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Jacoby Ellsbury NYY CF
Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Takes batting practice Thursday10m ago
Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) participated in a full batting practice Thursday, the New York Post reports.
It's the second straight day the center fielder has been able to take batting practice, and Ellsbury reported feeling good and symptom-free after the two sessions. The 33-year-old has been sidelined for a month at this point, so even once the team's doctors determine he's back in game-shape, he'll likely have to embark on a brief rehab stint before being activated.
CC Sabathia NYY SP
Yankees' CC Sabathia: Tossing bullpen session Friday14m ago
CC Sabathia (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, the New York Post reports.
General manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier in the week that Sabathia was facing a timetable of at least six weeks, but the veteran lefty will take a big step in his recovery just 10 days after sustaining the injury. It's possible Friday's outing was part of the plan all along, but if Sabathia comes through the bullpen session with no physical issues, the club may end up accelerating his timetable a bit.
Luis Garcia PHI RP
Phillies' Luis Garcia: Would have been used in save chance Thursday1h ago
Luis Garcia would have been used for a save chance Thursday had the Philadelphia Phillies not scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Garcia ended up getting the final three outs Thursday in a non-save situation. He's worth a speculative add given Hector Neris' inability to lock down the closing gig. However, manager Pete Mackanin did want to send Pat Neshek back out for the ninth inning after he threw just five pitches in the eighth, but said Neshek told him he didn't feel like he could after pitching for a third straight day Thursday. Neshek disputes that story, but the relevant point for fantasy owners is Garcia may not be the preferred ninth inning guy despite the fact he would have been used in a save chance Thursday. Given how few save chances the Phillies generate, no matter which pitcher you roster, it is unlikely they will rack up many saves, and it does seem like the team ultimately would prefer Neris in the closing role given how many opportunities he has received this season.
Jose Abreu CHW 1B
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Hits two-run bomb against Twins1h ago
Jose Abreu went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Minnesota.
The first baseman is locked into a nice groove at the dish with a .392/.429/.706 slash line, nine extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 12 runs through his past 12 games. Abreu is well on his way to posting his fourth consecutive 100-RBI campaign and is also on pace to return to the 30-bomb club.
Todd Frazier CHW 3B
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Hits 12th homer Thursday1h ago
Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Minnesota.
Frazier appears to be heating up with the weather and sports an .888 OPS with five homers, 12 RBI and eight runs through 18 games in June. However, he's still well behind the pace of his 40-bomb, 98-RBI showing last season. Additionally, Frazier's .210 batting average is a career-low mark.
Matt Davidson CHW DH
White Sox's Matt Davidson: Scores three runs against Twins1h ago
Matt Davidson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and three runs scored during Thursday's win over Minnesota.
Davidson has caught fire of late with seven homers, 11 RBI and 11 runs through his past 10 games. The heater has him up to a respectable .265/.310/.577 slash line for the season with 17 bombs, 38 RBI and 30 runs. Davidson is taking advantage of his consistent playing time, and his fantasy value is trending up.
Logan Paulsen SF TE
49ers' Logan Paulsen: Familiarity with offense helps roster bid13h ago
Logan Paulsen has the skill set and history with head coach Kyle Shanahan to make a serious bid for a roster spot this season, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
At 30 years old, Paulsen is the elder statesman of the group of tight ends currently in camp. While that works against him on paper, his size (6-foot-5, 268 pounds), blocking ability and presence as a red-zone threat (six touchdowns on 82 receptions) make the veteran a good fit for Shanahan's offense. Both he and Garrett Celek possess similar skill sets, and they will likely compete for a spot on the depth chart this preseason.
Cole Hikutini SF TE
49ers' Cole Hikutini: Could make roster despite going undrafted13h ago
Cole Hikutini has a shot at making the San Francisco 49ers ' roster if he performs well this preseason, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The undrafted free agent out of Louisville had a strong 2016 campaign and was brought into camp to compete for a role in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He has received an extensive look during the 49ers' offseason program, and he could move up the depth chart with a strong showing during training camp as the club starts from scratch with its bevy of tight end options. A focus point of Hikutini's evaluation will be how well he has recovered from a knee injury that hurt his draft stock this past offseason. The 21-year-old produced 668 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season with Louisville, so he possesses some playmaking potential if he were to make the roster.
Blake Bell SF TE
49ers' Blake Bell: Will have to earn roster spot13h ago
Despite his fourth-round pedigree, Blake Bell (head) will have to compete for a spot on the San Francisco 49ers ' 53-man roster this season, according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.
