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Gregory Polanco PIT LF
Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Closing in on next move1h ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates are unsure whether Gregory Polanco (hamstring), who is eligible to return from the disabled list Thursday, will need a rehab assignment, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Polanco will attempt to run the bases at full speed Wednesday. If things go well, then he could come off the DL on Thursday. Manager Clint Hurdle said he hasn't decided whether Polanco will need a rehab stint. In a positive development, the outfielder took batting practice prior to Tuesday's tilt.
Phil Hughes MIN SP
Twins' Phil Hughes: Sent for MRI on Tuesday1h ago
Phil Hughes (shoulder) was sent for an MRI on Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.
Though the results of the MRI have yet to be released, the Minnesota Twins have already scheduled Hughes for more tests Wednesday. The veteran landed on the disabled list Sunday with biceps tendinitis and he does have a history of shoulder issues, including a nerve issue that required season-ending surgery last year. More information on Hughes' outlook will be made available after Wednesday's battery of tests.
Chris Taylor LAD 2B
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: To see time in outfield2h ago
Chris Taylor is getting close to seeing some starts in the outfield, David Vassegh of AM 570 in Los Angeles reports.
Injuries around the Dodger infield have allowed Taylor to see some regular playing time of late, but Logan Forsythe's return means that Taylor will start seeing some starts in the outfield. Taylor has reportedly been working hard on getting acclimated to playing outfield and the Los Angeles Dodgers believe he's close to being game-ready out there. By keeping Taylor in the lineup, the Dodgers are keeping a right-handed bat in the lineup that has crushed lefties to this point in the season with a .440 batting average and a 1.29 OPS.
Ariel Sandoval LAD LF
Dodgers' Ariel Sandoval: Returns from DL2h ago
Ariel Sandoval (undisclosed) was activated off the 7-day disabled list Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.
The 21-year-old has been on the shelf for just over a week, but he's now ready to get back into the lineup at High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He had gotten off to a slow start prior to landing on the DL, slashing .185/.241/.259 with 31 strikeouts in 81 at-bats.
A.J. Pollock ARI CF
Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock: May not need rehab assignment2h ago
Manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that A.J. Pollock (groin) may not need to go on a rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports.
Pollock progressed to hitting in the cage Tuesday, and it appears that his progress has convinced Lovullo that a rehab assignment might not be necessary. It was reported last week that Pollock was unlikely to be ready when he's eligible to come off the DL, and while that still may be the case, an early June activation could be in store. Look for Gregor Blanco and Reymond Fuentes to continue seeing regular playing time in center while Pollock is sidelined.
Howie Kendrick PHI LF
Phillies' Howie Kendrick: Could start rehab assignment this week2h ago
Howie Kendrick (oblique) is taking outdoor batting practice for the first time since his injury, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
If all goes well, Kendrick could head out on a rehab assignment sometime within the week. He remains without a timetable for return, though one could become clearer if he is able to progress to a rehab assignment this week.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Restructures contract2h ago
Rob Gronkowski (back) restructured his contract Tuesday, Edward Lewis of NFL.com reports.
The tight end's new deal is incentivized so he has the opportunity to earn as much as $10.75 million, compared to the $5.25 million for which he's on the books. Gronkowski's pay raise is tiered to three different levels based on his performance next year. He'll have to achieve certain statistical marks to get raises, including playing up 70 percent of time, recording 60 receptions or recording 800 receiving yards, among others. If he reaches the highest level and receives the $10.75 million, he will be the highest-paid tight end in the league. All this hinges on his health, which was an issue last season due to back problems. However, should he remain on the field this year, it appears he'll likely be earning quite the pretty penny.
Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Throwing at OTAs3h ago
The Minnesota Vikings posted a video of Teddy Bridgewater (knee) taking snaps during Tuesday's OTA.
After posting a video of himself going through agility drills earlier this month, Bridgewater continues to make tremendous progress as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last August. The team has yet to announce any sort of timetable for the former first-round selection, whose leg remains heavily braced during drills. However, the fact Bridgewater is back out on the field with his teammates less than a year later is a reassuring sign for all involved.
