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Ian Happ CHC RF
Cubs' Ian Happ: Won't start Monday36m ago
Ian Happ is out of the lineup Monday against the Padres.
Happ had worked his way into the lineup for six games in a row, drawing starts at second base and in the outfield. He'll take a seat Monday with Ben Zobrist (wrist) returning, but there hasn't been any indication of a looming demotion just yet. Happ has certainly proven his worth during this 14-game stint, posting a .841 OPS with two home runs.
Dexter Fowler STL CF
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler: Keeps on hitting Sunday37m ago
Dexter Fowler went 3-for-5 with a double in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Rockies.
The veteran leadoff hitter continued to thrive against one of his former squads and wrapped up the three-game series against Colorado with a .500 average (6-for-12). Fowler has a modest four-game hit streak at present and has raised his season average 22 points to .228 over that stretch.
Willson Contreras CHC C
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Heads to bench Monday40m ago
Willson Contreras is out of the lineup Monday against the Padres.
Contreras has started two of the last three games, but will give way to Miguel Montero behind the plate for the afternoon contest. The 25-year-old backstop is coming off a productive outing Sunday, as Contreras went 2-for-5 with a solo home run on the afternoon. He now has five long balls on the season, three of which have been in the month of May.
Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Back in action Monday40m ago
Daniel Murphy (illness) is batting fifth and playing second base Monday against the Giants, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Murphy is ready to resume his duties at second base after missing three games due to an illness. The 32-year-old, who is slashing .315/.371/.551 in 45 games this season, will face Matt Moore in his return to the lineup.
Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Returns to lineup Monday42m ago
Ben Zobrist (wrist) is back in the starting lineup Monday in San Diego.
Zobrist hasn't played since Friday due to wrist soreness, but will return to action for the Memorial Day matchup, starting in right field and batting atop the order. The utility man is 1-for-6 with two strikeouts in his career against opposing starter Jarred Cosart.
Randal Grichuk STL LF
Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Sent back to minors1h ago
Randal Grichuk was optioned to High-A Palm Springs on Monday.
Grichuk has been struggling mightily in May -- slashing just .202/.253/.333 with one homer and 28 strikeouts across 22 games (84 at-bats) -- so the St. Louis Cardinals decided to send him back to the minors to work on some pitch recognition, according to David Solomon of 550 KTRS. It's unclear how long Grichuk will be working things out in the minors, but Jose Martinez, who was activated from the DL in a corresponding roster move, should see a bulk of starts in left field in his place. Tommy Pham should also get some looks.
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Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr.: Aiming for breakout season1h 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 ACL injury 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 a sharpened burst and agility. All this considered, as long as he can stay healthy, Fowler could be in line for his best season yet.
Jeff Allen HOU G
Texans' Jeff Allen: Returning to form2h 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. "My ankle feels pretty good," Allen noted. "It was more of a cleanup thing. It was something that had been bothering me for a little while." In addition, Allen has spent the offseason changing his diet, which has helped him lose over 20 pounds. All this considered, the veteran is very optimistic for the upcoming season as he looks to bolster the Houston Texans ground game.
Nate Orchard CLE OLB
Browns' Nate Orchard: Active in OTAs14h 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.
Derrick Kindred CLE SS
Browns' Derrick Kindred: Participating in OTAs14h 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.
Michael Oher CAR T
Panthers' Michael Oher: Not a lock for minicamp14h 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.
Jimmy Smith BAL CB
Ravens' Jimmy Smith: Back in action14h 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.
David Lee SA C
Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery3d 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.
Al Horford BOS C
Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale3d 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.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss3d 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.
Jae Crowder BOS SF
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss3d 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.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 53d 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.
Avery Bradley BOS SG
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss3d 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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Senators' Cody Ceci: Broke fingers "multiple times" in playoffs42m 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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Senators' Erik Karlsson: Played through multiple injuries in playoffs1h 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.
Viktor Stalberg OTT LW
Senators' Viktor Stalberg: Injury revealed as abdominal1h 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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Senators' Craig Anderson: Dealt with injury in playoffs1h 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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Predators' Pekka Rinne: Will start Game 11h 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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Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal Monday1h 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.