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Red Sox's Carson Smith: Suffers setback43m ago
Carson Smith (elbow) suffered a setback and has not pitched off a mound in two weeks, the Providence Journal's Tim Britton reports.
Smith was transferred to the 60-day DL earlier Thursday, and this offers some explanation as to why. He had been progressing with bullpen sessions, but clearly something has caused the Boston Red Sox to take it slow with him. The 27-year-old is still long tossing, but he is not expected back for quite a while.
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Yankees' Ronald Torreyes: Set to lose starting role1h ago
Ronald Torreyes will likely see a significant decline of playing time when Didi Gregorius (shoulder) returns from the disabled list Friday against the Orioles.
Torreyes had assumed the starting shortstop role while Gregorius was on the DL. But now that he is coming back, as the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera reports, it is almost certain the 24-year-old will return to a bench role, which he was slated to fulfill before Gregorius suffered an injury during the World Baseball Classic. Through 62 at-bats this season, Torreyes has impressed, as he's hit .290 with 13 RBI and one home run.
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Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Takes seat Thursday1h ago
Stephen Vogt is not in the lineup Thursday against the Angels.
After catching 19 innings over the last two days, Vogt will get a breather as Josh Phegley takes over behind the dish. The 32-year-old isn't off to the strongest start offensively, slashing just .222/.246/.352 with one homer and three RBI through 54 at-bats.
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Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Coming off disabled list Friday1h ago
Didi Gregorius (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Friday, Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record reports.
Gregorius opened the season on the disabled list after suffering a shoulder injury in the World Baseball Classic. Upon his activation, look for him to take over as the New York Yankees ' starting shortstop. Gregorius has played five games during his rehab assignment at High-A Tampa, during which he's gone 8-for-18 (.444) with a home run and a double.
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Red Sox's Brock Holt: Cleared for rehab assignment1h ago
Brock Holt (vertigo) is scheduled to begin his minor-league rehab assignment Friday or Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
With Holt's vertigo symptoms starting to clear, the 28-year-old was seen taking grounders during Thursday's pregame. If all goes well during his rehab assignment, Holt should be ready to rejoin the Boston Red Sox shortly, though he still remains without a timetable for return. He'll provide some much needed depth around the Red Sox's infield upon his activation.
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Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Approaching rehab assignment1h ago
Gary Sanchez (biceps) will begin his rehab assignment Monday, Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record reports.
Sanchez opened the season by playing just five games before being placed on the disabled list with a bicep strain. Over that brief span he went 3-for-20 (.150). To this point he's gradually increased his level of activity and recently began participating in batting practice. Although the team has yet to provide a specific timeframe for his return, it would seem that an early-May activation from the DL would be obtainable if his upcoming rehab assignment goes smoothly.
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Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Will play in Game 6 despite knee soreness2h ago
Jimmy Butler will play in Friday's Game 6 despite experiencing soreness in his knee, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Butler banged knees with a Celtics' player in the second half of Wednesday's game. Although the Chicago Bulls are downplaying the knee issue, it is worth noting that Butler attempted only two fourth-quarter shots after the injury in Game 5 and failed to score in the quarter. He could also be seen favoring the knee at times and using an electronic stimulation machine on it during postgame interviews. Nevertheless, Butler will play in Game 6, and he will need to play well with Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out and Chicago's season on the line.
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Bulls' Rajon Rondo: 'Long shot' to play in Game 63h ago
Head coach Fred Hoiberg indicated Thursday that it is a 'long shot' that Rajon Rondo (thumb) plays in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Rondo is dealing with a thumb fracture and torn ligaments in his wrist, injuries that have forced him to miss three games of the Chicago Bulls ' first-round series against Boston. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in his place but is a significant downgrade from Rondo, who was playing excellent basketball before getting injured, averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists through the first two games of the playoffs. Rondo will reportedly attempt to get a workout in Thursday night, but the chances of him participating in Game 6, and Game 7 if necessary, are slim.
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Bulls' Isaiah Canaan: Will start in Friday's Game 63h ago
Isaiah Canaan will get the start at point guard in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Canaan logged 36 minutes and scored 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-5 3PT), but did not record an assist and had four turnovers after starting in Wednesday's Game 5. With Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out again for Friday's game, the Chicago Bulls will need Canaan to step up in a big way in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. His 34 and 36 minutes played over his last two games indicate that head coach Fred Hoiberg significantly favors him at the one spot relative to guards Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant.
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Grizzlies' Tony Allen: Will remain out for Game 66h ago
Tony Allen (leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Spurs.
Allen remains doubtful for the remainder of the first round, so if the Memphis Grizzlies do extend the series to a Game 7, he still likely won't be cleared for a return to the court. James Ennis has started the last two games and has averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 31.5 minutes. He remains the favorite to start in Allen's place.
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Wizards' Jason Smith: Game-time decision Friday vs. Hawks6h ago
Jason Smith (calf) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's Game 6 against the Hawks, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Smith suffered a bruised left calf during Wednesday's Game 5, leaving the contest and heading to the locker room after just 16 minutes. He underwent treatment on Thursday and will travel with the team ahead of Game 6 on Friday, but his status remains uncertain at this time. With Ian Mahinmi (calf) also expected to be sidelined, the Washington Wizards could have some serious depth issues in the frontcourt, so look for Smith to do everything he can to get on the court. Another update should be available once Smith is able to test the calf out during pregame warmups.
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Knicks' Joakim Noah: Undergoes surgery Wednesday9h ago
Joakim Noah (suspension) underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.
