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Brad Boxberger TB RP
Rays' Brad Boxberger: Still aiming for April return43m ago
Brad Boxberger (back) is scheduled to take a week off throwing before building back up, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It was announced Monday that Boxberger would unlikely be ready prior to Opening Day, as he continues do deal with a strained lat muscle that has plagued him since early-March. The penciled-in set-up man won't be ready for the opener, but still aims to return to the Tampa Bay Rays at some point in April. Until then, the Rays will have to mix and match with the likes of Xavier Cedeno, Erasmo Ramirez and Danny Farquhar in the seventh and eighth innings.
Michael Taylor WAS CF
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Returns to the Nationals1h ago
Michael Taylor (personal) returned to Washington Nationals camp Thursday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.
Taylor has been away from the team since Saturday while attending to a family matter, but now appears to be back in line for a regular spring routine. He had been hot prior to taking leave, going 16-for-36 at the plate with two home runs and six steals in exhibition play. Taylor will look to limit his strikeouts and stay aggressive on the basepaths in 2017, where he's likely headed for a role as the team's fourth outfielder.
Max Moroff PIT 2B
Pirates' Max Moroff: Sent down to minors1h ago
Max Moroff was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Moroff was just 3-for-26 at the dish this spring, but when he did get on base he made the most of it, collecting two stolen bases. The 23-year-old made his Major League debut last year and was hitless in two plate appearances, and is likely destined for the minors for the bulk of 2017.
Elias Diaz PIT C
Pirates' Elias Diaz: Sent to Triple-A1h ago
Elias Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Diaz finds himself behind Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart on the depth chart heading into the 2017 season, so the Pittsburgh Pirates will send him to the minors to see more consistent playing time. The 26-year-old slashed .266/.289/.298 in an injury-plagued 2016, where he was limited to just 25 games at the minor league level.
Jung Ho Kang PIT 3B
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Set to miss Opening Day1h ago
Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington stated Thursday morning that Jung Ho Kang (restricted list) will not be ready for Opening Day, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Kang appears to still be waiting for a work visa to enter the United States, but the at-bats he's missing by not being a part of spring training are starting to pile up. Though he should be OK from a physical standpoint, the Pirates likely want him to see a set number of at-bats before the organization is comfortable tossing him into a Major League game. The recent development is another slight knock on his fantasy value, though the bigger question mark about when he'll actually be back is a more serious detriment to prospective owners heading into draft day.
Jose Berrios MIN SP
Twins' Jose Berrios: Uneven outing in WBC finale1h ago
Jose Berrios gave up three runs over 1.2 innings for Puerto Rico in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic championship game loss.
Berrios was impressive in striking out the side in his first inning of work, but couldn't get a third out in a second inning of work and his runs were later allowed by fellow relievers. Berrios has thrown just 10.2 innings this spring between the WBC and MLB spring training, so he may be too far behind in getting ready for the season to win the fifth starter role. However, the competition may not be decided until the final week with Berrios, Tyler Duffey and Adalberto Mejia the leading candidates for the job.
Derrick Rose NY PG
Knicks' Derrick Rose: Hurts right foot in Wednesday's game26m ago
Derrick Rose suffered a sore right foot in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz, but X-rays came back negative, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports.
Rose was able to return after picking up the injury in the third quarter, finishing the night with 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-3 FT), six assists and one rebound in 32 minutes. While it looks like his injury is only a minor concern, the non-contending New York Knicks could opt to hold him out of the second half of the back-to-back set Thursday against the Trail Blazers. Expect the Knicks to make an official call on Rose's status in the hours leading up to the 10:00 p.m. ET tip time, but if he ends up sitting out, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would likely cover most of the minutes at point guard.
Kyle Korver CLE SG
Cavaliers' Kyle Korver: Plays 19 minutes in return from foot injury36m ago
Kyle Korver (foot) provided nine points (3-9 FG, 3-8 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 19 minutes in a 126-113 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Korver didn't display his usual accuracy from three-point range in his return from a seven-game absence, but he should have a chance to regain a few more minutes in contests once he becomes further removed from the foot injury. Fortunately for Korver, J.R. Smith (three points on 1-of-7 shooting) was fairly unimpressive in his move to the starting five, so it appears the playing time at shooting guard could still be very much up for grabs.
Mike Dunleavy ATL SF
Hawks' Mike Dunleavy: Scores nine points in 15 minutes Wednesday41m ago
Mike Dunleavy (ankle) contributed nine points (3-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal across 15 minutes in a 104-100 loss to the Wizards on Wednesday.
