Drew Stubbs SF LF
Giants' Drew Stubbs: Out of lineup Sunday35m ago
Drew Stubbs is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Stubbs had started five of his first six games in a San Francisco Giants uniform, but after Stubbs went 2-for-15 with five strikeouts in those contests, manager Bruce Bochy will give Gorkys Hernandez a spin in center field. It's likely that Bochy will simply ride the hot bat between the two center fielders until Denard Span (shoulder) returns from the disabled list.
Wil Myers SD 1B
Padres' Wil Myers: Fills stat sheet Saturday36m ago
Wil Myers led the San Diego Padres ' offense Saturday with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate. He hit his his sixth home run, drove in three, stole his second base and scored twice in a 12-4 win over the Giants.
The slugging first baseman continued his torrid April, smashing a 433-foot homer that capped off an eight-run sixth inning for the Friars. Myers hasn't been able to replicate the 28-steal pace he set in 2016, but he is proving that last year's power surge was no fluke. If the 26-year-old can stay healthy and avoid a second-half slump like he experienced last year, he could be in for a monster season.
Cristhian Adames COL SS
Rockies' Cristhian Adames: Designated for assignment Sunday41m ago
Cristhian Adames was designated for assignment Sunday.
With Ian Desmond returning from injury to make his Colorado Rockies debut Sunday, Adames was the unfortunate party who was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot. The 25-year-old went hitless in 14 plate appearances during April, but is still a definite candidate to be claimed by another team.
Rangers' Pete Kozma: Claimed by Texas43m ago
Pete Kozma was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Yankees had no room for Kozma on the 40-man roster after activating Didi Gregorius from the disabled list earlier in the weekend, but the Rangers determined the veteran utility man could offer the team some quality infield depth while Hanser Alberto (shoulder) and Adrian Beltre (calf) remain sidelined. Kozma isn't expected to see regular at-bats with the Rangers and will just act as insurance at second base, third base and shortstop.
Seth Maness KC RP
Royals' Seth Maness: Reinstated from DL1h ago
Seth Maness (elbow) was activated Saturday from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Maness' start to the season was delayed after he underwent elbow surgery last August, but it looks like he's finally ready to pitch in games again. The Kansas City Royals will likely track his performance at Omaha over several appearances before determining if he would represent an upgrade over some of their current bullpen options in the big leagues. Over 31.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2016, Maness turned in a 3.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Bryan Morris SF RP
Giants' Bryan Morris: Promoted to majors1h ago
Bryan Morris was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Morris signed a minor-league pact with the San Francisco Giants this offseason and was hobbled by a foot fracture early in the season that caused him to miss some time. The 30-year-old has tossed three scoreless innings with Triple-A Sacramento this season and figures to operate in a low-leverage role for the Giants moving forward.
Markieff Morris WAS PF
Wizards' Markieff Morris: Ruled out for remainder of Game 130m ago
Markieff Morris , who injured his ankle during the first half of Sunday's Game 1 against the Celtics, has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the contest.
Morris headed to the locker room prior to halftime after twisting his left ankle as he landed from a jump shot. Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith will see a majority of the minutes in the Washington Wizards ' frontcourt with Morris sidelined, while his availability for Tuesday's Game 2 remains up in the air.
Rudy Gobert UTA C
Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Will play Sunday vs. Clippers1h ago
Rudy Gobert (ankle) will play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers, Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Gobert's availability was originally up in the air after he left Friday's Game 6 during the fourth quarter with a left ankle sprain, but he'll ultimately play through any lingering pain in Sunday's elimination game. He'll draw the start at center per usual, with Derrick Favors and Boris Diaw also seeing minutes in the Utah Jazz 's frontcourt.
Markieff Morris WAS PF
Wizards' Markieff Morris: Injures ankle during Game 11h ago
Markieff Morris injured his ankle during Sunday's Game 1 against the Celtics and is questionable to return.
Morris landed on the foot of Celtics center Al Horford as he came down from a jump shot during the second quarter, but he was able to stay in the game briefly to shoot a free throw. Morris then headed to the locker room to receive attention, while the turned ankle looked to be severe at first glance. Ian Mahinmi is out as well due to a calf injury, so the Washington Wizards ' frontcourt will certainly be thin if Morris can't return.
