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Peter Bourjos TB CF
Rays' Peter Bourjos: Shines in Rays debut11m ago
Peter Bourjos went 3-for-5 with three RBI from a run-scoring single and two-run home run in Wednesday's 15-6 Cactus League win over the Orioles.
Just officially acquired from the White Sox on Monday, Bourjos also made a leaping catch in center field in addition to his impressive exploits at the plate, as per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times. The veteran is on a minor-league deal but has a chance to fill the Tampa Bay Rays ' need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.
Francisco Rodriguez DET RP
Tigers' Francisco Rodriguez: Works in minors tuneup11m ago
Francisco Rodriguez threw 0.2 innings and allowed three hits in a minor-league game Thursday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
K-Rod is expected to be ready for Opening Day despite recently being handled cautiously after a hamstring injury. Rodriguez, 35, has age concerns going into this year, and his K/9 suffered a big dip last year, so his early-season performance remains worth monitoring.
Lucas Duda NYM 1B
Mets' Lucas Duda: Scratched with hammy tightness12m ago
Lucas Duda is out of the New York Mets ' lineup Thursday due to a tight hamstring, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Puma also noted that manager Terry Collins fully expects Duda to play the season-opener, so it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about.
Robbie Erlin SD SP
Padres' Robbie Erlin: DL-bound to begin season15m ago
Robbie Erlin (elbow) will open the season on the 60-day DL, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This isn't much of a surprise, as Erlin is still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he underwent last May. The southpaw is expecting to return around the All-Star break, though he likely won't carry significant fantasy value until 2018.
Didi Gregorius NYY SS
Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Will start throwing16m ago
Didi Gregorius (shoulder) expects to start throwing sometime during the week of April 4, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
It'll be Sir Didi's first work with his arm since he injured his right throwing shoulder during the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius could miss all of April but still should produce solid fantasy numbers when healthy. New York may mix and match a bit at shortstop, but Ronald Torreyes looks like the primary option in his absence.
Jonathan Holder NYY RP
Yankees' Jonathan Holder: Wins spot in bullpen18m ago
Jonathan Holder will be on the Opening Day roster, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Holder entered camp with an outside shot of winning a spot in the big-league bullpen, but the 23-year-old impressed with nine strikeouts without a walk while holding the opposition scoreless in eight of his nine Grapefruit League appearances. He came up for a cup of coffee last September in his first stint in the majors and struggled during that stretch, but the righty excelled in 2016 before the call up, as he posted a 1.65 ERA and 14.0 K/9 across three levels of the minors. He shot up the organizational pitching depth chart as a result of his 2016 campaign, but Holder will likely be held to just lower-leverage situations to open the season.
Brandon Ingram LAL SF
Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Ruled out Thursday vs. Timberwolves13m ago
Brandon Ingram (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves, Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Luke Walton indicated earlier in the week that he didn't expect Ingram to play on Thursday, so the writing was already on the wall for his eventual absence. It will mark a third straight absence for Ingram, who continues to work his way back from right patellar tendinitis. Corey Brewer has been announced a starter in his place yet again and should see extended playing time, while David Nwaba and Larry Nance are also candidates to pick up a few extra minutes.
Reggie Bullock DET SF
Pistons' Reggie Bullock: Out Thursday vs. Nets19m ago
Reggie Bullock (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nets, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Bullock has missed the last two contests with a sprained right foot and despite the added time off, the injury is still giving him enough discomfort to remain on the sidelines. With the Detroit Pistons currently playing in the first game of a back-to-back set, they could just be taking a cautious approach with Bullock in order to limit his workload. That said, his status for Friday'st tilt against the Bucks likely won't be updated until he's able to test the injury out during warmups. Look for Stanley Johnson to see a slight uptick in minutes on Thursday.
Reggie Jackson DET PG
Pistons' Reggie Jackson: To remain inactive Thursday2h ago
Reggie Jackson (knee) will remain inactive for Thursday's game against the Nets, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
Jackson continues to deal with tendinitis in his right knee, and while the point guard himself has lobbied to play, coach Stan Van Gundy said the team has decided it's best to keep him sidelined for the time being. Thursday will mark Jackson's third consecutive absence, and Ish Smith will continue to start and play increased minutes in Jackson's stead. Detroit plays in Milwaukee on Friday night, so look for Jackson's status to be updated at shootaround in the morning.
Iman Shumpert CLE SG
Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert: Available to play Thursday2h ago
Iman Shumpert (knee) is available to play in Thursday's game against the Bulls, Sean Highkin of The Athletic Chicago reports.
