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    • Yoenis Cespedes NYM LF
      Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Hopes to return in 7-to-10 days
      1h ago

      General manager Sandy Alderson said Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will hopefully be able to rejoin the New York Mets in 7-to-10 days, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

      After suffering a setback over the weekend, the Mets are now hoping Cespedes will be able to return from the disabled list during the team's next road trip, though that is a very tentative timetable. "We are going to take it conservatively with him and see where he is over the next two or three days and our hope is he would be back in a week to 10 days, but that is conjecture," Alderson said. Barring any setbacks, he would likely slide back into the lineup as the designated hitter when the Mets travel to Texas on June 6.

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    • Jose De Leon TB SP
      Rays' Jose De Leon: Officially recalled Monday
      1h ago

      Jose De Leon was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Monday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

      As was initially reported by Buster Olney of ESPN earlier in the day, De Leon will join the big club for the first time this season, providing the Tampa Bay Rays with a fresh arm out of the bullpen after Tampa Bay used seven relievers -- including Monday's starter, Erasmo Ramirez -- in Sunday's 15-inning victory over the Twins. Ramirez only needed 12 pitches to record the save Sunday, but it wouldn't be surprising if Rays manager Kevin Cash monitored the right-hander's workload carefully in his second appearance in as many days. If that's the case, De Leon could be asked to cover multiple innings in relief Monday in what would be his Rays debut.

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    • Ryan Garton TB RP
      Rays' Ryan Garton: Sent back to minors
      1h ago

      Ryan Garton was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Garton made just one appearance in his second stint with the big club this season before being sent back to Durham; he was charged with a blown save as he walked two batters and allowed a three-run homer in 1.1 innings of work. Jose De Leon was called up in a corresponding move to replace him in the bullpen. Garton will head back to Durham and await another call-up.

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    • Nate Karns KC SP
      Royals' Nathan Karns: Out at least another week
      1h ago

      Nate Karns (forearm) isn't expected to come off the 10-day disabled list until next week at the earliest, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

      There's been no indication that Karns has resumed throwing since exiting his May 19 start with forearm stiffness, which resulted in his placement on the disabled list last week. The Kansas City Royals have been able to get by with four starters since Karns was out, but will call up Eric Skoglund from Triple-A Omaha to take Karns' spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Tigers. Unless Karns makes demonstrable progress in the next few days, Skoglund looks like a good bet to enjoy a multi-start run with the big club.

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    • Colby Rasmus TB CF
      Rays' Colby Rasmus: Held out against lefty
      1h ago

      Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The Tampa Bay Rays have been consistent with holding Rasmus out against left-handed pitching this season, so it doesn't come as a surprise that he'll be on the bench with southpaw Martin Perez starting for the Rangers. Rickie Weeks will effectively assume Rasmus' spot in the lineup Monday.

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    • J.A. Happ TOR SP
      Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Cleared for Tuesday start
      1h ago

      Manager John Gibbons confirmed J.A. Happ (elbow) would be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday against the Reds, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Happ, who has been sidelined since April 16 with elbow inflammation, tossed 56 pitches over three innings while making his first rehab start at High-A Dunedin last Thursday, leading many to believe he would require another outing in the minors before being activated. However, with the injury-ravaged Toronto Blue Jays already having imported many of the top options from the pitching staff at Triple-A Buffalo, Happ will be called upon to join the big club this week, though he'll likely be capped at around 75 pitches during the outing. In order to accommodate Happ's activation, the Blue Jays will likely have to send down either Danny Barnes or Dominic Leone, with an official roster move expected to come hours before Tuesday's contest.

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    • Dante Fowler JAC DE
      Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr.: Aiming for breakout season
      5h ago

      Dante Fowler is looking to have a breakout season in 2017 now that he is fully healthy, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. "The [2015] ACL injury is out my head, mentally. It's hard to believe it's been two years," Fowler said. "The coolest thing about it is the progress I see while we're doing the conditioning work. I'm seeing how strong I'm getting and the explosiveness coming from my knee. It's a really cool thing."

      Fowler missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL but returned to the field in 2016, recording four sacks and 32 tackles in 16 games. He now heads into training camp completely healthy for the first time in his career with sharpened burst and agility. As long as he can stay healthy, Fowler, who is just 22 years old, could take his production to greater heights in 2017.

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    • Jeff Allen HOU G
      Texans' Jeff Allen: Hoping to bounce back after injury-plagued 2016
      6h ago

      Jeff Allen is looking to return to form this season after a disappointing 2016 campaign, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Allen took a step back in his first season at Houston due to lingering injuries and a position change. However, after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, the 27-year-old is aiming for a bounce-back year. In addition to noting that his ankle feels better, Allen has spent the offseason changing his diet, which has helped him lose over 20 pounds. The veteran is very optimistic that he'll be able to bolster the Houston Texans ' ground game in 2017.

