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  • Steven Matz NYM SP
    Mets' Steven Matz: Bullpen session approaching
    1h ago

    The New York Mets want Steven Matz (elbow) to throw an 80-pitch bullpen session before having him make a start, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

    The club said that they'd like to have Matz participate in said bullpen session either Wednesday or Thursday. However, considering he threw both Monday and Tuesday, it seems more likely that the workout will take place Thursday. If Matz is able to successfully complete the upcoming bullpen session, he'd reduce the likelihood of starting the season with a brief DL stint, so owners should monitor his status over the coming days.

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  • Anthony Rendon WAS 3B
    Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Out with calf issue
    1h ago

    Anthony Rendon is sitting out of Tuesday's spring game after fouling a ball off his calf Monday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

    Rendon indicated his calf was feeling much better Tuesday, but the Washington Nationals are still choosing to err on the side of caution with their starting third baseman. Consider him day-to-day until the Nationals note otherwise.

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  • Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
    Indians' Carlos Carrasco: Slated to start second game of season
    1h ago

    Carlos Carrasco (elbow) is expected to start the Cleveland Indians ' second game of the season, April 4 against the Rangers in Arlington, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    There was some talk of Carrasco possibly opening the year on the 10-day DL -- he only built up to three innings in his most recent start following the elbow scare. However, manager Terry Francona said Carrasco should be fine if he gets to four innings in his final spring start Wednesday against the Reds, as the bullpen will be ready to back him up. Carrasco will be looking to stay healthy and surpass 150 innings at the major league level for just the second time in his career.

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  • Jeff Gelalich CIN RF
    Jeff Gelalich: Let go by Reds
    1h ago

    Jeff Gelalich was released by the Reds on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Gelalich just racked up two at-bats for the Reds this spring, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. The former second-round pick will look to catch on with a minor league deal elsewhere, though he hasn't shown much promise in his previous minor league stints.

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  • Stephen Johnson
    Stephen Johnson: Cut by Cincinnati
    1h ago

    Stephen Johnson was released by the Reds on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Johnson didn't make a single appearance for the Reds this spring. Most recently, he pitched at Triple-A Louisville during the 2016 season, during which he posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 35 games (74.2 innings). If a team opts to pick him up, Johnson will likely serve as organizational depth.

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  • Tyler Thornburg BOS SP
    Red Sox's Tyler Thornburg: Dealing with shoulder impingement
    1h ago

    Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement Tuesday and will not throw for a week, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

    Although it isn't a dire situation, injuries of this nature typically take a good chunk of time to heal. Thornburg will be re-evaluated after a week of rest, but this setback could keep the right-hander out for more than the minimum 15 days required of a DL stint. His timetable should become clearer as he gets back to throwing in the next few weeks.

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  • Ronnie Price PHO PG
    Suns' Ronnie Price: Questionable Tuesday vs. Hawks
    1h ago

    Ronnie Price (lower leg) is questionable for Tuesday's matchup against the Hawks, K.L. Chouinard of ATLand29.com reports.

    Price has missed the past five contests with a lower leg contusion and his status for Tuesday's game is in question. As a result, Tyler Ulis will probably continue to pick up heavy minutes at the point guard slot if Price ends up being sidelined once more.

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  • Leandro Barbosa PHO SG
    Suns' Leandro Barbosa: Questionable Tuesday vs. Hawks
    1h ago

    Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) is questionable for Tuesday's tilt against the Hawks, K.L. Chouinard of ATLand29.com reports.

    Barbosa sat out Sunday's matchup against the Hornets with a left hamstring injury and his availability for Tuesday's game is in question as he's now dealing with right hamstring spasms. In his absence, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker will probably continue to pick up heavy minutes at the guard slots along with Ronnie Price (leg) -- who's listed as questionable -- if he ends up playing.

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  • Edmond Sumner: Will enter 2017 NBA Draft
    1h ago

    Sumner announced Tuesday that he plans to hire an agent and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello reports.

    Sumner, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 assists per game in 21 appearances during his junior campaign at Xavier before suffering a season-ending left ACL tear in late January. While the injury will likely delay the start to Sumner's first season as a professional, he could catch the eye of a number of NBA teams as a developmental pick in the second round.

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  • Cristiano Felicio CHI PF
    Bulls' Cristiano Felicio: Fails to practice Tuesday
    2h ago

    Cristiano Felicio (back) was unable to practice Tuesday.