Will Barton DEN SG
Nuggets' Will Barton: Declines potential contract extension2h ago
Will Barton (foot) will not extend his contract with the Denver Nuggets as he'll become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Barton originally signed a three-year contract worth $10.6 million in 2015, while he's set to play the upcoming 2017-18 season on the third and final year before testing free agency. Barton's goal is to be a starter somewhere, but the Nuggets will likely continue deploying Gary Harris (foot) as their No. 1 shooting guard.
Alec Burks UTA SG
Jazz's Alec Burks: Out for Game 717h ago
Alec Burks (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers.
Burks, who's missed the entirety of the postseason thus far, will be sidelined for the final game of the Utah Jazz 's series against the Clippers. Though he doesn't play a major role on the team, the Jazz are likely hoping that the 24-year-old can recover before their potential second-round series, as he averaged 6.7 points across 15.5 minutes per game during the regular season.
Rudy Gobert UTA C
Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Probable for Game 718h ago
Rudy Gobert , who exited Friday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers during the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, is being considered probable for Sunday's Game 7, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
Gobert's designation as probable is likely just an exercise in caution, as it was reported earlier Saturday morning that he would be good to go for Sunday's Game 7 with no workload restriction after his X-rays came back negative. More word on his availability should come following the team's Sunday morning shootaround, though he should be expected to take part in the contest barring an unforeseen setback.
Craig Smith NSH C
Predators' Craig Smith: Out for Sunday's contest30m ago
Craig Smith (lower body) isn't on the ice for warmups and won't play in Game 3 on Sunday, Robby Stanley of 102.5 The Game reports.
The winger has missed the last three games of the playoffs, and will unfortunately make it four straight. With 29 points in 78 games, he had a decent season, and has one point in his three playoff appearances this year.
Pekka Rinne NSH G
Predators' Pekka Rinne: In goal for Game 333m ago
Pekka Rinne will guard the crease for Sunday's Game 3 against the Blues, Brooks Bratten of the Nashville Predators ' official site reports.
This shouldn't come as a surprise given the veteran's play thus far in the postseason. He has struggled a bit against the Blues, allowing three goals in each of the two contests. Rinne will look to improve on that to uneven the series in Nashville's favor Sunday.
John Gibson ANA G
Ducks' John Gibson: Projected Game 3 starter1h ago
Early signs indicate that John Gibson will tend the twine for Game 3 against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Gibson stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in Game 2, but wound up dropping the contest anyway as the team fell behind 0-2 in the series. He's expected to give it another go Sunday as the club attempts to steal a game on the road.
Jake Allen STL G
Blues' Jake Allen: Will tend twine Sunday2h ago
Jake Allen will be in the crease for Game 3 against Nashville on Sunday.
Allen has been stellar in the playoffs, notching a .941 save percentage and 1.89 GAA in seven games so far. However, he's allowed six goals in the first two games against Nashville, who has scored the second most goals per game in the playoffs, with 3.17 per game.
Nick Ritchie ANA LW
Ducks' Nick Ritchie: Practices ahead of Game 33h ago
Nick Ritchie (illness) was on the ice for Sunday's morning skate prior to the evening's Game 3 against Edmonton, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ritchie was scratched just prior to Game 2 due to the flu, but it appears he's in much better shape ahead of a crucial Game 3 on Sunday. The Anaheim Ducks trail the series 2-0 after the two tilts in Anaheim, meaning they will need to win at least one of the next two contests in Edmonton to have another game at home in the series. Ritchie should provide some reinforcements up front, collecting 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) over 77 games during the regular season and an additional tally in his four playoff games.
Braden Holtby WAS G
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Will start Game 33h ago
Braden Holtby will tend twine in Monday's game in Pittsburgh, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
The Saskatchewan native allowed three goals on just 14 shots last night before being pulled after two periods. After closing out the Leafs series strong, allowing two goals on 63 shots in the final two games, this level of ineptitude to start the second round is a harsh shift.
Anquan Boldin DET WR
Anquan Boldin: Could still re-sign with Lions29m ago
Lions general manger Bob Quinn said the door is still open for Anquan Boldin to re-sign with the team, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "We've had some communication with Anquan," Quinn said. "That was back in I'd say March, so really no update on our end of things. I know they said he's been communicating with a couple other teams, but nothing to update. Door's open."
Rumored to have interest in some of the draft's top wideouts, Detroit ultimately waited on the position until the end of the third round, selecting Northern Illinois product Kenny Golladay at No. 96 overall. The Lions might not mind having Golladay compete with T.J. Jones, Jace Billingsley and others for the No. 3 role, but Boldin's presence would provide some stability for an offense that otherwise appears set across the board. The 36-year-old is expected to wait until June or July to officially sign with a team. Another one of his former squads, the Ravens, has also expressed interest and has a more glaring need for receiving talent. Denver could also be a fit.