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    • Nate Orchard CLE OLB
      Browns' Nate Orchard: Active in OTAs
      18h ago

      Nate Orchard (ankle) has been an active participant in OTAs, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

      Orchard finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 3. His participation in OTAs this month implies he's since received medical clearance to return to action.

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    • Derrick Kindred CLE SS
      Browns' Derrick Kindred: Participating in OTAs
      18h ago

      Derrick Kindred (ankle) has been an active participant in OTAs, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

      Kindred broke his ankle in Week 13 last season and ultimately ended 2016 on injured reserve. His participation in OTAs suggests he's since been cleared by team doctors to return to football activities.

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    • Michael Oher CAR T
      Panthers' Michael Oher: Not a lock for minicamp
      18h ago

      Michael Oher (concussion) is not a lock to be ready in time for June's mandatory minicamp, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Oher has been under the league's concussion protocol for eight months, and, despite being an active participant in offseason workouts earlier in the spring, has not been present at OTAs. However, there haven't been any signs he's legitimately considering ending his career.

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    • Jimmy Smith BAL CB
      Ravens' Jimmy Smith: Back in action
      19h ago

      Jimmy Smith (ankle) is healthy after ending the 2016 season on injured reserve, Garrett Downing of the Baltimore Ravens ' official site reports.

      Smith suffered a high-ankle sprain late in December and ultimately missed the final three games of the 2016 season. Fortunately he's been an active participant in OTAs this month and appears to be good to go moving forward.

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    • David Lee SA C
      Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery
      3d ago

      David Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.

      With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.

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    • Al Horford BOS C
      Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale
      3d ago

      Al Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

      The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss
      3d ago

      Marcus Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

      After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Boston Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.

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    • Jae Crowder BOS SF
      Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss
      3d ago

      Jae Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

      Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.

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    • Gerald Green BOS SF
      Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 5
      3d ago

      Gerald Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

      With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.

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    • Avery Bradley BOS SG
      Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss
      3d ago

      Avery Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

      Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.

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    • Cody Ceci OTT D
      Senators' Cody Ceci: Broke fingers "multiple times" in playoffs
      5h ago

      Cody Ceci broke fingers multiple times according to head coach Guy Boucher, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.

      The blueliner only had a single point in 19 playoff games, so his offensive production was limited whether the injured played into it or not is tough to say. However, the injuries did not dissuade him from playing with physicality as he tallied 25 hits and 49 blocked shots in that span.

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    • Erik Karlsson OTT D
      Senators' Erik Karlsson: Played through multiple injuries in playoffs
      5h ago

      Erik Karlsson dealt with two foot fractures and ankle muscle damage in the Sens' run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.

      With 18 points in 19 playoff games, some have joked that Karlsson should always play injured. With a few months to recuperate, he should be back to full strength by the time the season starts back up in October.

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    • Viktor Stalberg OTT LW
      Senators' Viktor Stalberg: Injury revealed as abdominal
      5h ago

      Viktor Stalberg fought through an abdominal injury during the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.

      The winger missed the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Pittsburgh with what was at the time an undisclosed injury. Even when healthy, the winger wasn't able to get much going offensively, with only two points--both assists--in 17 playoff games.

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    • Craig Anderson OTT G
      Senators' Craig Anderson: Dealt with injury in playoffs
      5h ago

      Craig Anderson battled through a back injury throughout the Ottawa Senators ' playoff run, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.

      The goaltender was a big part of the team's success this season and looks to continue that role in the future, so hopefully he'll be able to avoid any lingering back pain before next season starts.

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    • Pekka Rinne NSH G
      Predators' Pekka Rinne: Will start Game 1
      5h ago

      Pekka Rinne will be in the crease for Monday's Game 1 against Pittsburgh, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

      Not much of a surprise to see Peks in net as he's been stellar in the playoffs so far with a .941 save percentage and 1.70 GAA. However, the Penguins were able to blast 14 goals past Craig Anderson in the Eastern Conference Finals, so they've gotten the best of top goaltenders this playoff run already.

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    • Matt Murray PIT G
      Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal Monday
      5h ago

      Matt Murray will get the starting nod for Monday's Game 1 clash with the Predators, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

      Murray has been outstanding since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury, as the 23-year-old has posted a 1.35 GAA and .946 save percentage. If the Pens are going to win back-to-back championships, they will need the Thunder Bay native to be unstoppable as his counterpart Pekka Rinne has been equally phenomenal in the playoffs -- 1.70 GAA and .941 save percentage. Pittsburgh's stars may get all the attention, but it will likely come down to how good Murray is between the pipes if they are going to pull off the first repeat of the 21st Century.

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