Billy Butler is due to play a more limited role with the acquisition of Khris Davis, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Butler, who served in a DH role in 136 games last year for the A's, is likely to see that number drop this year. If newly acquired Khris Davis moves into the everyday left field role for the A's as expected, Coco Crisp would get a lot of starts at DH, which would severely cut into Butler's at-bats. Given his limited upside, Butler would need a full-time role to be useful in most formats, and that no longer looks like it will be the case in 2016.
Crisp will see some time at designated hitter this season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The acquisition of Khris Davis on Friday gives the A's plenty of flexibility in the outfield and will force
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On Saturday night, Ondrej Pavelec will draw a road start in goal against the Oilers, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Pavelec will have to dust off the cobwebs as this will be his first start since Nov. 21, when he sustained a lower-body injury upon colliding with Coyotes veteran Shane Doan. This figures to be an evenly keeled matchup for Pavelec as the Winnipeg Jets have just two more points than the Oilers in the league standings, but he'll have to watch out for Calder Trophy candidate Connor McDavid, who is fresh off a five-point effort against the Maple Leafs.
Ryan McDonagh (concussion) practiced Saturday and should be ready to participate in contact drills "in a couple of days," according to New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
McDonagh is in recovery mode following a punch to face from Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds in a game played exactly one week ago. His appearance in practice Saturday is a nice first step in the rehab process, but the bigger test will come when he sheds the no-contact jersey and the team can see how he responds. Already, McDonagh's been ruled out for Sunday's home match against the Flyers but he'll have all the way until next Wednesday against the Blackhawks to try and make it into the next game.