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    • Manny Pina MIL C
      Brewers' Manny Pina: Day-to-day with elbow contusion
      24m ago

      Manuel Elias Pina was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion and is considered day-to-day.

      The backstop was removed from Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks after taking a fastball off his left elbow in the second inning. While it appears that he avoided a significant injury, it would not be surprising if the Milwaukee Brewers started Jett Bandy behind the plate Friday to give Pina some time to recover before rejoining the lineup.

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    • Lucas Giolito CHW SP
      White Sox's Lucas Giolito: Tosses seven-inning no-no
      1h ago

      Giolito, Lucas (2-5) did not allow a hit and walked three in seven innings Thursday for Triple-A Charlotte.

      This outing relieves a bit of pressure from Giolito who's made just two quality starts out of nine this season. The 6-foot-6 right-hander, who is the team's fourth-ranked prospect according to RotoWire, had been knocked around this season, having entered Thursday with a 6.41 ERA through eight starts. With some cracks beginning to show in the parent club's rotation, Giolito would be considered as a fill-in starter if he were performing better.

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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Removed as precaution Thursday
      1h ago

      Dustin Pedroia was removed for precautionary reasons Thursday after feeling soreness in his left knee, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports.

      The veteran second baseman was pulled in the sixth inning and replaced at the keystone by Josh Rutledge. Fortunately, the move was referred to as precautionary, but there's still some reason for concern given that he dealt with some soreness in that same knee earlier in the season. Pedroia missed four games as a result of that earlier knee issue, but it's unclear whether Thursday's soreness is nearly as severe. His next chance to return to the lineup will come Friday against the Mariners.

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    • John Hicks DET 1B
      Tigers' John Hicks: To join Tigers for doubleheader Friday
      2h ago

      John Hicks will be recalled in advance of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox, John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports.

      James McCann suffered a laceration on his left hand Thursday, so Hicks will come back up to add catching depth for Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. The Detroit Tigers have not announced a DL stint for McCann, so this could be a short stay with the big league club for Hicks. In his earlier stint with the Tigers with season, Hicks collected 11 hits in 26 at-bats while driving in seven runs.

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    • James McCann DET C
      Tigers' James McCann: Exits with hand laceration
      2h ago

      James McCann exited Thursday's game against the Astros with a left hand laceration.

      The 26-year-old was hit on the left hand by a Mike Fiers offering earlier in Thursday's contest and was visibly bleeding as he left the field. The timing of his injury is particularly unfortunate for the Detroit Tigers , who have a doubleheader on tap for Friday followed by a day game Saturday. According to John Wagner of the Toledo Blade, catcher John Hicks will be called up from Triple-A Toledo to add catching depth for at least Friday.

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    • Luis Avilan LAD RP
      Dodgers' Luis Avilan: Heads to disabled list with triceps soreness
      2h ago

      Luis Avilan (triceps) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.

      Adam Liberatore was activated from the DL in a corresponding move Thursday, but Avilan's injury is still a blow to the Dodger bullpen. Avilan had recorded a 3.00 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 15.0 innings prior to landing on the DL with triceps soreness. The Los Angeles Dodgers do not have a timetable for his return at this time, but Liberatore figures to be the team's primary left-handed option out of the pen while Avilan is on the shelf.

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    • Vernon Hargreaves TB CB
      Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Picks off pass for second consecutive OTA session
      24m ago

      Vernon Hargreaves notched an interception for the second consecutive day in Thursday's OTA, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports. "We challenged Vernon to take the ball away more this year and he's done that these first couple of days here," head coach Dirk Koetter said after Thursday's practice.

      Hargreaves arrived in Tampa last season with a reputation for getting his hands on the ball after having recorded 10 interceptions and 27 passes defensed overall in three years at the University of Florida. However, his rookie campaign featured just two forced turnovers and also saw Hargreaves targeted a league-high 113 times for a total of 1,069 yards. After Koetter challenged him earlier this offseason to be more aggressive, the second-year corner seems to be playing with just such a mindset over his first week of offseason practices.

