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Darnell Sweeney LAD 2B
Reds' Darnell Sweeney: Dealt to Reds1h ago
Darnell Sweeney was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in exchange for future considerations, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The utility man hasn't seen any big-league action in the last two years after hitting just .176 across 85 at-bats with Philadelphia in 2015. Sweeney will likely report to Triple-A Louisville, where he'll be looking to improve upon the .227 average, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases he put up in 38 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
Brandon Workman BOS RP
Red Sox's Brandon Workman: Returned to Triple-A2h ago
Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Workman was sent down to make room for David Price (elbow), who will make his season debut Monday against the White Sox. He didn't see any action with the big club since being called up on May 21 and will return to Pawtucket, where he's compiled a 1.98 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13.2 innings this season.
Zach Eflin PHI SP
Phillies' Zach Eflin: Sent down Sunday2h ago
Zach Eflin was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Sunday's loss to the Reds.
Eflin was torched at home by the Reds to the tune of seven earned runs on nine hits -- including four long balls -- over five innings Sunday. Considering the 23-year-old is now 0-3 with a bloated 6.13 ERA and 11 homers allowed in 47 innings (eight starts), the team has decided to send him down to get his game straightened out. Eflin's replacement in the rotation has not yet been announced.
Adam Warren NYY RP
Yankees' Adam Warren: Earns four-out save2h ago
Adam Warren pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to collect his first save of the season during Sunday's win over Oakland.
Dellin Betances threw 24 pitches over 1.2 innings to finish off Oakland on Saturday, but the New York Yankees didn't wind up needing him Sunday. Warren recorded the final out in the top of the eighth, and the Yankees stretched their two-run advantage to four in the bottom half. Warren remained on the hill in the ninth to lock down the four-run victory. He sports a serviceable 2.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 7.9 K/9, but he probably won't pitch in enough late-game situations to provide many chances to earn wins or saves going forward.
Aaron Judge NYY RF
Yankees' Aaron Judge: Hits grand slam against Athletics3h ago
Judge, Aaron went 2-for-4 with a grand slam during Sunday's win over Oakland.
This was just the third round tripper through the past 20 games for Judge, as he's beginning to cool off after his torrid early-season pace. However, he went 22-for-71 (.310 batting average) during that 20-game stretch to continue moving the fantasy needle. There are likely to be more peaks and valleys over the coming months, but Judge's playing time isn't in jeopardy at this point, so he should power his way out of any slumps in short order.
Mike Trout LAA CF
Angels' Mike Trout: Dealing with thumb injury3h ago
Mike Trout sprained his left thumb Sunday against the Marlins and should be considered day-to-day.
X-rays on Trout's thumb came back negative, which is good news, but the results of an MRI will indicate how severe of a sprain he's dealing with. As such, the star center fielder's timetable for returning to action remains unclear until the team releases news from the test. Look for an update on Trout prior to the start of Monday night's series opener against the Braves.
Jay Ajayi MIA RB
Dolphins' Jay Ajayi: To see more carries3h ago
Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 rushing attempts in 2017, James Walker of ESPN.com reports. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said Tuesday. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that."
The Miami Dolphins will hope Ajayi can replicate his Pro Bowl 2016 campaign in which he rushed for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns on 260 attempts in 15 games. The 23-year-old only started 12 games and didn't catch fire until Week 6, but if he's able to start the season off hot, expect the carries to rack up. Based on his yards per carry total from last season (4.9), if Ajayi was given 350 attempts in 2016, he would of ended the season with over 1,700 yards. It will be up to the young back to prove last year was no fluke, but if he can do so he'll be a top commodity in fantasy leagues everywhere.
Chris Thompson WAS RB
Redskins' Chris Thompson: Could see extended reps4h ago
Chris Thompson could be in line for extended reps this season, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "I have a feeling I might get a little more this year," Thompson said. "I just see how the workouts and everything are going, when we're working together as a group."
With a budding battle between Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine for the top running back spot, Thompson will quietly assume the third-down responsibilities for the Washington Redskins in 2017. Playing on a one-year contract, the veteran will have to prove his value this season, which won't be hard to do if he continues to see increased reps on offense. Thompson is clearly the best pass-catcher in the backfield and was productive last scene with his reps, averaging 7.1 yards per reception and 5.2 yards per rush. If either Kelley or Perine struggle, look for Washington to rely on Thompson as a safety blanket.