Pernell McPhee CHI OLB
Bears' Pernell McPhee: Active for Tuesday workout3h ago
Pernell McPhee (shoulder) was on the field for OTAs on Tuesday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
McPhee is working his way back from surgery on his torn left labrum he underwent at the beginning of the offseason. The linebacker missed seven games last season due knee and shoulder ailments but his presence on the field Tuesday is clearly a reassuring sign for the Chicago Bears defense. They are dealing with plenty of question marks at the position to start OTAs with both Danny Trevathan (knee) and Willie Young (knee) absent from the field.
Jeremy Zuttah SF C
49ers' Jeremy Zuttah: Aggravates leg injury3h ago
Jeremy Zuttah aggravated a leg injury during OTAs on Tuesday, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Zuttah has been dealing with a soft-tissue injury that forced him to miss time during voluntary minicamp in April, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. The San Francisco 49ers will likely err on the side of caution when it comes to addressing their new offensive lineman's condition, making sure he's completely healthy for the beginning of the season. However, it will be something to keep an eye on throughout the summer as Zuttah aims to secure the starting center role.
David Quessenberry HOU T
Texans' David Quessenberry: Returns to practice3h ago
David Quessenberry (illness) returned to practice this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Quessenberry rejoined his teammates after a three-year battle with cancer. While he's still not in game shape, for good reason, the offensive lineman has been making progress. "We're in unchartered territory. But I feel great and it will be very soon where I can play," Quessenberry noted. "Look for more updates to come as training camp nears.
Matt Paradis DEN C
Broncos' Matthew Paradis: Out until August4h ago
Matt Paradis will be out until August recovering from hip surgery, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.
Paradis had two surgeries on his left hip following the 2016 season and is expected to miss the entirety of training camp while recovering. The 27-year-old center has proven more than durable as he has yet to miss a start for the Denver Broncos over the past two years. Look for more updates on his status as the preseason nears.
Amir Johnson BOS SF
Celtics' Amir Johnson: Available off bench for Game 439m ago
Updating a previous reports, Amir Johnson (shoulder) will be available off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.
It sounds like Johnson will be available in an emergency situation, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out for the entire contest as originally expected while he deals with a AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. Kelly Olynyk has already been announced as a starter and should see an uptick in minutes, while Jonas Jerebko is also likely to see more playing time off the bench in the frontcourt.
Kelly Olynyk BOS C
Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Will join starting five for Game 42h ago
Kelly Olynyk will enter the starting five for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.
Amir Johnson BOS SF
Celtics' Amir Johnson: Out for Game 4 vs. Cavaliers3h ago
Amir Johnson (shoulder) has been ruled out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Michael Eaves of ESPN.com reports.
Johnson's injury is being listed as a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder and it's giving him enough discomfort where he'll have to remain on the sidelines Tuesday. Gerald Green has been rotating in and out of the starting lineup when the Boston Celtics have gone smaller, but going up against the Cavaliers' frontcourt of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson could prompt coach Brad Stevens to go with a bigger option in Kelly Olynyk or Jonas Jerebko with the top unit.
Deron Williams CLE PG
Cavaliers' Deron Williams: Will play in Game 43h ago
Deron Williams (illness) will play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Tuesday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams was held out of the team's shootaround Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment throughout the day, he's feeling good enough to take the court. That said, he's struggled to get anything going while coming in with the second unit and has averaged just 12.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so he's likely not an intriguing DFS option for Tuesday's slate.
Josh McRoberts MIA PF
Heat's Josh McRoberts: Picks up $6 million player option4h ago
Josh McRoberts has officially accepted his $6 million player option for the 2017-18 season with the Miami Heat , Zach Lowe of ESPN reports.
McRoberts saw just 22 games during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 4.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 17.3 minutes per game. He was sidelined most of the season with a fracture in his left foot.
