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Jay Bruce NYM RF
Mets' Jay Bruce: MRI reveals hip strain2m ago
Bruce (hip) is dealing with a strained right hip, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
With manager Mickey Callaway's announcement that "there's definitely something there," it looks as though Bruce may miss an extended period of time recovering from this injury. The Mets have yet to describe a definitive timetable but expect something to come forward by the end of this weekend.
Noah Syndergaard NYM SP
Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Increases throwing distance19m ago
Syndergaard (finger) threw from 120 feet with tape on his finger prior to Wednesday's game, Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News reports.
Syndergaard continues to gradually progress from a strained ligament in his right index finger after resuming a throwing program earlier this week. The right-hander played catch Monday and then threw from 75 feet Tuesday before progressing up to Wednesday's distance. He is expected to take Thursday off as a rest day before trying to throw without tape on his finger this weekend.
Darren O'Day BAL RP
Orioles' Darren O'Day: Available Wednesday20m ago
O'Day (hamstring) is available out of the bullpen Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
O'day hasn't pitched since suffering a minor hamstring injury last Friday, but he's good to go after getting some time off to rest and recover. The veteran reliever, who owns a solid 3.12 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 23:2 K:BB across 17.1 innings this season, should immediately slot back in as one of the team's primary setup men.
Mike Dunn COL RP
Rockies' Mike Dunn: Throws bullpen session23m ago
Dunn (shoulder) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Dunn stated that he feels healthy enough to return at any time, so it's possible that the left-hander will be back in action in the very near future if the club determines that he's good to go. He's been out since June 7 after suffering a rhomboid strain during an outing in Cincinnati.
Jacoby Ellsbury NYY CF
Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Still not cleared for baseball activities23m ago
Manager Aaron Boone said Ellsbury (back, hip) has yet to resume baseball activities, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Boone added that he's "hopeful" Ellsbury will be able to return this season, though he refused to put a potential timetable on that return. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined all season thanks to a combination of oblique, back and hip issues. Given the length of his absence, Ellsbury will essentially need to go through an entire spring training once he finally resumes baseball activities.
Justin Verlander HOU SP
Astros' Justin Verlander: Next start pushed up to Sunday30m ago
Verlander will start Sunday against the Royals, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.
With the Astros off the schedule Thursday, Verlander will flip places in the rotation with Gerrit Cole -- who is now slated to pitch Monday against the Blue Jays -- in order to stay on regular rest. Verlander has been absolutely lights out this season, posting a 1.60 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 130:21 K:BB across 16 starts (107 innings), so it makes sense the Astros want to trot him out as often as possible.
Eric Decker TEN WR
Eric Decker: Eyes New England12m ago
Decker, who remains unsigned, believes that he'd be a good fit with the Patriots, NESN.com reports.
The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season in which he hauled in 54 passes (on 83 targets) for 563 yards and a TD for the Titans. With both the initial burst of free agency and the NFL draft in the rear-view mirror, Decker is among the big names still looking for work with Week 1 less than three months away. The Patriots currently have a crowded wideout depth chart, but if Julian Edelman's four-game suspension stands or Malcolm Mitchell's knee issues linger, it's possible that New England could take a look at Decker. Until he finds a new team, Decker is off the fantasy radar, but when healthy, he's capable of handling both volume and red zone action. Thus, in the right team context he could emerge as a bounce-back candidate in 2018.
Jeremy Sprinkle WAS TE
Redskins' Jeremy Sprinkle: Figures to make team3h ago
Sprinkle has the inside track to a roster spot, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.
A 2017 fifth-round pick, Sprinkle caught two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown in 11 games his rookie season, playing nearly as many snaps on special teams (125) as offense (126). With Niles Paul leaving for Jacksonville in the offseason, Sprinkle figures to take a step up to No. 3 on the depth chart, behind oft-injured Jordan Reed (toe) and 34-year-old Vernon Davis. The Redskins otherwise have young, undrafted players filling out their depth chart at tight end ahead of training camp.
Kapri Bibbs WAS RB
Redskins' Kapri Bibbs: Faces challenge to make team6h ago
Bibbs (undisclosed) may need to beat out Rob Kelley (ankle) for a roster spot, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson (leg) are roster locks and Samaje Perine also figures to stick around. Kelley may be the early favorite for the fourth spot, but his power-based skill set feels redundant behind Guice and Perine. The 25-year-old Bibbs offers more as a pass catcher, which could help him make a push if the team is worried about Thompson's rehab process or even just his ability to stay healthy moving forward. Byron Marshall (hamstring), Keith Marshall (knee) and undrafted rookie Martez Carter will also be clawing for the final running back spot.
Colt McCoy WAS QB
Redskins' Colt McCoy: Still in No. 2 role6h ago
McCoy likely will stick around in Washington for another season as the No. 2 quarterback, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.
