More than a year removed from blowing off his fingers in a fireworks accident, Jason Pierre-Paul said his right hand feels the same as his left hand, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. He plans to ditch the club and wear a specially designed glove this season. "I'm not worried about no club," Pierre-Paul said. "My hand feels great. No complaining, no nothing. I've been training hard. The club is not going to be an issue."
Playing opposite Oliver Vernon, Pierre-Paul is unlikely to be doubled very often, and if he's his old self, he could wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
Darrelle Revis (wrist) is listed as day-to-day according to head coach Todd Bowles, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
After undergoing offseason wrist surgery, Revis subsequently missed the entirety of the New York Jets ' offseason program with the expectation to return in time for training camp. No setbacks in his rehabilitation have been reported, though, so the Jets are likely just being cautious with their veteran cornerback as there is little reason to force extra reps on him with over five weeks to go before the start of the regular season.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that the appeal of Le'Veon Bell 's (knee) four-game suspension will take place in the second week of August, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
In conjunction with Tomlin's remarks, Bell wouldn't elaborate on the reason for allegedly missing drug tests, which precipitated his second ban related to the topic. The distraction aside, Bell expected to be fully recovered from last season's MCL and PCL tears at the start of training camp. The Pittsburgh Steelers ' first practice in the coming days will ultimately relay Bell's current level of health, but DeAngelo Williams is yet again in a prime position to have sustained relevance for the first quarter of the 2016 schedule.
Frostee Rucker (foot) will ease into training camp, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "At this time in his career there's not a need to go early," head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday. "Just take our time with him."
Rucker underwent offseason ankle surgery and proceeded to miss spring drills. His rehab will extend into training camp, with his age (32) likely aiding in the decision to cap the defensive end's reps off the bat.
Robert Nkemdiche is tending to an ankle sprain and is day-to-day, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Earlier this week, Nkemdiche sustained the injury during the Arizona Cardinals ' QB School, forcing him to the sideline for the early sessions of training camp. The 2016 first-round pick doesn't have a clear-cut timetable for a return, but he's expected to bolster the defensive line ranks once he's healthy enough to partake in drills.
Justin Bethel suffered a setback with his foot three weeks ago, meaning his activity level in training camp will be an issue of pain tolerance, Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals ' official site reports.
Bethel's offseason has been dedicated to his recovery from surgery to repair a fracture in his foot. He subsequently missed the entire offseason program, which likely spurred the decision to sign veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins last week. Once Bethel is able to participate in drills, he'll be focusing on locking down the starting corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson (ankle), but currently there's an opening for Jenkins or one of the other depth DBs to make an impact in camp.
Caleb Cotham (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
With Homer Bailey coming back from the 60-day disabled list, the Cincinnati Reds needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster and did so by transferring Cotham. The 28-year-old Cotham is working his way back from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since the end of May. He threw one scoreless inning in his most recent rehab outing on July 16, but the Reds transferring him over to the 60-day disabled list suggests he's still a little bit away from returning to the bigs.
Alex Reyes won't get a spot start with the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
He was in the mix, but ultimately the team decided to go with Jaime Garcia on short rest Saturday against the Marlins. Reyes will be the logical replacement option if anyone in the Cardinals' rotation suffers an injury over the rest of the season. Even if all five Cardinals starters remain healthy, Reyes would likely get the call at some point in August or September to bolster the big league bullpen.
Jaime Garcia will start Saturday's game against the Marlins on three days' rest, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
He threw just 77 pitches in his last start, and said he'll be ready to go Saturday on short rest. This seems like an odd decision, given Garcia's past shoulder injuries, but he maintained that his shoulder feels fine. The St. Louis Cardinals were either going to have to go with a bullpen game or call up top prospect Alex Reyes for a spot start due to Monday's postponement and Tuesday's subsequent doubleheader, and apparently they felt the best move was to give Garcia the ball on short rest.
Kyle Waldrop was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Homer Bailey's activation from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds needed to clear a spot on the active roster. Cincinnati ended up sending Waldrop back down to Louisville to get more regular playing time. Waldrop, who was called up on July 17, only logged four at-bats during his recent stint with the big league club.
Joe Panik is in the lineup Thursday, batting second and starting at second base.
The San Francisco Giants immediately inserted Panik into their lineup after his activation from the disabled list earlier Thursday. Panik slashed just .231/.286/.308 during his four-game rehab stint, so he's still adjusting to facing live pitching. He'll be facing Washington's Tanner Roark, who is hold left-handed batters to a .201 average, on Thursday.
Homer Bailey (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
After a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery, Bailey is ready to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds ' rotation and is now officially back on the active roster. He stretched out to 98 pitches in his last rehab outing, which was enough to convince the Reds that his elbow could hold up to a starter's workload. Bailey is expected to get the start Sunday against the Padres.
David Lee agreed to a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The second year of the contract is a player option. Lee split his 2015-16 campaign between the Celtics and Mavericks, finishing the year with combined averages of 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 16 minutes per game. The 11-year veteran will join the Spurs in hopes of making championship run and he should provide a depth option in the frontcourt behind starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Lee finished this past season on the injured list with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right heel, but it's unclear if the injury is still a factor at this point in time.
