Kearns was emergency recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday.
With Casey Cizikas (upper body) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) going down during Tuesday's win over the Red Wings and Shane Prince (upper body) still on the mend, the Islanders are in serious need of forwards, thus leading to Kearns' first recall of the season. The 35-year-old is currently leading Bridgeport in scoring and is a solid two-way player, so here's hoping the vet can see some solid playing time during this window of opportunity.
Lyles has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster due to the fact that he's out of minor league options, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Lyles broke camp last season with a rotation spot in hand, but he was simply atrocious in five starts (8.55 ERA, 2.05 WHIP). However, the right-hander picked things up after he rejoined the major league squad as a long reliever in June, posting an improved 4.42 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He doesn't strike out enough batters to warrant much excitement if he does make the team as a reliever, but a roster spot is better than being designated for assignment and could also lead to a few spot starts over the course of the year.
Alvarez (shoulder) says he will throw a bullpen session in March for interested teams, Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Porgotas reports.
Alvarez has dealt with a flurry of injuries over the last two seasons, including a shoulder surgery that ended his 2016 campaign. The right-hander was an All-Star in 2014 for Miami, when he compiled a 2.65 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 30 starts. Injuries have gotten the best of him since that point, but Alvarez says he is throwing at 120 feet and several teams have asked for updates recently. Look for the 26-year-old to land a minor league contract somewhere down the line.
Aminu (knee) has been ruled out of Thursday's matchup with the Magic, Casey Holdahl of trailblazers.com reports.
Aminu sprained his knee prior over a week ago and is still dealing with discomfort. Noah Vonleh figures to see an increased role off the bench with Aminu out. Looking ahead, Aminu's next chance to play will be against the Raptors on Sunday.
Kaminsky will start Thursday's game against Detroit.
With both Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) both ruled out, Kaminsky will start for the fourth straight game and figures to be in line for a significant workload as the Hornets' only healthy center. Prior to the All-Star break, Kaminsky played at least 36 minutes in three straight games and put up 27 points, five rebounds and three assists in the team's last game Wednesday in Toronto.