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Tyler Skaggs LAA SP
Angels' Tyler Skaggs: Sharp in 75-pitch outing Saturday41m ago
Tyler Skaggs tossed four innings of one-run ball Saturday, surrendering four hits while striking out three in a win over Arizona.
The 25-year-old has looked sharp in three outings since being sidelined with shoulder soreness. While any type of injury should strike fear in the hearts of his owners, it appears that the talented lefty has sidestepped any serious damage. The Los Angeles Angels have yet to announce Skaggs as a part of their rotation, but the pitcher said that he feels ready to go, stating that he should get to 85-90 pitches in his next spring outing. Skaggs remains a high-upside, late-round pitcher, who could outperform his price if his health and production trend in the right direction.
Hanser Alberto TEX SS
Rangers' Hanser Alberto: Experiences setback, will have MRI44m ago
Hanser Alberto suffered a setback with his sore right shoulder and required an MRI on Saturday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Texas Rangers decided to temporarily shut Alberto down after he experienced renewed pain in the shoulder, and his status for Opening Day is now looking like a serious question mark. He'll be reevaluated Monday, at which point the Rangers should have a better idea of how long he'll be sidelined. If Alberto is forced to open the campaign on the 10-day DL, it could aid Drew Robinson's bid for a roster spot.
Homer Bailey CIN SP
Reds' Homer Bailey: Will play catch Monday1h ago
Homer Bailey (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Monday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
It's the first throwing session for Bailey since he required surgery in February to remove bone spurs from his elbow. The Cincinnati Reds have already shuttled Bailey to the 60-day DL and aren't expected to have him back until June, so the right-hander is still in the very initial stages of the recovery process.
Blake Swihart BOS LF
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Still in the mix, per Farrell1h ago
Blake Swihart , who is expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, could still snag a roster spot, according to manager John Farrell, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports. "We haven't made a final decision as of yet," Farrell said. "We're targeting the early part of this coming week to make that call. [Swihart's] had a strong camp."
Swihart is hitting .325, much better than Christian Vazquez (.231) and Sandy Leon (.261), though Farrell added that the final 25-man roster "can't be based solely on batting average." That means Swihart still has some work to do defensively, and because he has minor league options remaining, he'll perform that work in Pawtucket. Still, it's interesting that Farrell would make this statement. Perhaps the manager said it to motivate Leon and Vazquez.
Devin Mesoraco CIN C
Reds' Devin Mesoraco: Unlikely to be ready for Opening Day1h ago
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) is "very unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Mesoraco hasn't experienced any setbacks on the health front after requiring surgeries the last two seasons on both hips and his shoulder, but the lack of at-bats he's received in spring training haven't adequately prepared him to be available on a regular basis. It's expected that the 28-year-old will remain in extended spring training when the season begins in order to get more games under his belt, and if all goes well, Mesoraco could be activated by April. It's expected that Mesoraco will eventually displace Tucker Barnhart as the Reds' primary catcher, though the two backstops could share duties at the position in the early going.
Tony Sipp HOU RP
Astros' Tony Sipp: Could return Monday1h ago
Tony Sipp (back) was feeling better Sunday and could pitch in Monday's game against the Cardinals, Brian McTaggart of the Houston Astros ' official site reports. The left-handed reliever was scratched from a scheduled appearance Saturday.
Sipp's condition was described as nothing more than "standard, end-of-camp back stiffness," per manager A.J. Hinch. Sipp, in the second year of a three-year, $18 mllion contract, is the only lefty in the pen to start the season, so he's a valuable piece.
Ryan Anderson HOU PF
Rockets' Ryan Anderson: Will miss next two weeks1h ago
Ryan Anderson (ankle) has been ruled out for the next two weeks, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
Anderson's recent MRI on his ankle came back clean, but the Houston Rockets are going to take a cautious approach in order to have him at full strength for the playoffs. If that two-week timetable holds true, Anderson will miss the next six games, with his first shot to return being an Apr. 9 matchup against the Kings. Eric Gordon will get the first crack at joining the starting five Sunday, as the Rockets are opting to go with a smaller three-guard lineup against the Thunder. Sam Dekker, however, should pick up some extra minutes off the bench for the duration of Anderson's absence as well.
Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Will join starting five Sunday1h ago
Eric Gordon will enter the starting five for Sunday's game against the Thunder, Houston Rockets play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman reports.
Ryan Anderson (ankle) is set to miss at least the next two games, so Gordon should remain in the starting lineup for the duration of that absence. In nine previous starts this season, Gordon has actually seen a small dip in production with averages of 15.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 33.1 minutes.
