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Scott Schebler CIN LF
Reds' Scott Schebler: Competing for center field job1h ago
Schebler will be among those competing for the Reds' starting center field job, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I'm interested to see him in center. Everyone I've talked to that has seen him, people are confident that he can do it," manager David Bell said. "I am, too, but it'll be a good opportunity to see him out there. I'm convinced he can be really good in left and right."
An earlier report from John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer suggested that rookie Nick Senzel could be the leading candidate for the gig, but Schebler will certainly get a chance as well. It's also possible that Schebler will split time time in center and in a corner spot, with Yasiel Puig and Jesse Winker playing regularly.
Jed Lowrie NYM 3B
Mets' Jed Lowrie: Receives good news from MRI1h ago
After undergoing an MRI, it was revealed that Lowrie doesn't have any significant damage in his left knee, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The Mets can breathe a sigh of relief after Lowrie's test results provided good news. He began feeling soreness in his left knee upon his arrival at camp, and they plan to take it easy with the third baseman until he feels 100 percent healthy. Lowrie will be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Michael Lorenzen CIN RP
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Working with outfielders2h ago
Lorenzen was working with the outfielders Thursday for batting practice, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "We've put together a plan for the whole spring, knowing we can adjust it at any time," Reds manager David Bell said. "We didn't want to go into each day not knowing what he's going to do. We all felt better, he did, too. He was part of putting it together."
Lorenzen will still work on pitching in game action first, but he'll get chances to hit and play in the outfield later in spring training games. "It's fantastic, the effort they're putting in," Lorenzen said. "A lot of the excuses were, 'You know, we don't want to overwork him.' Well, let's just sit down and talk about it then. They were willing to sit down and talk about it, which is one of the reasons why I love this staff so much and why I think the front office did a great job [hiring] this staff. They're willing to find solutions for problems."
Ichiro Suzuki SEA RF
Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki: Fine after getting plunked4h ago
An X-ray on Suzuki's left foot revealed no structural damage, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Ichiro was hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch during live batting practice earlier in the week, but tests came back clean and he's expected to return to workouts in a day or two. The plan is for the veteran outfielder to travel with the Mariners to Japan for their season-opening, two-game series against the A's, though his status beyond then remains up in the air as Seattle will have to pare down its roster to 25 men prior to the team's home opener against the Red Sox on March 28.
Jorge Soler KC RF
Royals' Jorge Soler: Healthy heading into spring ball5h ago
Soler (toe) is 100 percent healthy heading into Cactus League play, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Soler missed the final three and a half months of the 2018 campaign due to a fractured toe, but he's back to full health ahead of Saturday's spring opener. Prior to getting injured, the soon-to-be 27-year-old was enjoying a career-year, slashing .265/.354/.466 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 61 games. He's expected to open the season as the Royals' primary designated hitter.
Tyler Saladino MIL 3B
Brewers' Tyler Saladino: Slated to play outfield in camp6h ago
Manager Craig Counsell said Saladino will be looked at in the outfield during spring training, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Saladino was originally tabbed to split time at the keystone with Hernan Perez and Cory Spangenberg, but the offseason acquisition of Mike Moustakas leaves the 29-year-old without a role heading into camp. As it stands, he's expected to see time all around the diamond during spring training as he looks to secure a spot on Milwaukee's Opening Day roster as a utility man. In 58 games last season, Saladino hit .246 with five homers.
Domata Peko Sr. DEN NT
Broncos' Domata Peko: Headed for free agency2h ago
The Broncos will let Peko head to free agency, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Peko logged just 31 tackles (20 solo) and a half-sack with the Broncos last season and, despite noting his desire to re-sign with the club, the veteran will likely head elsewhere this offseason. At the very least, Peko's durability, with him having played 16 games in all but two seasons, shouldn't be a concern for teams interested in his services.
Demarcus Lawrence DAL DE
Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Won't sign another franchise tag5h ago
Lawrence (shoulder) is unwilling to sign a second consecutive franchise tender, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports.
Lawrence followed up a blow-up 2017 season with another quality effort in 2018 and has ultimately totaled 25 sacks over the past two years. Also proving durable after logging full, 16-game schedules in three of his past four campaigns, Lawrence will be among the hottest commodities of the 2019 offseason if he's allowed to hit the open market.
Kurt Coleman NO SS
Kurt Coleman: Being released by Saints6h ago
Coleman is being released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.
Coleman was due over $5 million in 2019, which is a tad high for a 30-year-old backup safety. The Ohio State product could still serve as serviceable depth somewhere else around the league, though, just at a lower price tag.
Kerryon Johnson DET RB
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Top dog entering 20196h ago
Johnson is expected to be a featured player in 2019 under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Will Burchfield of 97.1 FM The Ticket reports. "[Johnson] is a guy that's talented in the running game, but I'm also excited to see some of things I've heard about, his ability in the passing game -- which I think can really be a bonus for our offense," Bevell recently said.
The 2018 second-rounder was slowly brought along as the lead runner in the Lions backfield his rookie year, to the point where Johnson was seeing roughly 18 touches per game before going down with a minor knee sprain in Week 11. That respectable level of involvement could reasonably be viewed as the Auburn product's floor entering the 2019 season given Detroit's stated intent on moving to a more run-based, clock-controlling offensive system under Bevell. How effective that system will be greatly depends on the degree to which quarterback Matthew Stafford bounces back, but Johnson could be primed for a workhorse role regardless.
