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Peter Moylan signs a minor league deal with the Braves

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A reunion. Oh happy day:

Moylan pitched for the Braves from 2006 through 2012, but then he had Tommy John surgery. Then had it again. In between surgeries he pitched in 14 games for the Dodgers in 2013. It’s been a rough couple of years for the guy.

For his career he’s got a 2.80 ERA in 209 games with a K/BB ratio of 213/121 in 276 innings.

He also has been featured in some pretty sweet pictures over the years. Like this one from the Braves weird Christmas video a few years ago:

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And this one he posted to Twitter himself:

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He’s a fun guy. Hope he completes his rehab and can pitch in the bigs again.

Good morning from Barry Bonds and Michael Bolton

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I follow Barry Bonds on multiple social media platforms. Why? Because about once a week or so, you get something magical. Like this:

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I am choosing to believe that Bonds’ actual game here is posting pictures of himself with people who really suck so people think he sucks less. But it’s just a theory.

MLBPA: leaks are from people “who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally”

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source: Getty Images

The MLBPA has released a statement bashing the leaks about Josh Hamilton and his case over in the past several days. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN passes it along:

“It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about the status of his treatment program and the confidential processes under our Joint Drug Agreement. These anonymous leaks are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate. The Major League Baseball Players Association will use every right we have under the collective bargaining agreement to make sure Josh gets the help he needs, and the fair and confidential process to which he is entitled.”

I wrote about this earlier today. And I agree wholeheartedly with Tony Clark’s statement.

It’s also worth noting that, in 2013, when Major League Baseball was engaging in heavy-handed practices to go after the Biogenesis players and leaked left and right about Alex Rodriguez’s case, only a few of us cared and complained. Why? Because it was Alex Rodriguez and no one likes Alex Rodriguez. Now it’s happening to someone else. This is no accident.

Baseball learned that it can do whatever it wants and no one will raise hell. They learned that lesson well.

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There was a big, big rock star at Tigers camp today

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Oh, and Jack White was there too. If you care about that sort of thing. I’m really talkin’ about Tram.

I guess that top one was . . . the hardest button to button, eh Jack?

I’m sorry.

Mike Minor to see Dr. James Andrews

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The Braves have had crappy luck with their pitchers over the past couple of years. And Mike Minor has had bad luck himself when it comes to his health. So this, while sad, is not entirely shocking, frankly:

Minor was scratched from his scheduled start with shoulder soreness yesterday. This after he missed time with shoulder problems last season and struggled when he was healthy. Maybe because he was not completely healthy?

Minor is under contract for $5.6 million after winning his arbitration hearing against the Braves last month. The way this is heading, you have to wonder if insurance is gonna pick up a lot of that tab.