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    • Michael Pineda MIN SP
      Twins' Michael Pineda: Throwing from 60 feet
      1h ago

      Pineda (elbow) has progressed to throwing from 60 feet as he continues to recover from July 2017 Tommy John surgery, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

      Given the timing of Pineda's elbow procedure, the Twins aren't counting on him returning from the disabled list until September at the earliest. Even if Pineda endures no snags in his rehab and is ready to go by September, it's unlikely that he would have built up enough innings at that point for the Twins to consider using him out of the rotation, especially if the team remains in the mix for a playoff spot.

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    • Trevor May MIN RP
      Twins' Trevor May: Completes bullpen session
      1h ago

      May (elbow) threw 30 fastballs during a bullpen session Monday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

      As expected, the Twins officially placed May, who is recovering from March 2017 Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday when the signing of Anibal Sanchez became official, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It's believed that May is targeting a return from the DL in late May or early June, though a clearer timeline likely won't become available until after the Twins see how he performs in an extended rehab assignment. May could be ready to begin an assignment shortly after the start of the season if he resumes facing hitters before spring training ends.

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    • Ervin Santana MIN SP
      Twins' Ervin Santana: Will be reevaluated in two weeks
      1h ago

      Santana (finger) donned a cast on his right hand Monday and is scheduled to be reevaluated in two weeks, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

      Santana underwent surgery Feb. 6 to remove a calcium deposit from his right middle finger and isn't expected to resume throwing until late in the spring, when he expects to shed the cast and gain clearance for baseball activities from team doctors. At the time of Santana's surgery, the Twins announced that they expected the right-hander to require 10-to-12 weeks to fully heal, meaning that he'll likely be unavailable for the first 2-to-4 weeks of the regular season. Since he isn't dealing with an arm injury, Santana shouldn't take long to shake off the rust once he's cleared to pitch again, but opening the season on the disabled list could prove costly for the veteran from a financial standpoint. His $14 million option for 2019 would automatically vest if he throws 200 innings this season, but the delayed start means he almost certainly won't reach that benchmark.

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    • Tyler Duffey MIN RP
      Twins' Tyler Duffey: Competing for starting role
      1h ago

      Duffey will compete for a spot in the Twins rotation this spring, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

      Duffey's chances of claiming a starting gig to open the season looked more promising when pitchers and catchers reported to spring camp last week, but after the club acquired Jake Odorizzi from the Rays on Saturday, it appears only one rotation spot is truly up for grabs at this point. Though all 56 of Duffey's appearances came in relief last season, he was often called upon to record more than three outs and made 36 starts the prior two seasons for the Twins, so building up stamina to work more innings shouldn't be an issue for the right-hander. In addition to Duffey, free-agent pickup Anibal Sanchez and a healthy Phil Hughes look like the top candidates for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, with the pitchers' performances in spring likely to dictate whom receives the nod. Duffey's surface numbers over the past two seasons (5.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP in 204 innings) aren't impressive, but his 4.38 FIP, .334 BABIP and low 62.3 percent strand rate over that span suggest bad luck may explain some of his struggles.

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    • Brian Dozier MIN 2B
      Twins' Brian Dozier: Sidelined by kidney stones
      2h ago

      Dozier missed Monday's workout due to kidney stones and will visit a specialist, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      It doesn't sound like an ailment that will set him back much in spring training or impact his status for the start of the regular season, but keep tabs to make sure it doesn't become a bigger issue.

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    • Jacob deGrom NYM SP
      Mets' Jacob deGrom: Leaving camp for birth of child
      2h ago

      DeGrom left Mets camp Tuesday to be with his wife for the impending birth of the couple's second child, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

      The right-hander is expected to rejoin the Mets on Saturday after taking a few days to spend time with family. Given deGrom's importance to the Mets' rotation, it's unlikely that manager Mickey Callaway was planning on using him extensively early in the Grapefruit League schedule, so leaving the team for a brief spell probably won't put the pitcher too far behind the rest of his rotation mates.

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    • Marcedes Lewis JAC TE
      Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis: Team exercises 2018 option
      24m ago

      The Jaguars exercised Lewis' $3.5 million team option for 2018 on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

      While Lewis' salary isn't guaranteed for 2018, the transaction more of less indicates that Jaguars plan on bringing the tight end back for a 13th season. Lewis has long been a tertiary member of the Jaguars' passing attack, but his marks of 318 yards and five touchdowns last season were his best since 2013, though the production was mostly inflated by an outlier 62-yard, three-score performance in Week 3. Since Lewis is set to turn 34 years old in May, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Jaguars made adding a developmental tight end a priority during the early rounds of the draft in April.