Corey Liuget LAC DT
Corey Liuget: Mostly healthy following surgery6h ago
Liuget hinted in an interview with Kirk Morrison on SiriusXM Radio he's about "80-90 percent" recovered from a torn quadriceps injury that required surgery in November.
Liuget technically is a free agent given the Chargers declined his $8 million team option last week, but the veteran defensive tackle did mention he'd be open to returning to the team should it be interested. After recording 21 sacks in his first five seasons with the club, Liuget has struggled to stay on the field, picking up just three sacks in 34 subsequent games, and will likely struggle to command a top-dollar deal given his age (he'll soon be 29) and recent injury history.
Clint Capela HOU C
Rockets' Clint Capela: Won't face minutes restriction47s ago
Capela (thumb) won't be on a minutes limit Thursday against the Lakers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Capela is slated to make his return from thumb surgery Thursday evening, a procedure that sidelined him for more than a month. He's evidently maintained his conditioning, as head coach Mike D'Antoni will allow him to rejoin the starting lineup and handle his usual workload in his first game back from an extended absence. Kenneth Faried will serve as the backup power forward with Capela back in the mix.
Anthony Davis NO PF
Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Will see reduction in minutes10m ago
Davis is expected to see his minutes decrease throughout the remainder of the season, Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com reports.
This development is no shock, although Pelicans' general manager Danny Ferry made the news official Thursday evening. In an effort to properly evaluate the talent currently on the team (and to prevent injury that could hurt his trade value), New Orleans will limit it's superstar's playing time during the second half of the 2018-2019 campaign. Davis isn't the only one who will see his minutes decline, as teammate Jrue Holiday will also receive a reduction in his playing time going forward.
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Starting vs. Boston1h ago
Antetokounmpo (knee) is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Antetokounmpo was listed as probable due to knee soreness, but he's not expected to face any type of minutes restriction Thursday evening. Expect more of the same out of MVP candidate to kick off the second half of the season.
James Johnson MIA PF
Heat's James Johnson: Won't return vs. Sixers1h ago
Johnson suffered a shoulder injury during the first half of Thursday's game against Philadelphia and won't return.
Johnson headed to the locker room immediately after suffering the injury, and although X-rays came back negative, the exact details of the issue have yet to emerge. He'll be on the shelf at least for the rest of Thursday's contest, and more information regarding his availability moving forward should emerge in the near future.
Mikal Bridges PHO SF
Suns' Mikal Bridges: Moves to bench2h ago
Bridges will come off the bench for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Bridges has scored just 14 combined points over his previous two contests, so the Suns will shift Josh Jackson over to small forward and insert Kelly Oubre at power forward. It's unclear as to whether this is a permanent change, but Oubre has certainly played well enough of late to deserve a shot at the starting lineup.
David Nwaba CLE SG
Cavaliers' David Nwaba: To come off bench2h ago
Nwaba will shift to a bench role for Thursday's game against the Suns, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Nwaba has struggled during his previous five matchups, posting averages of 8.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists during that stretch. Brandon Knight will make his third straight start at shooting guard and Cedi Osman will take over at small forward.
Adam McQuaid NYR D
Rangers' Adam McQuaid: Won't return against Minnesota1h ago
McQuaid (undisclosed) won't return to Thursday's game against the Wild due to precautionary reasons.
The specific nature of McQuaid's issue remains unclear, but it doesn't sound like something that will keep him sidelined for long. At this point there's no reason to believe the physical blueliner won't be available for Saturday's matinee matchup with New Jersey, but confirmation on his status for that contest should surface prior to puck drop.
Viktor Arvidsson NSH RW
Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Will play Thursday1h ago
Arvidsson (undisclosed) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Kings, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Arvidsson will face a struggling Kings squad after missing the team's morning skate. He's been solid in the month of February, scoring seven goals -- with a shooting percentage of 21.2 -- and adding an assist in 10 games
Peter Cehlarik BOS LW
Bruins' Peter Cehlarik: Recalled by Bruins2h ago
Cehlarik (lower body) was recalled from AHL Providence on Thursday.
It remains to be seen if the 23-year-old will be healthy to suit up Saturday in St. Louis. Cehlarik recorded an assist in his last game at the NHL level, played back on Feb. 16. In 13 games with Boston, he has six points. At the minor-league level, Cehlarik has posted 29 points in 39 games in 2018-19.
Jonathan Quick LA G
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Starting in Nashville2h ago
Quick will patrol the crease in Thursday's road game against the Predators, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Quick has struggled in the month of February, compiling a 2-2-2 record in six appearances while posting a sub-par 3.58 GAA and .878 save percentage over that span. The American netminder will look to get back on track and snap his three-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Predators team that's 19-11-1 at home this campaign.
Pekka Rinne NSH G
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Facing Kings at home2h ago
Rinne will start Thursday at home versus Los Angeles, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Rinne has won back-to-back starts for the first time since Jan. 7 and Jan. 9. He and the Predators have a solid matchup on paper Thursday, facing a struggling Kings team that has lost five in a row and sit 30th in the league with 52 points through 59 games.
Trent Frederic BOS C
Bruins' Trent Frederic: Sent to bus league2h ago
The Bruins reassigned Frederic to AHL Providence on Thursday.
Frederic didn't do much during his first NHL recall, going scoreless while firing 13 shots on net in 11 appearances, so he definitely stands to benefit from some additional time in the minors. The University of Wisconsin product will remain with AHL Providence for the foreseeable future, but he could be back with the big club once postseason play gets underway.