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Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez: Another DL stint looming1h ago
Aaron Sanchez , who's flat-ground session was cancelled Friday in favor of a visit from the doctor, will likely require another stint on the disabled list due to his latest blister issue, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander has been on the 10-day DL three times already this year because of a blister on his right middle finger. Although Toronto has yet to make a final call, it's highly unlikely -- even if he does avoid the DL -- that Sanchez will make his scheduled start Monday. Right-handers Cesar Valdez and Joe Biagini would be the likely candidates to pick up that day's game against Oakland.
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Royals' Raul Mondesi: Nearing return to action1h ago
Raul Mondesi (back) is expected to return to the lineup early next week for Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports
The Kansas City Royals have taken it slow with Mondesi, who hasn't played since July 9, in part because this ailment is something the 22-year-old has dealt with before. After a disappointing, and short MLB stint to open the year, Mondesi has been destroying Triple-A pitching with a .316 average and .892 OPS.
Cheslor Cuthbert KC 3B
Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Hanging with Omaha for a bit1h ago
The Kansas City Royals are in no rush to bring Cheslor Cuthbert (wrist) back, and he'll continue seeing regular playing time in Triple-A Omaha for the time being, Tony Boone of the Omaha World-Herald reports
The backup infielder wasn't exactly lighting it up in his 33 MLB games this season (.196/.221/.272) before hurting his wrist. Cuthbert really has no place to play with the Royals anyway, as he's blocked by better talent at every position, so there's no reason not to let the 24-year-old get extra at-bats in Omaha.
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Indians' Nick Goody: Struggling in July2h ago
After entering the July with a sterling 1.17 ERA, Nick Goody has allowed four runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings (7.71 ERA and 1.93 WHIP) this month.
Goody's been one of the league's better middle relievers this season, posting a strong 41:15 K:BB through 35.1 innings. However, he's too far down the bullpen's depth chart to make any sort of fantasy impact.
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Royals' Mike Minor: Earns 10th hold Thursday2h ago
Mike Minor struck out one in a clean sixth inning Thursday against Detroit to pick up his 10th hold of the season.
The sixth-year southpaw entered with two men on base as the Tigers were mounting a rally against starter Danny Duffy. Minor erased the trouble without a problem, lowering his career-best ERA and WHIP to 2.31 and 0.99, respectively. He's been a pleasant surprise in his first season as a reliever -- and first MLB campaign since 2014 with Atlanta -- but his fantasy value is extremely limited.
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Royals' Drew Butera: Starting Friday2h ago
Drew Butera is starting behind the plate and hitting ninth Friday against the White Sox.
The reserve catcher has started just two of the team's last 14 games, but he'll give Salvador Perez a break from backstop duties Friday (Perez will DH). Butera is hitting just .227 through 75 at-bats this season.
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Dolphins' Mike Pouncey: Hoping to be cleared next week35m ago
Mike Pouncey (hip) has an appointment next week and expects to be cleared for practice at that time, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Everything is going according to plan for Pouncey and he hasn't suffered any setbacks during his rehabilitation. He is fully expected to be ready to play once the regular season begins but his practice time will be limited. The Miami Dolphins offensive line has been a question mark the past couple of seasons and part of the problem has been the inability of Pouncey to stay on the field so the team will play it extremely cautious with his hip with the hopes that rest will allow him to play week in and week out.
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Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: Fully recovered from fractured hand1h ago
Dre Kirkpatrick is healthy after fracturing his hand in May, Jeff Wallner of United Press International reports.
Kirkpatrick's fracture was never considered very serious. He was already back on the field in a limited capacity for June's minicamp and shouldn't have any restrictions when training camp opens July 27.
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Cowboys' David Irving: Misses first day of training camp1h ago
David Irving (suspension) did not show up for the team's first day of training camp on Friday, SportsDayDFW.com reports.
The first day simply involved a conditioning run and a physical, but it is unclear why Irving did not attend. As a result, he could be subject to a fine for the absence. The 23-year-old was suspended the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. First-rounder Taco Charlton is expected to see an inflated snap count while Irving is sidelined until early October. Expect an update on his status if his absence continues.
