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9:10 PM ET, February 27, 2020


 Top News: 
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Giancarlo Stanton Questionable For Opening Day Following Calf Injury  —  In yet another bit of unwelcome injury news for the Yankees, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Wednesday that Giancarlo Stanton sustained a calf injury while working in the outfield yesterday (Twitter link via Joel Sherman of the New York Post).
Erik Boland / Newsday:
Hal Steinbrenner won't second-guess process that led to Luis Severino's Tommy John surgery
Discussion: New York Post
Yankees starter Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery
James Wagner / New York Times:
Frustrated Fans Ask the Mets: Can We Venmo You?  —  In response to the thrifty team's decision not to pursue costly players and coaches this off-season, fans bombarded the Mets' general manager with small cash payments on the app.  —  There was only one logical response in Frankie Wilton's mind.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
J.D. Davis' MRI shows ‘no new structural damage’ in best-case scenario for infielder  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — J.D. Davis, a day after suffering a hard fall, received the best possible news.  —  Davis underwent an MRI on his left shoulder early Wednesday morning and the test did not show a ton …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians' Emmanuel Clase Out 8-12 Weeks With Teres Major Strain  —  The Indians received another injury blow Thursday, as an MRI revealed a moderate strain of the teres major muscle in hard-throwing young reliever Emmanuel Clase's back (Twitter link via Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal).
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
MLB cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances  —  TAMPA — MLB is trying to avoid a sticky mess in the future.  —  Chris Young, recently elevated by MLB to a senior VP to oversee on-field operations and umpire development, has been touring camps in Arizona and Florida to deliver …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Nolan Arenado frustrated with offseason turbulence with Rockies management: ‘All I want to do is win’  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nolan Arenado, wiping the sweat off his face after a rigorous workout, plops down in front of his locker, and for the next 40 minutes, talking in a soft, calm tone …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ozuna says he would have welcomed one-year deal from Cardinals; it just wasn't offered a second time  —  NORTH PORT, Fla. — If he knew then what he knows now, Atlanta Braves cleanup hitter Marcell Ozuna would have answered one of the Cardinals' biggest questions of spring way, way, way back in mid-November.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Japanese baseball league shuts doors to fans due to virus  —  TOKYO — Japan's professional baseball league says it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus.  —  The regular season is to open March 20.
Associated Press:
MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First Black Umpire Crew Chief  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has appointed its first African American umpire crew chief, promoting Kerwin Danley to the position this week, The Associated Press has learned.  —  A person familiar with the move spoke …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Shut Down Jimmy Nelson's Throwing Program  —  Dodgers right-hander Jimmy Nelson has been shut down for the time being after experiencing a setback following yesterday's bullpen session, tweets Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.  Nelson has been dealing with back and groin pain early …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Griffin Canning Undergoing MRI On Right Elbow  —  In an all-too-familiar bit of ominous news for Angels fans, manager Joe Maddon revealed today that right-hander Griffin Canning is headed for an MRI to examine his right elbow (Twitter link via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register).
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
The Boston Globe:
Red Sox prospect arrives from Taiwan — and is immediately quarantined over coronavirus concerns  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chih-Jung Liu arrived in Florida last week eager to start his first spring training with the Red Sox.But instead of playing catch and getting to know his new teammates …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
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Discussion: Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Marlins to host final of World Baseball Classic
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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