Kelvin Benjamin CAR WR
Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Still not in top shape43m ago
Head coach Ron Rivera said he is concerned about Kelvin Benjamin 's weight again, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Benjamin's weight/conditioning was also a concern last offseason as he prepared to return from the torn ACL that wiped out his entire 2015 campaign. While the issue didn't prevent him from stepping back in as Carolina's top wideout, he did handle an unusually small workload for a No. 1 receiver, playing only 72 percent of the team's offensive snaps despite suiting up for all 16 games. Benjamin started the year with a pair of strong outings and finished with a pair of strong outings, but the 12-game stretch in between was a massive disappointment, limiting him to a final stat line of 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 targets (7.9 yards per target). He'll have more time to get in shape this offseason without the added burden of injury rehab, but it does seem the Carolina Panthers are aiming for a spread-the-wealth offensive attack, having used their first two draft picks on pass-catching back Christian McCaffrey (No. 8 overall) and dual-threat receiver Curtis Samuel (No. 40). Although the team recently picked up his fifth-year option, Benjamin still faces a difficult path toward reprising the kind of true No. 1 wideout workload (146 targets) he garnered as a rookie back in 2014.
Doug Martin TB RB
Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Has added RB competition1h ago
Doug Martin (suspension) has additional competition in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ' backfield after the selection of Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) during this year's NFL Draft, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
One can speculate that the Buccaneers didn't select a running back before the fifth round due to Martin's showing in the offseason program to date. Indeed, he impressed general manager Jason Licht on the first day of the offseason program, looking "as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Having said that, Martin will likely have to avoid any stumbles in the coming months in order to solidify his previous standing as the Buccaneers' No. 1 running back. As for the other members of the backfield, McNichols will strive to compete with Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims (pectoral) for that spot during Martin's suspension to start this season, but the rookie's climb will be hampered by rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Assuming Martin continues to hearken back to better days, he's the logical candidate to serve as the team's top RB for the final 13 games of the campaign.
Jeremy McNichols TB RB
Buccaneers' Jeremy McNichols: Recovering from shoulder surgery1h ago
Jeremy McNichols underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder following the combine, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McNichols strangely took a nosedive during this year's NFL Draft, falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 162nd overall pick, but head coach Dirk Koetter revealed the running back's recent health concern during a media session on Saturday evening. Koetter believes McNichols will be healthy by the time training camp rolls around, almost certainly hindering his participation during the rest of the offseason program. Although adept as both a runner and pass catcher, McNichols may be left behind in the competition for top running back during the remaining three games of Doug Martin's suspension to begin the upcoming season. On the other hand, an impressive training camp and preseason slate could help McNichols jump Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims (pectoral) in the RB pecking order.
Ameer Abdullah DET RB
Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Lined up for starting job1h ago
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah will be the team's starting running back, ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein reports.
Abdullah has quietly been one of the offseason's biggest winners, as the Lions haven't made any notable free-agent additions at running back and also didn't use any draft picks on the position. What's more, Abdullah was medically cleared in March to return from the foot injury that cost him the final 14 games of last season -- giving him a full offseason to prepare for his third professional campaign. Theo Riddick (wrist) is locked in on passing downs and Zach Zenner or Dwayne Washington could handle the short-yardage work, but Abdullah seemingly has a clear path to a role as the primary ball carrier. Following the offseason additions of right tackle Ricky Wagner and right guard T.J. Lang, the Lions could have a productive running game for the first time since 2013. The team produced less than four yards per carry and 90 rushing yards per game in each of the past three seasons, deploying a rotating cast of lead backs along the way. Abdullah has the requisite running ability and supporting cast to finally seize the reins, but durability and ball security remain major concerns, buoyed by his lack of ideal size (5-foot-9, 203 pounds) for a lead back.
Ryan Mathews PHI RB
Eagles' Ryan Mathews: Receives clearance to work out2h ago
Ryan Mathews (neck) has been cleared to work out, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.
General manager Howie Roseman said as much following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday. During the event, the Philadelphia Eagles expressed a pseudo vote of confidence in its existing running back corps, bringing in just Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Before he can begin fending off the likes of Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood (knee) in the offseason program, Mathews' primary hurdle remains his recovery from surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Although Mathews is now able to work out, the extent of his activity is unknown upon the completion of Phase 1 of the program this past week.