Street (knee) is making his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Coming off a 6.45 ERA during (surprise) an injury-shortened 2016, Street is battling for the closer role with Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Andrew Bailey, among others. His body of work and name recognition may land him the job initially, but it's wise for fantasy players to remain skeptical, especially considering his health issues and the talent Bedrosian boasts when healthy.
Ajayi could see as many as 350 rushing attempts in 2017, James Walker of ESPN.com reports. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said Tuesday. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that."
The Dolphins will hope Ajayi can replicate his Pro Bowl 2016 campaign in which he rushed for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns on 260 attempts in 15 games. The 23-year-old only started 12 games and didn't catch fire until Week 6, but if he's able to start the season off hot, expect the carries to rack up. Based on his yards per carry total from last season (4.9), if Ajayi was given 350 attempts in 2016, he would of ended the season with over 1,700 yards. It will be up to the young back to prove last year was no fluke, but if he can do so he'll be a top commodity in fantasy leagues everywhere.
Conforto is not in the starting lineup against the Pirates on Sunday.
The outfielder has started the last 14 games but has gone just 2-for-14 over his last three, so manager Terry Collins has opted to give him a rest. Conforto's spot in left field will be taken over by Curtis Granderson in the evening contest against the Bucs, and Juan Lagares will enter the lineup in center.
Thompson could be in line for extended reps this season, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "I have a feeling I might get a little more this year," Thompson said. "I just see how the workouts and everything are going, when we're working together as a group."
With a budding battle between Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine for the top running back spot, Thompson will quietly assume the third-down responsibilities for the Redskins in 2017. Playing on a one-year contract, the veteran will have to prove his value this season, which won't be hard to do if he continues to see increased reps on offense. Thompson is clearly the best pass-catcher in the backfield and was productive last scene with his reps, averaging 7.1 yards per reception and 5.2 yards per rush. If either Kelley or Perine struggle, look for Washington to rely on Thompson as a safety blanket.
Faria was hit on the left calf by a line drive during his start with Triple-A Durham on Sunday and exited after the fourth inning, Patrick Kinas of Westwood One reports.
The injury is believed to be only a minor scare for Faria, who expects to make his next start for Durham. The 23-year-old has been a strong performer at Triple-A this season, delivering a 3.48 ERA and an eye-popping 78 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.
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