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Thon Maker MIL PF
Bucks' Thon Maker: Will remain starting center1h ago
Coach Jason Kidd indicated Wednesday that Thon Maker will continue starting at center following the All Star break, Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Maker slid into the starting lineup at center after Jabari Parker went down for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The Milwaukee Bucks ' direction is somewhat uncertain going forward this season, as the Parker injury hinders their hopes to advance in the playoffs. While they are still likely to be competitive, they figure to favor the players they see as future contributors to the team. Thus, Maker should continue seeing a relatively healthy workload going forward. In his four starts before the break he averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 triples across 17.3 minutes per game. Do not be surprised to see his minutes get even more of a boost going forward, so he could be a sneaky source for triples from the center position in deeper leagues.
Dwyane Wade CHI SG
Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Cleared to play Friday vs. Suns1h ago
Dwyane Wade says his wrist "feels a lot better" and he's been cleared to play in Friday's game against the Suns, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wade indicated that the wrist will still likely be taped up, so he may be dealing with some lingering soreness. That said, it's not expected to be issue moving forward and fantasy owners can expect him to put in a full workload during Friday's tilt with the Suns. With Wade expected to rejoin the starting lineup, Michael Carter-Williams is slated to head back to the bench after starting next to Jerian Grant in the backcourt, while guys like Paul Zipser and Doug McDermott could see a slight decrease in playing time as well.
Rodney Hood UTA SG
Jazz's Rodney Hood: Hopes to play Friday2h ago
Rodney Hood (knee) is hopeful to play in Friday's matchup against the Bucks, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Hood missed the last seven games before the All Star break, and played in just three of the last 15 due to a bone contusion and LCL sprain in his right knee. Joe Ingles filled in for him at shooting guard, so he figures to see a reduced workload if Hood is able to return. It is unclear if the Utah Jazz will keep Hood on any type of minute restriction if he does indeed return Friday, but it would likely be short lived if that is the case. A final determination on his status is not likely to be announced until closer to game-time Friday.
Marcus Thornton WAS SG
Marcus Thornton: Waived by Nets2h ago
Marcus Thornton will be waived by the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Thornton, along with Andrew Nicholson and a first-round pick were shipped to Brooklyn earlier Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough. However, the Nets are happy with where their shooting guard situation is at and will look elsewhere to fill the final spot on the roster. That sends Thornton back to the free agent pool, where he'll look to latch on with a contender or a provide a younger, more inexperienced roster with some veteran help from the eighth-year pro.
Tyreke Evans NO PG
Kings' Tyreke Evans: Will remain on minute restriction with Kings2h ago
Tyreke Evans playing time will remain restricted at around 27 per game for the time being, Sean Cunningham of KXTV Sacramento reports.
Evans indicated he is unsure if his minutes will remain restricted for the rest of the season. The newly acquired shooting guard won Rookie of the Year honors in 2009-10 with the Sacramento Kings , and is now back with the team in a muddled perimeter situation. He had knee surgery on his right knee last February, and did not make his season debut until this past December. While it is unclear how the Kings plan on handling their new rotation, it appears to be a safe bet that Evans will continue on a similar workload he was seeing in New Orleans. He will presumably either start at the two or three position or serve as the Kings' sixth man as he continues his road back to full health.
Jarell Martin MEM PF
Grizzlies' Jarell Martin: Sent to D-League2h ago
Jarell Martin was assigned Wednesday to the D-League's Iowa Energy.
Martin has yet to see the floor in February with the Memphis Grizzlies and has clearly fallen out of the team's regular rotation. A stint with the Energy should provide him some added developmental opportunities, but unless injuries occur higher up on the depth chart, Martin won't play in competitive games once recalled to the big club.
Viktor Arvidsson NSH RW
Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Reaches 40-point mark in loss to Flames3h ago
Viktor Arvidsson cracked the 40-point plateau for the first time in his career with an assist during Tuesday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Flames.
Wow, what a breakout season the 23-year-old Swede is having. Arvidsson had just 16 points in 56 games last year, but he's more than doubled that output in practically the same number of games (57) this season. He has surpassed both James Neal and Craig Smith as the Preds' No. 1 left wing, playing on the top line alongside Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg, so Arvidsson deserves fantasy attention in most medium to deep formats. A 60-point season is not out of the question.
Cal Clutterbuck NYI RW
Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck: Could play Thursday4h ago
Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) may be able to lace up the skates Thursday in Montreal, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck had just returned from a lower-body injury that forced him to miss nine of the previous 10 games, so it seems likely that Tuesday's injury was an aggravation of that ailment. The New York Islanders play their next eight games on the road, but they only have two games in the next eight days and could elect to hold Clutterbuck out of the lineup until March 2 in Dallas in order to give him as much time as possible to get 100 percent healthy.