Larry Sanders CLE PF
Cavaliers' Larry Sanders: Assigned to D-League1h ago
Larry Sanders was assigned Sunday to the D-League's Canton Charge, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
As expected, Sanders will continue to move back and forth between the two rosters, with the D-League offering the opportunity to get him back into game shape. Sanders could be recalled in time for Monday's game against the Spurs, although he's largely remained out of the regular rotation and may not see the floor in a competitive contest.
Jeff Green ORL PF
Magic's Jeff Green: Out Monday vs. Raptors1h ago
Jeff Green (back) won't travel to Toronto for Monday's game against the Raptors, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Green is in line to miss a third straight game Monday, as back spasms continue to limit his availability. With Green out again, Aaron Gordon should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at power forward, while Mario Hezonja could shift over and see some added time off the bench behind Gordon as well. Green's next opportunity to play will be Wednesday against the Thunder.
Jarrod Uthoff DAL
Mavericks' Jarrod Uthoff: Back from D-League2h ago
Jarrod Uthoff was recalled Sunday from the D-League's Texas Legends, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
Uthoff was with the Legends for their game on Saturday, finishing with 17 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), eight rebounds and an assist across 34 minutes. Considering he's averaging just 2.5 minutes per game with the Dallas Mavericks , he'll likely continue to move back and forth between the two rosters in order to maximize his developmental opportunities.
Kevin Durant GS SF
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Minutes restriction awaits2h ago
Kevin Durant (knee) is expected to be on a minutes restriction when he returns to game action, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "It's something we'll consult the training staff on," head coach Steve Kerr said after practice Saturday. "I imagine we'll ease him back by playing him shorter minutes to start, so he can build up his rhythm and his conditioning."
First things first, Durant is scheduled to be re-evaluated Thursday, at which time we'll learn more about a possible timeline for his return. While it's unlikely he'll be cleared to play before the week of April 3, the Golden State Warriors are hopeful he'll be available to play by the end of the regular season.
Keith Kinkaid NJ G
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Receives start Sunday against Dallas1h ago
Keith Kinkaid will start in net for Sunday's matchup with the Stars, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Despite snagging a win during the span, Kinkaid has put up less than stellar numbers over his last three starts, recording a .889 save percentage and 3.36 GAA. He'll look to turn around the recent poor form against a Stars team that tends to struggle on the road, averaging 2.33 goals per game in away contests.
Patrick Brown CAR C
Hurricanes' Patrick Brown: Sent back to minors2h ago
Patrick Brown was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Sunday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Brown's one-month trial with the big club was a seriously disappointing one -- he managed no points, 12 shots on goal, and a minus-6 rating while averaging 9:42 of ice time in 14 games. He did manage 30 hits as well, giving him value as an enforcer but not much else.
Derek Stepan NYR C
Rangers' Derek Stepan: Buries game-winner Saturday2h ago
Derek Stepan scored the game-winning goal against the Kings on Saturday.
That's the fourth consecutive 50-point season for Stepan, who is one of the more reliable producers in the game. He's on track for a career low in goals, but Stepan's main value lies in his puck distribution ability and elite vision. Keep him rolling, as his plus-18 rating and power-play production make him a well-rounded fantasy asset.
Matt Irwin NSH D
Predators' Matt Irwin: Rare assist in win over Sharks2h ago
Matt Irwin recorded his 14th point of the season with an assist in Saturday's 7-2 shellacking of the Sharks.
Irwin was looking like a possible breakout candidate back in November with five points in his first seven games, but he's been very quiet offensively since then. Irwin does tend to get bumped up the depth chart whenever a regular like P.K. Subban or Roman Josi goes down with an injury, but otherwise he's pretty much locked into a third-pairing role on the Preds' blue line. Lately, his ice time has been in the range of roughly 11-13 minutes per game, which does not lend itself to much fantasy value outside of very deep leagues.
Ivan Barbashev STL LW
Blues' Ivan Barbashev: Streaking over last six games2h ago
Ivan Barbashev scored on his only shot attempt of the game in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary. The 20-year-old has points in three straight games and five of the last six.
Barbashev has been economical since joining the St. Louis Blues , scoring four goals on just 12 shots. His line, which has at times featured wingers Magnus Paajarvi, Zachary Sanford and Nail Yakupov, has been a steady source of offense the last 10 days, producing six goals in the last six games. He's received increased ice time with Paul Stastny (lower body), Jori Lehtera (upper body) and Dmitrij Jaskin (upper body) on the shelf. His minutes could be cut pending the return of those injured forwards, but Barbashev's recent explosion may give coach Mike Yeo pause.
Mika Zibanejad NYR C
Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Racks up two helpers against Kings2h ago
Mika Zibanejad had two assists in Saturday's win over the Kings.
