Ian Kinsler DET 2B
Tigers' Ian Kinsler: Comes around four times in rout15m ago
Ian Kinsler went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and four runs against the Mariners on Tuesday.
He was just one piece of the pie, as the Detroit Tigers ran up 19 runs against Seattle pitching. Things have been a bit slow for him in the early going, but this single game raised his batting average from .217 to .262, and Kinsler's now scored 16 runs in 18 games with an even 14:14 BB:K. It looks like he's in for another productive season atop Detroit's batting order.
Nelson Cruz SEA DH
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Keeps offensive explosion going17m ago
Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Tigers in Tuesday's 19-9 loss.
You certainly can't hang this defeat on Cruz, who's now hit safely in six straight games and driven home eight in the last two. After starting off the season 2-for-25, he's gone 20-for-49 (.408) with all four of his homers and 15 RBI over the last 14 games.
Jean Segura SEA SS
Mariners' Jean Segura: Offers spark in return to lineup21m ago
Jean Segura went 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and two runs in his return from injury Tuesday against Detroit.
Unfortunately, the Seattle Mariners still got run out of the building by a 19-run explosion from the Tigers' offense, but this was still an impressive return for Segura, who missed 12 games with a hamstring ailment. It's hard to imagine Segura equaling last year's massive production now that he's moved from Arizona to the less hitter-friendly environs of Seattle's Safeco Field, but he's still looked good when healthy early on.
Evan Marshall SEA RP
Mariners' Evan Marshall: Stuck with seven-run relief appearance25m ago
Evan Marshall gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks over two innings of relief in Tuesday's blowout loss to Detroit.
Marshall came into this game with a 1.59 ERA and 1.24 WHIP; those numbers are ancient history now. Coming off last season's 8.80 ERA (and 2015's 6.08 mark), this early blowup is the last thing he needs as he tries to hold onto a bullpen spot in Seattle.
Chris Heston SEA SP
Mariners' Chris Heston: Crushed in season debut28m ago
Chris Heston gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in just two innings of relief against Detroit on Tuesday.
He took a bad situation (Felix Hernandez struggling and then being removed early) and made it worse, helping the Tigers on their way to a 19-run evening. Heston was only just called up this weekend as a long-relief arm, and this outing could very well get him sent right back down.
Jordan Zimmermann DET SP
Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann: Backed by 19 runs in win35m ago
Jordan Zimmermann (2-1) gave up five runs on 11 hits -- including three homers -- over six innings Tuesday, but he benefited from a 19-run outburst by the Detroit Tigers ' offense to gain a win over the Mariners.
He may have a winning record, but the early returns have been quite bad for Zimmermann, who's now given up five runs in three consecutive starts. Never the most prolific strikeout artist, he's seen his ability to miss bats fall off a cliff -- with just one whiff Tuesday, he has only 11 in his first 22.2 innings. It's hard to own a guy who's giving up that much contact.
Rajon Rondo CHI PG
Bulls' Rajon Rondo: Could still play Game 53h ago
Rajon Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Rondo was able to get some shots up at Tuesday's practice, but coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that the Kentucky product would still miss Game 5. However, it appears the veteran guard has different plans, as he is preparing as though he will give it a go Wednesday. A final decision on his status is unlikely to be determined until closer to tip-off. If he does take the court, he figures to be limited in what he can provide offensively. If he does not, the Chicago Bulls would presumably give Isaiah Canaan another starting opportunity.
DeWayne Dedmon SA C
Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon: Will come off bench in return5h ago
DeWayne Dedmon (illness) will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Dedmon has been a fixture in the San Antonio Spurs ' starting lineup throughout the later stages of the season, but a recent illness kept him out of Game 4 of the Spurs' first round series on Saturday. David Lee drew the start in his place, posting eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes, and will remain with the top unit during Game 5 despite Dedmon being available. That said, with both players active, they'll likely be in a timeshare, which could mean a decrease in playing time all around, thus hurting their overall fantasy value.