    The Chicago Bulls are off the schedule until Thursday against the Cavaliers, but with Felicio still dealing with soreness in the lower-back area, it doesn't seem promising that he'll be able to return to action. He's missed the previous three games with the injury, allowing Joffrey Lauvergne to take on an elevated role off the bench. In those contests, Lauvergne is averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.7 minutes per game.

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  • Jeff Green ORL PF
    Magic's Jeff Green: Listed as out for Wednesday's game
    2h ago

    Jeff Green (back) is listed as out in the Orlando Magic 's game notes for Wednesday's tilt with the Thunder.

    Green is still plagued by lower-back soreness and will be sidelined for a fourth straight game as a result. With the non-contending Magic simply running out the clock on the season, there's little incentive for the team to rush the veteran forward back into action. Mario Hezonja will continue to see increased minutes as the primary backup at power forward for the duration of Green's absence.

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  • Chasson Randle NY PG
    Knicks' Chasson Randle: Assigned to D-League
    2h ago

    Chasson Randle was assigned to the D-League's Westchester New York Knicks on Tuesday.

    It's likely just a one-day assignment for Randle, who should rejoin the parent club in time for Wednesday's game against the Heat. Randle appears to have fallen behind Ron Baker on the depth chart for the top backup role behind starting point guard Derrick Rose, as he's seen a combined four minutes over the Knicks' last two contests.

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  • Oilers' Joseph Gambardella: Signs entry-level contract
    1h ago

    Gambardella agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level deal Tuesday.

    During his senior season at UMass-Lowell, Gambardella racked up 18 goals and 34 assists -- a 1.32 point per game average. All told, the center compiled 129 points during his four-year collegiate career. The 23-year-old's entry-level deal will kick in starting with the 2017-18 campaign and will report to AHL Bakersfield for the remainder of the year.

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  • Chris Tierney SJ C
    Sharks' Chris Tierney: Back in the mix Tuesday
    1h ago

    Chris Tierney (upper body) is in line to play Tuesday against the Rangers, CSN Bay Area reports.

    In his anticipated return to action, look for Tierney to center the San Jose Sharks ' fourth line Tuesday, flanked by Timo Meier and Joonas Donskoi. The 22-year-old's fantasy impact has been modest this season, as he recorded just 18 points and four PIM in 73 games to date.

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  • Jacob Markstrom VAN G
    Canucks' Jacob Markstrom: Could be shut down soon
    1h ago

    Coach Willie Desjardins said the team will "have to make a medical decision" on Jacob Markstrom 's injured knee soon, indicating that the Swedish goalie could be shut down for the season, The Province reports.

    With the Vancouver Canucks already eliminated from playoff contention, sitting Markstrom for the remainder of the campaign would seem to be a prudent move for the team, as the Swede could be in the running for the starting goalie role next season. It's probably not worth investing in Markstrom at this point in the season anyhow.

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  • Jonathan Quick LA G
    Kings' Jonathan Quick: Candidate to start Tuesday
    1h ago

    Based on the team's morning skate, Jonathan Quick appears likely to get the start in net Tuesday against the Oilers, Jon Rosen of LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.

    We'll look for confirmation of the assignment as Tuesday's 9:00 ET face-off approaches, but if Quick does indeed get the nod he'll look to snap a personal three-game winless streak against the Oilers, who have taken six of their last seven decisions.

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  • Marian Gaborik LA RW
    Kings' Marian Gaborik: Could be scratched Tuesday
    2h ago

    Marian Gaborik is a candidate to be a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Oilers, Jon Rosen of LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.

    Gaborik, who has been a healthy scratch twice this season, checks in with 10 goals and 19 points in 51 games to date, numbers that reflect the fact that the 35-year-old's days as a high-end goal-scorer are behind him.

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  • Jack Skille VAN RW
    Canucks' Jack Skille: Ankle in bad shape
    2h ago

    Jack Skille was seen walking around on crutches Tuesday and his injured ankle was quite swollen, Jay Janower of Global BC reports.

    The status of Skille's ankle would seem to indicate that he won't suit up for Tuesday night's game and he very well could be out for longer. With an astounding eight Vancouver forwards dealing with injuries of varying severity, defenseman Alex Biega could continue to draw into the lineup as a forward.

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  • Reggie Ragland BUF ILB
    Bills' Reggie Ragland: Man in the middle
    33m ago

    New coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that Reggie Ragland (knee) will be his starting middle linebacker, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. "What innately comes at that position is the leadership skills. His character really possesses those leadership skills and can be the antenna of that defense," McDermott said. "In this system, it has been guys like Luke Kuechly, Jeremiah Trotter. Guys that can check the defense, get us out of bad calls. That is an important part of that position. Reggie, from what I've observed and been told, has that DNA."

