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Gordon Beckham SF 2B
Gordon Beckham: Granted release from Giants1h ago
Gordon Beckham was granted his release from the Giants on Thursday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Beckham initially joined the Giants in a September trade with the Braves last season, and the 30-year-old re-signed with a minor league deal with the club in February. He slashed just .194/.268/.250 through 36 spring at-bats, and the Giants proved to be too deep in the infield to keep him around. Beckham will now look to catch on as infield depth elsewhere.
Desmond Jennings CIN CF
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Scratched from lineup Thursday1h ago
Desmond Jennings was scratched from the Cincinnati Reds ' lineup on Thursday for undisclosed reasons, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Beau Amaral will get the start in Jennings' place. The reason for the late scratch hasn't been disclosed, so he'll be considered day-to-day until the Reds clarify his status.
Albert Pujols LAA DH
Angels' Albert Pujols: Will solely DH this season2h ago
Manager Mike Scioscia said that he has no plans to play Albert Pujols -- who is coming off of foot surgery this past offseason -- at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.
Scioscia added that he felt comfortable with Pujols' defense if he needed to use him there in a pinch during the regular season. Luckily for most fantasy owners, the 37-year-old logged 28 games at first base last season, making him eligible for the position in most standard fantasy formats. For those that need him to make a start in the field to gain eligibility, it may be a while before that day comes. From a fantasy perspective, serving as the team's full-time designated hitter bodes well for the aging superstar's health, and should keep him a viable fantasy option based on his ability to smack home runs and drive in runs while hitting behind Mike Trout this season.
Jefry Marte LAA 1B
Angels' Jefry Marte: Improved odds of making roster2h ago
Jefry Marte 's chances of making the Opening Day roster seem to have improved in light of Luis Valbuena's injury. Valbuena is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
C.J. Cron figures to take on the primary share of the workload at first base in Valbuena's absence, but the door is now open for Marte to make the team as a bench option. Marte can help out at first base, third base and left field, while also providing right-handed pop in pinch-hit situations. The 25-year-old has been hot at the dish this spring, going 15-for-49 (.306 average) with three homers, nine RBI and eight walks to only four strikeouts.
Reds' Nick Hanson: Set for Tommy John2h ago
Hanson is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Hanson was taken with the 79th pick in the 2016 first-year player draft. It's an unfortunate blow for both parties, and the 18-year-old will be out for at least a year as he begins his long road back from the surgery.
C.J. Cron LAA 1B
Angels' C.J. Cron: Injury could open up playing time2h ago
With Luis Valbuena (hamstring) heading for an MRI on Thursday, C.J. Cron 's chances of becoming the Los Angeles Angels ' starter at first base increase, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Both veteran sluggers have been battling for playing time all spring, with neither taking a significant lead at any point. Even though Valbuena's hamstring injury wasn't considered serious at first, the timing of it could lead to Cron winning the job outright. The 27-year-old is slashing .340/.393/.640 in 54 spring training plate appearances after posting career-best numbers in 2016 (.278 with 16 homers and 69 RBI over 116 games). This news bumps his value up, as regular at-bats to start the year could lead to some cheap power numbers.
T.J. Warren PHO SF
Suns' T.J. Warren: Doubtful for Thursday1h ago
T.J. Warren 's (foot) status is trending towards doubtful for Thursday's matchup with the Nets, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports.
Warren was given a questionable designation earlier Thursday, but according to coach Earl Watson, Warren is trending in the wrong direction ahead of tip-off. While there's still a chance he plays, the fact that the Phoenix Suns are heading into a back-to-back certainly doesn't help Warren's chances of taking the court. Another update shouldn't be far off after he's able to test the injury out during pregame warmups. Derrick Jones would likely pick up the start at small forward if Warren can't play.
Cameron Payne CHI PG
Bulls' Cameron Payne: Assigned to D-League1h ago
Cameron Payne was sent back Thursday to the D-League's Windy City Chicago Bulls , K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Despite being recalled on Wednesday from the D-League after rehabbing a sore foot, Payne collected a DNP-CD for that day's tilt against the Pistons, and has now been sent back down to the Windy City Bulls. It's unclear whether he will continue to bounce back and forth between the NBA and the D-League, but the situation could be worth monitoring, as Payne's 15.6 minutes per game since joining the Bulls is fairly significant to their rotation.
P.J. Tucker TOR SF
Raptors' P.J. Tucker: Will start Thursday1h ago
P.J. Tucker will draw the start at power forward for Thursday's tilt against the Heat, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
With Serge Ibaka (suspension) out for Thursday's game, coach Dwane Casey has opted to insert Tucker into the starting five. The 31-year-old has averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.2 steals across 24.6 minutes per game since the All-Star break, but could see closer to a 30-to-35 minute workload in Ibaka's absence -- making him a solid option for DFS.
Wayne Ellington MIA SG
Heat's Wayne Ellington: Will play Thursday vs. Raptors1h ago
Wayne Ellington (personal) has been cleared to play in Thursday's game against the Raptors, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Ellington's availability came into question earlier Thursday, as he was recently away from the team following the birth of his child on Wednesday night. However, Ellington was able to catch a flight in time to be back on the court Thursday and should continue to see an elevated role in the backcourt with Dion Waiters (ankle) remaining sidelined for the foreseeable future. Ellington logged 27 minutes in Tuesday's game against the Suns.
