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Donovan Solano NYY 2B
Yankees' Donovan Solano: Assigned to minor-league camp1h ago
Donovan Solano was assigned to the New York Yankees ' minor-league camp Monday.
Solano appeared in nine games with the big club a season ago, going 5-of-22 (.227 average) at the dish. With the Yankees relatively healthy in the infield as the regular season approaches, Solano never had a realistic shot at winning an Opening Day roster spot, but as injuries mount over the course of the campaign, he could be called upon if more depth is needed up the middle. Look for Solano to report to Triple-A Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Adeiny Hechavarria MIA SS
Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Returns to lineup Monday1h ago
Adeiny Hechavarria (back) will start at shortstop and bat leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
The Miami Marlins held Hechavarria out of Sunday's game as a precaution after he experienced back soreness, but as expected, he'll be back in the lineup a day later without restrictions. The 27-year-old is in line to serve as the Marlins' everyday shortstop this season, but he'll represent one of the lower-end fantasy options at the position after batting .236 with three homers and 38 RBI in 547 plate appearances in 2016.
Matt Albers WAS RP
Matt Albers: Released by Washington1h ago
Matt Albers was released by the Nationals on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Albers was forced to settle for a minor-league contract in the offseason after submitting a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 51.1 innings with the White Sox last season, but despite tossing 11.2 scoreless innings in spring training, he was unable to claim a bullpen spot with the Nationals. The 34-year-old's strong track record prior to last season coupled with his excellent spring should be enough to earn him a look from another MLB team, though he'd likely be in store for a low-leverage role no matter where he lands.
Francisco Cervelli PIT C
Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Can't go against Phils1h ago
Francisco Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to the recurrence of a foot injury, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "Francisco continues to have a little bit of soreness in the foot, so we just want to make sure that we take care of him," general manager Neal Huntington said.
He had an active game Saturday, legging out a triple, but it's never encouraging when a player faces chronic foot pain in spring training, especially a catcher. Backup Chris Stewart has also had a difficult time staying on the field, potentially opening up additional action for Elias Diaz at some point in 2017.
Joe Nathan WAS RP
Joe Nathan: Released by Washington1h ago
Joe Nathan was released by the Nationals on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Nathan made a spirited bid in spring training to win a spot in the Nationals bullpen, but the organization simply felt that they had higher-upside options than the 42-year-old. Given his age, Nathan wasn't willing to accept an assignment to the minors, so he'll become a free agent and see if he can draw interest from other teams for a bullpen gig in the big leagues. Nathan made 10 total appearances with the Cubs and Giants last season, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings and striking out nine batters.
Christian Vazquez BOS C
Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Dominates behind and at plate Sunday1h ago
Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer and made several key defensive plays in Sunday's game against the Twins.
In addition to his seventh-inning homer, Vazquez picked off a runner at second base, caught a runner attempting to steal third and applied a nice tag on a play at the plate. This is the kind of virtuoso defensive performance the Boston Red Sox have been dreaming of since they elevated the catcher to the majors in 2015. His ability to control a running game may eventually land him as the lead catcher. Sandy Leon is the starter heading into the season, but make no mistake, Vazquez will catch two out of every five games at a minimum.
Corey Brewer LAL SF
Lakers' Corey Brewer: Only three points in Sunday start1h ago
Corey Brewer totaled three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal over 19 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.
The veteran couldn't generate much in his spot start for Brandon Ingram (knee), certainly a disappointing outcome considering he'd just poured in 12 points over 16 minutes against the T-Wolves on Friday. It was a forgettable effort overall for the entire Los Angeles Lakers offense, however, and Brewer has certainly proven capable of generating solid production over his long career. Therefore, he could certainly bounce back if he takes the floor with the first unit again Tuesday night versus the Wizards.
Ivica Zubac LAL C
Lakers' Ivica Zubac: Full stat line in 26 minutes Sunday1h ago
Ivica Zubac managed 10 points (4-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 26 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Zubac posted double-digit scoring for the fourth time in the last five games and has now hauled in between six and eight boards in those four contests as well. The 20-year-old is receiving plenty of run in the majority of contests that he avoids foul trouble, making him an appealing grab off the wire for those in need of scoring and rebounding at this stage of the season.
