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Donatas Motiejunas NO PF
Pelicans' Donatas Motiejunas: Returns Sunday after receiving stitches2h ago
Donatas Motiejunas (lower leg) returned to Sunday's tilt against the Thunder after receiving stitches to close a laceration on his left shin.
The New Orleans Pelicans ' medical staff gave the big man the green light to head back into Sunday's game after he got stitches in the locker room. There doesn't seem to be any reason to believe he won't be available to play in the team's next contest Wednesday against the Pistons.
Kevin Durant GS SF
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Expected to play Monday vs. 76ers2h ago
Kevin Durant (hand) is expected to play in Monday's game against the 76ers barring a setback to his injury, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post reports.
Durant missed his first game of the season Saturday against the Nets with a hand bruise on his non-shooting hand, but it appears that his injury has improved and he is expected to take the floor for Monday's game. If he experiences an unexpected setback, Patrick McCaw would likely draw the start in his place once more.
Donatas Motiejunas NO PF
Pelicans' Donatas Motiejunas: Probable to return Sunday with shin laceration2h ago
Donatas Motiejunas is probable to return to Sunday's matchup against the Thunder with a left shin laceration, which will require stitches.
Though the big man suffered a fairly serious cut on his calf, he'll probably return to Sunday's game after getting stitches in the locker room. If he doesn't make it back to the floor, Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham would likely pick up additional minutes.
Derrick Jones Jr. PHO SF
Suns' Derrick Jones: Enters rotation for second straight game2h ago
Jones played 10 minutes in Sunday's 100-96 loss to the Bucks, finishing with two points (1-1 FG), one steal and one block.
Jones, an undrafted rookie best known for finish second in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star weekend, has received his first serious looks in the Phoenix Suns rotation all season over the last two games. With the Suns trading away P.J. Tucker to the Raptors on Thursday, Jones has stepped in as the main backup to starting small forward T.J. Warren. At this point in the season, the rebuilding Suns, who check in at last place in the Western Conference, have little to lose by seeing what the athletic rookie can do, so Jones figures to stick in the rotation over the next few weeks. Even so, he'll likely struggle to see enough minutes behind Warren to consistently produce quality numbers.
Matthew Dellavedova MIL PG
Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova: Scoreless in 24 minutes Sunday3h ago
Matthew Dellavedova posted zero points (0-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 24 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 win over the Suns.
Dellavedova has now gone scoreless five times this season, including twice in the last four games, and he has hit double figures in scoring only once in 10 February games. He is still a solid distributor and defender, but Dellavedova will probably keep sharing minutes with rookie Malcolm Brogdon, who contributed 15 points and seven dimes in 24 minutes. Unless Dellavedova starts hitting more shots, he is only useful in deeper leagues.
Greg Monroe MIL C
Bucks' Greg Monroe: Delivers well-rounded line in Sunday's win3h ago
Greg Monroe managed 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks in 34 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 win against the Suns.
Monroe struggled against a stingy Jazz frontcout on Friday, but bounced back with a strong effort versus the lowly Suns. Monroe appeared to be a shell of his former self over the first couple months of 2016-17, but he has been quite solid during January and February. As long as the Milwaukee Bucks remain relevant in the race for a playoff spot, expect Monroe to continue receiving plenty of minutes off the bench behind rookie Thon Maker.
Connor McDavid EDM C
Oilers' Connor McDavid: Records goal and assist in loss2h ago
Connor McDavid scored and added a power-play assist in a 5-4 defeat to the Predators on Sunday.
He has officially picked up his game again and has points in seven of his last eight games. During that stretch, he has two goals and 11 points. McDavid went through a little dry spell of five games immediately after the break, but with this latest run, he's back to five points ahead in the scoring race. McDavid has 21 goals and 71 points in 62 games.
James Neal NSH LW
Predators' James Neal: Records three assists in win2h ago
James Neal picked up three assists, including two on the power play, in a 5-4 victory over the Oilers on Sunday.
Dropping Neal to the bottom-six hasn't exactly worked out for Nashville, as he has just one shot in the last two contests. But he did manage to assist Colin Wilson's goal and pick up two more helpers on the man advantage. Neal now has one goal and 10 points in the last seven games.