Jeremy Lin BKN PG
Nets' Jeremy Lin: Will play Thursday1h ago
Jeremy Lin (ankle) will be available Thursday against the Suns, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
A sprained right ankle kept Lin out of action Tuesday against Detroit, but he was able to go through morning shootaround and will be available for Thursday's matchup between a pair of bottom-five teams. Expect Lin to get the start at point guard, likely pushing Spencer Dinwiddie back to the bench. Lin is shooting only 42.4 percent from the field in March, but he's converted more than 40 percent of his threes, while averaging 14.5 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Danilo Gallinari DEN SF
Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Questionable Friday vs. Pacers3h ago
Danilo Gallinari (knee) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Gallinari has missed the last four games with a bone bruise in his left knee and it's unclear if he was back for the Denver Nuggets ' most recent practice. We should see his status updated following Friday's morning shootaround, but if he's cleared to play, Wilson Chandler and Will Barton would likely see a few less minutes.
Kari Lehtonen DAL G
Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Starting in net Thursday40m ago
Kari Lehtonen will defend the crease for Thursday night's game in Chicago.
Over his last three starts, Lehtonen is the owner of a .939 save percentage and 1.68 save percentage, both of which are far better than his season averages. However, he'll have to face one of NHL's elite Thursday, as the Blackhawks are currently in the running for the President's Trophy and boast 3.09 goals per game in March.
Jason Spezza DAL C
Stars' Jason Spezza: Won't play Thursday1h ago
Jason Spezza (back spasms) won't play Thursday against Chicago, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
With Spezza not having traveled to Chicago for the game, the veteran forward's next chance to suit up will arrive Friday, with the Dallas Stars back at home to face the Sharks.
Scott Hartnell CLB LW
Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell: Set to return to lineup Thursday1h ago
Scott Hartnell will return to the lineup Thursday against the Capitals, Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Hartnell, who was a healthy scratch Wednesday, is slated to draw back into the lineup, with Oliver Bjorkstrand unavailable Thursday. The veteran forward has been held without a point in his last four games, but overall he's put numbers that make him of interest in deeper fantasy formats. Through 69 contests, he's logged 13 goals, 34 points, 59 PIM and a plus-14 rating.
Mike Fisher NSH C
Predators' Mike Fisher: Status uncertain for Thursday's contest1h ago
Mike Fisher (undisclosed) didn't participate in Nashville's last two practices, which leaves his status for Thursday's game against Calgary up in the air.
The nature of Fisher's ailment remains a mystery, but the veteran forward appears to be in serious danger of sitting out Thursday's matchup with the Flames after missing two consecutive practices. If Fisher is unavailable, Vernon Fiddler will likely draw into the lineup against Calgary.
Ben Bishop LA G
Kings' Ben Bishop: Chasing first win with LA2h ago
Ben Bishop will defend the cage Thursday, squaring off against the Jets at home.
Bishop is winless through his first three starts with the Los Angeles Kings , and he'll now face a Jets team that has been lit aflame with victories over the Islanders, Wild and Flyers, respectively -- netting 11 goals over that span. There are plenty of goalies to choose from on Thursday's mega 12-game slate if Bishop doesn't do it for you in daily settings.
Nathan Beaulieu MON D
Canadiens' Nathan Beaulieu: Out of the mix Thursday2h ago
Nathan Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens ' official site reports.
Replaced Beaulieu in the Habs' lineup Thursday will be Brandon Davidson. To date, Beaulieu has recorded 25 points (including 11 on the power play) through 66 games.
Fabian Moreau: Undergoes surgery to repair torn pectoral1h ago
Moreau (chest) suffered a torn pectoral muscle at his pro day workout Tuesday that required surgery, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports.
What was initially hoped to be a chest strain was later diagnosed to be a far more serious injury for Moreau. He underwent surgery to repair the torn pectoral muscle Wednesday and NFL Network's Mike Garfolo is reporting a 4-to-6 month timetable for the UCLA product. With that, there's a chance Moreau will be ready to participate at some point during training camp. Still, the multi-month recovery time for Moreau could cause his name to slide down draft boards even if he is ultimately ready for game action early in the season.
Ricky Jean Francois WAS DE
Packers' Ricky Jean-Francois: Signs with Packers2h ago
Jean-Francois signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Jean-Francois visited a few teams after being cut by the Redskins last week before signing with the Packers. He had a career high 32 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, in 2016, and he'll likely see significant playing time along the defensive line with Green Bay.
Darryl Tapp NO DE
Saints' Darryl Tapp: Re-signs with Saints3h ago
Darryl Tapp re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reports.
Tapp will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. In 2016, his first year with New Orleans, Tapp played in all 16 games, recording 17 tackles, including 0.5 sacks. He'll likely be a backup player once again in the upcoming campaign.
Cedric Peerman CIN RB
Bengals' Cedric Peerman: Re-signs with Bengals3h ago
Cedric Peerman has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals , the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
After missing the first 10 games of the 2016 season due to a fractured forearm, Peerman logged six carries for 15 yards in six games. Where he did make his mark, however, was on special teams. It's a role he'll reprise in 2017, while also continuing to serve as a depth option in the Bengals' backfield.
Adrian Phillips SD SS
Chargers' Adrian Phillips: Signs tender from Chargers4h ago
Adrian Phillips signed his exclusive rights tender from the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports.
Phillips has worked his way from the Chargers' practice squad in 2014 to fill-in starter last season, culminating with six starts among 14 appearances. The elevated workload translated to 38 tackles (25 solo), three passes defended, and one interception in the latter campaign, but he's destined for a reserve gig in 2017 with No. 1 strong safety Jahleel Addae proving his health down the stretch.
Saints' Terron Armstead: Reworks contract to open cap space4h ago
Armstead (knee/quad) had his $5 million roster bonus converted to a signing bonus in order to free up $4 million in cap space for New Orleans, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Armstead, a former first-round pick, signed a long-term extension with the New Orleans Saints last offseason and was willing to restructure his deal to give the team some extra flexibility this offseason. He ended last season on injured reserve but is now healthy and will slot back in as the team's starting left tackle in 2017.