This doesn't come as a surprise after Shumpert put together a full practice Wednesday. It is possible, however, given that the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday, that the team eases Shumpert back into the rotation and limit his minutes. But even when the shooting guard was healthy and playing heavy minutes, he wasn't productive both off the bench and as a starter to be seen as a reliable fantasy option.
Austin Rivers LAC PG
Clippers' Austin Rivers: Out Thursday with hamstring soreness3h ago
Austin Rivers will not play in Thursday's game against the Suns, and coach Doc Rivers said that he'll probably be out "for a little while," Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
Rivers left Wednesday's game against the Wizards with hamstring soreness after playing just eight minutes in the contest. The point guard will remain with the team on their one-game road trip, but it looks as if Rivers could miss multiple games before the end of the regular season. Raymond Felton will be in line to serve as the primary backup in Rivers' absence, with Jamal Crawford also likely taking on extended ball-handling duties when needed.
Guerschon Yabusele: First D-League game on Friday5h ago
Guerschon Yabusele is expected to make his debut for the Celtic's D-League Maine Red Claws on Friday, ESPN's Chris Forsberg reports.
The French draft stash played well for the Shanghai Sharks and will now test his skills on American soil. There was concern regarding an ankle injury, but he's clearly now ready to go. The 16th pick in the 2016 draft will need to prove himself both in Maine and during summer Las Vegas play to earn a Celtic's roster spot next season.
Logan Couture SJ C
Sharks' Logan Couture: Out Thursday14m ago
Logan Couture (mouth) didn't travel with the San Jose Sharks for Thursday evening's game in Edmonton, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
The fact that Couture isn't travelling with the team suggests he'll likely miss Friday's game in Calgary as well as Sunday's contest in Vancouver, although he's only officially been ruled out of Thursday's tilt at this juncture. A more definite timetable for the 28-year-old forward's return to the lineup should be released once he's able to rejoin his teammates.
Craig Anderson OTT G
Senators' Craig Anderson: Preparing for road clash versus Wild15m ago
Craig Anderson was named the starting road goalie for Thursday's match with the Wild, TSN 1200 reports.
Ottawa's all-time leader in wins with 148, Anderson has allowed more than three goals in a game just once over 16 appearances in 2017. His laser focus between the pipes makes him one of the most dependable netminders in fantasy. He'll be out there against a Minnesota club tripping into the playoffs with a 1-7-2 record over the last 10 contests.
Jonathan Bernier ANA G
Ducks' Jonathan Bernier: Back for more Thursday28m ago
Jonathan Bernier was first off the ice at morning skate Thursday, indicating that he'll draw the road start versus the Jets, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Bernier has been phenomenal this month, crafting 10 wins in 12 outings to complement a skinny 1.65 GAA and similarly impressive .946 save mark over that span. There was some thought that coach Randy Carlyle would turn to the now-healthy John Gibson in this next contest, but he understandably doesn't want to fix what isn't broken in goal. The Anaheim Ducks have six games left and are two points ahead of the Sharks for the Pacific Division lead.
Frederik Andersen TOR G
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Tending twine Thursday29m ago
Frederik Andersen (upper body) will be between the pipes against the Predators on Thursday, David Alter of The Athletic reports.
Andersen returns to action after a brief one-game absence due to an upper-body ailment. The 27-year-old has allowed more than two goals to find the back of the net just once in his last 11 starts, which has allowed the Leafs to slide up into third place in the Atlantic Division. The Predators will certainly challenge the netminder, as they field the eighth-best offense in the league -- 2.95 goals per game -- but Andersen will look for a repeat of his last matchup with them, in which he stopped 32 of 34 shots en route to a win.
Kyle Okposo BUF RW
Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Absent from practice42m ago
Kyle Okposo is still fighting an illness and did not partake in Thursday's practice, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Okposo missed Tuesday's game against Columbus, but the Buffalo Sabres have a four-day break before their next game on Sunday against the Islanders. In the midst of a strong season, Okposo has missed most of March due to an injury to his ribs. The Sabres are out of the playoff race and hoping to finish the season on a strong note. Okposo's status for Sunday should be updated over the next few days.
Toby Enstrom WPG D
Jets' Toby Enstrom: Concussion woes will cut into offseason42m ago
Toby Enstrom (concussion) will be out for 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery Thursday morning, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
The Winnipeg Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention, so Enstrom's timetable is less about when he'll return than it is knowing when he could be fully healed in the offseason. The Swede appears to be on the downside of his career, having pitched in only 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) and a minus-7 rating over 60 games this season.
