• Bronson Arroyo is throwing side-arm now

    Hardball Talk "Nationals pitcher Bronson Arroyo has partial tears of tendons in his rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Considering he’s 39 years old, no one would fault him if he decided to call it quits. But he has one more idea, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports: Arroyo is going to throw side-arm, or at least..." May 04

  • A-Rod to undergo MRI after departing with hamstring injury

    The Score "New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will undergo an MRI after injuring his right hamstring during the fifth inning of Tuesday's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles, manager Joe Girardi told reporters after his club's 4-1 loss. Rodriguez, who missed a couple games last week due to..." May 04

  • Bryce Harper signs biggest endorsement deal for MLB player

    ESPN "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN. Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear..." May 04

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Brian Cashman on Yankees’ slow start: “Some leashes might be shorter than others.”

    Hardball Talk "Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn’t exactly thrilled with the way his team has played over the first 23 games. The Yankees were swept by the division rival Red Sox over the weekend, running their losing streak to five games and sending their record down to 8-15, good for last place in the AL..." May 03

  • Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz to Re-Enact Emotional Speech in Boston Bombing Movie

    The Hollywood Reporter "David Ortiz has three World Series rings. Now, the slugger better known as “Big Papi” will have a big-screen credit to add to his résumé. This month, Ortiz will be whisked in to shoot a scene for the Mark Wahlberg starrer Patriots Day, which chronicles the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and its..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • White Sox cut ties with lefty John Danks but still owe him $15M

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox will designate left-hander John Danks for assignment this week following a 10-year major-league tenure with the organization, a source said Tuesday. Danks has a 79-104 career record, a 4.38 ERA and $14.25 million owed to him for the final year of his five-year, $65 million..." May 03

  • Orioles shift Manny Machado to shortstop with J.J. Hardy out four weeks -- for now

    Fox Sports "The preference of some in the Orioles' organization is to keep Manny Machado at third base, where his defense is well above average and at times otherworldly. Machado, however, will be at short Tuesday night in place of J.J. Hardy, who is expected to miss at least four weeks with a hairline..." May 03

  • Maddon: We're not going to tolerate beanballs

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs won't be pushed around. A day after the Pittsburgh Pirates plunked two Cubs players in a 7-2 Chicago win, manager Joe Maddon aired out his feelings about how things transpired. To Maddon, this had nothing to do with a rivalry. It was about a young pitcher (Kyle Lobstein)..." May 03

  • Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

    Yahoo! Sports "About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.” The fear of..." May 03

  • Pablo Sandoval, the $17 million backup, is now out for the season with a shoulder injury after just six at-bats

    Business Insider "The Boston Red Sox announced on Monday that third-baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo shoulder surgery after receiving a second opinion on the matter from Dr. James Andrews. A later report from ESPN added that Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Red Sox officials deferred..." May 03

  • MLB won't investigate Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will not investigate St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez under its domestic violence policy, according to a source, who said that Martinez's case falls outside the policy's jurisdiction because the allegations arose in a civil suit. Martinez is being sued for $1.5..." May 03

  • Sandoval's contract with Red Sox not insured

    The Score "The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval would undergo potentially season-ending surgery on his ailing left shoulder. However, the Red Sox won't be able to recoup any of the money owed on his five-year, $90-million contract because the deal's not insured, a source..." May 03

  • Report: Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, supermodel Kate Upton engaged

    Detroit Free Press "You figured it would be just a matter of time for these love birds, right? E! News reports that Kate Upton is now officially engaged to Detroit Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander. The supermodel sported a gaudy engagement ring -- for what was believed to be the first time in public -- tonight..." May 03

  • Cubs in Pirates’ heads? Come on, it’s only May

    Chicago Sun-Times "It took the Cubs less than nine innings back in Pittsburgh for all the high emotion and bad blood to resurface from last October’s wild-card playoff game that resulted in a bench-clearing incident on the way to a one-sided Cubs victory. It’s barely May, but the Cubs and Pirates made it clear in..." May 03

  • Fox Sports: Curt Schilling Approached Us, But We Passed

    Deadspin "When he isn’t sharing shitty Facebook memes and complaining about people scolding him for sharing shitty Facebook memes, former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling is looking for a job. Fox Sports, the most obvious destination, doesn’t want him. Last Friday, I asked Fox Sports if they were..." May 03

  • Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval to have shoulder surgery

    Yahoo! Sports "The Pablo Sandoval era with the Boston Red Sox just took another hit. The team announced Monday that the 29-year-old would undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder. Sandoval has been in limbo since going on the disabled list in mid-April, but this news clears a few things up. When it was..." May 03

  • Devin Mesoraco To DL With Torn Labrum In Left Shoulder

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced today that catcher Devin Mesoraco has suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He’ll go on the 15-day DL for now. It certainly seems likely that he’ll require an extended absence, though it remains to be seen whether surgery will be required. This injury constitutes the..." May 02