    This is a bit of a surprise, as most would assume Preston Brown and his three seasons of 100-plus tackles would be manning the middle, whereas Ragland missed his entire rookie season due to ACL surgery. In fact, we'll need to dig into this a bit more in the coming weeks, as Brown wasn't even mentioned when McDermott was talking about his starting outside linebackers. Perhaps McDermott misspoke a bit, or he'll have enough looks with his defense that both Ragland and Brown can see the field, so we'll see how it plays out once the team starts practicing again. For now, just know that the new coach has big plans for the second-year player from Alabama.

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  • Patrick Robinson IND CB
    Eagles' Patrick Robinson: Signs with Eagles
    1h ago

    Patrick Robinson (groin) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

    After signing defensive end Chris Long earlier in the day, the Eagles continue to add veteran playmakers to their defense as Robinson heads to Philadelphia after spending last season with the Colts. The cornerback was limited throughout last season due to a groin injury but still managed to record 26 tackles, five pass deflections and one forced fumble in seven games (six starts). Robinson should secure a starting role in an otherwise young Eagles secondary as long as he can remain healthy.

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  • Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB
    Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Progressing in recovery
    2h ago

    According to head coach Mike Zimmer, Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has upgraded to running in a pool and taking part in non-weight bearing exercises, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports. "The big thing for Teddy is that he's got to keep progressing with where he's going," Zimmer told Marvez and Tom Pelissero on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He's doing a great job in the rehab. These [trainers] will get him back and ready to go. I honestly don't know when. No one really knows. He had a great doctor do [the surgery] and he's done phenomenal work. We're anticipating getting him back at some point."

    "At some point" may occur during the 2017 season, but there's the distinct possibility that Bridgewater misses back-to-back campaigns due to the devastation wrought upon his left knee during practice on Aug. 30. With uncertainty reigning, the Minnesota Vikings can only take a wait-and-see approach as rehab dominates his day-to-day regimen. The team can take solace in the fact that Sam Bradford filled in admirably for the 2014 first-round pick last season, setting an NFL record for completion percentage (71.6), accruing a career-best 3,877 yards and compiling a 20:5 TD:INT ratio across 15 games. Expect the risk-averse Bradford to helm the offense for most, if not all, of the upcoming campaign, no matter the progress made by Bridgewater.

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  • Marshal Yanda BAL G
    Ravens' Marshal Yanda: Undergoes shoulder surgery
    2h ago

    Marshal Yanda had shoulder surgery this offseason but will be ready for training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

    Yanda played through the shoulder ailment for most of the season but did opt out of the Pro Bowl because of the injury. The veteran switched to left guard last season because of the injury, as he felt he could play more effectively on the left side of the line. "He'll be ready for training camp -- 100 percent," head coach John Harbaugh said of Yanda's status. Look for more updates to come at that point of the offseason.

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  • Tony Romo DAL QB
    Cowboys' Tony Romo: Broncos still denying interest
    2h ago

    Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said the team has not had any discussions about Tony Romo , David Helman of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    The Broncos maintain that they aren't interested in Romo, who may thus be left to decide between the Houston Texans and a career in broadcasting. It's possible the Broncos are denying interest in an effort to convince the Dallas Cowboys to release their veteran quarterback, but it seems more likely that Denver actually does prefer its in-house options, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.

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  • Sammy Watkins BUF WR
    Bills' Sammy Watkins: Could have fifth-year option picked up
    3h ago

    Head coach Sean McDermott suggested the Buffalo Bills are not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option on Sammy Watkins ' (foot) rookie contract, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

    The team has until May 2 to decide on the $13.528 million option, which seems like a pretty obvious decision even though Watkins only played 21 games over the past two seasons. The No. 4 overall pick from the 2014 draft has been fantastic when healthy, looking every bit the part of a true No. 1 receiver. Watkins had surgery on his troublesome left foot in mid-January, with the expectation he'll be available for training camp. Barring unexpected news of a recovery setback, the Bills figure to pick up the fifth-year option. The team might even start discussions about a long-term extension, perhaps hoping to lock Watkins down while his value is at a relative low point. Should he bounce back strong to enjoy a healthy and productive 2017 season, Watkins likely would expect to receive one of the largest non-quarterback contracts in the league.

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