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Keon Broxton MIL CF
Brewers' Keon Broxton: Sent down to Triple-A18m ago
Keon Broxton was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Broxton has been a mainstay in the Milwaukee Brewers ' outfield all season, but his inconsistency at the plate certainly hasn't done any favors in protecting his roster spot. The switch-hitter is slashing a mediocre .217/.294/.430 through 92 games and his 124 strikeouts rank third in the majors this season. Worse yet, Broxton has just three hits over his last 50 at-bats. He'll have a chance to work out the faults at Triple-A, meaning Brett Phillips will likely see a bump in playing time as the primary center fielder.
Eric Sogard MIL 2B
Brewers' Eric Sogard: Activated from disabled list19m ago
Eric Sogard (ankle) was activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Keon Broxton was sent packing in order to clear a spot on the active roster. Sogard was one of the bigger surprises of the first half, as he slashed .331/.438/.485 over 136 at-bats, gaining fantasy relevance. Meanwhile, Jonathan Villar has hit just .223/.287/.350 this season and has really struggled in Sogard's absence, so we may see Sogard take back the lion's share of the workload at second base.
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Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Struck by foul ball but 'fine'37m ago
Jose Alberto Martinez was struck near his left temple by a foul ball during Friday's game against the Cubs, MLB.com reports. "He seemed to be OK, smiling," manager Mike Matheny said. "We came up here, and everybody seems to be under the impression that he's fine."
The ball shot quickly into the dugout and Martinez simply didn't have time to react. He was put into concussion protocol and passed his initial tests, but the team will continue to monitor Martinez at least through Saturday. Look for Martinez to slot back into the fourth outfielder role once cleared, with Stephen Piscotty (groin) on the disabled list.
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Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Good to go Saturday1h ago
Yadier Molina (ankle) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Cubs, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.
He was a last-minute scratch from Friday's lineup, but it would seem the discomfort in Molina's ankle has subsided for the most part. The 35-year-old has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and he's already exceeded his home run totals from each of the past three seasons. His playing time isn't in question even with Carson Kelly now on the roster.
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Reds' Robert Stephenson: Recalled ahead of Saturday's start1h ago
Stephenson, Robert was recalled from Triple-A Louisville and will start Saturday against the Marlins.
The Cincinnati Reds made the roster move official, swapping out Ariel Hernandez for Stephenson, who will toe the rubber in place of Scott Feldman (knee). Stephenson has struggled in 21 appearances (eight starts) at the big-league level so far in his career, and he's lost his shine as a former top prospect as a result, but the 24-year-old has been throwing a lot of strikes lately with Louisville (13 walks in 40.1 innings).
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Reds' Ariel Hernandez: Sent down to minors1h ago
Ariel Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Hernandez was called up earlier this month to bolster the Cincinnati bullpen, but was rocked for six earned runs in his last outing, Thursday against Arizona. The meltdown skyrocketed his season ERA to 5.28 over 15.1 innings, earning him the honor of being sent down to clear a roster slot for Saturday's starting pitcher, Robert Stephenson. Look for the right-handed reliever to see more opportunities at the Triple-A level and possibly vie for a late-season call-up.
Jarvis Jones ARI LB
Cardinals' Jarvis Jones: Lands on NFI list16h ago
The Cardinals placed Jarvis Jones (quad) on the non-football injury list Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
After injuring his quadriceps during a test run Friday, Jones will focus on rehab rather than practice for the foreseeable future. Once cleared, he'll resume serving as depth to starting outside linebackers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden (foot).
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Dolphins' Mike Pouncey: Hoping to be cleared next week16h ago
Mike Pouncey (hip) has an appointment next week and expects to be cleared for practice at that time, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Everything is going according to plan for Pouncey, and he hasn't suffered any setbacks during his rehabilitation. He's fully expected to be ready to play once the regular season begins, but his practice time will be limited. The Miami Dolphins ' offensive line has been a question mark the past couple of seasons, and part of the problem has been Pouncey's inability to stay on the field, so the team will play it extremely cautious with his hip with the hopes that rest will allow him to play week in and week out.
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Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: Fully recovered from fractured hand17h ago
Dre Kirkpatrick is healthy after fracturing his hand in May, Jeff Wallner of United Press International reports.