Festus Ezeli POR C
Festus Ezeli: Will be let go by Trail Blazers6h ago
Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Festus Ezeli 's contract for the 2017-18 season won't be guaranteed, making him an unrestricted free agent, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Ezeli was expected to bring the Trail Blazers a much-needed defensive presence in the frontcourt this past season, but a previous left knee injury continued to hamper his availability to take the court. Despite originally expecting to miss just six weeks after receiving a pain injection early in year, Ezeli eventually suffered a setback in his rehab and would go on to miss the entire 2016-17 campaign, finishing with yet another season-ending surgery in March. With a non-guaranteed $7.73 million contract for next season on tap, GM Neil Olshey wasted no time making the decision to drop him, as just a day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, he announced the team wouldn't keep Ezeli around. Ezeli will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with anyone, although his most recent knee surgery could hold him out for a good chunk of the 2017-18 season as well, which will likely keep most teams away for the time being.
Diamond Stone LAC C
Clippers' Diamond Stone: Ruled out for Game 57h ago
Diamond Stone (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.
Stone has been out since mid-February with a bone bruise in his left knee and he's highly unlikely to return to the lineup at any point during the playoffs. That said, he hasn't officially been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, so look for Stone's status to continue to be updated on a game-to-game basis. Even if cleared, he'd just be an emergency depth option off the bench.
Jusuf Nurkic POR C
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Says leg should be healed in 2-3 months8h ago
Jusuf Nurkic (leg) believes his fracture will take 2-3 months to fully heal, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
While the word is coming from Nurkic rather than official team doctor, it's the best indication of a recovery time that has been noted at the moment. By his estimate, the earliest his leg could be fully healed is late June or early July. Thankfully for him and the team, that timetable will probably still leave him with ample opportunity in the offseason to improve his body and his game before the start of training camp next season. Those thinking about drafting him in fantasy next season shouldn't have any reason to be concerned about the status of his leg, unless he encounters a setback during his rehabilitation.
Ian Mahinmi WAS C
Wizards' Ian Mahinmi: Ruled out for Game 510h ago
Ian Mahinmi (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against Atlanta, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Mahinmi stated earlier Tuesday that he expects to return before the end of Washington's first round series, but coach Scott Brooks quickly shut down any speculation that the big man could be back for Game 5. Mahinmi is yet to participate in practices or shootarounds, so until that happens he'll likely remain in street clothes. Brooks called Mahimni doubtful for Friday's Game 6, but further details should emerge later in the week.
Flyers' Mikhail Vorobyov: Inks entry-level deal with Philadelphia3h ago
Vorobyov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Since being drafted by Philadelphia in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Vorobyov has been working on his game in his native Russia playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL. In two seasons with the club, the 20-year-old notched five goals and nine assists over the course of 72 games. While those numbers don't fly off the page, it's worth noting that he finished tied for fourth in scoring at the World Juniors when he posted 10 assists. Vorobyov is known for his playmaking ability and vision, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the speed of the NHL.
Matt Greene LA D
Kings' Matt Greene: Rehabbing from back surgery5h ago
Matt Greene underwent back surgery at some point during the second half of the season, Jon Rosen of LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.
Greene has dealt with an amalgam of injuries over the years and has been limited 29 regular-season games over the past two seasons as a result. The 33-year-old has never been much of an offensive threat, as his career-high 15 points in 2011-12 will attest, and his inability to stay healthy may doom him to an early retirement, especially considering he has just one year remaining on his contract with the Kings.
Tyler Toffoli LA C
Kings' Tyler Toffoli: Undergoes knee surgery6h ago
Tyler Toffoli recently underwent a minor surgical procedure on his left knee, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
The operation Toffoli underwent is almost certainly related to the lower-body injury that kept him out for 19 games in the middle of the season, but it doesn't seem like something that will hamper his ability to play at the beginning of next season. The 25-year-old racked up just 34 points and a plus-6 rating in the 63 games he did suit up for, so he'll be looking for a bounce-back campaign in 2017-18.
Derek Forbort LA D
Kings' Derek Forbort: Has minor operation to fix knee problem6h ago
Derek Forbort is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp despite requiring a minor procedure on his left knee.
The Los Angeles Kings ' 15th overall pick from the 2010 draft didn't miss a single game during the regular season, finishing with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) to complement a plus-8 rating and averaging just over 20 minutes per contest. Forbort also blocked a ton of shots (159) to go along with 180 hits, and while he probably needs to do more with the puck to captivate additional fantasy owners, fans of the royal club should be encouraged by the blueliner's first full NHL campaign.
Alec Martinez LA D
Kings' Alec Martinez: Tending to minor groin issue7h ago
Alec Martinez underwent a minor procedure to correct a recurring groin issue, though he's expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.
