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Neil Walker NYM 2B
Mets' Neil Walker: Rehab assignment on hold10m ago
Neil Walker (hamstring) participated in running drills, but did not make the trip to Memphis to play with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Walker was expected to begin a rehab assignment with Las Vegas this weekend, but it appears as though the second baseman will need a little more time before returning to game action. This news places severe doubt into whether Walker will be ready to rejoin the New York Mets by the beginning of next week, as he will likely need to spend a few games in the minors while shaking off some rust. For the time being, Asdrubal Cabrera continues to man the keystone in his place, and will draw the start during Friday's game against the A's.
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Orioles' Caleb Joseph: Soaring with new confidence11m ago
Caleb Joseph said a major difference in his resurgent 2017 campaign has been a higher level of confidence than he had last year, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Joseph has been arguably the best backup catcher in MLB this year. After posting failing to knock in a run while slashing just .174/.216/.197 over 49 contests last year, the 31-year-old owns a .299/.329/.461 line through 54 games this season. Out of all backstops with at least 100 plate appearances in 2017, Joseph's 108 wRC+ is tied for 12th, while O's starter Welington Castillo is 24th with a 91 wRC+. Even as a backup, Joseph has proven worthy of a starting role in leagues that start two catchers.
Tyler Olson CLE RP
Indians' Tyler Olson: Brought up by Indians13m ago
Tyler Olson 's contract was purchased by the Cleveland Indians on Friday and he will join the team immediately.
Olson will get his first call-up since being claimed by off waivers by the Indians last season, though his stay may be temporary one. The left-hander, who owns a 3.32 ERA and an exceptional 52:11 K:BB over 40.2 innings with Triple-A Columbus this season, takes the bullpen spot of Boone Logan, who was placed on the 10-day DL with a lat strain. Look for Olson to be used exclusively in low-leverage situations while he's with the team.
JT Riddle MIA SS
Marlins' J.T. Riddle: Sits again Friday19m ago
JT Riddle is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
After 57 straight starts, Riddle will miss his second consecutive game after taking a seat on the bench for Wednesday's affair. He did serve as a pinch hitter during the series finale against Philadelphia, striking out during his lone at-bat. In his place, Miguel Rojas makes another start at short while hitting eighth in the order.
Ian Kennedy KC SP
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Changing approach due to hamstring21m ago
Ian Kennedy said his changeup is the only pitch that is affected by his early-season hamstring injury, sin he's turned more to his curveball in recent weeks, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports.
Torres reports that for the first time since 2014, Kennedy is using his curveball (21 percent of pitches in July) more than his changeup (eight percent). After returning from a DL stint in May, the right-hander struggled to get comfortable with his previously-preferred offspeed pitch. "It was the only pitch I would throw where I could feel (the hamstring)," Kennedy said. "Sometimes I would go into it and I'd forget about it and I'd throw a change-up and it would send, like, a zing from my knee to my groin to remind me I wasn't fully healthy yet." The change in approach seems to be paying dividends, as the 32-year-old is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA over his last seven starts.
Boone Logan CLE RP
Indians' Boone Logan: Placed on DL23m ago
Boone Logan was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lat strain Friday.
The veteran reliever left Wednesday's game and a subsequent MRI revealed the strain, so Logan will take a trip to the DL for the first time this season. Through 38 games this season, the lefty has a 4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, mainly relegating him to a middle-reliever role in the American League's best bullpen (2.87 combined ERA). Tyler Olson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take his spot.
Griff Whalen NE WR
Ravens' Griff Whalen: Deal with Ravens looming2h ago
Griff Whalen is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens , Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Whalen's deal in Baltimore is subject to him passing a physical. The shifty wideout has spent time with the Colts, Chargers and Patriots since entering the league in 2012. Although he caught just two passes for 22 yards in eight games last year, the Ravens' recent history of being thin at receiver gives him a decent shot of making their roster.
Adam Jones CIN CB
Bengals' Adam Jones: Suspended one game3h ago
Adam Jones has been suspended for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Jones' punishment comes after he pleaded guilty to obstruction of official business following a January arrest stemming from a confrontation outside a Cincinnati hotel. In the wake of that ugly run-in -- which was notably made public through the release of police video -- Jones received a public show of support from Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, so his latest suspension isn't anticipated to threaten his future with the team. Nonetheless, his expected absence from the season opener will leave Cincinnati without its top cornerback and kick returner for a divisional clash against the Ravens.
