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Max Schrock OAK SS
Athletics' Max Schrock: Racks up hits in doubleheader32m ago
Max Schrock went 5-for-7 with a home run, two walks and five RBI while playing in both halves of a doubleheader for Double-A Midland on Sunday.
Schrock struggled to adjust to Double-A pitching in April with a .228 average, but he's been on fire at the dish since then, amassing a .348/.406/.466 line over the last two-plus months. Though he's not particularly toolsy, Schrock's contact-hitting skills are matched by few in the minors, with his 9.4 strikeout rate ranking as the second-best mark among qualified hitters in the Texas League. The 22-year-old has been a nice value pickup for the Oakland Athletics , who acquired him from the Nationals last summer in exchange for lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski, who was in the final year of his contract.
Kendall Graveman OAK SP
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Roughed up in second rehab start39m ago
Kendall Graveman (shoulder) made his second rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Monday, serving up seven runs (three earned) on nine hits and one walk over three innings.
Graveman upped his pitch count to 65 after tossing 46 in his first start with Nashville on July 19, but the results were once again unimpressive. According to Nashville play-by-play broadcaster Jeff Hem, Graveman displayed his normal velocity during the start, so it sounds like the shoulder isn't hampering him too much. Even so, the Oakland Athletics would like to see Graveman tidy things up in the minors before being activated from the 10-day disabled list, so expect him to make at least one more start with Nashville.
Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Likely to miss 4-to-6 weeks41m ago
Clayton Kershaw (back) is estimated to miss four-to-six weeks due to his current back issue, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
This is a rough timetable for his return, although it's promising to hear that he isn't expected to miss as much time as he did last season with a similar injury. Official word should come forth after Kershaw sees his doctor in the next day or so, although this timetable all but guarantees that the Los Angeles Dodgers ace will be on the disabled list for much of August.
Alan Busenitz MIN RP
Twins' Alan Busenitz: Returns to Minneapolis1h ago
Alan Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Busenitz has succeeded in both the majors and the minors this season, so he'll return to the big leagues to replace Craig Breslow on the active roster after the latter was designated for assignment. Busenitz doesn't seem to be in line for any high-leverage innings, although he does have a nice 39:10 K:BB in 35.1 innings with the Red Wings, which could add some value if he can translate that to the big leagues.
J.D. Martinez ARI RF
Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez: Makes pinch-hitting appearance Sunday1h ago
J.D. Martinez (wrist) came on to pinch hit in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Nationals, drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.
Martinez remained out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive contest due to the bruised left wrist he sustained in his Arizona Diamondbacks debut, but his appearance off the bench Sunday suggests that he'll likely be able to avoid the disabled list and could resume outfield duties as soon as Monday's series opener against the Braves. Fantasy owners will likely want to await confirmation that Martinez is in fact part of the Monday lineup before activating him, but things seem to be trending in the right direction for the 30-year-old slugger.
Zack Burdi CHW RP
White Sox's Zack Burdi: Officially tabbed for Tommy John surgery1h ago
Zack Burdi (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John later this week, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The worst-case scenario will in fact come to fruition, as Burdi will now likely be knocked out of competitive game action until the 2019 campaign. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 4.05 ERA and a 51:17 K:BB in 33.1 innings pitched out of Triple-A Charlotte's bullpen this season, but now he'll focus on rehabbing his injured elbow for the next year and a half.
Andrew Luck IND QB
Colts' Andrew Luck: Starts throwing, but on PUP list1h ago
Andrew Luck (shoulder) has started a throwing program, but will begin training camp on the preseason PUP list. "We're exactly where I thought we'd be at this time," GM Chris Ballard told the Anderson Herald Bulletin.
This may be more good news than bad news as Luck hadn't thrown all offseason after surgery to repair a slightly torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He can come off the PUP list at any point in the preseason, so the move may be precautionary in case he has a setback and would need to be placed on the regular season PUP list. Ballard said he did expect Luck to be removed from the PUP list before the regular season begins.
Sharrif Floyd MIN DT
Vikings' Sharrif Floyd: Placed on NFI list2h ago
Sharrif Floyd (knee) was placed on the active/non-football injury list, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Floyd is recovering from nerve damage suffered during September knee surgery and missed all of Minnesota's offseason program. It's not clear if he'll be able to participate in training camp and his career looks in jeopardy. However, Floyd has said he expects to play again. We'll likely learn more about his outlook once training camp begins.
