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Daniel Mengden OAK SP
Athletics' Daniel Mengden: Thriving with Triple-A Nashville4h ago
Daniel Mengden is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .189 BAA over four starts with Triple-A Nashville.
The 24-year-old right-hander has been particularly effective in his last two starts, allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 13 innings while also compiling 12 strikeouts. Mengden is projected to remain with the Sounds for the moment, although if Jesse Hahn (triceps) and Kendall Graveman (shoulder) both land on the disabled list as expected, he could be in line for a call-up.
Drew Smyly SEA SP
Mariners' Drew Smyly: Increases intensity of throwing program4h ago
Drew Smyly (elbow) increased the intensity of his throwing program Friday by moving out to a distance of about 90 feet, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.
Smyly continues on track for a return to the decimated Seattle Mariners rotation sometime in June. If all goes according to plan, the team could have its original projected 2017 starting five healthy for the first time in just a few weeks, as Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) and James Paxton (forearm) are all projected to return soon as well.
Jose Martinez STL 1B
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Solid effort in first rehab game4h ago
Jose Alberto Martinez (groin), who went 2-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in his first start with High-A Palm Beach on Friday, can spend a maximum of 20 days in the minors on his rehab assignment, Derrick Gold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
At the 20-day juncture, the St. Louis Cardinals must either bring Martinez back to the big-league club, option him to Triple-A Memphis or return him to the disabled list. The 28-year-old is projected to put in some time at first base while with Palm Beach, as the recent trade of Matt Adams to the Braves has opened up the top backup job behind Matt Carpenter.
Stephen Piscotty STL RF
Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty: Leaves team to tend to family matter5h ago
Stephen Piscotty left the team Friday to tend to a family matter, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The outfielder headed to California to tend to the issue, but manager Mike Matheny has stated that the team does not intend to make a corresponding roster move for the time being. Piscotty was already in Denver with the team for the opening game of the weekend series against the Rockies when he received word of the situation. The 26-year-old has been struggling on the team's current road trip with a .143 average and was not projected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game.
Blake Snell TB SP
Rays' Blake Snell: Throws 112 pitches in Friday start5h ago
Snell, Blake fired 112 pitches and racked up nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a start for Triple-A Durham on Friday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The young southpaw also gave up four earned runs on five hits and four walks, experiencing some of the control problems that led to his demotion in the first place. Snell is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 21:6 K:BB over 11.2 innings across two starts with the Bulls. He's likely due for several more appearances in the minors at a minimum, as the Tampa Bay Rays would like to see him put together a stretch of outings during which he locates the ball consistently.
James Paxton SEA SP
Mariners' James Paxton: Expected to return Wednesday5h ago
James Paxton (forearm) threw four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Arkansas on Friday night and is expected to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
Paxton threw 55 pitches and allowed two runs on five hits. His control was sharp, as he didn't walk a batter. Paxton was lights-out in six starts before hitting the disabled list (1.43 ERA, 0.88 WHIP), and he looks like he's in fine form as he nears his return.
Rasul Douglas PHI CB
Eagles' Rasul Douglas: Starting at corner in nickel package8h ago
Rasul Douglas , the Philadelphia Eagles ' third-round selection, was on the field for the team's nickel formation in the first week of OTAs, Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly reports.
Returning starter Jalen Mills and offseason acquisition Patrick Robinson started in the base package, with Mills moving inside in the nickel and Douglas replacing him outside. The rookie apparently acquitted himself well, and if he continues to do so could easily move into the starting lineup should Robinson continue his injury-prone ways or underwhelm as he has up to now. Douglas could also face competition from Ron Brooks (quad) and 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones (Achilles) once they recover from their injuries, however.
Vinny Curry PHI DE
Eagles' Vinny Curry: Starting at end in OTAs9h ago
Vinny Curry got first-team reps at right defensive end this week in practice, Jeff McLane of philly.com reports.
