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Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Activated from DL27m ago
Josh Donaldson was activated from the disabled list Friday and is starting at third base Friday against the Rangers, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
It will be Donaldson's first game action since April 13 and marks the end of a long recovery from a calf strain. With the Toronto Blue Jays beginning a 10-game home stand Friday, the All-Star slugger will have plenty of time to get back into the swing of things while returning to an everyday role. Fellow infielder Troy Tulowitzki will also make his return from the disabled list Friday, indicating a new look Toronto lineup for upcoming games.
Seth Lugo NYM RP
Mets' Seth Lugo: Heads to 60-day DL28m ago
Seth Lugo (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday.
Since Lugo has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the year, this doesn't change his return timetable. This move was simply a procedural one in order to get Tyler Pill to the big leagues. Lugo is expected to return to action after one more rehab start.
Rafael Montero NYM RP
Mets' Rafael Montero: Shipped back to minors37m ago
Rafael Montero was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.
Montero has been nothing short of terrible during his time in the majors, sporting an 8.24 ERA after Thursday's debacle. He'll head back to the minors to work out the kinks, although it's unlikely that he'll find his way back to the majors with Seth Lugo (elbow), Steven Matz (elbow) and Tyler Pill all vying for rotation spots in the near future.
Cameron Maybin LAA LF
Angels' Cameron Maybin: Still out Friday38m ago
Cameron Maybin (knee) is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Marlins.
Maybin was hopeful to return Friday after being pulled from Thursday's game with knee soreness, but it appears he'll get the day to recover. Expect him back in the outfield sometime this weekend, as Ben Revere takes over in left field for the time being.
Albert Pujols LAA DH
Angels' Albert Pujols: Starting at 1B Friday41m ago
Albert Pujols is batting cleanup and starting at first base Friday against the Marlins.
It will mark just the third time this season Pujols has started at first base, but the Los Angeles Angels prefer to keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible. The 37-year-old is hitting .265 with three home runs and 12 RBI this month.
Buck Farmer DET RP
Tigers' Buck Farmer: Start moved to Saturday1h ago
Buck Farmer will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader after Friday's game was postponed by rain.
Farmer, recalled specifically for this spot start, has posted a 4.12 ERA over nine games with Triple-A Toledo this season, so he's likely bound to return to the minors after Saturday. Michael Fulmer will take the mound in the nightcap of the twin bill.
Ryan Tannehill MIA QB
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill: Back to 100 percent4h ago
Ryan Tannehill finished the Miami Dolphins ' first week of organized team activities by stating he's fully healthy again, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel reports. "I'm back in 100 percent," Tannehill said. "I feel totally normal. There are no more checkpoints I have to hit at this point. Everything looks good. Just go play."
Tannehill missed Miami's last four games after suffering ACL and MCL sprains late last season. Given that he avoided more serious damage, the quarterback was fortunately able to avoid surgery. In doing so, his recovery timetable was shortened significantly, as coach Adam Gase revealed in March that Tannehill was already free of restrictions. Although he's expected to sport a knee brace as a precautionary measure, that seems to be the only evidence that remains from Tannehill's injury scare.
Myles Jack JAC OLB
Jaguars' Myles Jack: Switching roles with Posluszny5h ago
Myles Jack and veteran Paul Posluszny are switching positions, with the 2016 second-round selection taking over as a three-down middle linebacker and serving as defensive play caller, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bit of a logjam, with Jack and Posluszny joined by standout weakside 'backer Telvin Smith, who has been a consistent three-down force since entering the league in 2014. As expected, the team will shift Posluszny to the strong side and take him off the field on most passing downs, even though he had 265 tackles in 30 games (8.8 per game) over the past two seasons. The Jags hope Jack will provide a major upgrade in pass coverage, but even if he doesn't quite meet expectations, last year's No. 36 overall draft pick finds himself in a role that's highly conducive to IDP production. It is possible Jack could lose the job if he struggles for a prolonged period, as the 32-year-old Posluszny has served as Jacksonville's every-down middle linebacker and defensive play caller since 2011, with his veteran leadership helping to compensate for declining range.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Participating in full at OTAs5h ago
Rob Gronkowski (back) was an on-field participant at voluntary OTAs this week, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Less than six months removed from the third back surgery of his career, Gronkowski doesn't seem to have any practice limitations, though the story may be different once the New England Patriots are in full pads for contact work. While he may still be held out of some drills as a precaution this summer, it seems the tight end has made a full recovery from the injury that ended his 2016 campaign. His ability to actually stay healthy is as big of a concern as ever, which explains why the Patriots gave him an incentive-laden contract restructure earlier in the week.