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    • Doug Martin TB RB
      Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Released by Tampa Bay
      1h ago

      The Buccaneers released Martin on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      After following up a strong rookie year in 2012 with back-to-back disappointing seasons, Martin temporarily quieted his critics by amassing 1,673 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 2015, netting him a five-year, $35.75 million contract extension the following spring. However, the 2012 first-round pick regressed badly thereafter, averaging less than three yards per carry in each of the past two seasons while missing time due to injury and an untimely four-game suspension, which delayed the start to his 2017 campaign. In cutting Martin loose, the Buccaneers will save $6.75 million against the cap in 2018 while taking on no dead money due to the structure of the contract. Martin's departure currently leaves Peyton Barber as the top candidate to start at running back in 2018, though there's a decent possibility the Buccaneers address the position through the draft or free agency in the coming months.

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    • Jaylen Watkins PHI CB
      Eagles' Jaylen Watkins: Won't be tendered contract
      2h ago

      The Eagles aren't planning to tender a 2018 contract to Watkins, which will make him an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      With Watkins having completed his rookie contract and now heading into his fifth season, the Eagles would have to extend a fourth-round tender in order to retain him, but the organization apparently didn't feel he was worthy of that price tag. The 25-year-old appeared in 28 games over the past two seasons, but saw nearly as many snaps (165) on special teams as he did on defense (168) in 2017. With 2017 second-round defensive back Sidney Jones back to full strength after missing nearly all of his rookie season while recovering from an Achilles injury and top special teamer Chris Maragos (knee) set to return in 2018 after an injury-shortened season, the Eagles are well equipped to compensate for Watkins' departure.

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    • Eli Rogers PIT WR
      Steelers' Eli Rogers: Could return for training camp
      16h ago

      Rogers (knee), who underwent surgery Jan. 17 to repair the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, remains on crutches but is expected to recover within 4-to-6 months, Dave Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

      The original thought was that Rogers could be in danger of missing the start of the 2018 season given the typical 9-to-12 month recovery timeline for ACL injuries. However, it now seems possible he could return in time for training camp in late July or early August, depending on which team the impending restricted free agent ultimately signs with this offseason.

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    • Ben Ijalana NYJ T
      Ben Ijalana: Set to hit free agency
      17h ago

      Ijalana will become a free agent after the Jets declined to exercise his team option for the 2018 season, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

      Ijalana, who was among Pro Football Focus' worst-graded tackles in 2016, appeared in just three games for the Jets this past season. New York cleared roughly $4.6 million in cap space by letting him walk. However, it's possible he returns to the team at a reduced price this offseason.

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    • Julius Peppers CAR DE
      Panthers' Julius Peppers: Carolina or bust
      18h ago

      Peppers (shoulder) is "leaning toward" playing in 2018 but isn't thought to have interest in signing with a team other than Carolina, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports.

      Peppers -- who was born in North Carolina and attended both high school and college in the state -- spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers after the team selected him in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was a force to be reckoned with during his time there, earning the 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award along with two first-team All-Pro (2004, 2006) and two second-team All-Pro selections (2008, 2009). After spending the subsequent seven seasons of his career with Chicago and Green Bay, Peppers returned to the Panthers in 2017 and proved he still has plenty left in the tank after tying for the team lead with 11 sacks. While the 38-year-old free agent is approaching what could be his 17th season in the NFL and just underwent shoulder surgery to address an undisclosed injury he's reportedly been playing with for "quite a while," it would seemingly be a mutually beneficial decision for the storied defensive end to return for another season in a role as a situational pass rusher.

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    • John Wall WAS PG
      Wizards' John Wall: No longer using crutches
      19h ago

      Wall (knee) is no longer using crutches, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

      Wall made the revelation during his media availability over All-Star Weekend, remarking that he's done with the crutches less than three weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee. Still, Wall did not have much to say when asked to gauge when he might return to game action. "I really don't know because I'm just doing everything the doctors are telling me," Wall said. "I haven't really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven't started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I'm at but right now it's between six-to-eight weeks. It might be longer but I don't know. I haven't got to that point." Wall went on to confirm that he'll begin traveling with the team after the All-Star break, but at this point it seems unlikely that he'll be back on the court until sometime in mid-to-late-March, at the earliest. Washington has 25 regular season games remaining, 14 of which will be played on their home court.

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    • Jimmy Butler MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Sits out All-Star Game with apparent illness
      1d ago

      Butler didn't play in Sunday's All-Star Game due to an illness and was eager to rest up for the second half, Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated reports.

      While Butler was a full participant in warmups and an elaborate pregame ceremony, the versatile wing didn't log a minute in the game itself, with the telecast noting that he was feeling under the weather. Butler's absence may have been a minor disappointment as Team Stephen ultimately fell 148-145, but all indications are that he'll be ready when the Timberwolves begin their post-break schedule Friday in Houston.