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    • Justin Evans TB SAF
      Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Signs rookie contract Thursday
      34m ago

      Justin Evans signed his rookie contract Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

      The 2017 second-round pick arrives in Tampa with a playmaking reputation, having picked off five passes and defended another 11 over two colleges seasons at Texas A & M. Evans will compete with veterans Chris Conte, Keith Tandy and J.J. Wilcox for playing time and could also carve out a role as a kick or punt returner.

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    • Brisly Estime NYJ DB
      Jets' Brisly Estime: Waived/injured following Achilles tear
      2h ago

      Brisly Estime was waived/injured by the New York Jets on Thursday after he tore his Achilles during OTAs, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

      The rookie out of Syracuse will miss the entire 2017 as a result of his injury, but he could return to the Jets and be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers. Estime was not expected to carve out a role in the Jets' receiving corps as a rookie, but he had a chance to challenge Jalin Marshall for punt return duties.

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    • Breshad Perriman BAL WR
      Ravens' Breshad Perriman: Strong showing in OTAs
      4h ago

      Breshad Perriman has been the Baltimore Ravens ' most impressive receiver during OTAs according to teammate Dennis Pitta, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

      The third-year wideout is lineup up for a vastly increased role in the offense this season following Steve Smtih's retirement and Kamar Aiken's departure in free agency. He figures to start opposite Mike Wallace, and by all accounts, Perriman has been up to the challenge to this point. Only so much can be gleaned from OTA performances, but it's encouraging nonetheless that Perriman is healthy and making plays in practice.

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    • C.J. Mosley BAL ILB
      Ravens' C.J. Mosley: Not participating in OTAs
      6h ago

      C.J. Mosley will not participate in OTAs after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason, Garrett Downing of the Baltimore Ravens ' official site reports.

      The 24-year-old is still going through walk-throughs and workouts with the team but will not be on the field until he is 100 percent healthy. Coach John Harbaugh did not disclose any sort of timetable for the linebacker's return, so look for more updates to come throughout the offseason.

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    • Odell Beckham NYG WR
      Giants' Odell Beckham: Isn't likely to attend OTAs
      7h ago

      In an interview with Kimberly Jones of NFL Network, Odell Beckham noted he will be at mandatory minicamp that begins on June 13.

      Beckham was absent for the New York Giants first two days of OTAs, a trend that appears likely to continue until mandatory minicamp. While some see the wideout's absence as an issue, the 24-year-old has been present at other offseason workouts throughout the first couple months of the offseason and has no intention of missing mandatory practices.

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    • Jae Crowder BOS SF
      Celtics' Jae Crowder: Will play in Game 5 vs. Cavaliers
      5h ago

      Jae Crowder (groin) will participate in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland.

      Crowder injured his groin in Game 4, however the injury didn't appear to be too severe as he was able to play the remainder of the game and contribute 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists across 40 minutes. Although it's possible that he could be slightly hindered by the injury, Crowder is in Boston's starting five and will look to supply similar numbers Thursday night.

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    • Amir Johnson BOS SF
      Celtics' Amir Johnson: Will play in Game 5
      5h ago

      Amir Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers.

      Not all too surprising a decision considering Johnson was available in emergency situations for Game 4. Kelly Olynyk will continue to start at power forward but Johnson could provide a spark off the bench. Given the injury, the 30-year-old probably won't garner much fantasy value, especially with Jaylen Brown also cleared for the contest.

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    • Jaylen Brown BOS SF
      Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Will play in Game 5
      5h ago

      Jaylen Brown (hip) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports.

      Brown suffered a minor hip injury during Game 4's loss but was able to plan through the pain and he'll now suit up for what could be the Boston Celtics final game of the season. The rookie has averaged 18.5 minutes per game in the series but could see a slight dip in action due to the injury. If he does see less action, look for his minutes to be divided among Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Marcus Smart.

