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Justin Turner LAD 3B
Dodgers' Justin Turner: May only need minimum 10 days on DL28m ago
Justin Turner (hamstring) could potentially return from the disabled list in the minimum 10 days, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Turner is dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the most mild form of the injury. He was expected to need two weeks initially, but he has been able to take grounders on the field and appears to be progressing better than expected. Turner is eligible to return May 29. Even if he needs an extra couple days, a return sometime early next week seems likely at this point.
Rob Segedin LAD 3B
Dodgers' Rob Segedin: Out 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery31m ago
Rob Segedin underwent surgery for an injured wrist and will miss 4-6 weeks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports Friday.
Segedin had seen his rehab stagnate, as he had been out with a toe injury since April 19 without making significant progress. That injury that was originally expected to keep him out for perhaps a month. However, he suffered a separate wrist injury while rehabbing, and this new ailment could keep him off the field until the All-Star break. With outfielders like Brett Eibner getting chances for the Los Angeles Dodgers now, there's no guarantee Segedin will even make the major league roster upon his return.
Randall Delgado ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado: Confirmed as Monday's starter41m ago
Randall Delgado will make another start Monday against the Pirates, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Delgado finished just four innings in his spot start Wednesday against the White Sox, but he was sharp until he ran up against his pitch count. He allowed just one earned run on three hits and a walk, a good enough performance to earn himself another start. Still, Delgado will likely be sent back to the bullpen once Taijuan Walker is ready to return, and Walker is currently expected to be ready for the next turn through the rotation.
Glen Perkins MIN RP
Twins' Glen Perkins: Feels good after bullpen session Friday1h ago
Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to head to extended spring training next week, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Perkins will throw one more bullpen session Tuesday before getting ready to grind against live hitters at extended spring. Assuming all goes as well as Friday's bullpen session did, Perkins will be able to head out on a minor league rehab assignment and then make his return to the Minnesota Twins bullpen in mid-June.
Eduardo Nunez SF 3B
Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Back in action Friday1h ago
Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday against the Braves, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Nunez tweaked his hamstring Wednesday and was scratched from Thursday's lineup, but he will slot back in for the series opener against Atlanta. The 29-year-old will bat second against lefty Jaime Garcia, a spot in the order in which he's logged just five at-bats to this point in the season. Nunez is batting .258/.288/.323 against left-handed pitching after slashing .265/.295/.456 against southpaws in 2016.
Aaron Hill SF LF
Giants' Aaron Hill: Activated from disabled list1h ago
Aaron Hill (forearm) was activated from the DL on Friday.
Hill is ready to return to action following a month-long absence due to a forearm strain, having an eight-game minor-league rehab assignment. He will not immediately slot into the lineup Friday, but Hill should see occasional time between left field, second base and third base moving forward.
Nelson Agholor PHI WR
Eagles' Nelson Agholor: Embracing new competition4h ago
Nelson Agholor has shown improvement this spring thanks to the added competition at his position, ESPN's Tim McManus reports
Agholor's struggles through his first two NFL seasons have been well documented, as the 2015 first-rounder has managed just 59 receptions for 648 yards and three scores since entering the league. However, with wideouts Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Mack Hollins and others joining the Philadelphia Eagles as a part of an offseason overhaul at the position, Agholor has seemingly entered fight-or-flight mode to maintain a key role within the team's offense. While the USC product has received praise from coach Doug Pederson for sharpening his focus, Agholor will have to carry his improvement over to training camp to fend off the increased competition he suddenly faces.
Ryan Tannehill MIA QB
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill: Back to 100 percent8h ago
Ryan Tannehill finished the Miami Dolphins ' first week of organized team activities by stating he's fully healthy again, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel reports. "I'm back in 100 percent," Tannehill said. "I feel totally normal. There are no more checkpoints I have to hit at this point. Everything looks good. Just go play."