D'Onta Foreman HOU RB
Texans' D'Onta Foreman: Drug tests come back negative2h ago
D'Onta Foreman , who was charged with marijuana possession as part of his arrest last weekend, tested negative for illegal substances Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Foreman was arrested in Austin last Sunday on charges of unlawful gun possession and possession of marijuana, but he volunteered to take a urinalysis test in order to prove his innocence on the latter allegation. While the results came back negative, Foreman probably isn't in the clear just yet. However, both the league office and the Houston Texans will likely wait for the legal process to unfold before issuing any sort of punishment, should they choose to do so.
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Cardinals' Chris Johnson: Will earn snaps in two-RB sets3h ago
Chris Johnson is expected to earn snaps when the Cardinals use two running backs this season, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. "We'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there," head coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
Johnson re-upped with the Cardinals on Thursday, putting him on course for his third season with the organization. The previous two have been abbreviated due to injuries, with sports hernia surgery containing the running back to four games in 2016. His best bet to gather snaps will occur in the aforementioned two-RB sets, as David Johnson will handle nearly all the snaps afforded the position in Arizona. The situation doesn't make the nine-year vet too appealing, but he appears to be the secondary option in the backfield to his younger teammate.
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Cowboys' Dez Bryant: Misses conditioning test3h ago
Dez Bryant arrived three hours late to the Dallas Cowboys ' facility Friday, causing him to miss his mandatory conditioning test, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. The wideout is also reportedly dealing with a sinus infection, which he's been working with the team's training staff in hopes of overcoming.
Bryant's illness may have prevented him from being able to take his conditioning test Friday anyway, but he still didn't inform the team ahead of time that he'd be late to the proceedings. To his credit, Bryant's tardiness was in part due to him hosting a kickball game and barbecue in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, on Thursday night. Additionally, Bryant reportedly apologized and took responsibility upon his arrival at the Cowboys facility. At this point, Dallas is believed to consider Bryant being late a non-issue, as they're instead focused on ensuring his symptoms subside before training camp really kicks off.
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Spurs' Pau Gasol: Agrees to three-year deal with Spurs6h ago
Pau Gasol agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
While the monetary details of the contract haven't been announced at the moment, it seems safe to assume that the three-year deal guarantees more money than the $16.2 million player option that Gasol declined for the upcoming season. While Gasol's best years are certainly behind him, he still posted a solid 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 25.4 minutes per game, making him a fair option in a variety of fantasy formats.
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Spurs' Tony Parker: Progressing in rehab6h ago
Tony Parker (quad) is progressing in his rehabilitation and can now run on his injured left leg, Cody McCrary of MySanAntonio.com reports.
Though Parker, who ruptured his left quad during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, is making strides with his rehab, he told Argentinian reporters that "it's still going to be another four or five months". With that in mind, it's still realistic at this point to hold onto the January return date that he's been targeting since late May.
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Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks: Gets two guaranteed years on deal9h ago
Dillon Brooks signed a three-year deal with two years fully guaranteed Friday with the Memphis Grizzlies , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Brooks was drafted in the mid-second round by the Rockets in this year's draft before being traded to the Grizzlies the same night. Brooks signing a guaranteed contract with Memphis before training camp even begins is surely a sign that the team is happy with what they have seen out of the former Oregon star. With Memphis having solid depth on the wing, however, Brooks will likely find himself on the outside of the team's rotation to start the season.
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Nuggets' Monte Morris: Signs two-way contract with Nuggets10h ago
Monte Morris signed a two-way contract Friday with the Denver Nuggets , Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
Morris was the 51st overall pick in the 2017 draft after a very successful four-year career at Iowa State. The Nuggets are already like already satisfied with their depth at point guard, as they have Jamal Murray, Jameer Nelson Emmanuel Mudiay all capable of playing the position. So, in an effort to keep Morris within the franchise, he'll likely spend most of his rookie season playing in the G League.