Jonathan Quick LA G
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Could be close to return5h ago
Jonathan Quick (groin) continues to practice and could be nearing a return after the Los Angeles Kings placed Jeff Zatkoff on waivers Wednesday.
While the team has not said anything regarding an accelerated return date for Quick, one has to think that Zatkoff's removal from the active lineup is a sign that Quick could be back sooner rather than later. Mid-March is still the expected return period for the American goalie, but don't be surprised if he's cleared to play earlier than that.
Connor Carrick TOR D
Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Day-to-day with injury5h ago
Connor Carrick (upper body) is listed as day-to-day, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
It's unclear how many games he will miss at this point, but the general sentiment is that a day-to-day tag is a much better sign for Carrick than what many were expecting after he took a nasty hit from Mathieu Perreault during Tuesday's win over the Jets. Look for Alexey Marchenko to see more ice time if Carrick is sidelined for long.
Cory Conacher TB LW
Lightning's Cory Conacher: Called up from minors5h ago
Cory Conacher was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old pivot ascends to the parent club in the wake of news that fellow forward Ryan Callahan will be out indefinitely following a hip procedure. You could try catching Tampa Bay Lightning in a bottle by streaming Conacher as a punt play in daily leagues, but know that he's not going to get much ice time as a bottom-six skater.
Casey Cizikas NYI C
Islanders' Casey Cizikas: Out four weeks with upper-body ailment5h ago
Casey Cizikas will be out for four weeks with his upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Given this extended absence for Cizikas, he'll be lucky to see a dozen games left on the regular-season schedule by the time he's ready to return. As it stands now, the New York Islanders are on the outside looking into the playoffs, and it might be in GM Garth Snow's best interest to find a suitable replacement for Cizikas if he's serious about extending the team's 2016-17 campaign. A physical pivot, Cizikas had consistently been called upon in shorthanded situations -- averaging 2:12 of ice time in that spot -- so his loss is a detriment to an already weak penalty kill that ranks 23rd in the league with a 79.8-percent success rate.
Evan Longoria TB 3B
Rays' Evan Longoria: Back at workouts Wednesday38m ago
Evan Longoria (illness) was feeling better and returned to workouts Wednesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran third baseman had been dealing with a high fever recently, forcing him to miss the past two days of camp. Although he didn't miss much, he missed some conditioning and him and manager Kevin Cash will have to figure out when he's physically ready to make his Grapefruit League debut.
Heath Hembree BOS RP
Red Sox's Heath Hembree: In position to make Opening Day roster38m ago
Heath Hembree has a good shot of making Boston's roster for Opening Day due to being out of minor league options, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The Boston Red Sox will have to keep Hembree on the roster all season or risk losing him if he's designated for assignment. The right-hander, who has a career 2.95 ERA over the last two seasons in a variety of roles for Boston, will almost surely be claimed if he pops up on waivers. Right-handed batters have hit .218 with a measly .634 OPS against Hembree since he broke into the majors with San Francisco in 2013. However, with the back end of the bullpen all set, the 28-year-old is looking at a multi-inning, middle-relief role. In that event, he'll need to be better against left-handers, who had an .890 OPS against him last season, up from .862 the previous season.
Chad Bettis COL SP
Rockies' Chad Bettis: Throws healthy bullpen session1h ago
Chad Bettis , who has been declared cancer-free, threw a healthy bullpen session Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
This also came with the news that he was given a healthy prognosis after blood tests and a tumor marker assured doctors that he remains free of cancer. After he was cleared, he slid back into a near-regular offseason throwing program and should be ready for the start of the season. He'll still require blood work every three-to-six months to assure that the cancer hasn't resurfaces, but he'll likely assume his role in the Colorado Rockies ' rotation after leading the team with 14 wins last season.
Kyle Zimmer KC SP
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Throws bullpen session pain-free2h ago
Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session of spring on Tuesday, noting he felt no pain afterwards, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
This is obviously good news for the 25-year-old, who at this point last season was already starting to feel pain and taper off. The Kansas City Royals are continuing to bring him along slowly, after he failed to pitch more than 65 innings in each of the last three seasons due to injuries. The next step is his first Cactus League start, which is set for Sunday.
Kenta Maeda LAD SP
Dodgers' Kenta Maeda: Adds 10 pounds and cutter2h ago
Kenta Maeda has added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame in an effort to reach his goal of 200 innings pitched this season.