Latavius Murray MIN RB
Vikings' Latavius Murray: Placed on preseason PUP list2h ago
Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on on the preseason PUP list at the start of training camp, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He was expected to be ready for the start of training camp, so this isn't a good sign. If he's slow to participate in full practices, he could quickly fall behind Dalvin Cook in the competition for touches at running back. However, the move to place Murray on the PUP list could be temporary and he could be removed early in training camp.
Devonta Freeman ATL RB
Falcons' Devonta Freeman: New deal on horizon3h ago
According to general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the Atlanta Falcons hope to reach agreement with Devonta Freeman on a new contract by this Thursday, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.
Freeman is currently set to earn $1.79 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. However, following back-to-back campaigns with at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, the former fourth-rounder clearly deserves a raise. Falcons management recognizes that it's time to reward Freeman, and in order to avoid a distraction during training camp, they intend to seal a new deal in short order. Although determining Freeman's value is complicated by fellow tailback Le'Veon Bell's unsuccessful recent pursuit of a long-term contract, the Falcons have consistently maintained confidence in getting a deal done with Freeman, which bodes well for both him and his prospective fantasy owners.
Jordan Matthews PHI WR
Eagles' Jordan Matthews: Limited to start camp3h ago
According to coach Doug Pederson, Jordan Matthews (knee) will be limited to start training camp, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Matthews missed the final three weeks of Philly's offseason program while dealing with tendinitis in his left knee. As the Philadelphia Eagles open training camp this week, Matthews is apparently still dealing with some discomfort, which will restrict his activity level early on. Compared to new wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, though, Matthews at least has a year of experience with quarterback Carson Wentz, making his occasional absences a bit easier to swallow.
David Bruton WAS SS
David Bruton: Announces retirement4h ago
David Bruton announced Monday that he has retired from professional football, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports.
A fourth-round pick of the Broncos in 2009, Bruton spent seven of his eight NFL seasons in Denver, playing a key reserve role in the secondary and serving as a special teams ace during the team's run to the championship in Super Bowl 50. He latched on with the Redskins in 2016, playing in four games before suffering a season-ending concussion. He finishes his career with 190 total tackles, three interceptions and two sacks in 108 games (12 starts).
Marreese Speights LAC F
Magic's Marreese Speights: Signing with Magic3h ago
Marreese Speights signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum Sunday with the Orlando Magic , Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports.
After stints on the West Coast in both Golden State and Los Angeles, Speights has elected to return to his home state of Florida for the 2017-18 season. The 29-year-old, who managed to play in all 82 games last season for the first time in his NBA career, will be entering his 10th season as a veteran presence for an overwhelmingly young Magic team. With Orlando having a lot of money invested at center with Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo, Speights could return to seeing more minutes in his original role in the league as a stretch power forward off the bench.
Damyean Dotson NY G
Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Signs three-year contract with Knicks1d ago
Damyean Dotson will sign a three-year contract with the New York Knicks , Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.
The deal reportedly includes guarantees for the first two years, so it seems highly likely that Dotson will be on the regular-season roster following training camp. Dotson, widely considered a three-and-D prospect, had a standout performance during the Orlando Summer League with averages of 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 5.0 three-pointers per contest. He'll provide emergency depth as another shooter off the bench on the wing, although Dotson could earn a more prominent role in the rotation as the season progresses.
Nicolas Brussino ATL F
Hawks' Nicolas Brussino: Picked up by Hawks2d ago
Nicolas Brussino was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Brussino, who was let go by the Mavericks on July 20, has been picked up by the Hawks. He showed some promise last season in limited minutes, but Dallas seemingly felt he wasn't worth the money he would have been guaranteed had they held onto him. The Hawks, however, are deep in rebuilding mode and jumped on the opportunity to add a wing player to the mix. Brussino averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 boards across 9.6 minutes per game last season. His potential workload for the upcoming season is pretty up in the air, though it seems possible he could garner a similar role for the Hawks.
Jack Cooley CLE SF
Kings' Jack Cooley: Signs two-way deal with Kings2d ago
Jack Cooley has agreed to a two-way contract with the Sacramento Kings , Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.
Cooley, after going undrafted back in 2013, has bounced around the NBA and the D-League since. Last season, however, he played for the German club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He'll look to make a name for himself in the G-League this season.