Kirkpatrick's fracture was never considered very serious. He was already back on the field in a limited capacity for June's minicamp and shouldn't have any restrictions when training camp opens July 27.
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Cowboys' David Irving: Misses first day of training camp17h ago
David Irving (suspension) did not show up for the team's first day of training camp Friday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The first day simply involved a conditioning run and a physical, and it's unclear why Irving didn't attend; he could be fined for the absence. The 23-year-old was suspended the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. First-rounder Taco Charlton is expected to see an inflated snap count while Irving is sidelined until early October. Expect an update on his status if his absence continues.
D'Onta Foreman HOU RB
Texans' D'Onta Foreman: Drug tests come back negative18h ago
D'Onta Foreman , who was charged with marijuana possession as part of his arrest last weekend, tested negative for illegal substances Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Foreman was arrested in Austin last Sunday on charges of unlawful gun possession and possession of marijuana, but he volunteered to take a urinalysis test in order to prove his innocence on the latter allegation. While the results came back negative, Foreman probably isn't in the clear just yet. However, both the league office and the Houston Texans will likely wait for the legal process to unfold before issuing any sort of punishment.
Chris Johnson ARI RB
Cardinals' Chris Johnson: Will earn snaps in two-RB sets18h ago
Chris Johnson is expected to earn snaps when the Cardinals use two running backs this season, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. "We'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there," head coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
Johnson re-upped with the Cardinals on Thursday, putting him on course for his third season with the organization. The previous two have been abbreviated due to injuries, with sports hernia surgery containing the running back to four games in 2016. His best bet to gather snaps will occur in the aforementioned two-RB sets, as David Johnson will handle nearly all the snaps afforded the position in Arizona. The situation doesn't make the nine-year vet too appealing, but he at least appears to be the secondary option in case anything happens to his younger teammate.
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Wizards' John Wall: Agrees to extension with Wizards15h ago
John Wall agreed to a four-year, $170M extension with the Washington Wizards on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
The Wizards offered Wall an extension at the beginning of free agency, but he was expected to take some time and allow the team to assemble their roster before making a final decision. Ultimately, he opted to to accept the team's max-extension offer, which will kick in following the remaining two years on his deal. The 26-year-old is entering his prime and coming off the best season of his career, in which he recorded career highs in points, assists, and steals. He figures to be primed for another big season.
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Spurs' Pau Gasol: Agrees to three-year deal with Spurs21h ago
Pau Gasol agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
While the monetary details of the contract haven't been announced at the moment, it seems safe to assume that the three-year deal guarantees more money than the $16.2 million player option that Gasol declined for the upcoming season. While Gasol's best years are certainly behind him, he still posted a solid 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 25.4 minutes per game, making him a fair option in a variety of fantasy formats.
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Spurs' Tony Parker: Progressing in rehab22h ago
Tony Parker (quad) is progressing in his rehabilitation and can now run on his injured left leg, Cody McCrary of MySanAntonio.com reports.
Though Parker, who ruptured his left quad during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, is making strides with his rehab, he told Argentinian reporters that "it's still going to be another four or five months". With that in mind, it's still realistic at this point to hold onto the January return date that he's been targeting since late May.
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Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks: Gets two guaranteed years on deal1d ago
Dillon Brooks signed a three-year deal with two years fully guaranteed Friday with the Memphis Grizzlies , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Brooks was drafted in the mid-second round by the Rockets in this year's draft before being traded to the Grizzlies the same night. Brooks signing a guaranteed contract with Memphis before training camp even begins is surely a sign that the team is happy with what they have seen out of the former Oregon star. With Memphis having solid depth on the wing, however, Brooks will likely find himself on the outside of the team's rotation to start the season.
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Nuggets' Monte Morris: Signs two-way contract with Nuggets1d ago
Monte Morris signed a two-way contract Friday with the Denver Nuggets , Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
Morris was the 51st overall pick in the 2017 draft after a very successful four-year career at Iowa State. The Nuggets are already like already satisfied with their depth at point guard, as they have Jamal Murray, Jameer Nelson Emmanuel Mudiay all capable of playing the position. So, in an effort to keep Morris within the franchise, he'll likely spend most of his rookie season playing in the G League.