The Redskins traded for Alex Smith and Kevin Hogan, but they merely swapped sixth-round picks to acquire the latter. While unlikely to beat out McCoy for the backup job, Hogan might convince the team to keep three quarterbacks if he looks good during training camp. McCoy spent the past three seasons backing up Kirk Cousins, who started all 16 games each year. The 31-year-old hasn't thrown a pass in the regular season since 2015 or started a game since 2014.
Charles Sims TB RB
Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Fighting for roster spot7h ago
Sims will need to compete for a roster spot, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports.
The 2014 third-round pick generated minimal interest as a free agent, ultimately rejoining Tampa Bay on a one-year, $1 million contract that includes only $200,000 guaranteed, per OverTheCap. The lack of interest isn't much of a surprise, considering Sims is a passing-down specialist who managed just 5.5 yards per target over the past two seasons. The Bucs could turn to Jacquizz Rodgers, Ronald Jones or even undrafted rookie Shaun Wilson to handle passing downs if they decide Sims isn't worthy of a roster spot.
Aldrick Robinson SF WR
49ers' Aldrick Robinson: Could lose roster spot7h ago
Robinson is on the roster bubble, ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner reports.
Signed to a two-year, $4 million contract last offseason, Robinson caught only 19 of 48 targets for 460 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games for the 49ers. With Pierre Garcon expected back from a neck injury and the Niners using two draft picks on wideouts, Robinson is left to compete for the fifth or sixth spot on the depth chart, likely squaring off against Kendrick Bourne and seventh-round rookie Richie James.
Dion Waiters MIA SG
Heat's Dion Waiters: Resumes basketball activies2h ago
Waiters (ankle) has progressed to "court work" but is not yet playing in pickup games, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Waiters underwent surgery in late January to address an injured left ankle, which cut his year short, as he appeared in just 30 games. The campaign marked his second straight year dealing with injuries, as he played in 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign as a result of groin and ankle issues. That said, the hope now is that Waiters can put his ankle problems behind him and resume being a go-to scoring option for the Heat. Over the past two seasons, the guard has averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game. However, he's struggled with efficiency, shooting only 41.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from deep and 67.9 percent from the charity stripe during that stretch. It's unclear if he'll have the same exact role moving forward, as other Heat players have stepped up in his absence. Notably, Josh Richardson was a force on both ends of the floor and was crucial in Miami's success during 2017-18, averaging 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.2 minutes with higher efficiency than Waiters.
Kyrie Irving BOS PG
Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Expected at full strength by August2h ago
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he expects Irving (knee) to be "pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, August first-ish," Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
The Celtics initially handed Irving a 4-to-5-month recovery timeline after he underwent a second surgery in April to remove two screws in his left knee. Stevens' comments suggest that Irving is on track to beat the projected timetable or hit the low end of it, at the very least. Prior to being shut down following the procedure, Irving noticed only a slight decline in his overall numbers during his first season in Boston compared to his final campaign with Cleveland in 2016-17. The point guard still averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes per game over 60 contests, but he could notice another dip in his producion during the upcoming campaign. In addition to his sketchy track record on the health front, Irving could cede some of the scoring burden to Gordon Hayward (ankle), who was limited to one game in his first season with Boston, and perhaps another star player. The Celtics have a deep trove of high draft picks and young assets through which to engineer a deal for one of the top talents on the open market this summer.
Gordon Hayward BOS SF
Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Expected at full strength by August2h ago
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he expects Hayward (ankle) to be "pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, August first-ish," Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Hayward's inaugural season with the Celtics lasted all of six minutes after he suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg during the team's season opener Oct. 17. After undergoing surgery shortly thereafter, Hayward was spotted going through workouts on the court during the spring, but the Celtics dismissed any notion of the forward returning to action in the postseason. With Hayward having all summer to regain strength in his leg and build up his conditioning, it sounds as though he'll be a full participant when training camp opens in September. It remains to be seen what the Boston roster will still look like at that point, but the 28-year-old's ability to swing between both forward spots should allow him to assume a high-minute starting role in 2018-19.
Bam Adebayo MIA C
Heat's Bam Adebayo: Will get run in Summer League3h ago
Adebayo will participate with the Heat's entry in the Summer League, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
It doesn't sound like Adebayo will play more than a few games, so the Heat are simply trying to get him some extra reps this offseason in preparation of his sophomore campaign. Adebayo was quite raw coming out of Kentucky last season and at just 20 years old, the added workload can only be beneficial in the long run. As a rookie, Adebayo averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 19.8 minutes, though there could be more run available in the frontcourt if the Heat and Hassan Whiteside end up parting ways after the relationship between the two sides appeared to sour last year.
Justin Patton MIN C
Timberwolves' Justin Patton: Will likely miss 'most of the fall'5h ago
Patton (foot), according to coach Tom Thibodeau, will be out all summer while recovering from foot surgery and is likely to miss "most of the fall", Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
As expected, Patton may not be healthy for training camp after undergoing surgery on his left foot -- the same foot he broke during a workout in early July of his rookie year. That surgery and the recovery that came with it forced him to spend the majority of the season in the G-League, and he only ended up appearing in one game at the NBA level, playing four minutes. Now, his development will be delayed once more. At the moment, it's tough to gauge if he'll play meaningful minutes for the Wolves next season, especially with Taj Gibson and Gorgui Dieng still in the fold to see reserve run behind starter Karl-Anthony Towns (35.6 minutes per game).