John Wall WAS G
Wizards' John Wall: Agrees to extension with Wizards3d ago
John Wall agreed to a four-year, $170M extension with the Washington Wizards on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
The Wizards offered Wall an extension at the beginning of free agency, but he was expected to take some time and allow the team to assemble their roster before making a final decision. Ultimately, he opted to to accept the team's max-extension offer, which will kick in following the remaining two years on his deal. The 26-year-old is entering his prime and coming off the best season of his career, in which he recorded career highs in points, assists, and steals. He figures to be primed for another big season.
Pau Gasol SA C
Spurs' Pau Gasol: Agrees to three-year deal with Spurs3d 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.
Austin Watson NSH LW
Predators' Austin Watson: Puts pen to paper3h ago
Austin Watson inked a three-year, $3.3 million deal with Nashville on Monday.
With the two sides separated by $700,000 -- Watson was seeking $1.4 million per season -- they seem to have split the difference. The winger is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he registered career highs in goals (5), assists (12) and shots on goal (90). Given the talent he showed with AHL Milwaukee -- 44 points in 76 games during the 2014-15 campaign -- fantasy owners shouldn't be shocked to see the 26-year-old reach the 25-point mark this season.
Ryan Spooner BOS C
Bruins' Ryan Spooner: Separated by $1.85 million3h ago
Ryan Spooner and the Boston Bruins are off by $1.85 million in regards to a new contract, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Spooner's last deal carried an AAV of $950,000, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he is looking for a significant pay bump heading into the 2017-18 campaign. After tallying 11 goals and 28 helpers in 2016-17, it is hard to argue against paying up for the center -- although the terms of the 25-year-old's deal will likely impact how much Boston has to shell out for fellow restricted free agent David Pastrnak. Considering only two arbitration filings have actually made it to a hearing -- both of which were settled prior to a ruling -- the odds are in favor of the two sides bridging the divide in the coming days.
Brian Dumoulin PIT D
Penguins' Brian Dumoulin: Secures long-term deal3h ago
Brian Dumoulin (hand) signed a six-year, $24.6 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.
Locking Dumoulin in for six years will allow the Pittsburgh Penguins to continue pairing the shutdown defender with the offensively minded Kris Letang (neck). The 25-year-old Dumoulin only registered 15 points last season -- along with a zero plus/minus rating -- but his contributions won't show up on the scoresheet as he is frequently tasked with going up against opposing team's best players. Fantasy owners won't be scrambling to add the Maine native to their lineups -- nor should they be -- but Pittsburgh fans will be happy to have Dumoulin under contract through the 2022-23 campaign.
Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Inks one-year deal4h ago
Connor Hellebuyck agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.25 million contract with Winnipeg on Monday -- avoiding arbitration.
Hellebuyck's new deal is a clear sign that the organization is still unsure if he can take the next step forward in his development. The netminder will likely be on a short leash this season as Winnipeg brought in Steve Mason to serve as the veteran backup. Heading into the 2017-18 campaign, Hellebuyck is the presumptive No. 1, but with a talented group of skaters around him, coach Paul Maurice likely won't hesitate to switch goalies in order to get the Winnipeg Jets into the playoffs.
Dennis Cholowski DET D
Red Wings' Dennis Cholowski: On correct path in development20h ago
Dennis Cholowski has a long way to go before he'll be in the NHL, but he's committed to getting stronger and will be taking cues from offseason acquisition Trevor Daley in training camp, The Detroit News reports.
Detroit's first-round (20th overall) draft pick from 2016, Cholowski is said to have a determined mindset; the young defenseman wants to know what he can do to improve his game, and that's impressed Detroit Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff, who suggested the prospect takes note of Daley and how he "uses his speed and poise with the puck." Cholowski added one goal and 11 assists with St. Cloud State of the NCHC last season and also made a cameo appearance with AHL Grand Rapids. At this point, his destination for the upcoming season is still unknown.
Al Montoya MON G
Canadiens' Al Montoya: Possible increase in workload1d ago
Al Montoya could see an increase in his workload in the 2017-18 season, Steven Nechay of Montreal Canadiens .com reports.
Canadiens goaltending coach Steven Waite has expressed his trust in Montoya, saying, "We're not afraid to put Al in goal against any team in the league." This implies Montreal can use Montoya whenever starting goalie Carey Price needs rest, not just against weaker opponents. Montoya's increase in playing time will be limited however, as he will remain in a backup role to Price.