Ryan White ARI C
Wild's Ryan White: Traded to Wild2h ago
Arizona traded Ryan White , Martin Hanzal, and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick to Minnesota in exchange for a bevy of draft picks and minor leaguer Grayson Downing on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. As such, White will not play the Coyotes' game against the Sabres on Sunday.
White joins his third team in two full seasons after spending the 2015-16 campaign with the Flyers. The Manitoba native was not the focus of this trade (that honor belongs to Hanzal) and will likely continue to be a bottom-six player for his new club. He's recorded seven goals and six assists while averaging 10:57 of ice time so far this season.
Ryan Ellis NSH D
Predators' Ryan Ellis: Scores, blocks five shots in victory2h ago
Ryan Ellis posted a power-play goal, three shots and five blocked shots in a 5-4 victory over the Oilers on Sunday.
The 26-year-old defenseman filled the stat sheet once again Sunday and in the process, matched his career high in goals. He now has 10 scores and 28 points, which is also just four shy of a career high. In addition to the offense, Ellis was second only to Roman Josi in ice time and led the Nashville Predators in shorthanded minutes, which is where he accumulated most of his blocked shots. Ellis is worth owning in all standard leagues, but he is a particularly intriguing option in formats with time on ice and blocked shots.
Peter Budaj TB G
Lightning's Peter Budaj: Dealt to Lightning2h ago
Peter Budaj was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, along with a 2017 seventh-round pick, 2017 conditional pick and prospect Erik Cernak in exchange for fellow netminder Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in 2017.
A distant backup for most of his career, Budaj has made the most of an injury to Jonathan Quick (groin) this year, putting up a 16-12-3 record, 2.55 GAA and .911 save percentage with Los Angeles. He'll now head to a Bolts organization that favors Andrei Vasilevskiy as the netminder of the future, which means Budaj is likely to again assume a backup role. However, Budaj has stood in so admirably for Quick in Hockeywood this season that he could push Vasilevskiy for crease time as Tampa pushes for a playoff berth down the stretch.
Cam Talbot EDM G
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Takes loss versus Nashville2h ago
Cam Talbot yielded five goals on just 28 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Predators on Sunday.
After winning four straight, Talbot played well in a loss Friday at Washington but wasn't sharp Sunday. He battled and kept his team in it, but ultimately, a power-play goal early in the third proved to be the difference. The Nashville power play beat him three times Sunday. Despite the setback, Talbot is having a tremendous season. He leads the league in starts, giving him ample opportunities to capture wins. Talbot is second in that category and entered Sunday in the top 10 in both GAA and save percentage.
Matt Boyd DET SP
Tigers' Matt Boyd: Strong in spring debut2h ago
Matt Boyd went two scoreless innings in his spring training debut, giving up two hits and striking out two.
Boyd, who appears to have the inside track on the No. 5 spot in the rotation, threw 32 pitches, 23 for strikes. A strong spring would help Boyd hold off the likes of Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey for that last rotation spot.
Chesny Young CHC 2B
Cubs' Chesny Young: Impresses in winter league2h ago
Chesny Young put together a strong performance in the Dominican Winter League during the offseason, MLB.com reports.
Young, a top-20 prospect for the Chicago Cubs , batted .351 in 22 regular-season games, then hit .314 in the DWL playoffs. The 24-year-old middle infielder has been solid with the bat since being drafted in 2014 and he should begin the year at Triple-A, but the likes of Addison Russell and Javier Baez are blocking him at the MLB level.
Jason Heyward CHC RF
Cubs' Jason Heyward: New swing impresses manager3h ago
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he is impressed with Jason Heyward 's modified swing early in spring training, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Heyward worked on revamping his swing during the offseason, and so far his manager likes what he is seeing, noting that Heyward's hands appear to be working better. "It's a new toy, but the toy has a lot of potential benefits," Maddon said. "I think there's a pretty good year out there for him." Heyward posted the worst offensive season of his career in 2016, finishing with just a .631 OPS, but he's a decent bounceback candidate this year.