Timofey Mozgov BKN C
Hornets' Timofey Mozgov: Shipped to Charlotte in pre-draft deal8h ago
The Nets agreed in principle Wednesday to a trade that will send Mozgov to the Hornets along with second-round picks in 2018 and 2021 and cash in exchange for Dwight Howard, league sources informed Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The deal won't be finalized until July 6, when the new salary cap calendar begins, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.com.
Howard averaged a double-double and blocked 1.6 shots per game while suiting up in 81 contests for the Hornets last season, so his departure leaves a major void in the low post. While Mozgov plays the same position, it's unlikely he'll factor in the team's rotation after lottery teams in the Nets and Lakers largely phased him out of their plans over the past season and a half. Instead, the deal is mostly about the financials, as the Hornets will shed Howard's one-year, $23.5 million deal in exchange for picking up the two years and $32.7 million remaining on Mozgov's contract. The Nets will apparently cover some portion of the money Mozgov is still owed since they're sending along cash in the trade, but the center's cap hit will count on the Hornets' books. The transaction may signal a full-on rebuild for the Hornets, who are also believed to be shopping franchise player Kemba Walker prior to Thursday's draft.
Calvin Pickard TOR G
Maple Leafs' Calvin Pickard: Signs one-year extension1h ago
Pickard signed a one-year, $800,000 contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Pickard figures to remain with AHL Toronto next season, where he posted a 0.918 save percentage -- only slightly better than his cumulative rate (0.913) through 87 career NHL games. It will be nearly impossible for him to supplant Leafs starter Frederik Andersen, and backup Curtis McElhinney -- who posted an 11-5-1 record and 0.934 save percentage in 18 NHL contests -- is still on the books for another year. AHL Toronto's starting goaltender Garret Sparks, who was awarded the Aldege "Baz" Bastian Memorial Award for the AHL's most outstanding goaltender, could also give Pickard a run for his money, making him a player to avoid unless proven otherwise.
Richard Bachman VAN G
Canucks' Richard Bachman: Inks two-year deal with Vancouver1h ago
Bachman signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Canucks on Wednesday.
Bachman is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career, so he'll almost certainly spend the majority of the next two campaigns with Vancouver's AHL affiliate, where he compiled a 13-13-0 record while posting a 2.98 GAA and .902 save percentage in 31 appearances last season.
Connor Carrick TOR D
Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Signs one-year contract2h ago
Carrick re-signed with Toronto on Wednesday, inking a one-year, $1.3 million dollar contract.
The right-shot depth defenseman had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) throughout 47 games in 2017-18, and he was a healthy scratch for the playoff series against Boston. While a significant role is certainly not guaranteed in 2018-19, one could arise if Toronto doesn't resign veteran blueliner Roman Polak. Given that the Leafs decided to pay Carrick over $400,000 more than his qualifying offer, it appears they envision he'll at least match or improve upon his recent production.
Austin Watson NSH LW
Predators' Austin Watson: Facing domestic assault charge8h ago
Watson was arrested for domestic assault Saturday evening, and the Predators forward has a corresponding court date set for June 28, the Tennessean reports.
The Predators released the following statement Wednesday regarding Watson, who is reportedly free on a $4,500 bond: "We are aware of the incident involving Austin Watson on Saturday night. We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement. The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND (sic) in the fight to end violence against women."
Martin Frk DET RW
Red Wings' Martin Frk: Looks destined for free agency18h ago
Frk isn't expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Red Wings, which would make him an unrestricted free agent July 1, MLive.com reports.
The deadline for the Red Wings to offer a one-year, $715,000 offer to retain their right to match any contract Frik is offered is Monday. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the club hasn't made a decision yet. Frk compiled 11 goals, 25 points -- nine on the power play -- and 77 hits while averaging just 10:17 of ice time through 68 games. The timing of this report is intruiging as well, as the Red Wings may be signaling to other teams that they'll hear trade offers for Frk at the 2018 NHL Draft that starts Friday.
Chris Tanev VAN D
Canucks' Chris Tanev: Put up for sale21h ago
Tanev is on the trade block in Vancouver, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet.ca reports.
It's no surprise the Canucks wish to move Tanev's contract, which will pay him $4.45 million for each of the next two seasons. Tanev hasn't lived up to the expectations those numbers dictate, as he hasn't posted over 20 points in any of the first three seasons of this contract. The Canucks are $22.2 million below the salary cap, but the departure of Tanev's contract would allow them to make multiple offers to high-end players to replace the Sedin twins by complementing young studs Brock Boeser and Bo Harvat