It was Dunleavy's first appearance since Feb. 24, as a case of right ankle synovitis has sidelined him for nearly a month. Dunleavy should be able to provide the Atlanta Hawks with a three-point shooting presence off the bench when called upon, but he could be at risk of losing his rotation spot when Kent Bazemore (knee) returns to action.
Darrell Arthur DEN PF
Nuggets' Darrell Arthur: Plays one minute Wednesday1h ago
Darrell Arthur (knee) played one minute in Wednesday's 126-113 win over the Cavaliers, contributing no points, one rebound and one assist.
Arthur was cleared to play following a four-game absence due to a sore left knee, but coach Michael Malone essentially kept him out of the rotation, as Juan Hernangomez (12 minutes) ended up seeing most of the time that would have normally fallen to him. Once Danilo Gallinari (knee) returns, it will be even more difficult for Arthur to find consistent burn off the bench, so he's not a strong hold in most deeper leagues.
Rodney Hood UTA SG
Jazz's Rodney Hood: Scores just three points in Wednesday's win2h ago
Rodney Hood had three points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 win over the Knicks.
Hood has been wildly inconsistent this season, and his per-game averages in scoring, assists, steals, and minutes have all dipped following a breakout campaign as a sophomore in 2015-16. Given the depth of the Utah Jazz 's roster, Hood isn't being relied on as heavily as he was last year, and coach Quin Snyder will likely continue trusting the veterans that make up his bench unit on nights when Hood is struggling to find a rhythm.
Raul Neto UTA PG
Jazz's Raul Neto: Scores season-high 10 points in Wednesday's win3h ago
Raul Neto recorded 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and one assist in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 win over the Knicks.
After appearing in 81 games during 2015-16, Neto has fallen out of the regular rotation as a sophomore, averaging only 8.1 minutes per night compared to 18.5 minutes per last year. However, Neto was able to post a season high in scoring on Wednesday, and the 10.8 minutes he's averaging in March is actually the most he has seen in any month this season.
Josh Archibald PIT RW
Penguins' Josh Archibald: Called up by Pens39m ago
Josh Archibald was recalled from AHL WIlkes/Barre-Scranton on Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Archibald has been up with the Pens in an earlier stint this season, scoring two goals across three games played. The 24-year-old will once again provide Pittsburgh with forward depth -- a position where injuries have started to rack up since Archibald was sent down on March 16.
Andrew Ladd NYI LW
Islanders' Andrew Ladd: Hits 20 goals with game-winner Wednesday44m ago
Andrew Ladd scored on a third-period power play Wednesday, and the goal held up as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
It's been a tough first year in New York for Ladd, but at least he's now reached 20 goals for the sixth time in his career. Of course, he also has only eight assists and a minus-12 rating, so his fantasy owners haven't exactly been enjoying the ride. Ladd is only 30 years old, but he's got a lot of mileage, so it's far from clear that he'll ever return to his old 50-to-60-point level.
Anders Lee NYI C
Islanders' Anders Lee: Two-point night in win over crosstown rivals1h ago
Anders Lee scored a goal and added a power-play assist Wednesday in a 3-2 win over the Rangers.
The helper came on Andrew Ladd's game-winner in the latter half of the third period. Lee had hit the skids recently -- one point and minus-4 rating with just seven shots over five games coming into Wednesday's action -- but he picked a good time to resume building on the best season of his career, which now features 27 goals and 44 points.
Thomas Greiss NYI G
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Holds off Rangers with 34 saves1h ago
Thomas Greiss stopped 34 of 36 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
He exited the second period down 2-1, but the German netminder stopped all 11 of the Rangers' shots in the third while his teammates awoke on offense. This puts an end to a five-game skid in which he went just 1-3-1 with a 4.02 GAA and .875 save percentage, but with the Isles reportedly considering calling Jaroslav Halak back from the AHL, Greiss will need to string a few more quality outings together to ensure his job remains secure.
Antti Raanta NYR G
Rangers' Antti Raanta: Blows game in third period Wednesday1h ago
Antti Raanta gave up three goals on 28 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Islanders.
He came into the third period with a 2-1 lead over the New York Rangers ' crosstown rivals, but Raanta gave up two goals in that frame while his mates were kept from providing any more support. It's got to sting to lose both ends of a back-to-back set, as the Finn has here, and he's been less than impressive with Henrik Lundqvist out. Fortunately for the Rangers, they just got positive news about their No. 1 netminder: Lundqvist's expected to return as soon as this weekend, when the Rangers again play back-to-backs -- this time on the West Coast.
