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Adding Durbin strengthens Indians bullpen

The Cleveland Indians have signed right-hander Chad Durbin to a one-year deal to be a part of their bullpen.

Durbin is not new to Cleveland. He pitched for them in 2003 and 2004.

The 33-year-old Durbin pitched in various roles for the Philadelphia Phillies the past three years.

Chad Durbin (file photo)

Reports say that Durbin has signed for $800,000 with a chance to earn $1 million in incentives.

The Indians by adding Durbin, now has a bullpen consisting of Jensen Lewis, Joe Smith, Tony Sipp, Rafael Perez and Chris Perez.

Still vying for two spots include Justin Germano, Frank Hermann and Vinnie Pestano.

compiled from staff, radio & TV reports

Torre goes from dugout to commissioner’s office

Joe Torre (file photo)

Joe Torre, last year as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager, shocked the baseball world when he said he was retiring.

He wasn’t kidding with the announcement.

The 70-year-old Torre has been hired as Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations.

He’ll be reporting to Commissioner Bud Selig.

One of the people Torre will be replacing is chief operating officer Bob DuPuy, who resigned last fall after he spent 8 1/2 years as Selig’s top assistant.

Info compiled from staff & MLB news

Cardinals lose Wainwright to injured right elbow

Before the start of the current spring training period, the St. Louis Cardinals had one of the top three pitching staffs in the National League with Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia, Adam Wainwright and Jake Westbrook. All of them with the exception of Wainwright have had arm surgery at some point in their careers.

Now, Wainwright can be added to that list.

Adam Wainwright (file photo)

The Cardinals ace starting pitcher will be getting another opinion on his injured right elbow, which the team fears will require reconstructive surgery.

The 6-foot-7 Wainwright went 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA last season.

A 20-game winner and runner-up for the National League Cy Young Award last year, has been undergoing tests with team physician George Paletta.

compiled from staff, MLB & St. Louis Cardinals news

Without Harang, Reds have new opening day starter in Volquez

Edinson Volquez (file photo)

Aaron Harang was always Mr. Reliable for the Cincinnati Reds during his career. He was the Reds opening-day starter the past five seasons. But after 3 straight injury-prone and unproductive seasons, the Reds did not pick up his option and he is now a member of his hometown San Diego Padres.

Thus, a new opening-day starter.

Reds manager Dusty Baker has selected Edinson Volquez as his opening-day starter against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 31.

Volquez, who is 27 and right-handed, made 12 starts in 2010 after returning from right elbow surgery in August 2009.

The rest of the Reds rotation will be Bronson Arroyo at #2 starter, Johnny Cueto #3. The other two spots will be decided in spring training.

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

Once-promising Thompson making comeback with Reds

Daryl Thompson, one of the Cincinnati Reds promising young right-hander’s a few years ago until injuries slowed his career, is on the team’s 40-man roster and in camp.

Daryl Thompson (Reds media guide photo)

The 25-year-old is a former Reds minor league pitcher of the year who made it to the major leagues in 2008. He faced and beat the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in his big league debut, throwing five shutout innings.

There is a slim chance that Thompson could make the opening day pitching staff.

He spent three stints on the disabled list in 2009, with elbow problems and a bad shoulder. He had shoulder surgery on August 25.

2010 was no better for Thompson as he spent two long stints on the diasbled list from May 17 to June 30 and July 26 through the end of the season.

By pitching well in the Arizona Fall League, 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA, the Reds decided to give a chance on the 40-man roster.

Info compiled from staff, TV, radio & MLB news

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