Spencer Dinwiddie signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Dinwiddie was traded to the Bulls mid-June, but was then waived by the team at the start of July. However, now that the majority of free agents have found new homes, the Bulls had an open roster spot and will bring Dinwiddie back to serve as depth in the backcourt. The Bulls inked Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade earlier this offseason, while they also have Jerian Grant on the roster, so Dinwiddie is likely just a deep reserve heading into his third NBA season.
Jarell Martin (foot) announced on his personal Twitter account that he is 100 percent healed.
Martin underwent a follow-up procedure back in April to further eliminate soreness in his left foot, which costed him the last few games of the 2015-16 playoffs, as well as Summer League play earlier in July. His training camp availability was never in doubt, however, so this news should come as no surprise. Martin will be without restrictions heading into training camp, but is slated to be a reserve option in the Memphis Grizzlies ' frontcourt this upcoming season, which could limit his minutes. He's coming off a rookie season where he played in just 27 games, posting averages of 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds over 14 minutes per outing.
Paul George (calf) has a "50-50" shot at playing in Friday's exhibition matchup against Venezuela, Nate Taylor of IndyStar.com reports.
George suffered a left calf strain during Tuesday's exhibition versus China, but went on to indicate the injury wasn't anything serious. Despite the fact that it's only a minor issue, George very well could play it safe and sit out Friday, as he's no stranger to injuries during the offseason after suffering a gruesome broken leg during a Team USA scrimmage back in 2014. He'll likely be a game-time decision Friday, but don't be surprised if he's held out in order to return to full health prior to the start of pool play.
Jonathon Simmons averaged 16.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in four Las Vegas Summer League contests.
As a 26-year-old, Simmons is a bit late to the party. During his rookie campaign last season, the Houston product appeared in 55 games for the ageless San Antonio Spurs and averaged 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. If the season started today, Simmons might just make the roster. But, the emergence of Kyle Anderson this summer combined with Manu Ginobili's decision to return for another season could ultimately keep the 6-foot-6 guard off the roster when 2016-17 campaign rolls around.
Bruno Caboclo recorded 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in five Las Vegas Summer League contests.
In his first two seasons with the Toronto Raptors , Caboclo has appeared in just 14 games. Toronto drafted the Brazilian prospect in 2014 with the notion that he would be a long-term project. While many will view his first two seasons as a bust, it's important to remember that Caboclo is still just 20 years old and developing his game. His solid production throughout summer league play serves as a reminder of his talents, but with DeMarre Carroll and Terrence Ross ahead of him in the pecking order, Caboclo will likely only hold value in the deepest of leagues.
Matt Dumba signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Dumba was a solid contributor from the blueline for the Wild in 2015-16, setting career highs in goals (10), assists (11) and shots on goal (152). The 22-year-old defender is expected to man the point on Minnesota's top power-play unit next season, bolstering his fantasy value in all formats. The 2012 first-round pick will be a nice depth option in fantasy leagues in 2016-17.
Marek Hrivik signed a new deal with the New York Rangers on Thursday.
The terms of Hrivik's contract were not immediately disclosed, but considering he has spent the bulk of his career in the AHL, it is unlikely the team gave him a huge contract. In his three season with Hartford, the 24-year-old compiled 37 goals and 64 assists and could certainly be inline for some call ups during the 2016-17 campaign.
Michael Stone (knee) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Arizona worth $4 million Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Stone missed the last seven games of the year with a knee injury, but is expected to back to full strength for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. By settling on a new deal, the Arizona Coyotes avoided arbitration with the 26-year-old, but were unable to lock him up longer term. With six goals and 30 helpers in 2015-16, including 14 points with the man advantage, the blueliner is a player fantasy owners should be considering adding to their lineup.
Connor Murphy signed a six-year deal with Arizona on Thursday.
Murphy reached career highs in goals (6), assists (11) and PIM (48) this past season. While the blueliner did average 1:07 in power-play ice time, his limited production, three points with the man advantage, don't jump off the page. In terms of fantasy, the 23-year-old has yet to show enough to increase his value enough to justify picking him up except in the deepest of leagues.
Ben Bishop (ankle) is expected to be cleared in time for the World Cup on Hockey, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday.
Bishop, who was injured during the Eastern Conference Finals, appears to be on track to participate in the World Cup of Hockey, although it remains unclear who will start for Team USA; Bishop or fellow netminders Jonathan Quick or Cory Schneider. Regardless, fantasy owners and fans alike will be thrilled that the 29-year-old can shake off any post-injury rust prior to the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Calle Jarnkrok completed a six-year deal with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday worth $12 million.
Jarnkrok and the Predators were scheduled for an arbitration hearing, however the two sides reach a settlement. At an annual average value of just $2 million, this is a good signing for the Preds, as they get a 24-year-old coming off his first 30-point season at a relatively discounted rate. The center's fantasy upside is hurt slightly by his lack of ice time with the man advantage, but he does have the upside to earn power-play minutes in the long run.