Tannehill missed Miami's last four games after suffering ACL and MCL sprains late last season. Given that he avoided more serious damage, the quarterback was fortunately able to avoid surgery. In doing so, his recovery timetable was shortened significantly, as coach Adam Gase revealed in March that Tannehill was already free of restrictions. Although he's expected to sport a knee brace as a precautionary measure, that seems to be the only evidence that remains from Tannehill's injury scare.
Myles Jack JAC OLB
Jaguars' Myles Jack: Switching roles with Posluszny9h ago
Myles Jack and veteran Paul Posluszny are switching positions, with the 2016 second-round selection taking over as a three-down middle linebacker and serving as defensive play caller, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bit of a logjam, with Jack and Posluszny joined by standout weakside 'backer Telvin Smith, who has been a consistent three-down force since entering the league in 2014. As expected, the team will shift Posluszny to the strong side and take him off the field on most passing downs, even though he had 265 tackles in 30 games (8.8 per game) over the past two seasons. The Jags hope Jack will provide a major upgrade in pass coverage, but even if he doesn't quite meet expectations, last year's No. 36 overall draft pick finds himself in a role that's highly conducive to IDP production. It is possible Jack could lose the job if he struggles for a prolonged period, as the 32-year-old Posluszny has served as Jacksonville's every-down middle linebacker and defensive play caller since 2011, with his veteran leadership helping to compensate for declining range.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Participating in full at OTAs9h ago
Rob Gronkowski (back) was an on-field participant at voluntary OTAs this week, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Less than six months removed from the third back surgery of his career, Gronkowski doesn't seem to have any practice limitations, though the story may be different once the New England Patriots are in full pads for contact work. While he may still be held out of some drills as a precaution this summer, it seems the tight end has made a full recovery from the injury that ended his 2016 campaign. His ability to actually stay healthy is as big of a concern as ever, which explains why the Patriots gave him an incentive-laden contract restructure earlier in the week.
Corey Davis TEN WR
Titans' Corey Davis: Says he could play in game if necessary9h ago
Corey Davis (ankle) said he could play a game right now if the Tennessee Titans had one, but he's still on board with the team's decision to ease him into practice, ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky reports.
Davis was limited at rookie minicamp in mid May and likely will continue as a partial participant throughout OTAs. He seems to have recovered from January surgery, but the Titans have little incentive to rush the No. 5 overall draft pick into action, presumably targeting June minicamp or training camp for his debut as a full practice participant. Davis may have to battle sophomore Tajae Sharpe for a starting job, but Sharpe's draft pedigree (fifth round) and poor rookie-season efficiency (6.3 yards per target) tilt the scale in Davis' favor. It does seem likely targets and touches will be spread around in Tennessee, as the team also selected wideout Taywan Taylor and tight end Jonnu Smith in the third round of the draft, bolstering an offense which already featured Sharpe, Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. He'll have to earn his looks early in the season, but Davis does eventually figure to usurp Matthews and Walker for the right to serve as Marcus Mariota's favorite target.
Michael Thomas NO WR
Saints' Michael Thomas: Bulks up in first full offseason9h ago
Michael Thomas reported for OTAs at 220 pounds, up from last year's playing weight of 210, John DeShazier of the New Orleans Saints ' official site reports.
Players often add significant muscle mass during their first full offseason in an NFL strength program, and it seems the 6-foot-3 Thomas has filled out his frame to what's essentially the ideal size for a wide receiver. Coming off one of the most productive campaigns by a rookie pass catcher in league history, Thomas is locked in as the top option in a prolific aerial attack that downgraded from Brandin Cooks to Ted Ginn on the opposite side. While the team may try to run more often after adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield, Thomas and Willie Snead shouldn't lack for targets in an offense that's attempted 650 or more passes in each of the last seven seasons. Even if the Saints drop that number closer to 600, as they presumably hope to, Thomas should have a high enough target share to ensure that volume isn't a problem.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery2h ago
David Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale9h ago
Al Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss10h ago
Marcus Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Boston Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss10h ago
Jae Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 510h ago
Gerald Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss11h ago
Avery Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Collects assist in Game 7 thriller6h ago
Sidney Crosby set up an even-strength goal against the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals double-overtime win Thursday, increasing his playoff point total to 20; he's accumulated seven goals and 13 assists.