Jordan Clarkson LAL PG
Lakers' Jordan Clarkson: Full stat line in Sunday loss1h ago
Jordan Clarkson tallied 10 points (4-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and six assists over 37 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Despite his second atrocious shooting performance over the last three games, Clarkson salvaged the night for fantasy owners with his best rebound total since Feb. 14 and a solid effort in the assist category as well. He just managed to hit double digits in the scoring column for the 11th time in the last 12 games, and despite the struggles from the field, he's still shooting a respective 42.7 percent from the field in 12 March contests. His current role in the starting five certainly renders Clarkson a high-upside fantasy asset, as most recently evidenced by his 35-point effort against the Timberwolves on Friday night.
D'Angelo Russell LAL PG
Lakers' D'Angelo Russell: Scores team-high 22 points Sunday1h ago
D'Angelo Russell provided 22 points (8-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two assists and one rebound over 33 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Russell was over 20 points for only the second time in the last eight games and bounced back from the 33.3 percent shooting night he'd generated against the T-Wolves on Friday. Although he didn't provide much outside of the scoring column, Russell had dished between five and six assists in the prior three games. He's averaging 18.2 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 32.3 minutes in 12 March games, with a 40-point outburst against the Cavs helping to significantly boost his scoring figure.
Al-Farouq Aminu POR SF
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Double-digit rebounds on second unit Sunday1h ago
Al-Farouq Aminu supplied nine points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and one block over 26 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 win over the Lakers.
Aminu continues to dominate on the glass off the bench, with Sunday's effort marking his third game with double-digit rebounds in the last nine contests. Aminu has also upped his scoring contributions recently, as he's now averaging 9.0 points on 50 percent shooting (11-for-22) over the last three games. While his offensive involvement tends to fluctuate, he remains a strong fantasy asset due to his prowess on the boards.
Klay Thompson GS SG
Warriors' Klay Thompson: Bounces back from poor shooting performance1h ago
Klay Thompson scored 31 points (12-18 FT, 7-11 3Pt) while adding two rebounds and one assist across 35 minutes during Sunday's 106-94 win over the Grizzles.
Thompson had been shooting lights out prior to Friday's eight-point clunker against the Kings, and he bounced right back in this one with an efficient performance from the field and seven more treys to lead his team in scoring. The sharpshooter has been in an absolute groove lately, shooting over 50 percent from the field and knocking down at least five three-point attempts in five of his last seven games.
Oliver Bjorkstrand CLB RW
Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand: Could return to practice Monday1h ago
Oliver Bjorkstrand (undisclosed) could return to practice Monday, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarko Kekalainen said the young winger is "progressing" but wouldn't elaborate on the exact nature of Bjorkstrand's injury, which he picked up Wednesday against the Leafs after being checked into the boards from behind. The Jackets are carrying enough forward depth to be cautious with him, and without knowing what kind of injury it is it's futile to guess at a possible return date.
Jori Lehtera STL C
Blues' Jori Lehtera: Out for Monday's game2h ago
Jori Lehtera (concussion) is listed as out for Monday's game against Arizona, Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The St. Louis Blues have danced around this injury since Lehtera was scratched from a game two weeks ago after taking a puck off the head. Monday's game will be the ninth consecutive one he's missed and there's no indication that Lehtera's close to returning.
Patrick Eaves ANA RW
Ducks' Patrick Eaves: Strikes twice against Rangers7h ago
Patrick Eaves scored a pair of goals in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Eaves scoring 27 goals this year might be one of the biggest surprises of the NHL season. The 32-year-old is thriving on the top line with the red-hot Ryan Getzlaf and could put up his first career 50-point campaign. Considering the pace he's scoring at and the fact he's playing on the top line of one of the hottest teams in the NHL, Eaves is worth inserting into your lineup whenever he's in action.
Ryan Kesler ANA C
Ducks' Ryan Kesler: Notches first goal in six games7h ago
Ryan Kesler netted his 21st goal of the season and added a helper in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Kesler had gone quiet of late, managing just one assist in his previous five games. The second-line center has put up back-to-back 20-goal, 50-plus point seasons and is a reliable fantasy play whenever the Anaheim Ducks are in action. With Anaheim rolling and the playoffs around the corner, Kesler is one to watch, as he always knows when to turn on the intensity.