Dion Lewis NE RB
Patriots' Dion Lewis: Looking good at OTAs5h ago
Dion Lewis (hamstring) looked explosive at OTAs, and he could still carve out a role as a reserve running back and kickoff returner, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
While the offseason additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead might make him expendable, Lewis has a small enough contract that the New England Patriots presumably intend to keep him around. It isn't yet clear how snaps will be divided between the aforementioned trio and James White, but it at least seems Lewis is healthy enough to compete for a part-time role on offense, after injuring his hamstring during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Gillislee is the best bet to fill a power role similar to LeGarrette Blount's from last season, while Lewis, White and Burkhead all are largely valued for their strong work on passing downs.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ TE
Jets' Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Down to 260 pounds5h ago
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (suspension) has lost about 25 pounds from his peak weight of 285 last season, checking in at 260 for OTAs, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
The 2014 second-round selection was released by the Bucs in September after being charged with a DUI, and the New York Jets then claimed him off waivers and used him in a minor role throughout the rest of the season. Seferian-Jenkins caught 10 of 17 targets for 110 yards in seven games with his new team, also missing a few contests due to hamstring and ankle injuries, and thus failing to play double-digit games for a third time in three NFL seasons. While he still needs to serve a two-game suspension for the DUI, it sounds as if Seferian-Jenkins has finally turned his full attention to football, undergoing what his agent referred to as a "mental and physical lifestyle change". He'll still need to prove himself in training camp and the preseason, but the Jets don't have much in the way of other talent at a position they hope to involve in the passing game for the first time since 2014. Seferian-Jenkins has a real shot at the lead role once he returns from suspension in Week 3.
Jared Abbrederis DET WR
Lions' Jared Abbrederis: Competing for No. 3 spot5h ago
Jared Abbrederis will compete for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart this preseason, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
After being released by the Packers due to his injury history, Abbrederis signed a reserve/future contract with the Detroit Lions in January. Having played slot in Green Bay, the third-year wideout seems like a natural fit for the No. 3 spot behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate in Detroit. However, he'll have to fend off competition from TJ Jones, Jace Billingsley and rookie Kenny Golladay.
Danny Amendola NE WR
Patriots' Danny Amendola: Facing competition5h ago
Danny Amendola may be in danger of losing his roster spot this preseason, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Amendola is one of 12 wideouts on the New England Patriots ' current roster, but it's believed only six or seven will make the final 53-man roster in September. There appear to be five "locks" at the position -- Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Matthew Slater -- leaving the other seven wideouts competing for a maximum of two spots. While Amendola, who took a pay cut earlier in the offseason, seems to be the most likely option to remain given his time spent with the club, new additions like Andrew Hawkins, Devin Street and Devin Lucien could give the veteran a run for his money. It's clearly way too early to tell what the final verdict will be considering potential injuries and preseason performances, but for the first time in New England, Amendola's status is in question.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery2d ago
David Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale2d ago
Al Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss2d ago
Marcus Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Boston Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss2d ago
Jae Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 52d ago
Gerald Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss2d ago
Avery Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.
Mike Fisher NSH C
Predators' Mike Fisher: Ready to rock for Game 11h ago
Mike Fisher (undisclosed) has been cleared to play Monday night's Stanley Cup Finals opener against the Penguins, the Tennessean reports.
When speaking to the media about his injury Sunday, the captain heavily implied in his rhetoric that he was ready to go and would not miss Monday's contest. Coach Peter Laviolette backed the sentiment up by saying that all players on the trip would be available. Fisher and teammate Craig Smith (undisclosed) are both in Pittsburgh, so it would be a serious surprise at this point if either or both of them are ruled out due to injury prior to the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Finals game.
Craig Smith NSH C
Predators' Craig Smith: Should play Monday6h ago
Craig Smith (undisclosed) should return in Game 1 against Pittsburgh, Arpon Basu of NHL.com reports.
According to head coach Peter Laviolette said all players will be available for the Stanley Cup Finals, which includes Smith and injured teammate Mike Fischer. Smith only notched 29 points in 78 regular season games, so don't look toward him for much fantasy production.
Jake Guentzel PIT C
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Heading for healthy scratch?6h ago
Jake Guentzel rotated on the fourth line during Sunday's practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
After potting an NHL-leading nine goals through the first 11 games of the playoffs, the rookie's gone ice cold. Guentzel hasn't scored in eight games, chipping in with only three assists. Whether he's hitting a wall or nursing an undisclosed injury, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pens bench Guentzel on Monday, especially with Patric Hornqvist nearing a return.
Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Game-time decision for Game 17h ago
Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will be a game-time decision against Nashville on Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
The winger has been out since Game 2 against Ottawa, and while the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to win the series despite the absence, they could really use his assistance for some additional depth up front. Hornqvist has produced in his 13 postseason games this year, providing seven points (four goals, three assists) and tallying 30 shots on goal.
T.J. Oshie WAS RW
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Close to re-singing with Caps22h ago
T.J. Oshie is close to a deal that will have him return to Washington, J.J. Regan of CSN Mid Atlantic reports.
According to the report, John Shannon of Sportsnet was the first to report that a deal between the Caps and Oshie was "all but done." Oshie is coming off a career year, surpassing the 30-goal threshold for the first time in his career. His 33 goals were tied for the team high with Alex Ovechkin.
Tobias Rieder ARI C
Coyotes' Tobias Rieder: Out 8-12 weeks following ankle surgery1d ago
Tobias Rieder underwent ankle surgery for an injury that he sustained during the IIHF World Championship and has a recovery timeline of 8-to-12 weeks, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.
Rieder only managed to play in three of eight games for Germany in the international tournament, adding a single goal over that span. Even if it takes him the full three months to get back to 100 percent, the forward should be healthy before the start of the regular season. His 2016-17 campaign included 16 goals, 18 assists and a minus-8 rating, which actually represents the best single-season rating of his NHL career that is three years old.