Kyle Zimmer KC SP
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Struggles in spring debut4h ago
Kyle Zimmer allowed two earned runs and four hits in two innings of work against the Rangers on Sunday.
Sunday was Zimmer's first time taking the mound in a game since undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery last July, and it did not go particularly well. His velocity dropped steeply in his second of his two innings pitched, but the 25-year-old said after the game that he was not overly concerned about the decrease, and that it was a matter of early-season fatigue more than anything else. Zimmer will look to build up stamina over the course of spring training, as he gears up for what he hopes will be an injury-free season.
Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B
Phillies' Rhys Hoskins: Making good impression4h ago
Rhys Hoskins has made a positive impression on manager Pete Mackanin early in camp, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. "I was told he's got a good idea at the plate and he sure looks like that, he sure looks like it," Mackanin said. "He's got a nice soft approach. It looks like he's really under control. That's good to see."
Hoskins has played in all three spring training games thus far and has gone 2-for-4 with a homer and two walks. He will open the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but could get a look in Philly later this year if Tommy Joseph fails to build on his 2016 season. Hoskins hit .281/.377/.566 with 38 home runs in 498 at-bats last season at Double-A Reading.
Hunter Dozier KC RF
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Dealing with minor wrist injury5h ago
Hunter Dozier said Sunday that he has been suffering from a minor left wrist issue that dates back to last August, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The fact that Dozier is still battling pain in his left wrist can't be something that the Kansas City Royals exactly like to hear. While the issue appears to be very minor right now, wrist injuries can often be tricky and have the potential to sap power if they intensify. Fortunately for Dozier, he'll have all of spring training to help himself get fully healthy for the regular season.
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Falcons' Ryan Schraeder: No surgery required2h ago
Ryan Schraeder (ankle) will not require ankle surgery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "No surgery," he said. "It's not that big of a deal. It just hurts like heck."
Schraeder went down in the Super Bowl with a torn ankle ligament and wasn't expected to need surgery anyway. However, it still isn't clear when he'll be cleared to play again. He has until April 17 before the Atlanta Falcons ' offseason program starts up.
Cardinals' Jared Veldheer: Nears full recovery from triceps surgery2h ago
Veldheer (triceps) is healthy and cleared to resume workouts, 12 News' Cameron Cox reports.
Veldheer finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve after sustaining a partially torn triceps in late October. However, he recently implied he was cleared to resume weightlifting in late January or early February and should be back to full strength when offseason workouts commence in April.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu: Cleared to resume football activities3h ago
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee - ACL) is cleared to resume all football-related activities, The Oregonian reports.
Ekpre-Olomu spent the entire 2016 season on the Dolphins' injured reserve list after tearing his right ACL in August. Now healthy, he'll look to land another contract once free agency opens on Mar. 9.
Mario Addison CAR LB
Panthers' Mario Addison: Signs with Panthers6h ago
Mario Addison signed with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Addison's deal is expected to go through the 2019 season. Last season, Addison tallied 27 tackles and led the team with 9.5 sacks.
Matt Elam BAL DB
Ravens' Matt Elam: Arrested on multiple drug charges13h ago
Matt Elam was arrested on three drug-related charges in Miami on Sunday, NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman reports.
Elam was initially pulled over for reckless driving early Sunday morning, but police booked him on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. The former first-round pick appeared in nine games as a backup for the Baltimore Ravens last season, collecting four tackles. He's set to become a free agent in March after the Ravens declined his fifth-year option, but the arrest could hurt his chances of landing with a team.
Tony Romo DAL QB
Cowboys' Tony Romo: Has not had conversations with team yet1d ago
Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is expected to make the decision on the future of Tony Romo soon, but Jones said he has not yet spoken with the veteran quarterback, Charean William of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It was previously reported that the two sides would speak before the NFL Scouting Combine, and that begins Tuesday. Rookie Dak Prescott stepped in for the injured veteran and had a magical season. Prescott is expected to start in 2017, but it is possible the veteran Romo could be kept around as insurance. It would likely take a pay cut to make that happen. Vegas even has odds on Romo's 2017 team, and the Dallas Cowboys are considered the favorite (along with the Broncos).