PT Today

March 03, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
Spring training reports indicate that Stephen Drew (SS, ARI) is coming along slowly in his return from season-ending surgery after a July ankle fracture. Drew is unlikely to be ready for opening day, and could miss a sizable early chunk of the season. Competing for PT in his absence are veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist (SS/OF, ARI) and venerable good-field, no-hit infielder John McDonald (SS/2B/3B, ARI).
March 02, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Franklin Gutierrez (OF, SEA) was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle on February 29 that will keep him out of baseball activities for at least four weeks. Who will take advantage with Gutierrez out of action?
February 29, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
In a surprising move, Houston manager Brad Mills named Brett Myers the team’s new closer. Myers has been a workhorse over the last two seasons, as he has averaged 220 innings per season, with a sub-4.00 xERA in both years. Now, however, it appears he will return to the bullpen, where he last pitched in 2007, when he saved 21 games for the Phillies.
February 27, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
Will Chris Perez's (RHP, CLE) oblique injury result in a closer-by-committee in CLE with Vinnie Pestano (RHP, CLE)? We tackle the Indians' possible ninth-inning shake-up, as well as the final spot in BOS rotation, Grady Sizemore's setback, and more.
February 25, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
MIL's Ryan Braun won his appeal of a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test. The ruling means Braun will not miss time, with ripple effects for other potential PT battles.
February 22, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
With an eye on their short RF porch, the Yankees finally inked Raul Ibanez (DH, NYY) to a one-year contract to become their DH. Does his recent performance warrant the optimism? We also take a look at OAK's signing Manny Ramirez and the ripple effect in the ATL SP ranks resulting from Tim Hudson's expected absence.
February 20, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
Does A.J. Burnett have new life now that his trade to PIT is official? We also take a pre-spring training look at the Angels' #5 rotation slot ...
February 17, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
After signing a seven-year, $142M contract prior to 2011, Carl Crawford suffered through a miserable first year in Boston. After years of putting up consistently high batting averages and stolen base totals in TAM, he hit just .255 with 18 steals in 506 at-bats. The odds of a full rebound appear to be decreasing.
February 15, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
The Oakland Athletics signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal on February 13. If Cespedes wins a starting spot in the outfield, which player may find himself the odd man out?
February 13, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
New manager Mike Matheny has indicated he will give Tyler Greene an opportunity to play regularly at second base. Can Greene maintain the leg up?
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