Jaylon Smith DAL OLB
Cowboys' Jaylon Smith: Nerve in knee continues to regenerate6h ago
Jaylon Smith underwent testing on his knee prior to the start of this week's rookie camp that showed further regeneration of the nerves, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
He continues to make progress from the knee injury that ended his college career at Notre Dame and kept him off the field as a rookie in 2016, but Smith isn't yet at the point where he can shed the brace supporting his foot and lower leg. The Dallas Cowboys are expected to be cautious with the linebacker during training camp, and his actual role in the defense this season should become clearer as the team gets closer to Week 1.
Jermaine Eluemunor BAL G
Ravens' Jermaine Eluemunor: Placed on non-football injury list21h ago
Jermaine Eluemunor was placed on the non-football injury list Thursday due to an undisclosed injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
A fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens this past spring, Eluemunor will be looking to return to the field and earn a potentially large role in his rookie season. It's unclear how severe the injury is or how much time he may miss. When Eluemunor does return, he's expected to compete for the starting right tackle spot that was vacated in the departure of last year's starter, Ricky Wagner.
Dan Orlovsky DET QB
Rams' Dan Orlovsky: Signs with Rams21h ago
Dan Orlovsky signed a contract with the Rams on Thursday.
Orlovsky's signing gives the Rams three quarterbacks entering training camp. The 12-year veteran spent the past three seasons backing up Matthew Stafford in Detroit, and he'll now compete with Sean Mannion for the backup slot behind Los Angeles starter Jared Goff.
De'Veon Smith MIA RB
Dolphins' De'Veon Smith: Placed on PUP22h ago
De'Veon Smith (undisclosed) was placed on the PUP by Miami on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Smith was signed by Miami after being passed over during the 2017 NFL Draft. He is a long shot at best to make the team and his odds will get longer if he misses significant time during training camp.
Dillon Brooks MEM F
Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks: Gets two guaranteed years on deal3h 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.
Monte Morris DEN G
Nuggets' Monte Morris: Signs two-way contract with Nuggets4h 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.
Dakari Johnson OKC C
Thunder's Dakari Johnson: Signs two-year guaranteed deal with Thunder19h 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.
Nicolas Brussino DAL G
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.
Udonis Haslem MIA F
Heat's Udonis Haslem: Signs one-year deal with Heat1d ago
Udonis Haslem signed a one-year, minimum deal with the Miami Heat , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Haslem has called Miami home for his entire NBA career, and he'll be a part of the franchise for at least one more year after signing a deal Thursday. It has been a few years since the veteran has played a crucial role on the court for the Heat, but he'll continue to serve as a key veteran presence and mentor for the team.
Bobby Brown HOU G
Rockets' Bobby Brown: Signs one-year contract with Rockets1d ago
Bobby Brown signed a one-year extension with the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Brown was a minor contributor for the Rockets during the 2016-17 campaign, helping serve as a backup to Patrick Beverley at point guard with an average of 2.5 points over 4.9 minutes in 25 games. He should play a similar role after signing a one-year extension and while Beverley is no longer with the Rockets, Chris Paul was added in his place, which should leave little to no minutes for Brown.
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Blackhawks' Tommy Wingels: Suffers left foot fracture32m 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 deal4h 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.
Garnet Hathaway CGY RW
Flames' Garnet Hathaway: Signs one-year deal with Calgary21h 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 Nashville22h 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.
Kyle Okposo BUF RW
Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Suits up in summer league1d ago
Kyle Okposo (concussion) hit the ice as part of Da Beauty League on Wednesday.
While it may be just a semi-competitive summer league, the fact that Okposo is playing hockey again should be an encouraging sign for fantasy owners. After spending the end of the 2016-17 campaign in the ICU due to medication complications, the winger appears to be working his way back to game readiness in preparation of training camp. Once cleared, the 29-year-old is a near lock to return to the first line as well as the top power-play unit.