The all-world pivot was held pointless in three games of the grueling series versus Ottawa, but he'll look to expose a Nashville team that's been dampened at the center spot due to the loss of Ryan Johansen, who underwent emergency surgery on his thigh following a Game 4 loss to the Ducks. We know you'll be starting Crosby every chance you get, and the real debate at this point is whether he'll generally justify a higher fantasy draft selection than Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who'll be wrapping his mitts around the Art Ross Trophy at the awards ceremony in June.
Dion Phaneuf OTT D
Senators' Dion Phaneuf: Fizzles in postseason7h ago
Dion Phaneuf was held pointless with a minus-5 rating over the final 11 games of the playoffs.
The veteran blueliner set up two scores against the Rangers in Game 2 of the conference semifinals, only to go ice cold offensively the rest of the way. However, his physical play was on full display throughout the postseason, as he compiled 30 hits and half as many PIM. An alternate captain for the Sens, Phaneuf is under contract through the 2020-21 season, banking a whopping $7 million per season with performance bonuses included.
Conor Sheary PIT LW
Penguins' Conor Sheary: Snags helper against Senators8h ago
Conor Sheary garnered an assist in Thursday's Game 7 victory over Ottawa.
Sheary's lineup reinsertion couldn't have come at a better time for the Pittsburgh Penguins , as his feed to Chris Kunitz gave them an early 1-0 lead in Thursday's double-overtime thriller. The 24-year-old spent the previous two contests watching from the press box in favor of Josh Archibald, but he may have won the job back with the Game 7 performance -- although his status for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals could be tied to the health of Patric Hornqvist (upper body). Sheary logged his highest ice time of the season (21:44) in addition to firing off four shots on goal and dishing out a pair of hits.
Matt Murray PIT G
Penguins' Matt Murray: Stops 27 to take Game 718h ago
Matt Murray made 27 saves on 29 shots as Pittsburgh advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with a double-overtime Game 7 victory over the Senators on Thursday.
Murray ended up serving as a spectator behind Marc-Andre Fleury for more than two full series after suffering a lower-body injury in warmups before Game 1 of the first round, but it looks like he'll be Pittsburgh's starter in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive season. He's yet to allow more than two goals in any of his five appearances en route to a 1.35 GAA and .946 save percentage during the playoffs, so the 22-year-old doesn't seem to have accumulated any rust from his time on the sidelines. Murray will have his work cut out for him against a Predators team that has dropped just four games in its own run to the finals.
Craig Anderson OTT G
Senators' Craig Anderson: Stops 39 in double-overtime elimination18h ago
Craig Anderson made 39 saves in Thursday's 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 loss to the Penguins.
Anderson was once again far busier than counterpart Matt Murray, who faced just 29 shots. While he did a terrific job of shutting down Pittsburgh's top forwards, Anderson surrendered two goals and an assist to the 37-year-old Chris Kunitz, of all people. His 2.34 GAA and .922 save percentage in 19 playoff games came tantalizingly close to earning a Stanley Cup Finals berth, but the 36-year-old veteran will end up a spectator just like everyone who doesn't play for the Penguins or Predators.
Justin Schultz PIT D
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Two points in Game 7 win18h ago
Justin Schultz recorded a power-play goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 victory over the Senators.
Schultz's goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 lead with 8:16 remaining in the third, but they promptly coughed that advantage up when Ryan Dzingel lit the lamp for Ottawa just 2:57 later. The blueliner's impact in his return from a four-game injury-related absence didn't end there, as he earned an assist on Chris Kunitz's double-overtime winner. Schultz has carried over his offensive prowess from a 51-point regular season with three goals and seven assists in 15 appearances this postseason.