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Mark Trumbo BAL DH
Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Hitting stride as summer nears29m ago
Mark Trumbo said he feels like he's back on the right track after cleaning up a few flaws in his swing, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Trumbo stumbled out of the gate, mustering an apathetic .202 batting average alongside a .548 OPS in the campaign's first month. Since flipping the calendar to May, the slugger is slashing .333/.381/.511 with four home runs (he hit two in April), 11 RBI and 16 runs. The 31-year-old would have to go on an unbelievable streak to near 2016's career season, and at this point, that seems highly improbable. However, Trumbo should still provide a nice contribution across multiple categories as the year rolls along.
Dexter Fowler STL CF
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler: Might lose leadoff spot30m ago
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has considered moving Dexter Fowler out of the leadoff spot, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Fowler doesn't have a hit in his last 20 at-bats, which has dropped his batting average to .206 and OBP to .305. He does have six home runs, but he hasn't been the table setter St. Louis desired when they inked him to a five-year deal in December. St. Louis doesn't boast many logical choices to bat first -- perhaps except for typical OBP monster Matt Carpenter, but he's excelled batting third. The Cardinals nevertheless may experiment with new lineups in the near future. If Fowler moves down the order, he'd lose the command over plate appearances that heavily influences his fantasy value.
Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: No indication of health issues42m ago
Masahiro Tanaka has "no indicators" of health issues, and general manager Brian Cashman said the team doesn't believe there's reason to give him any tests, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
The right-hander's 6.56 ERA and 2.44 HR/9 point to something being wrong, but even with Tanaka's history of elbow concerns in recent years, the New York Yankees aren't panicking over his health. Perhaps they'll work on a mechanical fix. Until then, he remains a dicey start-to-start option in mixed fantasy leagues, but players in deeper games may find it difficult to bench him considering his ever-present ace upside.
Denard Span SF CF
Giants' Denard Span: Homers in return Wednesday42m ago
Denard Span (thumb) returned to the starting lineup and went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.
This is now the second time in two weeks that the veteran outfielder has hit a homer in the first game returning from injury. In fact, all three of his long balls this season have come in those two weeks since returning from the disabled list. Span is worth an add if he was dropped due to his minor thumb injury, as he appears to be one of the select few San Francisco Giants seeing the ball well these days.
Matt Moore SF SP
Giants' Matt Moore: Tosses quality start in loss Wednesday1h ago
Matt Moore (2-5) gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over six innings Wednesday. He walked three and struck out four in a 5-4 loss to the Cubs.
The veteran lefty has either been prone to blow ups or downright dominant this season, so it was odd seeing him pitch a game that was neither. It is tough to decipher whether Moore's 5.28 ERA and 1.53 WHIP are due for an improvement due to his inconsistent results on a year-to-year basis. Shallow league owners could probably find more consistent options on waivers at this point, but those in deeper formats have no choice but to hang tight and hope the good outweighs the bad the rest of the way.
Devon Travis TOR 2B
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Surging after adjustment1h ago
Devon Travis is now standing further away from the plate in the batter's box, Israel Fehr of The Athletic Toronto reports.
Travis slumped in April to a .130 clip, though it was basically extended spring training considering he was rehabbing his right knee for most of the Toronto Blue Jays ' exhibition action. While this could be a mere hot run over a long season, his restrengthened knee and this new position of his stance are undoubtedly contributing to his May surge (.351/.364/.622 with two home runs in 78 plate appearances). The streaky bat may well fall into a funk, but he's proving much more useful as a mixed-league fantasy play in standard formats with his revived health and approach.
Eric Wood BUF C
Bills' Eric Wood: Back at OTAs1h ago
Eric Wood (leg) participated during Thursday's OTA, Buffalo Bills insider Joe Buscaglia reports.
Wood was unable to participate throughout earlier OTA sessions as he continued his rehab from a broken leg, but he's back doing team drills Thursday.
Gerald Hodges SF ILB
Bills' Gerald Hodges: Signs with Bills1h ago
Gerald Hodges was signed to a one-year contract by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Hodges, an athletic former fourth-rounder, will compete for a spot at outside linebacker in Buffalo after racking up 133 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 25 games with the 49ers throughout the past two seasons.
Ishaq Williams NYG DE
Ishaq Williams: Released by Giants1h ago
Ishaq Williams was released by the Giants on Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports.
Williams was promoted to the Giants' active roster late last season, but he failed to make an impact with such a limited role. He may catch on with another practice squad elsewhere this offseason.
Rahim Moore NYG DB
Rahim Moore: Released by Giants1h ago
Rahim Moore was released by the Giants on Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports.
Moore hasn't appeared in regular-season NFL action since the 2015 season with Houston, when he made 16 tackles in seven games. He'll look to catch on with another team as a depth option at safety.
Mike Pouncey MIA C
Dolphins' Mike Pouncey: Not participating in first OTAs1h ago
Mike Pouncey (hip) is present, but not participating during the Miami Dolphins ' first round of OTAs, James Walker of ESPN.com reports.
As expected, the Dolphins will proceed cautiously with Pouncey after he underwent a stem cell procedure in April. It's unclear at this point if he'll be ready for the start of training camp, but he remains on pace to at least be available by the time Week 1 of the regular season rolls around.
Damiere Byrd CAR WR
Panthers' Damiere Byrd: Full participant during OTAs2h ago
Damiere Byrd (knee) has been a full participant throughout the Carolina Panthers ' OTAs this week, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
Byrd needed surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee earlier this offseason, but the former practice squad receiver appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery. It'll be a tough road ahead for Byrd to potentially secure a spot on the final roster, so full health is key for the 24-year-old.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Probable for Game 5 vs. Cavaliers20h ago
Jae Crowder is dealing with a groin injury, but is considered probable going into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Thursday, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.