Andrew Sendejo MIN SS
Vikings' Andrew Sendejo: Recovering from knee surgery24m ago
Andrew Sendejo (knee) is recovering from offseason knee surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp, Mark Smith of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Sendejo's 2016 season came to a premature end after he suffered a knee injury that placed him on injured reserve. The veteran safety still amassed 69 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 14 games last year, and should have another strong campaign alongside Harrison Smith in the back end of the Minnesota Vikings ' secondary this coming season, given that he is able to stay healthy.
Ty Montgomery GB RB
Packers' Ty Montgomery: May get another shot as lead back3h ago
Head coach Mike McCarthy said he thinks Ty Montgomery (ribs) has the ability to serve as a lead back, ESPN.com reports.
Drafted as a wide receiver, Montgomery averaged a robust 5.9 yards on 77 carries while spending much of last season in the backfield, also catching 44 of 56 targets for 348 yards. His effectiveness as a multi-purpose weapon isn't in question, but it's fair to wonder if he can hold up to a true lead-back workload. He was limited by complications from sickle-cell trait for part of last season, and he only took double-digit carries in one regular-season game. Montgomery spent last offseason primarily working with Green Bay's receivers coach, but he'll almost exclusively work with running backs coach Ben Sirmans this offseason. While the Green Bay Packers still plan to add at least one or two players to the backfield to compete with Montgomery and Christine Michael, it's quite possible the converted wide receiver could enter Week 1 as the team's top running back. Such a role wouldn't ensure him of double-digit carries each week, as the Packers likely would use at least one other player to help with the rushing workload in a pass-oriented offense. There's been no suggestion that Montgomery's rib injury from the playoffs will impact his offseason program.
Andre Holmes BUF WR
Bills' Andre Holmes: Could get crack at starting job4h ago
Andre Holmes will be part of an open battle for the starting job across from Sammy Watkins, The Buffalo News reports
Head coach Sean McDermott said he expects his No. 2 wideout to emerge from the players already on the roster, but that assessment could change in a hurry if the Buffalo Bills select a receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming draft. The current group includes Holmes, Philly Brown, Dez Lewis, Jeremy Butler, Walter Powell (ankle) and Kolby Listenbee (pelvis), with only Brown and Butler having recent experience handling major roles in an NFL offense. Holmes did have 693 receiving yards for the Raiders in 2014, but he needed 98 targets to get there in a talent-deficient offense. His role declined drastically after the team added Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, with Holmes catching only 28 passes in 32 games over the past two years. He'll turn 29 before training camp and may have to fight for a roster spot.
Corey Brown BUF WR
Bills' Philly Brown: Preparing for open battle for starting job4h ago
Corey Brown will be part of an open battle for the starting job across from Sammy Watkins, The Buffalo News reports.
Signed away from Carolina this offseason, Brown might actually be the favorite to emerge from a group that also includes Kolby Listenbee (pelvis), Dez Lewis, Walter Powell (ankle), Andre Holmes, Jeremy Butler and Corey Washington. Competition for slotting behind Watkins should truly be open, with at least five or six players likely in the mix for key roles in Buffalo's offense. The team could use a high draft pick on a wide receiver, but head coach Sean McDermott said he believes the team's No. 2 target will emerge from what's already on the roster.
Alfred Morris DAL RB
Cowboys' Alfred Morris: Facing uncertain future in Dallas4h ago
It isn't clear how Alfred Morris fits in with the Dallas Cowboys this coming season, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Morris was a healthy scratch for Weeks 15 and 16 last season, then again in a playoff loss to Green Bay. He didn't have a role after the return of Darren McFadden, who re-signed with the Cowboys this offseason. Dallas did lose Lance Dunbar in free agency, but he got most of his playing time on obvious passing downs, which means his absence shouldn't really impact Morris. It's possible the team will release Morris in favor of a draft pick or another veteran, but even if he does stick around, the former Redskin likely will be looking at a minor role. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract.
J.J. Watt HOU DE
Texans' J.J. Watt: Still on track for Week 14h ago
J.J. Watt (back) remains on track for Week 1 and is expected to participate in OTAs in some capacity, The Houston Chronicle reports.
Rehabbing from his second back surgery in a span of six months, Watt seems to be on schedule or even a little bit ahead. He said at the Super Bowl that he'd already been cleared to resume working out, which should give him plenty of time to reach full strength for training camp. Any degree of participation in the offseason program would be a positive sign.