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Twins general manager Terry Ryan revealed at TwinsFest on Sunday that Johan Santana (shoulder) isn't expected to be game-ready until midseason.

The feeling had been that Santana could be ready to go for spring training following surgery last April to repair a re-tear of his shoulder capsule. The news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, though, given that it took the lefty 19 months to return from his first shoulder operation. Ryan added that the Twins are still "keeping an eye" on Santana and that it seems like a "good fit for both of us." The Yankees are one of a handful of other clubs also monitoring Santana's progress.
Jan 26 - 11:01 AM

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays plan to call up prospect right-hander Aaron Sanchez on Tuesday.

Sanchez was just shifted to the bullpen last week in Triple-A, which is where he'll pitch in his first taste of the majors. The 22-year-old has posted a 3.95 ERA and 84/57 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. He still has a promising future as a starter, but the Jays are hoping he can make an impact down the stretch in a relief role.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jul 22 - 9:10 AM

Jason Kipnis acknowledged Monday that his right oblique muscle is still an issue and will likely linger for the rest of the season.

Kipnis missed about a month after straining his right oblique muscle in late April and he's still trying to make adjustments to his swing in order to get comfortable. "I wouldn't use the word progress, I'd use the word adjustment," said Kipnis. "As far as the oblique goes, it's going to be there all year. It's not going to go away until the offseason. What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we're going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes." Kipnis was named the American League Player of the week on Monday after he went 5-for-15 (.333) with two homers and six RBI during a four-game series against the Tigers, but those looking for a big second half might end up disappointed.
Jul 22 - 9:08 AM

Michael Cuddyer has received the green light to begin a strengthening program after an MRI showed that his left shoulder was healing properly.

There was a possibility that Cuddyer would be shut down for the season if the MRI didn't show healing, but he's now aiming for a return in mid-August. "It's what I thought we were going to hear, that it's healing," Cuddyer said. "We don't have an exact timeline just because it's all symptomatic right now, but hopefully three weeks from now or so, I can go out on a rehab [assignment]." The 35-year-old is due to become a free agent this offseason, but the Rockies have expressed interest in re-signing him.
Jul 22 - 8:40 AM

Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Monday's 4-2 win against the Angels.

Jones' first inning shot off Matt Shoemaker plated Nick Markakis and put the Orioles on top 2-0. Five frames later, deja vu, only this time Jones was even more emphatic, pulverizing the ball 443 feet over the left center wall to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead it wouldn't relinquish. Jones has two homers and nine RBI over his last three games. His slash line is up to a healthy .300/.325/.500, and the outfielder is on pace for 31 homers and 104 RBI.
Jul 22 - 1:27 AM

Roenis Elias left Monday's game against the Mets with an apparent arm injury.

Elias was visited by the trainer and seen stretching out his fingers/hand, so he could be dealing with some tightness in his forearm. The Mariners should provide more on his status shortly. Elias allowed one run while striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings before exiting.
Jul 21 - 11:58 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies have told teams to this point that Cole Hamels is unavailable.

It doesn't jibe with previous reports that have indicated the Phillies are at least entertaining the possibility of dealing Hamels. Perhaps they just haven't liked what other teams have been willing to offer and are pulling Hamels off the block for that reason. Whatever the reason, the Phils could still conceivably change their minds before the end of the month. At the moment, though, it appears Hamels isn't going anywhere.
Jul 21 - 11:52 PM

Cliff Lee struggled through 5 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list, giving up six runs and 12 hits in a loss to the Giants.

Lee's velocity is typically in the 89-92 mph range when healthy, but he was working more at 86-89 mph tonight. Combine that with the fact that he still has some rust to shake, and he proved very hittable in his return. He gets the Diamondbacks next time out, so keep him active in mixed leagues for now.
Jul 21 - 11:10 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Jake Peavy "is still on the Cardinals' back burner."

Multiple outlets reported earlier this month the Cards' interest in Peavy and it even looked at one point like a deal might get done quickly. At this point, though, it appears he might be a backup plan for St. Louis. Peavy has just a 4.59 ERA this season but has made three straight quality starts.
Jul 21 - 10:54 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday's game against the Twins with lower back spasms.

The injury appeared to occur when Cabrera fielded a groundout in the bottom of the second inning. He was pinch-hit for in the top of the third. The Indians should provide an update on their shortstop after the game.
Jul 21 - 9:29 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Tigers are "keeping tabs on all relievers, including Jonathan Papelbon."

The two also say that the Tigers are interested in Antonio Bastardo. Detroit appears dead set on adding at least one bullpen piece at the deadline, as they've also been connected to Brad Ziegler, Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria. The Tigers have publicly backed Joe Nathan as closer, but it's possible he could be demoted depending on who they're able to acquire.
Jul 21 - 9:26 PM

Henderson Alvarez (shin) has been cleared to make his scheduled start on Thursday in Houston.

Alvarez had to leave Saturday's outing after being hit on the left shin by a comebacker, but he only has a bruise and is feeling much better. The All-Star has put up a 2.64 ERA over 20 starts for the Marlins this season.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 21 - 7:36 PM




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