Crowder was noticeably hobbled during Game 4, but was still able to play 40 minutes and record 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. With the Boston Celtics on the brink of elimination, Crowder is fully expected to again play through his injury and as long as the pain isn't too much to handle, look for him to take on his full complement of minutes. Crowder's status should be updated again after Thursday's morning shootaround.
Jaylen Brown BOS SF
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Questionable for Game 521h ago
Jaylen Brown is questionable for Thursday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers.
Brown likely suffered the injury during Game 4, but was able to play through it. Through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals, he's averaged a modest 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds across 19.3 minutes per game, though his potential absence would be magnified considering the loss of Isaiah Thomas. If he's unable to give it a go, expect the likes of Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Marcus Smart to all possibly see additional run.
Amir Johnson BOS SF
Celtics' Amir Johnson: Probable for Game 521h ago
Amir Johnson (shoulder) is considered probable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday against the Cavaliers, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.
Johnson was reportedly available off the bench in an emergency situation for Game 4 on Tuesday, so it's not surprising he's expected to again be available for Game 5. That said, even if he does get cleared as anticipated, it's unclear if he'll take back the starting role from Kelly Olynyk. Johnson averaged just 8.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so even at full strength, he's not a great fantasy option. Look for his status to be updated after Thursday's morning shootaround.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Scores 18 in Game 4 loss1d ago
Jae Crowder delivered 18 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and four assists from 40 minutes in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 loss in Cleveland.
It was an admirable performance from Crowder as the C's try to make up for the loss of Isaiah Thomas (hip). Crowder led Boston with eight boards, but Cleveland out-rebounded Boston 37 to 29, highlighting an on-going problem for the Boston Celtics . With Amir Johnson also out (shoulder), Crowder played some power forward in Boston's smaller lineups. Expect more big minutes from Crowder as the series returns to Boston Thursday for Game 5.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Hits rough patch after big Game 32d ago
Marcus Smart produced eight points (1-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 40 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
After a red hot Game 3, Smart somewhat predictably cooled off in a big way in the Game 4 loss, as he made just one field goal attempt. He is clearly going to get a ton of minutes with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so he could rebound for another big performance in Game 5. But with him, it's hard to predict.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Posts team-high 19 points in Game 4 loss2d ago
Avery Bradley contributed 19 points (7-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 39 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
Bradley's 19 points marked a team high but he needed 19 field goal attempts to get there. It was his third straight game of the series in which he has shot below 40 percent from the field. Despite the poor field goal percentage, Bradley is getting his points, as he scored at least 19 points for the fifth time in the last seven outings.
Mark Borowiecki OTT D
Senators' Mark Borowiecki: Ruled out Thursday43m ago
Mark Borowiecki (lower body) will miss Game 7 against the Penguins on Thursday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Make that 17 straight absences for the hard-hitting blueliner. This may be a blessing in disguise, though, as Borowiecki is an enforcer prone to racking up penalties, and the Ottawa Senators don't seem to have a strong enough penalty kill to make up for any costly penalties in a game that determines whether the Senators will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tom Kuhnhackl PIT RW
Penguins' Tom Kuhnhackl: Continuing to rehab2h ago
Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body) worked out prior to the Pittsburgh Penguins ' optional skate Thursday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While getting on the ice is a step in the right direction for Kuhnhackl, his inability to join his teammates effectively rules him out for Game 7 on Thursday. At this point, the winger may struggle to crack the lineup even once healthy, given the emergence of Josh Archibald and Carter Rowney.
Chad Ruhwedel PIT D
Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Skates in non-contact jersey2h ago
Chad Ruhwedel (concussion) took part in Thursday's optional skate sporting a non-contact jersey.
The fact that Ruhwedel hasn't been cleared for contact yet effectively rules him out for Thursday's Game 7 against the Senators. If the Pens can get past Ottawa to make back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals and the 27-year-old is cleared, he may still find himself watching from the press box, as Pittsburgh's blue line has finally gotten relatively healthy.
Justin Schultz PIT D
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Game-time decision for Game 72h ago
Justin Schultz (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's pivotal Game 7 meeting with Ottawa.
Schultz's four-game absence has been felt most significantly on the power play, where the Pens are just 5-for-18 in this series. If the 26-year-old can give it a go Thursday, he'll almost certainly resume his role on the top power-play unit while pairing back up with Ian Cole. Mark Streit figures to be the odd man out if Schultz is given the all-clear.
Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Game-time call for Game 72h ago
Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 7 matchup with Ottawa.
Hornqvist has been sidelined since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals due to this upper-body ailment. The Pens couldn't seem to get anything past Senators goalie Craig Anderson in Tuesday's contest, so they'd certainly benefit from getting the pesky winger back. Where the 30-year-old might slot into the lineup remains a mystery, as he could rejoin Sidney Crosby on the top line, suit up with Matt Cullen on the fourth line, or land anywhere in between.
Martin Frk DET RW
Red Wings' Martin Frk: Becoming no stranger to adversity2h ago
Martin Frk remains a noteworthy prospect for the Detroit Red Wings , but he'll still have to beat out Tomas Nosek, Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov for a roster spot this fall, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
It's been a wild ride for Frk, who established a personal best with 50 points for AHL Grand Rapids this season. The Czech forward failed to latch on with the Red Wings out of training camp last fall, so he was waived and promptly scooped up by the Hurricanes. After posting a minus-3 rating in a two-game trial with Carolina, he was waived yet again, only to go full circle and again become property of the Wings. Frk will officially become a restricted free agent July 1, but getting the hook in the same year that he lost waiver-exempt status shows that he may not be held in the highest regard by Detroit's front office.