  • Dodgers pitcher facing 80-game suspension for PEDs

    Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Ravin is facing an 80-game suspension for using a banned substance, sources told Yahoo Sports, and is expected to be the sixth major leaguer to face discipline for performance-enhancing drugs this season. Ravin, who is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster but..." May 02

  • Machado’s illegal slide exposes new rule’s inconsistent enforcement

    SI "It may be divisive, but Major League Baseball’s rewritten rule regarding slides intended to break up double plays—Rule 6.01(j) in your rulebook, colloquially known as “the Chase Utley rule”—is nothing if not clear. As I explained to Joe Magrane on MLB Now during the first week of the regular..." May 02

  • Dave Stewart says Shelby Miller feeling pressure to live up to trade

    ESPN "Shelby Miller is still without a win a month into his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team's general manager thinks the right-hander is putting too much pressure on himself after being the centerpiece of a major December trade. Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told SiriusXM MLB..." May 02

  • At long last, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg hitting their stride together

    USA Today "The expectations were ungodly, almost reckless. One was called the greatest pitching prospect in baseball history. The other was baseball’s chosen one, and at the age of 16, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. If it wasn’t enough, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper happened to be..." May 02

  • Tim Lincecum’s Showcase Set For Friday

    MLB Trade Rumors "Tim Lincecum will hold a long-awaited throwing showcase for scouts on Friday in Scottsdale, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (Twitter links). As many as 20 teams are expected to attend, including representatives from the Orioles, Padres and the Giants, Lincecum’s former team. As of February, a..." May 02

  • Curt Schilling disgusted after ESPN removes Game 6 from 'Four Days In October'

    Sporting News "ESPN re-aired its "Four Days In October" documentary Sunday evening. Only this version should've been called "Three Days In October," because the network removed the part about Game 6. You know, the one that forced a deciding Game 7. The "bloody sock" game. The one where ... oh yeah, Curt..." May 02

  • Yankees GM: ‘We urgently need to stop the bleeding’

    New York Post "Team, heal thyself. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, while expressing frustration over his team’s “horrific” start to the 2016 season, said Monday that no roster changes are imminent with the 8-15 club — but they will come eventually without improvement “It’s no fun when you’re going..." May 02

  • Vin Scully Talks Beards For Five Minutes

    Deadspin "Longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is going all out during his final stint in the booth. The season’s only a month old, and we’ve already had two great episodes of Storytime With Vin Scully. Two weeks ago, he debunked the myths surrounding the number 13, and this weekend he gave us the entire..." May 02

  • Harper, Machado earn Player of the Month honors

    The Score "Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals phenom who smashed nine homers in his first 18 games this year, was named National League Player of the Month for April on Monday. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado earned the honor in the American League, following a strong start to his 2016..." May 02

  • Noah Syndergaard has allowed lots of stolen bases lately

    Amazin' Avenue "Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has made consistent headlines for his speed, with a sinker averaging upwards of 97 MPH and more 100 MPH fastballs than any other pitcher this season, the 23-year-old undoubtedly strikes fear into the heart of those who face him at the plate. But opposing teams..." May 02

  • The Cubs traveled to Pittsburgh in style

    CBS Sports "The first-place Cubs on Sunday flew to Pittsburgh for the start of a big series against the second-place Pirates. As manager Joe Maddon is wont to do, he encouraged his team -- possibly on pain of imprisonment -- to dress in suits that ranged from fine to sure to whatever. First, the group shot..." May 02

  • Hardy going on DL with hairline fracture in foot

    Masn "Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy sustained a hairline fracture in his left foot yesterday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, a harsh blow for a team so reliant on its defense. Hardy was scheduled to undergo a CT scan after X-rays yesterday raised serious concerns within the organization. The..." May 02

  • Alex Rodriguez heats up while rest of Yankees remain ice cold

    New York Daily News "It was a lost weekend at Fenway Park as the Yankees were swept away by the Red Sox, but if you’re looking for a silver lining, Alex Rodriguez certainly provided it. A-Rod went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double, driving in four of the Yankees’ seven runs in the loss. It was his second homer..." May 02

  • Joey Votto: I'd rather quit baseball than play poorly

    Larry Brown Sports "Long one of the most consistent hitters in baseball, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto had a terrible April. He hit just .229 and slugged just .313, tallying only three extra base hits. His famed on-base skills are still there, but Votto has not been getting hits. It turns out that for..." May 02

  • If Jacoby Ellsbury is waking up, Yankees may not be far behind

    Sporting News "After a dreary April, the Yankees started May in the same fashion. An 8-7 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway park Sunday completed a three-game weekend sweep and dropped New York to 8-15, last in the American League East and six games behind front-running Boston. For everyone who has been waiting..." May 02

  • The strange saga of Jose Reyes is nearing an end. But what then?

