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    • Gregory Polanco PIT LF
      Pirates' Gregory Polanco: To miss multiple games with sprained ankle
      12m ago

      Gregory Polanco will miss at least a couple games with the sprained ankle that forced him out of Monday's game, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

      At this point, it doesn't appear that the injury will force Polanco to the disabled list. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an off-day Thursday, so assuming the injury isn't worse than the club expects, Polanco could be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Mets.

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    • Seth Lugo NYM RP
      Mets' Seth Lugo: Will make one more rehab start
      14m ago

      Seth Lugo (elbow) will make one more rehab start and then join the New York Mets as a member of the starting rotation.

      General Manager Sandy Alderson made this announcement Monday but that came before Robert Gsellman, who is to be moved to the bullpen when Lugo and Steven Matz rejoin the team, went out and had his second straight solid start. Lugo allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts during his six-inning start for Double-A Binghamton on Sunday. He tossed 79 pitches in the outing and the plan is to get him close to 90 in this next rehab start, also with the Rumble Ponies, before he rejoins the Mets.

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    • David Paulino HOU SP
      Astros' David Paulino: Scratched from Monday start, could be headed to majors
      16m ago

      David Paulino has been scratched from Monday's start at Triple-A and will likely take the spot of the recently demoted Jordan Jankowski, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Paulino missed all of April and parts of May with a bone bruise in his elbow. He was considered a strong candidate for Houston's bullpen entering spring training, but with the injury, the Houston Astros decided to let him start the season in the minors. His 4.50 ERA and 1.43 WHIP are unimpressive, but his 13 strikeouts in 14 innings show the power stuff the Astros are hoping will play in their bullpen.

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    • Jordan Jankowski HOU RP
      Astros' Jordan Jankowski: Earns win despite poor outing
      19m ago

      Jordan Jankowski (1-0) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over 2.1 innings but was still the pitcher of record when Houston scored 11 eight-inning runs during Monday's win over Minnesota.

      The Houston Astros trailed 8-2 entering the eighth frame, so Jankowski was incredibly lucky to pick up his first career win. He's now allowed six runs over just 5.1 innings this season, so it's probably wise to ignore the 28-year-old righty in all fantasy settings at this stage of the game.

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    • Daniel Palka MIN 1B
      Twins' Daniel Palka: Fractures index finger
      20m ago

      Daniel Palka has a fractured left index finger.

      It's unclear when or how Palka sustained the injury, but it appears he will be sidelined for an extended time. A timetable for his return should become available as he progresses in his recovery.

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    • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
      Astros' Alex Bregman: Hits two-run shot against Twins
      26m ago

      Alex Bregman went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run during Monday's win over Minnesota.

      Bregman sports a respectable .254 batting average, but Monday's homer was just his 15th extra-base hit of the season and improved his slugging percentage to a disappointing .393. Additionally, this was just his fourth multi-hit game in May. It's probably wise to remain patient with the youngster, though. Bergman owns oodles of upside and is a mainstay in a dangerous lineup.

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    • Joel Heath HOU DE
      Texans' Joel Heath: Returns to full health
      1h ago

      Joel Heath (knee) is 100 percent healthy, WCPO's Mike Dyer reports.

      Heath went down in the Houston Texans ' divisional-round loss to the Patriots last January. While it still isn't certain what specific type of knee injury he was dealing with, the second-year Michigan State product did not require surgery and has been participating in the outset of OTAs.

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    • Dante Fowler JAC DE
      Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr.: Aiming for breakout season
      7h 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
      8h 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
      19h 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
      20h 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
      20h 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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    • 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
      7h 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
      7h 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
      7h 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
      7h 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
      7h 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
      7h 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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