Keeping in line with his original timetable, New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek believes Noah will miss roughly five months of action. The 32-year-old played in just 46 games last season, but barring a signifiant setback in his recovery, he should be ready for basketball activity before the 2017-18 opener. Even if rehab goes as planned, however, Noah has served just eight games of a 20-game drug suspension that was handed down March 25. Due to the injury history, remaining suspension and generally declining production -- 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds last season -- Noah likely won't be off the board until the later part of deeper fantasy drafts next season.
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Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Slated to start Game 1 in Ottawa36m ago
Henrik Lundqvist will start Thursday's second-round opening game in Ottawa by virtue of the New York Rangers using the same lineup from their last game, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
No surprises here, as Lundqvist spectacularly closed out the first-round series against Montreal, posting a .955 save percentage and 1.23 GAA on his way to victories in the final three games. King Henrik started just one game at Canadian Tire Centre during the regular season, allowing three goals on 33 shots en route to a loss on April 8, so he'll likely be looking to ride his current form rather than dwell on the past poor performance.
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Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Back in action Thursday2h ago
Chris Kunitz (lower body) will suit up for Thursday's clash with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Kunitz returns to the lineup after a 10-game absence and figures to slot in on the Pens' fourth line in favor of Carter Rowney or Tom Kuhnhackl. The gritty veteran's job will be to make life difficult for Caps netminder Braden Holtby -- a role he is all too familiar with.
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Ducks' Clayton Stoner: Remains on injured reserve2h ago
Clayton Stoner (abdomen) has not been activated off injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Despite reports that Stoner was available for Game 1, he remains on injured reserve for the time being. With Sami Vatanen (upper body) still not 100 percent and Kevin Bieksa (lower body) doubtful for Friday's contest, the Anaheim Ducks could really use some good news on Stoner. In the event none of the injured defenders are able to give it a go, Korbinian Holzer will likely slot back into the lineup against the Oilers.
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Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Still recovering2h ago
Sami Vatanen is still being bothered by an upper-body injury despite being deemed available ahead of Wednesday's Game 1.
The Finnish blueliner last suited up for game action on April 13, though he has been skating in practice ever since. With Kevin Bieksa having been deemed doubtful for Friday's Game 2, it would have appeared that Vatanen would be the obvious candidate to replace him in the lineup if necessary. However, all indications are that the Anaheim Ducks would like to be cautious with Vatanen's return and instead could look at Korbinian Holzer to step in for Bieksa. A further update should be given on Vatanen's condition after Friday's morning skate.
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Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Receives doubtful tag for Game 22h ago
Kevin Bieksa is considered doubtful for Game 2 against the Oilers due to a lower-body injury and will undergo a full assessment of the injury Friday.
It seemed likely that Bieksa's injury was a bit more serious when he wasn't able to finish Wednesday's loss to the Oilers after attempting to return. Hopefully we'll get some more details on the ailment once team doctors give the 35-year-old a proper evaluation, but for now he shouldn't be counted on to play Friday's contest.
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Predators' Marek Mazanec: Called up from minors2h ago
Marek Mazanec was recalled from AHL Milwaukee on Thursday.
With the Admirals eliminated from the postseason, the Preds are free to promote any numbers of players to help bolster their depth. Mazanec began the year as the projected No. 2 behind Pekka Rinne, but lost the backup job to Juuse Saros. Considering Mazanec posted a disappointing 3.03 GAA during the Calder Cup playoffs, he will probably be watching Nashville from the press box.
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Shaquelle Evans: Waived by Cowboys2h ago
Shaq Evans (suspension) was waived by the Cowboys on Thursday, Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Evans was handed a four-game suspension on Friday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and the Cowboys wasted no time getting rid of him. The third-year player has yet to play in a professional game, and will look to fight for an opportunity with another NFL club come training camp.
Quinton Schooley: Signs with Redskins4h ago
Schooley signed with the Redskins on Thursday.
Schooley was released by the Steelers with an injury settlement back in August of 2016. He will look to impress in training camp and snag a regular-season roster spot come September.
Redskins' Morgan Moses: Agrees to five-year extension with Redskins4h ago
Moses agreed to a five-year extension with the Washington Redskins on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Moses' deal will keep him in Washington for the long haul, and is a sign that the Redskins are committed to keeping quarterback Kirk Cousins healthy. The former third-round pick and fellow offensive tackle Trent Williams are huge reasons why the Redskins allowed only 1.4 sacks per game in 2016, good for third in the league.
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Kenny Anunike: Waived by Jets6h ago
Kenny Anunike was waived by the Jets on Thursday.
Anunike will subsequently leave New York after only signing a reserve/future contract with the team back in January. Releasing the defensive end on the same day as the NFL Draft suggests that the Jets may be eyeing a defensive lineman with one or multiple of their picks. Anunike will look to join a different NFL roster before training camp begins this summer.
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Panthers' Andy Lee: Fully recovered from hamstring injury20h ago
Andy Lee has fully recovered from his season-ending hamstring injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Lee pulled his hamstring in mid-November and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. Assuming he endures no further health complications during training camp or the preseason, Lee, a former Pro Bowler, will assume punting duties for the Carolina Panthers in 2017.
Cowboys' Sam Irwin-Hill: Signs with Dallas21h ago
Irwin-Hill signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Irwin-Hill, who went undrafted out of Arkansas in 2014, has yet to make his NFL debut, but should provide some token competition for Chris Jones in training camp. However, after Jones averaged a career-high 45.9 yards per punt last season, Irwin-Hill will likely have to blow the Cowboys away to have any sort of realistic chance at claiming a 53-man roster spot.