Maeda had a strong major league debut last season but faded down the stretch, posting a 4.25 ERA in the second half compared to a 2.95 ERA in the first. The added muscle could help prolong his effectiveness and give a better representation of the pitcher he could be over the course of a whole season. Maeda is also working on adding a cutter to his repertoire in an effort to deal with left-handed batters better, who he allowed over 30 more batting average points against last season compared to righties. Even with last year's second-half slump he still turned in usable fantasy numbers, so these changes made during spring training could result in improved numbers in his sophomore season.
Rookie Davis CIN SP
Reds' Rookie Davis: Starting first spring training game3h ago
Rookie Davis will start Friday's spring training game against the Giants to open the Cactus League season for the Cincinnati Reds .
Davis is loosely in the competition for the Reds' fifth starter job, but he's behind a host of other pitchers, young and old. Triple-A Louisville is his most likely destination to begin the season.
Colts' Jack Mewhort: Knee injury was minor24m ago
Mewhort's (knee) season-ending knee injury from 2016 was revealed to be a chondral defect, Kevin Bowen of the Indianapolis Colts ' official site reports.
Mewhort finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered in December. However, it wasn't clear which part of his knee had been damaged. Thankfully, a chondral defect is not considered an extremely serious knee injury compared to something like an ACL tear, which some initially speculated was Mewhort's issue. It still isn't clear when he'll be ready to return to action, but it doesn't appear as if rehabilitation will occupy his entire offseason.
James Hanna DAL TE
Cowboys' James Hanna: Uncertain timetable for recovery3h ago
James Hanna 's (knee) timeline for a return is unclear, David Helman of the Dallas Cowboys ' official site reports.
Hanna ended the 2016 season on injured reserve after requiring a second surgery in November to repair a knee injury he sustained last summer. He still has roughly two months until offseason workouts begin, but there is no indication he'll be ready to take the field by then. When healthy, Hanna could be in line to compete with Geoff Swaim (pectoral) for the No. 2 tight end role in 2017 with Gavin Escober set to hit free agency.
Texans' Derek Newton: Progressing steadily in recovery4h ago
Newton (knee) is making "steady progress" in his recovery, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Newton has spent his offseason in rehab after tearing the patellar tendons in both of his knees last October. Considering his long road to recovery, any and all progress is significant. However, it still isn't certain if he'll be able to play at any point in 2017.
Eddie Lacy GB RB
Packers' Eddie Lacy: Running in pool4h ago
Eddie Lacy (ankle) has progressed enough in his recovery to run in a pool, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Lacy's 2016 season was brought to a halt due to a left ankle injury, the extent if which was enough to contain him to five appearances, but the Green Bay Packers never revealed the nature of the ailment, other than to say he sustained more than sprain that precipitated surgery. Head coach Mike McCarthy has already mentioned that Lacy's prospects for a return to Green Bay may be contingent upon his health, so a physical could be ordered up as his unrestricted free agency approaches. If retained by the only organization he's ever known, Lacy will team with converted wideout Ty Montgomery to form a potential thunder-and-lightning RB combination.
Derek Carr OAK QB
Raiders' Derek Carr: Growing healthier5h ago
Derek Carr (fibula) is approaching 100 percent health, NFL.com reports. "[He's] Walking around already, stretching it out," his brother, David Carr, said on NFL Total Access on Tuesday. "He can't do a lot for the bone, but he's going to be back. He'll get a whole full offseason in, and that's going to be the best part."
David was backing up the assessment of Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn, who learned from Derek himself that he's "almost 100 percent." Prior to breaking his right fibula in Week 16, the younger Carr had put everything together in his third season, leading the Raiders to a 12-3 record and falling 63 yards short of the first 4,000-yard campaign of his career. As intimated by his brother, Derek is expected to be good to go for the offseason program, which can kick off for the Raiders as early as April 17.
Jay Cutler CHI QB
Bears' Jay Cutler: Will likely be able to pass physical in March5h ago
Jay Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be healthy enough to pass a physical in March, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since undergoing surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, Cutler has been committed to rehabilitation. Along the way, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reported in early January that Cutler was ahead of schedule in his recovery effort, and Rapoport's sources lend credence to the situation. More pressing for Cutler is where he'll be suiting up in 2017. The Chicago Bears have opened trade talks for the 11-year veteran, but the fact that Cutler has no guaranteed money in his current contract could complicate matters if his landing spot is unsatisfactory. By all accounts, though, he's played his last down as a member of the Bears.