The former quarterback was drafted as a developmental project in 2015, but his lack of production over the last two seasons puts him in a questionable position as the team moves towards training camp July 27. Bell has the size (6-foot-6, 255 pounds) to profile as a prominent red-zone threat, but with plenty of competition in camp, he will have to display progress in his development to make the cut.
Garrett Celek SF TE
49ers' Garrett Celek: Appears to be good fit for new scheme13h ago
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said that he has "been a fan of [ Garrett Celek ] throughout his career," which bodes well for the tight end's chances of making the 53-man roster as the San Francisco 49ers head towards training camp, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Celek's toughness and blocking ability fits the mold of Shanahan's past tight ends. It helps that the 29-year-old took a step forward offensively last season with 350 yards and three touchdowns on 29 receptions, but he has more real football value to the 49ers than he does as a receiver for fantasy. Celek will compete with a handful of candidates during training camp for a spot in Shanahan's offense.
Vance McDonald SF TE
49ers' Vance McDonald: Remains on roster, but must compete for role14h ago
Vance McDonald (shoulder) -- who was subject of trade talks during the draft -- remains with the San Francisco 49ers for the time being, but will have to earn his spot as the team's top tight end, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The veteran tight end posted career bests in yards (391), touchdowns (four) and YPC (16.3) in 11 games last season, earning a four-year contract extension from former GM Trent Baalke. The 49ers' new regime clearly wasn't sold on the incumbent tight end, admitting that McDonald was placed on the trading block during the 2017 NFL Draft. GM John Lynch even went out and signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen and drafted athletic tight end George Kittle to help create more competition at the tight end position. McDonald will have to show that he can be an effective blocker and stay healthy (16 games missed over last four seasons) during training camp in order to hang on to his role as the 49ers' top tight end.
Markus Wheaton CHI WR
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Chance to start16h ago
Markus Wheaton (shoulder) has an opportunity to start this season, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Chicago Bears added several veteran wideouts this offseason in order to try and replace Alshon Jeffery. While Kevin White and Cameron Meredith (thumb) are slated to be the starters, injury history has haunted the Bears' receiving corps the past few years, which could lead to Wheaton's opportunity. He'll be competing with Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright for reps, but Wheaton's superior ability on the outside compared to the other two wideouts could set the 26-year-old apart from the crowd. However, he'll first have to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery.
Jeremy Lamb CHA SG
Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Rough road ahead11h ago
Jeremy Lamb has more competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Charlotte Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Lamb was already struggling for playing time in Charlotte, never having averaged more than 20 minutes per game over his five-year career, and the selection of Monk makes it very hard to believe Lamb will buck the trend in the season ahead, even with Marco Belinelli being shipped to Atlanta days earlier. If Monk struggles to begin his rookie season, the Hornets still have far more incentive leaving the rookie on the court since they're not exactly a team that will be in contention for a title in the near future.
Dante Exum UTA PG
Jazz's Dante Exum: Role may be affected by Mitchell's arrival11h ago
Dante Exum could see his role change with the Utah Jazz 's addition of Donovan Mitchell, a combo guard selected with the 13th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Mitchell, similar to Exum, is a lengthy combo guard. He's an athletic 6-3 with a 6-10 wingspan, capable of being a great defender at the NBA level, much like Exum. There are questions about which guard slot he will eventually come to occupy, though if the Jazz believe strongly that he's a point guard, it could be a cause for concern for Exum's playing time.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DET SG
Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Crowded backcourt11h ago
With the Detroit Pistons ' selection of Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick in Thursday's draft, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could have more competition for playing time if he's retained.
Kennard is great shooter and gives the Pistons a weapon off the bench that should help improve their 28th overall three-point percentage from last season. While Caldwell-Pope has been a mainstay in the lineup at shooting guard over the last few seasons, he enters the summer as a restricted free agent, and at this point it's unclear if the Pistons plan to match any offer he receives. The selection of Kennard could be a move to provide insurance should Caldwell-Pope wind up elsewhere, though it's still a bit early to read too much into the pick.
Trey Lyles DEN PF
Jazz's Trey Lyles: Dealt to Nuggets12h ago
Trey Lyles was traded to the Nuggets during Thursday's NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Utah will send both Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver in exchange for the No. 13 pick, which the Utah Jazz used to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell. After a promising rookie year, Lyles struggled a bit last season, averaging just 16.3 minutes per game and shooting an ugly 36.2 percent from the field. Perhaps a change of scenery is what the former Kentucky standout needs, though Denver may not be an ideal landing spot given its already-crowded frontcourt.
