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Matt Chapman OAK 3B
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Smacks third homer of spring Monday1h ago
Matt Chapman hit a solo home run in three at-bats during Monday's 10-3 Cactus League loss to the Royals.
On what was a disappointing day overall for the A's, Chapman provided a highlight with his third homer of spring. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a solid spring while seeing plenty of reps against big-league pitching. He'll start the 2017 season in Triple-A Nashville, where he has plenty to provide after hitting just .197 over 85 plate appearances in 2016, despite smacking seven round-trippers.
Ian Happ CHC CF
Cubs' Ian Happ: Reassigned to minor league camp1h ago
Ian Happ was reassigned to minor league camp on Monday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Happ certainly has made an impression this spring, posting a .392/.458/.765 line in Cactus League play. The 22-year-old finished 2016 at Double-A, and the organization may want to see him get some exposure at Triple-A in 2017. Happ also played a little outfield this spring, and if he's able to contribute there regularly, he could get to the majors faster.
Daniel Coulombe OAK RP
Athletics' Daniel Coulombe: Solid long-relief outing Monday1h ago
Daniel Coulombe , still fighting for a bullpen spot, fired three innings of scoreless relief in Monday's 10-3 Cactus League loss to the Royals, surrendering just a hit and a walk.
Coulombe has helped his case quite a bit in his last three trips to the mound, during which he's pitched 7.1 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and Monday's walk. He's notched four strikeouts as well over that span and has lowered his ERA from 12.71 to 5.54. The veteran southpaw may have cemented his spot on the 25-man roster with Monday's performance, but could see more duty later this week before a final decision is made.
Amir Garrett CIN SP
Reds' Amir Garrett: Claims Opening Day roster spot1h ago
Amir Garrett will be in the Cincinnati Reds ' starting rotation to open the season, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Garrett was in the middle of a five-man battle for one of the Reds' final three starting rotation spots, and it now looks like he will be the fourth starter, according to Mark Sheldon. The 24-year-old posted a 4.22 ERA across 21.1 innings this spring, earning him a spot in the rotation over the likes of Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson, who will likely head to the bullpen to start the season.
Daniel Norris DET SP
Tigers' Daniel Norris: Arm feels better Tuesday1h ago
Daniel Norris said his arm feels better on Tuesday after experiencing "dead arm" on Monday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Norris was lit up for nine runs on 13 hits over three innings in Monday's spring game, and afterward said his arm felt like it weighed "a million pounds." It's a good sign that Norris feels better a day later, but his health is still worth monitoring early in the year. The young lefty is slated to start the team's third game of the season.
Andrew Triggs OAK RP
Athletics' Andrew Triggs: Hit hard in Monday start1h ago
Andrew Triggs surrendered eight earned runs on eight hits, two walks and a wild pitch over 3.2 innings in Monday's 10-3 Cactus League loss to the Royals. He struck out four but also gave up three home runs.
Triggs was taken deep by Mike Moustakas, Paulo Orlando and Brandon Moss, and per Jane Lee of MLB.com, he struggled with his fastball command and overly focused on his changeup, which led to most of his troubles. The projected No. 4 starter for the time being while Sonny Gray's lat injury moves everyone up a notch in the rotation, the right-hander has one more tuneup start scheduled before his regular season debut on April 6. "I think it was a combination of two things," Triggs said. "We went to the well quite a bit working on the changeup, which is something you do as spring is coming to a close. I wanted to get a better feel for that. And, two, you're naturally going to put yourself into less-than-ideal counts if you're working on what's clearly your fourth pitch, and you need fastball command to balance yourself out, and that was mediocre at best, so it was kind of the perfect storm of those two things."
Nene HOU C
Rockets' Nene Hilario: Expects to be rested Friday1h ago
Hilario is expected to play in the Houston Rockets ' next two games, before being rested for Friday's matchup with the Warriors, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.
With Montrezl Harrell out Tuesday, Hilario should get the majority of the minutes behind Clint Capela at center. However, later this week, with the Rockets heading into a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday, Hilario will then get the night off in that second game to give the veteran some extra rest. Harrell should be back in the lineup at that point in time and would likely see the biggest increase in playing time. There should be confirmation later this week regarding Hilario's status.
Montrezl Harrell HOU PF
Rockets' Montrezl Harrell: Will not play Tuesday vs. Warriors2h ago
Montrezl Harrell will not play in Tuesday's game against the Warriors due to his girlfriend having a baby, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
There has been no word as to whether Harrell will return when the team travels to Portland on Thursday, but the former Louisville standout has found himself out of the rotation for majority of March anyway, so his absence shouldn't have much of an impact on the team's rotation.