    Denver Post "The highest-paid player in Rockies history is like a ghost in limbo. Jose Reyes, the fleet-footed shortstop taken down by charges of domestic violence, has been a Colorado player by contract only. He has no uniform, no locker, no physical connection to his team. Instead, he's waiting for Major..." May 01

  • D-Backs GM: Miller feeling 'pressure' of blockbuster trade

    The Score "When you get traded for the kid taken first overall in the MLB draft less than seven months earlier, you're bound to feel a bit of pressure to perform for your new club. According to Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart, such is the case for Shelby Miller, who owns an 8.69 ERA in five..." May 01

  • Peralta fields first grounders since surgery

    MLB.com "A Cardinals club that watched its fill-in shortstops commit nine errors in April got a glimpse on Sunday of the help that is on the way. For the first time since undergoing left thumb surgery on March 10, Jhonny Peralta grabbed a glove and fielded ground balls at shortstop. He wore a hard..." May 01

  • Braves reportedly want to 'buy' draft picks, here are the best trade partners

    CBS Sports "The Braves come into Sunday with baseball's worst record at 5-18, though that is not exactly a surprise. Atlanta is in the middle of a massive rebuilding process and they were expected to be terrible in 2016. As part of their ongoing rebuild, the club is reportedly looking to acquire additional..." May 01

  • Braves accidentally call up ineligible player

    The Score "Nothing is going right for the Atlanta Braves this season. Not even routine transactions. After Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs was rained out, the Braves optioned right-hander Chris Withrow to Triple-A Gwinnett, and called up veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio. The 31-year-old's..." May 01

  • Zach Britton hoping to avoid DL stint after injuring ankle

    ESPN "Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton says he hopes to avoid the disabled list after exiting the team's 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday with an ankle injury. "I think I'd be surprised if I had to go on the DL, but we'll see how it feels," said Britton, who was leaning on crutches..." May 01

  • Chris Sale on PEDs in MLB: ‘We need to be better role models’

    Chicago Sun-Times "It bothers Chris Sale that performance-enhancing drugs are still an issue in major league baseball. The White Sox ace left-hander loves the game too much to see its integrity compromised, where users have an unfair advantage over those who don’t. “I just hope that we can eventually get to where..." May 01

  • Braun's 5 non-veto trade partners revealed

    The Score "Ryan Braun has the ability to veto trades to every team in the big leagues except for five. According to a report by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the hot-hitting Braun is becoming a unique trade chip for Milwaukee given his torrid start to the 2016 season, as well as the combination of his age..." May 01

  • Cardinals looking into allegations against pitcher Carlos Martinez

    ESPN "The St. Louis Cardinals are gathering facts to determine whether allegations made in a civil lawsuit against pitcher Carlos Martinez could trigger an investigation under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. "We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the..." April 30

  • Cubs' Ross says past users created current PED suspicions

    The Score "David Ross played up the recent Jake Arrieta-Stephen A. Smith war of words to perfection when he asked why nobody accuses him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. That was all fun and games, though. On Friday, the Chicago Cubs catcher wasn't laughing when he made much more pointed comments..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • Braves rumors: Fredi Gonzalez likely to be fired

    MLB Daily Dish "The Braves were supposed to be bad in 2016. They were expected to finish near the bottom of the league in nearly every category worth counting, and would use this season as a spring board for 2017. With a new ballpark set to open next year, the plan was to get young players the experience they..." April 30

  • Why Yankees' Alex Rodriguez called Red Sox's David Ortiz 'unbelievable'

    Newark Star-Ledger "It wasn't long ago that Alex Rodriguez seemed he'd prefer to take on a truck in the middle of the street than a question about David Ortiz. But the two seem to be on much better terms these days. After Ortiz's two-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Red..." April 30

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs reportedly far apart on long-term deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Stud right-hander Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has looked like the most dominant pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. With a 5-0 record to go along with a 1.00 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in his first five starts, Arrieta is somehow managing to top a 2015 campaign in which he..." April 30

  • Mattingly: Gordon 'probably' would've kept no-hitter alive

    The Score "As he watched that blooper off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy fall just beyond the outstretched glove of Derek Dietrich on Friday night, spoiling the combined no-hit efforts from Adam Conley and Jose Urena with one out in the ninth inning, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly couldn't help but wonder..." April 30

  • Bryce Harper says Dee Gordon’s PED suspension is ‘not good for baseball’; Doesn't want his batting title

    Washington Post "The announcement of Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances came at 1:18 a.m. Eastern time Friday. So it wasn’t until later that morning that much of the baseball world, including the Nationals, saw the news about the Marlins’ speedy second baseman. The Nationals are..." April 30