The six-year veteran is also lining up on the inside on passing downs. Given that he has experienced greater success against interior linemen in his career so far, and also recently revealed that he battled a knee injury last season, according to Andrew Kulp of CSN Philly, it seems fair to expect a rebound from the 28-year-old in 2017. While he mostly disappointed with only 2.5 sacks last year after signing a $47 million dollar deal the previous offseason, he did set a career high with 26 tackles. He will have to produce better numbers in order to fend off No. 14 overall pick Derek Barnett and free-agent addition Chris Long, however.
Matt Asiata MIN RB
Lions' Matt Asiata: Signs with Lions10h ago
Matt Asiata agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Asiata, who spent the previous five seasons with the Vikings, will remain in the NFC North as a member of the Lions. The 29-year-old's best season in Minnesota came in 2014, when he tallied 882 total yards to go along with nine touchdowns. With Adrian Peterson sidelined much of 2016, Asiata managed a respectable 402 yards on 121 carries and six touchdowns. He will enter a crowded backfield in Detroit, so it remains to be seen if he will make the final roster. The team is likely looking for a bigger back to pair with the elusiveness of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick to help control the time of possession.
Nelson Agholor PHI WR
Eagles' Nelson Agholor: Embracing new competition14h ago
Nelson Agholor has shown improvement this spring thanks to the added competition at his position, ESPN's Tim McManus reports
Agholor's struggles through his first two NFL seasons have been well documented, as the 2015 first-rounder has managed just 59 receptions for 648 yards and three scores since entering the league. However, with wideouts Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Mack Hollins and others joining the Philadelphia Eagles as a part of an offseason overhaul at the position, Agholor has seemingly entered fight-or-flight mode to maintain a key role within the team's offense. While the USC product has received praise from coach Doug Pederson for sharpening his focus, Agholor will have to carry his improvement over to training camp to fend off the increased competition he suddenly faces.
Ryan Tannehill MIA QB
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill: Back to 100 percent18h 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 Posluszny18h 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.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery12h 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 finale19h 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 loss19h 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 loss20h 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 520h 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 loss21h 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.
Chris Tanev VAN D
Canucks' Chris Tanev: High asking price, likely to stay in Vancouver6h ago
Chris Tanev will not be traded by the Vancouver Canucks despite rumors of the contrary, theScore reports.
Canucks GM Jim Benning originally told The Province that he'll listen to offers for Tanev, but apparently it would take a lot to get him. "Unless it would make sense for our future, I'm not trading Chris," Benning said. "He means so much to our team." Tanev is held in high regard by the big boss -- he's a smart player and adept at moving the puck -- but he generally lacks offensive upside and that figures to keep his ownership low in most fantasy leagues. Since entering the league in 2010-11, he's failed to post more than 20 points in a single campaign.
Dmitry Orlov WAS D
Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Reportedly flirting with return to KHL6h ago
Dmitry Orlov is said to be discussing a possible contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports, citing Igor Eronko of Russia's Sport-Express.
It was a breakout campaign for Orlov in 2016-17, as he manufactured a career-high 33 points to complement a shiny rating at plus-30. While the rearguard saw his playing time jump by three and a half minutes compared to the prior campaign, the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk shortly ahead of the trade deadline and that created volatility with Orlov's minutes when coach Barry Trotz tinkered with his pairings. If you hold keeper shares in the 25-year-old, wait for more substantiated reports before worrying about the rumored departure to the KHL, though it's worth noting that his hockey career began in that league back in 2007-08, when he was with Novokuznetsk Metallurg.
Toby Enstrom WPG D
Jets' Toby Enstrom: May be asked to drop no-trade clause7h ago
The Winnipeg Jets could ask Toby Enstrom (knee) to waive his no-move clause, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Unless the defenseman ditches the no-move designation, Winnipeg will be on the hook for the $5.75 million that remains in the final year of his contract next season. While there's no question that Enstrom is a talented player, his fantasy appeal has dropped precipitously. He notched 30-plus points in his first five seasons, but has lost a step over the years and this campaign was particularly rough on the veteran since he sustained a brutal concussion in March and then underwent season-ending knee surgery with 15 games left. We're still waiting to learn more about how his recovery from knee surgery is going, though you're bound to find him on the clearance rack as damaged goods until then.
Sidney Crosby PIT C
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Collects assist in Game 7 thriller15h 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 postseason17h 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 Senators17h 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.