Sean Kilpatrick BKN SG
Nets' Sean Kilpatrick: Active and available to play Tuesday2h ago
Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will be active and available to play in Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Anthony Puccio of SBNation reports.
Coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned that he's going to try and get Kilpatrick some minutes, so it doesn't sound like he'll be playing on a full workload and it may be wise to avoid him for the time being considering the potential restrictions. That said, his return should still mean a few less minutes for the likes of Randy Foye, Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Tiago Splitter PHI C
76ers' Tiago Splitter: Available to play Tuesday2h ago
Tiago Splitter (calf) is available to play in Tuesday's game against the Nets, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
After a long recovery process, Splitter will finally make his 2016-17 season debut, as the big man has not played in an NBA game since January of 2016. With Jahlil Okafor (knee) out, Splitter could see some minutes in his return to the floor, but it is likely he will be eased into the rotation as the 32-year-old will look to prove his worth despite his age and currently fragile health in this final stretch of the regular season.
Sergio Rodriguez PHI PG
76ers' Sergio Rodriguez: To be reevaluated next week2h ago
Sergio Rodriguez (hamstring) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nets and is expected to be reevaluated in a week, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Rodriguez recently underwent an MRI to rule out anything more serious and while we have yet to hear the results, the Sixers are going to go ahead and keep him out for the next week before reevaluating him. If that timetable holds true, Rodriguez will miss the next four games, with the potential to return for an Apr. 4 matchup against the Nets. With Rodriguez out, Nik Stauskas is expected to serve as both the backup point guard and shooting guard, so he should be in line for an increase in playing time moving forward.
Devin Booker PHO SG
Suns' Devin Booker: Ruled out Tuesday2h ago
Devin Booker will not play Tuesday due to what the Phoenix Suns are calling an ankle injury, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Whether or not Booker is truly dealing with an injury is up for debate but, regardless, the Suns will hold the high-scoring guard out of action Tuesday as they continue to unabashedly pursue a better lottery standing. With Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight both done for the season and Leandro Barbosa nursing a hamstring injury, Derrick Jones, Jr. and Jarell Eddie should both see tangible increases in minutes, as could T.J. Warren. Booker's next chance to return will come Thursday against the Clippers.
Ben Street DET RW
Red Wings' Ben Street: Making first appearance with Detroit1h ago
Ben Street is in the lineup Tuesday against the Hurricanes, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
The 30-year-old center will play his first game in the NHL this season, and it's well deserved after tearing it up for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins so far. Street has recorded 54 points over 60 games -- the best on the team. He has had difficulty making the jump to finding a spot in the big league, though, but now could be a chance to prove himself with a struggling Detroit team.
Yannick Weber NSH D
Predators' Yannick Weber: Missing another game Tuesday1h ago
Yannick Weber (upper body) is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game in Boston.
This will be Weber's second consecutive absence and he does not have a timeline for return right now. That should be fine by most fantasy players, as Weber hasn't gotten on the scoresheet in 17 straight games.
Zack Smith OTT C
Senators' Zack Smith: Healthy enough to play Tuesday1h ago
Zack Smith (illness) will suit up for Tuesday night's game in Philadelphia.
Smith will power through whatever illness he was dealing with and will maintain his spot in the Ottawa lineup without missing a game. He'll resume his place on the Ottawa Senators ' top line and will look to bust out of his nine-game point-less streak.
Andreas Athanasiou DET C
Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: No-show in warmups1h ago
Andreas Athanasiou (upper body) wasn't spotted in warmups and will not play Tuesday against the Hurricanes, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Athanasiou took a cross check to the back Monday night, and he won't be playing in Carolina. The 22-year-old has two goals and an assist over his past two contests. Ben Street will take his place for the time being. His next possible return will be Thursday in Tampa Bay.
Cody Franson BUF D
Sabres' Cody Franson: Won't play Tuesday1h ago
Cody Franson (undisclosed) is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game in Columbus.
Franson misses his fifth consecutive contest and the team has not established any sort of timetable for his return as of yet. Brady Austin could continue to see extended looks while Franson and Taylor Fedun (undisclosed) remain sidelined.
David Krejci BOS C
Bruins' David Krejci: Back from injury Tuesday1h ago
David Krejci (upper body) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Predators.
It turns out Krejci doesn't have to miss a game after a slight ailment in Monday's practice. The 30-year-old center has hit the 50-point mark for the second straight season, but in the last six games has recorded a cumulative minus-6 rating. His presence on power play, though, continues to make Krejci a fantasy contributor in leagues of medium depth.