Ryan Getzlaf ANA C
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Dominates against New York8h ago
Ryan Getzlaf notched four assists in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Getzlaf has been looking like 2007 Getzlaf of late, racking up 27 points in his last 19 games. His 14 goals on the season are nothing special, but he's turned back the clock of late and is delivering points at a rapid rate. With 47 PIM and another 70-point campaign in sight, Getzlaf is a well-rounded fantasy option who should be rolled out with confidence as the playoffs approach.
Cam Fowler ANA D
Ducks' Cam Fowler: Logs two assists in victory8h ago
Cam Fowler contributed a pair of helpers in 23:25 of ice time in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Fowler is putting together a strong season with 37 points and a plus-7 rating. He's very valuable in most fantasy formats due to his career-high 11 goals and role on the top power-play unit. Fowler is a safe fantasy play every game because the Anaheim Ducks rely on him heavily and he possess great offensive instincts.
Kirk Cousins WAS QB
Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Still no trade talks1h ago
Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team hasn't discussed trading Kirk Cousins , CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."
The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins for a second straight offseason, which led to rumors the team could trade him if negotiations on a long-term deal weren't going well. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement, and even if nothing comes to pass, it seems the Redskins would rather risk losing Cousins without compensation next offseason than deal him now and essentially give up their chances of competing in 2017. Meanwhile, the team lost aging wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, but then acted quickly to sign Terrelle Pryor to a one-year, $8 million deal. The team also added Brian Quick, who provides some insurance for 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson. Washington's backfield looks to be the weak point of the offense, but the upcoming draft could take care of that, featuring a slew of running backs with early-round potential.
Packers' Makinton Dorleant: Arrested Saturday night13h ago
Makinton Dorleant (knee) was arrested Saturday night at a bar in Chicago, The Chicago Tribune reports.
Unlike Bears CB Deiondre' Hall, who was Dorleant's teammate at Northern Iowa and accompanied Dorleant to the bar on Saturday, the Green Bay Packers cornerback only received one misdemeanor charge for interference. It's possible the NFL could come down with a punishment.
Deiondre' Hall CHI CB
Bears' Deiondre' Hall: Arrested Saturday night14h ago
Deiondre' Hall was arrested Saturday night after a disturbance at a local bar, The Chicago Tribune reports.
Hall was accompanied by a former teammate at Northern Iowa in Packers CB Makinton Dorleant and ultimately charged with three misdemeanor counts for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and interference. We'll wait and see if the league decides to dish out a punishment.
Le'Veon Bell PIT RB
Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Doesn't have timetable at moment19h ago
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team does not have a rehab timetable for Le'Veon Bell (groin), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports. "Our goal is to have [Bell] 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said.
Bell had surgery March 13 to repair the core muscle injury that left him sidelined for most of the AFC championship game. He also received the Steelers' franchise tag earlier this offseason, with the two sides hoping to reach a long-term agreement while Bell recovers from his surgery. There's still plenty of time before the July 15 deadline, and Bell's rehab process isn't expected to interfere with his Week 1 availability. While the current injury shouldn't have too much impact on negotiations, the Steelers can't ignore that their star running back has missed 20 out of a possible 70 games since entering the league in 2013.
Theo Riddick DET RB
Lions' Theo Riddick: Recovering from surgery on both wrists20h ago
Theo Riddick had surgery on both wrists late last season, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Riddick missed the final four games of the season with a wrist injury, but it was never revealed if he had surgery. While it turns out he actually needed procedures on both wrists, Riddick is still expected to be a full participant when organized team activities begin later this spring. Backfield mate Ameer Abdullah (foot) has already been fully cleared to return, but even with him and Riddick both expected to be healthy, the Detroit Lions are rumored to have interest in drafting a running back.
Timmy Jernigan BAL DE
Ravens' Timmy Jernigan: Could be available in trade20h ago
The Baltimore Ravens may consider trading Timmy Jernigan , who is preparing for the final season of his rookie contract, ESPN.com reports.
The perennially cap-strapped Ravens have invested a lot in other parts of their defense, most recently giving out huge contracts to NT Brandon Williams and S Tony Jefferson. The 48th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Jernigan may have priced himself out of the team's range with his solid play the past two years. He's recorded either four or five sacks in each of his three seasons while also providing a strong presence against the run the past two campaigns.