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Thunder's Dakari Johnson: Signs two-year guaranteed deal with Thunder2d ago
Dakari Johnson , a 2015 second-round pick, has signed a two-year guaranteed deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Johnson spent last season with the Thunder's G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, averaging an impressive 18.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks across 29.0 minutes per game while hitting 55.6 percent of his looks from the field. In signing him to a two-year guaranteed deal, it seems like the Thunder believe Johnson can be a legitimate contributor at the NBA level. He'll look to compete for reserve center minutes along with Enes Kanter and Nick Collison behind starter Steven Adams.
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Penguins' Brian Dumoulin: Contract demands unreasonable for Pens20m ago
Brian Dumoulin (hand) is seeking a $4.35 million contract extension, which happens to be $2.4 million more than Pittsburgh's current offer, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Dumoulin proved last season that he can handle more than 20 minutes per contest, and evidently his agent is willing to embellish in an attempt to net his client a higher salary -- after all, NHL defensemen are generally paid out at a premium rate. One thing is for sure: it's not worth breaking the bank on the brawny reaguard in fantasy leagues given his shutdown role and scant offensive output of 33 points in 163 career contests. Once Dumoulin formally enters an arbitration hearing, it could take up to 48 hours for a fair salary cap figure to be assessed.
Austin Watson NSH LW
Predators' Austin Watson: Contract demands tough for Preds to stomach43m ago
Austin Watson -- who ended up filling for salary arbitration -- is seeking $1.4 million, whereas the Nashville Predators have proposed an offer of $700,000, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
We suspect an arbitrator will ultimately grant Watson a salary that comes in less than his $1.4 million ask, but higher than the $700,000 the Preds wish to provide. The Michigan native largely avoided the AHL this past season and proceeded to put up five goals, 12 assists and 99 PIM in 77 games for the parent club during the regular season. Watson also held his own during the postseason, as he averaged 13:40 of ice time and skated to a plus-3 rating with nine points over 22 grueling contests.
Jordan Martinook ARI LW
Coyotes' Jordan Martinook: Beats arbitration hearing with two-year re-up1h ago
Jordan Martinook reached a contract settlement with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The winger, who narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing, will earn $3.6 million over the next two years.
The 24-year-old pivot was selected by the 'Yotes in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he fashioned 11 goals and 14 helpers over 77 games, and received 2:14 of ice time in shorthanded situations. Arizona's qualifying offer of one year and $687,500 was a bit of a head scratcher given Martinook's scoring acumen and middle-six role, but there should be no hard feelings since the two sides ended up reaching a settlement on their own.
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Tom Gilbert: Jettisons for Germany15h ago
Tom Gilbert reached a deal with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL on Friday, theScore reports.
Gilbert's racked up the frequent flyer miles over the years, as he's been associated with seven different NHL organizations. His final appearance at hockey's highest level came with the Kings last season, and he made a brief run with AHL Ontario before skipping over to Washington's minor-league affiliate in Hershey. A mobile minute-munching defenseman in his heyday, Gilbert's NHL career included 198 points (45 goals, 178 assists) in 655 games.
Tomas Tatar DET LW
Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Inks long-term deal21h ago
Tomas Tatar (shoulder) signed a four-year contract with Detroit on Friday worth an average annual value of $5.3 million, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.
With the clock ticking on the arbitrator's decision, Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings were able to reach an agreement that worked for both sides. The 26-year-old has led the team in scoring over the past three seasons, having reached the 45-point threshold each time. The one knock on the winger is his relative lack of special teams production. Despite logging 2:22 of ice time per game with the man advantage last season, the Czech tallied a mere eight points in that situation, plus, he's not utilized on the penalty kill. Tatar underwent offseason shoulder surgery following the 2016-17 campaign, but he's expected to be 100 percent in time for training camp.
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Blackhawks' Tommy Wingels: Suffers left foot fracture22h ago
Tommy Wingels suffered a left foot fracture during offseason training Friday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Wingels is expected to make a full recovery in 6-to-8 weeks, so he should be a full participant in September's training camp. The 29-year-old winger, who notched 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games last season, won't produce enough offensively in 2017-18 to warrant consideration in most season-long fantasy leagues, but he'll be a key component of the Chicago Blackhawks ' bottom-six forward group and penalty-killing unit.