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Thunder's Dakari Johnson: Signs two-year guaranteed deal with Thunder1d ago
Dakari Johnson , a 2015 second-round pick, has signed a two-year guaranteed deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Johnson spent last season with the Thunder's G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, averaging an impressive 18.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks across 29.0 minutes per game while hitting 55.6 percent of his looks from the field. In signing him to a two-year guaranteed deal, it seems like the Thunder believe Johnson can be a legitimate contributor at the NBA level. He'll look to compete for reserve center minutes along with Enes Kanter and Nick Collison behind starter Steven Adams.
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Nicolas Brussino: Let go by Mavericks1d ago
Nicolas Brussino will be released by the Mavericks, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Despite showing some late-season promise at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, the Mavericks aren't entirely sold on his future development, so they've decided not to guarantee his contract by its due date. That sends Brussino back to the open free agent market and while there could be some interest from teams in need of depth on the wing, there's a chance Brussino ultimately ends up back overseas in an attempt to restore his value. He played in 54 games for Dallas, averaging 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds across 9.6 minutes per contest.
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Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Inks long-term deal5h ago
Tomas Tatar (shoulder) signed a four-year contract with Detroit on Friday worth an average annual value of $5.3 million, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.
With the clock ticking on the arbitrator's decision, Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings were able to reach an agreement that worked for both sides. The 26-year-old has led the team in scoring over the past three seasons -- having reached the 45-point threshold each time. The one knock on the winger is his special teams production. Despite logging 2:22 of ice time per game with the man advantage, the Czech tallied a mere eight points on the power play last season. Tatar underwent offseason shoulder surgery following the 2016-17 campaign, but is expected to be back to 100 percent in time for training camp.
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Blackhawks' Tommy Wingels: Suffers left foot fracture7h ago
Tommy Wingels suffered a left foot fracture during offseason training Friday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Wingels is expected to make a full recovery in 6-to-8 weeks, so he should be a full participant in September's training camp. The 29-year-old winger, who notched 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games last season, won't produce enough offensively in 2017-18 to warrant consideration in most season-long fantasy leagues, but he'll be a key component of the Chicago Blackhawks ' bottom-six forward group and penalty-killing unit.
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Senators' Ryan Dzingel: Secures last-minute deal11h ago
Ryan Dzingel (wrist) and the Ottawa Senators avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.8 million, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Dzingel had a breakout season in 2016-17, garnering 14 goals, 18 helpers and 123 shots on goal -- all career highs. The 25-year-old saw 1:20 of ice time per game on the power play, but he was only able to notch three points in those situations. If the natural center can get more comfortable playing on the wing -- and improve his man-advantage productivity -- he could exceed the 40-point mark this upcoming year. Although a wrist injury may have impacted his performance during this spring's playoffs, Dzingel should be ready to go for training camp.
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Flames' Garnet Hathaway: Signs one-year deal with Calgary1d ago
Garnet Hathaway inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Hathaway appeared in 26 games with Calgary last season, notching five points (one goal, four assists) while averaging just 9:08 of ice time over that span. The 25-year-old winger will spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but he'll likely also log some time with the big club when the Flames are in need of reinforcements up front due to injury.
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Predators' Marek Mazanec: Settles on one-year deal with Nashville1d ago
Marek Mazanec and the Nashville Predators settled on a one-year, two-way deal for the 2017-18 campaign Thursday, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.
Mazanec filed for salary arbitration on July 6, but he and the Predators were able to come to terms prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing. The 26-year-old netminder will compete for AHL Milwaukee's starting gig in 2017-18.
Tomas Tatar DET LW
Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Arbitration hearing underway1d ago
Tomas Tatar (shoulder) entered an arbitration hearing against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, with the ruling to be made within 48 hours, MLive.com reports.
The restricted free agent's contract demands reportedly include $5.3 million in average annual value, but the Wings maxed out at $4.1 million on their counter offer before entering arbitration. Tatar told reporters last week that he has no limitations with his surgically repaired shoulder, which is a significant development, as injury history can be used as evidence in the hearing.