Corey Davis TEN WR
Titans' Corey Davis: Says he could play in game if necessary5h ago
Corey Davis (ankle) said he could play a game right now if the Tennessee Titans had one, but he's still on board with the team's decision to ease him into practice, ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky reports.
Davis was limited at rookie minicamp in mid-May and likely will continue as a partial participant throughout OTAs. He seems to have recovered from January surgery, but the Titans have little incentive to rush the No. 5 overall draft pick into action, presumably targeting June minicamp or training camp for his debut as a full practice participant. Davis may have to battle sophomore Tajae Sharpe for a starting job, but Sharpe's draft pedigree (fifth round) and poor rookie-season efficiency (6.3 yards per target) tilt the scale in Davis' favor. It does seem likely targets and touches will be spread around in Tennessee, as the team also selected wideout Taywan Taylor and tight end Jonnu Smith in the third round of the draft, bolstering an offense which already featured Sharpe, Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. He'll have to earn his looks early in the season, but Davis does eventually figure to usurp Matthews and Walker for the right to serve as Marcus Mariota's favorite target.
Michael Thomas NO WR
Saints' Michael Thomas: Bulks up in first full offseason6h ago
Michael Thomas reported for OTAs at 220 pounds, up from last year's playing weight of 210, John DeShazier of the New Orleans Saints ' official site reports.
Players often add significant muscle mass during their first full offseason in an NFL strength program, and it seems the 6-foot-3 Thomas has filled out his frame to what's essentially the ideal size for a wide receiver. Coming off one of the most productive campaigns by a rookie pass catcher in league history, Thomas is locked in as the top option in a prolific aerial attack that downgraded from Brandin Cooks to Ted Ginn on the opposite side. While the team may try to run more often after adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield, Thomas and Willie Snead shouldn't lack for targets in an offense that's attempted 650 or more passes in each of the last seven seasons. Even if the Saints drop that number closer to 600, as they presumably hope to, Thomas should have a high enough target share to ensure that volume isn't a problem.
Demaryius Thomas DEN WR
Broncos' Demaryius Thomas: No longer dealing with hip soreness6h ago
Demaryius Thomas said his hips are both healthy, The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala reports. "This is the best I've ever felt in nearly my whole career," he said Thursday. "That helps. I don't feel pain running routes on this side or that side. It's basically equal now, so there's more joy. I'm having more fun and am not worried about guys covering me on one side or another."
Thomas aggravated a preexisting issue in his left hip in Week 1 last season and spent the rest of the year playing through pain, including some discomfort in the other hip. He still played all 16 games and drew a team-leading 145 targets, but his 90 catches, 1,083 receiving yards and five touchdowns all represented his worst marks since 2011, when Tim Tebow spent most of the season at quarterback. Thomas did hint earlier this offseason that the hip issues could resurface, but he also said he has a plan in place to minimize the chances of that happening. The larger concern is Denver's quarterback situation, though Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch should fare better this upcoming season, as the team upgraded its porous offensive line via free agency and the draft. Thomas has proven he can produce without the benefit of strong quarterback play, having caught 105 passes for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015 while playing with Brock Osweiler and a washed-up Peyton Manning. The entire Denver passing game also figures to benefit from the return of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, whose scheme is more pass-oriented than that of former head coach Gary Kubiak.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale6h 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 loss6h 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 loss6h 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 56h 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 loss8h 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.