Arguably one of the most underrated defenders, Martinez managed to play in every regular-season contest this campaign, notching 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) with two goals and 13 assists on the man advantage. However, the fun didn't stop there, as he also whipped up 137 hits and 167 blocked shots, ranking eighth in the NHL for the latter. Since he's not expected to get a late start to training camp, there'd be no reason to bump him down your cheat sheets this fall.
David Krejci BOS C
Bruins' David Krejci: Hampered by knee injury7h ago
David Krejci dealt with a knee injury during the Boston Bruins ' first-round series against the Senators and was targeting the second round of the playoffs for a return, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Considering he was planning a return in short order, Krejci's ailment does not sound overly serious and, in all likelihood, he'll be ready to go once Boston begins the 2017-18 season. Despite playing in all 82 regular-season games for the first time since his third season in the league, the 30-year-old put up a relatively meager 54 points with a poor minus-12 rating, so he'll be looking for a bounce-back season during the next campaign.
Trumaine Johnson LAR CB
Rams' Trumaine Johnson: Open to contract extension3h ago
Trumaine Johnson stated Tuesday that he is open to a contract extension with the Rams, Rams insider Myles Simmons reports.
The Rams shopped Johnson after he signed a $16.74 million franchise tender last month but failed to gain any traction. As a result, he and the team have renewed talks over a long-term contract, which needs to be settled prior to the July 15 deadline for franchise players. Regardless, the 27-year-old appears on track to take the field in a Rams uniform for the 2017 season.
Maurice Alexander LAR FS
Rams' Mo Alexander: Attending offseason program4h ago
Maurice Alexander (undisclosed) has been present for the initial weeks of the offseason program, Rich Hammond of The Orange Country Register reports.
Alexander missed two of the final three games in the regular season due to a concussion and has been limited during offseason workouts due to an undisclosed injury. His presence during the initial weeks of the team's offseason program figures to be a good sign for his status going forward. The 2014 fourth-round selection is expected to move to strong safety this season, which could help him see a boost in tackles due to more activity near the line of scrimmage.
Dontrelle Inman LAC WR
Chargers' Dontrelle Inman: Signs free-agent tender from Chargers4h ago
Dontrelle Inman signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports.
Inman has waited in limbo since the Chargers placed a second-round tender on him just before free agency kicked off on March 9. Now that he's back in the picture, though, he'll have a chance to build upon a breakout 2016 season in which he gathered in 58 catches (on 97 targets) for 810 yards and four touchdowns. Potentially hindering his cause are the concurrent recoveries of Keenan Allen (knee) and Travis Benjamin (knee), who serve as two of Philip Rivers' top options in the passing attack, when healthy. Because Allen has played in just nine of a possible 32 games the past two campaigns, the injury bug could again bite and thereby elevate Inman's standing within the offense.
Bennett Okotcha: Set to retire4h ago
Bennett Okotcha (shoulder) will retire from the NFL, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
An undrafted free agent, Oktacha ultimately signed with the Titans in training camp. His time there was short-lived, as the 24-year-old was waived in the preseason with an injury designation and placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers. He will retire without ever suiting up for a regular-season game.
Daryl Washington ARI LB
Cardinals' Daryl Washington: Conditionally reinstated Tuesday6h ago
Daryl Washington (suspension) was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
After multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy and an assault charge for a May of 2013 incident, Washington's indefinite suspension by the NFL has comprised the past three seasons. The Cardinals released a statement Tuesday in which they touched on his reinstatement. "Considering we have been prohibited from having any contact with him over the last three years, it would be premature today to discuss a potential return to the team. ... At the appropriate time, we will address the issue of Daryl Washington further." Because his contract was frozen when the ban was handed down, he remains under the Cardinals' control for the next four campaigns. However, it remains to be seen if the Cardinals consider Washington a part of their present and future.
Kevin Dodd TEN OLB
Titans' Kevin Dodd: Still dealing with pain6h ago
According to head coach Mike Mularkey, Kevin Dodd (foot) is still dealing with some pain in his foot and is not "completely healthy," Jason Wolfe of The Tennessean reports.
Dodd ended his rookie season on injured reserve in early December after playing through a foot ailment for most of the year. The linebacker underwent surgery on his right foot last offseason, and it appears he never fully recovered from the procedure, although he was able to play through the pain for nine games. The Tennessee Titans will likely play it safe with the 24-year-old in hopes that he will be completely pain-free for the beginning of the regular season.