Zibanejad has been producing nicely on the team's second line of late, managing three goals and seven points in his last 10 games. The 23-year-old doesn't tear up the scoresheet, but he's fairly consistent and we've seen his lethal shot on display on numerous occasions. Keep him rolling, as his top-six role, power-play time and sniping ability makes him a solid fantasy play.
Johnathan Hankins NYG DT
Johnathan Hankins: Could stay with Giants20m ago
Johnathan Hankins could still re-sign with the Giants, NJ.com reports.
With the exception of Baltimore's Brandon Williams, the market for defensive tackles hasn't quite shaped up the way many players were hoping. Hankins ultimately may have to settle for an annual salary far lower than what he was expecting, or else accept a one-year contract similar to the one Dontari Poe signed with Atlanta. He may have thought he'd priced himself out of the Giants' range, but it now appears Hankins could stick with the team for at least one more year. He's arguably the top interior lineman left on the market.
Cam Newton CAR QB
Panthers' Cam Newton: Expected to be ready by Week 131m ago
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has no doubt Cam Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener, NFL.com reports.
The Panthers entered this offseason with the expectation Newton would avoid surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff, but he's now scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure March 30. He's tentatively scheduled to begin an individual throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery, with a return to throwing in a team setting expected at the 16-week mark. The timeline rules him out for the offseason program and leaves his training camp availability in serious question, but it should allow the 27-year-old quarterback to be ready by Week 1.
Brock Osweiler CLE QB
Browns' Brock Osweiler: Could stay with Browns1h ago
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is preparing for the upcoming season as if Brock Osweiler will be on the roster, NFL.com reports.
A previous report suggested the Browns don't plan to keep Osweiler, who was acquired along with a second-round draft pick in a trade designed to free up cap space for the Texans. The 26-year-old didn't look like starting material in his one-year stint in Houston, but he would at least provide some veteran competition for second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, the other two quarterbacks currently on Cleveland's roster. The Browns might still acquire another veteran or use a high draft pick on a quarterback, but if not, it would make sense to at least give Osweiler a brief look during offseason workouts before making a final decision.
Zach Brown BUF ILB
Zach Brown: Deciding between Oakland and Miami1h ago
Zach Brown is believed to be deciding between the Raiders and Dolphins, The Miami Herald reports.
Brown visited with the Raiders and Dolphins, then went back to Buffalo to explore a reunion with the Bills. He apparently didn't like what he heard in Buffalo, narrowing his decision down to the other two teams. With contract offers falling shy of what he expected, Brown might consider taking a one-year deal that allows him to hit the market again next offseason, even though he just enjoyed a breakout 2016 campaign with 149 tackles (97 solo) and four sacks.
Josh Gordon CLE WR
Browns' Josh Gordon: Expected to be traded or released if reinstated4h ago
The Cleveland Browns likely will trade or release Josh Gordon (suspension) if he is reinstated by the NFL, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March and expects to get an answer around the time of the NFL Draft. He's been suspended for 43 of the last 48 regular-season games, with his only appearances since 2013 occurring late in the 2014 season. He'll still only be 26 years old for the upcoming season, and he did look good in his two appearances last preseason, but then entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns after Week 4. While his willingness to take responsibility for his actions should help his case, Gordon's lengthy track record of substance-abuse issues means that any reinstatement likely would have a slew of conditions attached. Given his age and modest contract, Gordon might still fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. It's also possible, though not likely, that the Browns might reconsider their stance and give Gordon another shot.
Blake Bortles JAC QB
Jaguars' Blake Bortles: Fifth-year option could be declined5h ago
The Jacksonville Jaguars may not pick up the fifth-year option on Blake Bortles ' rookie contract, The Florida Times-Union reports.
After taking a big step back from his breakout 2015 campaign last season, Bortles is essentially preparing for a make-or-break year in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract. As a top-10 selection -- No. 3 overall in 2014 -- Bortles would have a fifth-year option equal to the average of the 10 highest-paid players at his position. The figure likely would fall somewhere in the range of $20-25 million, which is a lot to pay for a quarterback who completed only 58.9 percent of his passes for 6.3 yards per attempt last season. The Jaguars don't need to decide on the option until shortly after the draft, and even if they decline it and Bortles then enjoys a strong season, the team can use its franchise tag to prevent him from signing elsewhere next offseason. The Franchise tag would be similar to the fifth-year option in terms of salary, but using the tag on Bortles would prevent the Jaguars from using it on another player from their impressive 2014 draft class -- a group that includes WRs Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee, LB Telvin Smith and CB Aaron Colvin.