Derrick Rose NY PG
Knicks' Derrick Rose: Future could be impacted by Ntilikina pick12h ago
With the New York Knicks selecting Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft, Derrick Rose 's future could be impacted.
The Knicks have indicated that they're interested in bringing Rose, an unrestricted free agent, back next season, but at this point it's unclear where he'd fit in their future plans. While Ntilikina may not be ready to command the offense right away, he's clearly the Knicks' point guard of the future, so his addition to the team could potentially influence the Knicks' front office as it decides whether or not to make a run at keeping Rose this summer.
Seth Curry DAL SG
Mavericks' Seth Curry: Moves down depth chart12h ago
Seth Curry (shoulder) no longer has a clear path to minutes in the 2017-18 season after the Dallas Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Yogi Ferrell might be more in danger of falling out of the rotation than Curry, if not off the roster entirely, but Curry's value takes a hit nonetheless with the selection of Smith. At 24-years-old, it seems that Curry will move into a reserve role behind Smith and Wesley Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also threatening for a portion of reserve guard minutes.
Joffrey Lupul TOR RW
Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul: Failed physical18m ago
Joffrey Lupul , who missed the entire Toronto Maple Leafs ' campaign with a sports hernia injury, failed a physical at the end of the season, Kristen Shilton of TSN reports.
A versatile but injury-prone winger, it's been widely speculated that Lupul may have placed his last game. The Buds have him under contract for one more year at $5.25 million, at which point he'd become an unrestricted free agent. If he does, in fact, hang up his skates for good, Lupul will finish with 420 points (205 goals, 215 assists) in 701 career contests split between the Ducks, Oilers, Flyers and Leafs.
Chad Ruhwedel PIT D
Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Agrees to two-year deal16h ago
Chad Ruhwedel re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a two-year deal worth $650,000 annually Thursday.
Ruhwedel stepped up big time for Pittsburgh when the club was dealing with a bevy of injuries on the blue line. In the San Diego native's 34 outings this season, he averaged 17:20 of ice time, but he could be in line for more minutes if unrestricted free agents Ron Hainsey, Mark Streit or Trevor Daley are not retained. With a handful of up-and-coming young blueliners in the organization, Ruhwedel has separated himself from the rest of the pack as a shutdown defender, supplanting the likes of Derrick Pouliot.
David Schlemko MON D
Canadiens' David Schlemko: Flipped by Vegas19h ago
David Schlemko was traded to the Montreal Canadiens after a brief stop in Vegas in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick Thursday.
Schlemko was one of 13 defensemen taken by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, and now he'll head to Montreal for the 2017-18 campaign. With the Sharks last year, the blueliner notched two goals and 16 helpers in addition to blocking 112 shots. The 30-year-old's ice time dipped a little while he was in San Jose (16:45), but he should see his minutes increase under coach Claude Julien.
Matt Greene LA D
Matt Greene: Waived by Kings20h ago
Matt Greene (back) was placed on waivers by the Kings in order to buy him out of the final year of his contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The decision to buy out Greene was not unexpected, as Los Angeles was looking to save some cap room. The 34-year-old has played in just 29 games over the last two seasons due to injuries, so it wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if he opted to hang up his skates. If this is it for the Michigan native, he'll end his career with 615 games played, in which he recorded 17 goals and 63 helpers. Even if the two-time Stanley Cup champion does land with another club, it's unlikely that he'll offer much in terms of fantasy value. In order to be placed on waivers, Greene by rule must have been cleared from his back injury.
Jordan Eberle NYI RW
Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Swapped one for one20h ago
Jordan Eberle was acquired by the New York Islanders from the Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome on Thursday.
Eberle instantly becomes the highest-paid forward for New York, as he brings $6 million cap hit with him. The winger compiled 51 points and 208 shots on goal while averaging just 16:46 of ice time this past season. The Isles are surely hoping that the former first-round pick will gel with John Tavares on the top line and convince him to re-sign with the team before he hits free agency in the next offseason. That in mind, look for the 27-year-old Eberle to slot into a first-line role alongside the Isles' captain.
Ryan Strome EDM C
Oilers' Ryan Strome: Traded to Edmonton20h ago
The Islanders traded Ryan Strome to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jordan Eberle on Thursday.
The Islanders snagged Strome with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and it appeared as though the team had made a great selection when the right-handed forward broke out for 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 81 games with the big club in 2014-15. However, the 23-year-old pivot has been trending downward since that breakout campaign, tallying just 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 140 games over the past two seasons. Strome has the potential to develop into a legitimate top-six forward in the NHL, so the Oilers are clearly hoping a change of scenery will help unlock some of that untapped talent.