Tristan Thompson CLE C
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Complementary presence again in Game 58h ago
Tristan Thompson posted six points (1-3 FG, 4-4 FT) five rebounds, one assist and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the Cavs' Big Three hitting on all cylinders once again, Thompson played a definitively complementary role for the third time in the series' five games. The 26-year-old stepped up offensively during the series when called upon, logging double-digit scoring efforts in Games 1 and 3, including a double-double in the latter. Thompson was very solid on the boards in particular during last season's Finals versus the Warriors, hauling in 10.1 rebounds over the seven games. Therefore, he's likely to play a pivotal part in the rebounding department at a minimum in what should be a tough matchup down low versus Zaza Pachulia during the upcoming series.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Collects assist in Game 7 thriller2h ago
Sidney Crosby set up an even-strength goal against the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals double-overtime win Thursday, increasing his playoff point total to 20; he's accumulated seven goals and 13 assists.
The all-world pivot was held pointless in three games of the grueling series versus Ottawa, but he'll look to expose a Nashville team that's been dampened at the center spot due to the loss of Ryan Johansen, who underwent emergency surgery on his thigh following a Game 4 loss to the Ducks. We know you'll be starting Crosby every chance you get, and the real debate at this point is whether he'll generally justify a higher fantasy draft selection than Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who'll be wrapping his mitts around the Art Ross Trophy at the awards ceremony in June.
Dion Phaneuf OTT D
Senators' Dion Phaneuf: Fizzles in postseason3h ago
Dion Phaneuf was held pointless with a minus-5 rating over the final 11 games of the playoffs.
The veteran blueliner set up two scores against the Rangers in Game 2 of the conference semifinals, only to go ice cold offensively the rest of the way. However, his physical play was on full display throughout the postseason, as he compiled 30 hits and half as many PIM. An alternate captain for the Sens, Phaneuf is under contract through the 2020-21 season, banking a whopping $7 million per season with performance bonuses included.
Conor Sheary PIT LW
Penguins' Conor Sheary: Snags helper against Senators4h ago
Conor Sheary garnered an assist in Thursday's Game 7 victory over Ottawa.
Sheary's lineup reinsertion couldn't have come at a better time for the Pittsburgh Penguins , as his feed to Chris Kunitz gave them an early 1-0 lead in Thursday's double-overtime thriller. The 24-year-old spent the previous two contests watching from the press box in favor of Josh Archibald, but he may have won the job back with the Game 7 performance -- although his status for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals could be tied to the health of Patric Hornqvist (upper body). Sheary logged his highest ice time of the season (21:44) in addition to firing off four shots on goal and dishing out a pair of hits.
Matt Murray PIT G
Penguins' Matt Murray: Stops 27 to take Game 715h ago
Matt Murray made 27 saves on 29 shots as Pittsburgh advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with a double-overtime Game 7 victory over the Senators on Thursday.
Murray ended up serving as a spectator behind Marc-Andre Fleury for more than two full series after suffering a lower-body injury in warmups before Game 1 of the first round, but it looks like he'll be Pittsburgh's starter in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive season. He's yet to allow more than two goals in any of his five appearances en route to a 1.35 GAA and .946 save percentage during the playoffs, so the 22-year-old doesn't seem to have accumulated any rust from his time on the sidelines. Murray will have his work cut out for him against a Predators team that has dropped just four games in its own run to the finals.
Craig Anderson OTT G
Senators' Craig Anderson: Stops 39 in double-overtime elimination15h ago
Craig Anderson made 39 saves in Thursday's 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 loss to the Penguins.
Anderson was once again far busier than counterpart Matt Murray, who faced just 29 shots. While he did a terrific job of shutting down Pittsburgh's top forwards, Anderson surrendered two goals and an assist to the 37-year-old Chris Kunitz, of all people. His 2.34 GAA and .922 save percentage in 19 playoff games came tantalizingly close to earning a Stanley Cup Finals berth, but the 36-year-old veteran will end up a spectator just like everyone who doesn't play for the Penguins or Predators.
Justin Schultz PIT D
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Two points in Game 7 win15h ago
Justin Schultz recorded a power-play goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 victory over the Senators.
Schultz's goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 lead with 8:16 remaining in the third, but they promptly coughed that advantage up when Ryan Dzingel lit the lamp for Ottawa just 2:57 later. The blueliner's impact in his return from a four-game injury-related absence didn't end there, as he earned an assist on Chris Kunitz's double-overtime winner. Schultz has carried over his offensive prowess from a 51-point regular season with three goals and seven assists in 15 appearances this postseason.