After missing two consecutive games, the Swedish defenseman was skating with the Oilers on Saturday. This should bode well with Larsson's fantasy owners, as his next opportunity to play is Sunday in Nashville. The first-round pick rarely lights up the stat sheet, but over eight February games he has recorded 25 hits and 16 blocked shots. If your league values true defensemen, Larsson's return is one to keep an eye on.
Nunez is hampered by shoulder tightness and starting at DH in Saturday's Cactus League game, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports.
Aaron Hill will get the start at third base in his place, but the ailment doesn't seem to be concerning. Nunez hit .269/.327/.418 for San Francisco after being acquired in a trade with Minnesota last season and is expected to begin 2017 as the everyday third baseman. Consider him day-to-day.
Carter-Williams only played eight minutes in Friday's win over the Suns, and presumably sustained the injury in the contest. The severity of the issue is unknown at this time, but his next chance to return will be Tuesday versus Nuggets. The newly acquired Cameron Payne will be active for the contest, so he, Jerian Grant, and Rajon Rondo figure to split the point guard minutes. It is unclear who will draw the start at this point.
Castillo was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore neck, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.
Castillo reportedly slept wrong and will take day off to recover. The veteran catcher smashed 14 home runs with the Diamondbacks last season and will take over the role left by Matt Wieters in Baltimore. He's still expected to play for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.
The team's hesitancy to send Helgeson directly to its minor-league affiliate could signal that a trade is in the works. A brawny blueliner listed at 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, it's conceivable that the 26-year-old ends up in a packaged trade since he qualifies as a rental player with unrestricted free-agent status this summer. However, if he stays put in the Devils system, something has to give as the team currently has a lopsided roster composition comprised of eight healthy defensemen and the bare minimum up front.
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