Benn will not play Thursday's game against the Panthers due to an upper-body injury, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Benn missed a handful of games earlier in the season as a healthy scratch but this will actually be the first game of the campaign that he'll miss as a result of injury. Whatever is ailing the BC native is bad enough to keep him out for at least one game, but it remains to be seen if he'll miss any more.
Meier has primarily skated in a bottom-six role with the big club this season, notching six points (three goals, three assists) in 30 games, but he'll have an opportunity to show why the Sharks drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft against Edmonton. The 20-year-old winger probably isn't worth a roster spot in non-dynasty formats at this early stage in his career, but he'll make for an enticing play in daily contests Thursday.
Paulino was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.
This comes as no surprise, as Paulino has been sidelined due to a bone bruise in his elbow for much of spring training. The 23-year-old is expected to pitch plenty in the majors this season, but he'll have to prove his health (likely in the minors) before he's fully trusted with innings with the Astros.
McHugh (arm) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.
The right-hander dealt with a dead arm all spring, and unfortunately it seems that his efforts to prepare himself for the season weren't good enough to avoid a DL stint. McHugh is scheduled for a simulated game Saturday, so it doesn't seem like his return to MLB action is too far away, but things should become clearer following Saturday's outing. In the meantime, Mike Fiers appears to be in line to pick up a start in his stead.
Nava, who signed on a minor-league deal with the Phillies in the offseason, mashed his way onto the Opening Day roster with a triple-slash of .362/.455/.489 across 47 at-bats, beating out Jesmuel Valentin for the final bench spot. He'll provide veteran depth around the outfield, though he won't carry much fantasy value at all.
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