Nail Yakupov STL RW
Blues' Nail Yakupov: Could be in lineup Thursday4h ago
Nail Yakupov may need to be activated for Thursday's game against the Canucks as the St. Louis Blues are dealing with several injured forwards that are listed out, according to Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues' latest injury is to Paul Stastny who is week to week with a lower-body injury. He joins Jori Lehtera (head) and Dmitrij Jaskin (upper body) on the shelf -- Lehtera missed all of the just-concluded five-game road trip while Jaskin missed most of it. General manager Doug Armstrong said there are no plans for a callup, according to the Post-Dispatch, so that suggests Yakupov will be in the lineup Thursday night against Vancouver or either Lehtera or Jaskin become available before the two teams faceoff.
Jamaal Charles KC RB
Jamaal Charles: Could be option for Packers1h ago
Jamaal Charles (knee) could be an option for the Packers, ESPN.com reports.
With Ty Montgomery still under contract for two more seasons, Green Bay has understandably been connected with powerful early-down runners -- namely LeGarrette Blount and Adrian Peterson. The team might still consider Charles if the price is right, as he could potentially contribute in a committee featuring Montgomery and Christine Michael (or a draft pick). Fellow free agent Tim Hightower would probably be a better fit, offering a middle ground between early-down runner and pass-catching specialist. Charles may merely be the latter at this stage of his career, with injuries to both knees likely robbing him of his once-elite speed and explosiveness. He's expected to take his time finding a new team, perhaps hoping to regain some of that explosiveness before he signs.
Rod Streater SF WR
Rod Streater: Drawing interest from multiple teams1h ago
The Vikings, Colts, Seahawks, Browns and 49ers have all expressed interest in Rod Streater , Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Unsigned through the first two weeks of free agency, Streater should find a home prior to the NFL Draft, though he may have to settle for a one-year contract and a shot to compete for a roster spot. He only caught 18 passes for 191 yards in 16 games with the 49ers last season, handling a minor role in one of the league's worst offensive attacks. His 2013 stat line with Oakland -- 60 catches for 888 yards -- is now a distant memory, with the 29-year-old wideout tallying only 28 receptions over the past three years.
Victor Cruz NYG WR
Victor Cruz: Unlikely to re-sign with G-Men1h ago
Victor Cruz is unlikely to re-sign with the Giants, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
Cruz was released by the Giants in February and visited with the Panthers shortly thereafter, but he doesn't seem to have many suitors around the league. While a return to New York can't entirely be ruled out, he'd probably need to accept a veteran's minimum contract and then compete for a spot at the bottom of the depth chart. The best Cruz can hope for is a modest one-year deal that gives him a shot to compete for a job as a No. 3/4 receiver. It sounds like he'll need to venture outside New York for that to happen.
Seahawks' John Lunsford: Heading to Seattle13h ago
John Lunsford signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday.
Lunsford signed a future contract with the Bucs in January but was let go once Tampa Bay agreed to a deal with veteran Nick Folk in March. Now in Seattle, the Liberty product will compete with Blair Walsh for what will likely be one roster spot.
Latavius Murray MIN RB
Vikings' Latavius Murray: Has ankle surgery for bone spurs15h ago
Latavius Murray 's ankle surgery was related to bone spurs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Less than a week removed from signing with the Minnesota Vikings , Murray went under the knife Wednesday for an issue that became known during a mandated physical. He's expected to be healthy in time for training camp, but his absence from the offseason program could put him behind the eight ball as he attempts to build a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of the offense. Throughout three seasons with the Raiders, he averaged 4.2 YPC and gathered in 91 of 119 targets (76.5 percent). Typically, sure hands would indicate that he's poised for a three-down role, but Jerick McKinnon has experience within the system, while the Vikings are a candidate to select a running back in April's draft, two factors that may place a damper on Murray's expectations.
Ndamukong Suh MIA DT
Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh: Expected to be ready for offseason workouts15h ago
Ndamukong Suh (knee) remains on track to be ready for the Miami Dolphins ' offseason workouts in April, The Oregonian reports.
Suh was unable to attend this year's Pro Bowl after undergoing a cleanup knee procedure in January. Considering the 30-year-old will have had roughly two and a half months to recuperate by the time the Dolphins' offseason program starts up on April 17th, he should have ample time to be back at full strength given the minor nature of his surgery. Thus, his expected availability for the start of offseason workouts is certainly warranted.