Chris Bosh MIA PF
Heat's Chris Bosh: Unofficially agrees to part ways with Heat4h ago
Chris Bosh has unofficially agreed to part ways with the Miami Heat in a deal made between him, the team, the union and the NBA, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. The Heat would receive "maximum cap relief" before the start of free agency.
The deal, while still unofficial, seems all but done. Once everything is sorted out, the Heat will permanently clear Bosh's remaining $52.1 million salary off the books, even if he resumes his career elsewhere. The 33-year-old hasn't taken the floor during the past season and a half due to blood clot episodes, for which he remains on blood thinners. He last played during the 2015 season, where he averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds while playing 53 games. It's unknown at this time if he will officially retire soon, but he worked as a guest studio analyst for Turner sports for a period of five weeks during this past season -- seemingly testing the waters outside of his playing career.
Colin White OTT C
Senators' Colin White: Making playoff debut in Game 61h ago
Colin White will make his NHL playoff debut during Tuesday night's Game 6 against the Penguins.
White has just 27:25 total ice time of experience in two career NHL games, but with the Ottawa Senators ' backs against the wall and nothing working for them in their Game 5 collapse, they must see something in the 20-year-old that they feel can help their chances Tuesday. White is slated to center the fourth line with Viktor Stalberg and Ryan Dzingel on his wings.
Antoine Roussel DAL LW
Stars' Antoine Roussel: Plays well at Worlds2h ago
Antoine Roussel (hand) netted six goals and added two assists during France's run at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.
Roussel's previous hand injury clearly didn't seem to bother him very much, as his six goals during the tournament was good enough to rank him tied for second among all players at the event. The 27-year-old enjoyed a decently productive 2016-17 campaign with Dallas despite missing 22 games to injury, racking up 27 points and posting a plus-1 rating to boost his already good reputation as a two-way player.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI D
Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Contributes in Team Sweden championship3h ago
Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded two goals, three assists, and a plus-3 rating during Sweden's championship run at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.
After a somewhat disappointing season with the Arizona Coyotes where he managed 39 points and a dismal minus-25 rating, Ekman-Larsson showed that he is still a premier defenseman by helping Sweden capture the title at this year's Worlds. OEL will now fully enter the offseason and will look to come back strong for the 2017-18 campaign.
Nick Sorensen ANA RW
Nick Sorensen: Returning to Sweden3h ago
Nick Sorensen will play for Linkopings of the Swedish Hockey League next season, Patrick Williams of NHL.com reports.
Thus ends Sorensen's time in North America, at least for the time being. After making the Ducks roster at the beginning of the season and playing the first five games, the 22-year-old was optioned to AHL San Diego, where he recorded 22 points in 48 regular-season contests during the rest of the campaign. He'll continue to work on his skills in his native Sweden for now, but don't count him out for a return to the NHL at some point.
Tyler Bertuzzi DET LW
Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi: Coming up huge for AHL Grand Rapids3h ago
With five goals and six assists, Tyler Bertuzzi is averaging over a point per game for AHL Grand Rapids in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs.
Bertuzzi seems completely unfazed by minor-league competition, but that's nothing new for the power winger. He's accumulated 31 points in 33 playoff games since his first taste of such action in the spring of 2015. Much like his Uncle Todd -- who played in the NHL from 1995-2014, with the Wings being his final NHL stop -- Bertuzzi is an incredibly fierce competitor, and you can expect him to rack up plenty of PIM once he gets accustomed to life at hockey's highest level. Speculation is running rampant that he could break camp with the Detroit Red Wings this fall.
Rickard Rakell ANA C
Ducks' Rickard Rakell: Finishes season strong4h ago
Rickard Rakell , who missed the Anaheim Ducks ' final two postseason games due to a lower-body injury, had 13 points during the playoffs.
After posting career highs in goals (33) and points (51) during the regular season, Rakell was able to continue his strong play during the playoffs -- the 24-year-old Swede notched seven points, six assists and, perhaps most impressively, a plus-13 rating that is tied for the second best mark of any player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was a promising season for Rakell and it could very well lead to him having a prominent role with Anaheim next season.