27 - 10:11 AM




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