Reggie Ragland BUF ILB
Bills' Reggie Ragland: Man in the middle3h ago
New coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that Reggie Ragland (knee) will be his starting middle linebacker, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. "What innately comes at that position is the leadership skills. His character really possesses those leadership skills and can be the antenna of that defense," McDermott said. "In this system, it has been guys like Luke Kuechly, Jeremiah Trotter. Guys that can check the defense, get us out of bad calls. That is an important part of that position. Reggie, from what I've observed and been told, has that DNA."
This is a bit of a surprise, as most would assume Preston Brown and his three seasons of 100-plus tackles would be manning the middle, whereas Ragland missed his entire rookie season due to ACL surgery. In fact, we'll need to dig into this a bit more in the coming weeks, as Brown wasn't even mentioned when McDermott was talking about his starting outside linebackers. Perhaps McDermott misspoke a bit, or he'll have enough looks with his defense that both Ragland and Brown can see the field, so we'll see how it plays out once the team starts practicing again. For now, just know that the new coach has big plans for the second-year player from Alabama.
Patrick Robinson IND CB
Eagles' Patrick Robinson: Signs with Eagles3h ago
Patrick Robinson (groin) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.
After signing defensive end Chris Long earlier in the day, the Eagles continue to add veteran playmakers to their defense as Robinson heads to Philadelphia after spending last season with the Colts. The cornerback was limited throughout last season due to a groin injury but still managed to record 26 tackles, five pass deflections and one forced fumble in seven games (six starts). Robinson should secure a starting role in an otherwise young Eagles secondary as long as he can remain healthy.
Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Progressing in recovery4h ago
According to head coach Mike Zimmer, Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has upgraded to running in a pool and taking part in non-weight bearing exercises, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports. "The big thing for Teddy is that he's got to keep progressing with where he's going," Zimmer told Marvez and Tom Pelissero on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He's doing a great job in the rehab. These [trainers] will get him back and ready to go. I honestly don't know when. No one really knows. He had a great doctor do [the surgery] and he's done phenomenal work. We're anticipating getting him back at some point."
"At some point" may occur during the 2017 season, but there's the distinct possibility that Bridgewater misses back-to-back campaigns due to the devastation wrought upon his left knee during practice on Aug. 30. With uncertainty reigning, the Minnesota Vikings can only take a wait-and-see approach as rehab dominates his day-to-day regimen. The team can take solace in the fact that Sam Bradford filled in admirably for the 2014 first-round pick last season, setting an NFL record for completion percentage (71.6), accruing a career-best 3,877 yards and compiling a 20:5 TD:INT ratio across 15 games. Expect the risk-averse Bradford to helm the offense for most, if not all, of the upcoming campaign, no matter the progress made by Bridgewater.
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Ravens' Marshal Yanda: Undergoes shoulder surgery4h ago
Marshal Yanda had shoulder surgery this offseason but will be ready for training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Yanda played through the shoulder ailment for most of the season but did opt out of the Pro Bowl because of the injury. The veteran switched to left guard last season because of the injury, as he felt he could play more effectively on the left side of the line. "He'll be ready for training camp -- 100 percent," head coach John Harbaugh said of Yanda's status. Look for more updates to come at that point of the offseason.
Tony Romo DAL QB
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Broncos still denying interest4h ago
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said the team has not had any discussions about Tony Romo , David Helman of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The Broncos maintain that they aren't interested in Romo, who may thus be left to decide between the Houston Texans and a career in broadcasting. It's possible the Broncos are denying interest in an effort to convince the Dallas Cowboys to release their veteran quarterback, but it seems more likely that Denver actually does prefer its in-house options, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
Sammy Watkins BUF WR
Bills' Sammy Watkins: Could have fifth-year option picked up5h ago
Head coach Sean McDermott suggested the Buffalo Bills are not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option on Sammy Watkins ' (foot) rookie contract, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
The team has until May 2 to decide on the $13.528 million option, which seems like a pretty obvious decision even though Watkins only played 21 games over the past two seasons. The No. 4 overall pick from the 2014 draft has been fantastic when healthy, looking every bit the part of a true No. 1 receiver. Watkins had surgery on his troublesome left foot in mid-January, with the expectation he'll be available for training camp. Barring unexpected news of a recovery setback, the Bills figure to pick up the fifth-year option. The team might even start discussions about a long-term extension, perhaps hoping to lock Watkins down while his value is at a relative low point. Should he bounce back strong to enjoy a healthy and productive 2017 season, Watkins likely would expect to receive one of the largest non-quarterback contracts in the league.