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    • Jae Crowder BOS SF
      Celtics' Jae Crowder: Probable for Game 5 vs. Cavaliers
      1d ago

      Jae Crowder is dealing with a groin injury, but is considered probable going into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Thursday, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

      Crowder was noticeably hobbled during Game 4, but was still able to play 40 minutes and record 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. With the Boston Celtics on the brink of elimination, Crowder is fully expected to again play through his injury and as long as the pain isn't too much to handle, look for him to take on his full complement of minutes. Crowder's status should be updated again after Thursday's morning shootaround.

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    • Jaylen Brown BOS SF
      Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Questionable for Game 5
      1d ago

      Jaylen Brown is questionable for Thursday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers.

      Brown likely suffered the injury during Game 4, but was able to play through it. Through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals, he's averaged a modest 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds across 19.3 minutes per game, though his potential absence would be magnified considering the loss of Isaiah Thomas. If he's unable to give it a go, expect the likes of Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Marcus Smart to all possibly see additional run.

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    • Amir Johnson BOS SF
      Celtics' Amir Johnson: Probable for Game 5
      1d ago

      Amir Johnson (shoulder) is considered probable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday against the Cavaliers, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

      Johnson was reportedly available off the bench in an emergency situation for Game 4 on Tuesday, so it's not surprising he's expected to again be available for Game 5. That said, even if he does get cleared as anticipated, it's unclear if he'll take back the starting role from Kelly Olynyk. Johnson averaged just 8.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so even at full strength, he's not a great fantasy option. Look for his status to be updated after Thursday's morning shootaround.

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    • Magnus Hellberg NYR G
      Magnus Hellberg: Will play in China next season
      3h ago

      Magnus Hellberg agreed to terms with Kunlun of the KHL on Thursday, R-Sport reports.

      With Hellberg firmly entrenched as the third goalie in the Rangers' system, he'll head over to the KHL's only Chinese team in an effort to receive more playing time. The 26-year-old appeared in just two games for the Rangers this season, notching a win and posting a 1.52 GAA and .929 save percentage in those contests.

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    • Anton Lander EDM C
      Anton Lander: Headed to KHL
      3h ago

      Anton Lander signed a contract with Ak Bars of the KHL on Thursday, TSN reports.

      After spending much of the 2016-17 season between Edmonton's NHL and AHL teams, Lander has decided to take his talents to Russia where he will likely be able to receive more ice time. Since his 20-point season in 2014-15, the 26-year-old managed just two goals and five assists in 83 total games. He'll focus on his game in Europe and perhaps we'll see him back in North America in due time.

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    • Conor Sheary PIT LW
      Penguins' Conor Sheary: Back in lineup Thursday
      3h ago

      Conor Sheary will play in Game 7 against the Senators on Thursday.

      He's served as a healthy scratch in the last two games. Sheary has totaled only three assists in 15 playoff games after collecting 53 points in 61 regular-season tilts.

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    • Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
      Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Can't go against Sens
      3h ago

      Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will not play Thursday against Ottawa.

      The power forward attempted to come back, taking line rushes Thursday, but the injury won't let him participate in Game 7. Hornqvist's absence will once again be missed as a net-front presence on the power play.

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    • Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
      Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Will not play Thursday
      4h ago

      Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will not play Thursday against Ottawa, despite taking line rushes.

      All signs pointed to Hornqvist playing Game 7 after having a fiery warmups, but he'll watch from the sidelines yet again. It is unclear whether this was a true game-time decision, or simply a bluff by the Pittsburgh Penguins . Nevertheless, he won't be on the ice, and his next chance to return will only be if the Pittsburgh advances to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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    • Justin Schultz PIT D
      Penguins' Justin Schultz: In Game 7 Lineup
      4h ago

      Justin Schultz will play in Game 7 against the Senators on Thursday,

      Schultz, who has missed the last four games, will pair with Ian Cole. He has two goals and eight points in 14 playoff contests and will give the team a boost on the power play.

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