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    • Joakim Noah NY C
      Knicks' Joakim Noah: Barred from team 'until further notice'
      1d ago

      Knicks general manager Scott Perry said shortly after the Feb. 8 trade deadline that Noah will remain away from the team "until further notice," Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

      The Knicks were surely hopeful to find a trade partner for Noah at the deadline, but that was always going to be a tall task with the veteran center's performance having declined sharply over the past two-plus years and more than $40 million remaining on his contract. It looks increasingly likely that the Knicks will eventually just write Noah off as a sunk cost and release him, as his relationship with the organization appears irreparable after he engaged in a verbal feud with head coach Jeff Hornacek during a Jan. 24 practice that resulted in the 32-year-old being restrained by teammates. The Knicks decided against suspending Noah for the incident and have instead opted for a mutual separation that could very well end up being a permanent one.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Struggles with shot in loss
      1d ago

      Curry collected 11 points (4-14 FG, 3-11 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Sunday's 148-145 loss to Team LeBron in the All-Star game.

      Curry failed to impress as team captain in Sunday's All-Star loss to Team LeBron. Curry along with James Harden (12 points on 5-of-19 shooting) both struggled with their shots as they blew a lead late in the game. The change in the team selection process appears to have breathed new life into the format, ensuring the games will be hotly contested in the coming years. Poor shooting aside, Curry is still going to be flirting with top three value as the Warriors look to stave off the Rocket to secure the number one seed in the Western Conference.

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    • Damian Lillard POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Leads team with 21 points
      1d ago

      Lillard totaled 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt), three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes during Sunday's 148-145 loss to Team LeBron in the All-Star game.

      Lillard saw 20 minutes off the bench in Sunday's All-Star game, tying DeMar DeRozan with 21 points to lead the team. This was a step-up from previous All-Star games with the defense noticeably more prolific from both teams. Lillard was still able to find his way to the basket with regularity, something he has been doing all season for the Trail Blazers. He has scored a combined 133 points over his last three regular-season games and looks set to finish the season with a flurry as the team fights for a playoff berth.

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    • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
      Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Double-doubles in loss
      1d ago

      Towns had 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes during Sunday's 148-145 loss to Team LeBron in the All-Star game.

      Towns looked very comfortable in his first All-Star game, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has been a double-double machine this season and was able to carry over that form in just 18 minutes of court-time. The Wolves are currently in a battle with the Spurs for the third and fourth positions in the West and Towns is going to be a big part of the push. He has had many games this season where he appears secondary on offense, something the Wolves can hopefully figure out as the regular season draws to its conclusion.

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    • Michal Kempny WAS D
      Capitals' Michal Kempny: Won't suit up Tuesday
      17m ago

      Kempny said Tuesday that he will not play the evening's contest against the Lightning, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

      Kempny's absence from the lineup Tuesday is not injury related, but rather just has to do with the fact that he arrived in Washington very late Monday night and needs some time to get adjusted to his new surroundings. He expects to play Thursday in Florida, though it's unlikely that he will receive enough ice time or take on a large enough role initially to warrant fantasy usage.

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    • Anton Khudobin BOS G
      Bruins' Anton Khudobin: Starting Tuesday in Edmonton
      35m ago

      Khudobin will guard the goal in Tuesday's road game against the Oilers, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.

      Khudobin has played well in limited action this season, compiling a 12-3-4 record while posting a respectable 2.34 GAA and .923 save percentage in 21 appearances. The 31-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and extend his personal winning streak to three contests in a road matchup with an Oilers club that's 12-14-2 at home this season.

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    • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
      Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Getting ready for 50th appearance of season
      35m ago

      Vasilevskiy will field shots from the Capitals as a road starter Tuesday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Tampa Bay's primary net resident took a loss in his last start, as the Devils put the puck past him four times on 28 shots. However, the Capitals are a much bigger team than New Jersey, so they'll try to power their way past Vasilevskiy and Co in this next contest. This will be a tall order considering the Russian has fashioned a 34-12-2 record to complement a 2.34 GAA and .927 save percentage through 49 games. From a fantasy perspective, you just aren't supposed to sit elite an elite backstop like Vasi -- regardless of format.

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    • Carey Price MON G
      Canadiens' Carey Price: Starting in goal Tuesday
      1h ago

      Price will face pucks in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

      Over his last 13 contests, the once-dominant Price has won just two games, showing a 3.18 GAA and a horrible .887 save percentage. The 2015 Vezina Trophy winner is having arguably the worst season of his career and it shows no signs of getting better anytime soon. This should hold especially true going into Tuesday's matchup with a Philadelphia team that has posted 26 goals in its last six games.

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    • Mike Green DET D
      Red Wings' Mike Green: Not ready to return
      1h ago

      Green (upper body) will not suit up in Tuesday's home game against the Predators, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      Green remains on the active roster, despite the fact that he's about to miss his third consecutive game. The puck-moving blueliner's malady means that Luke Witkowski, who potted his first career goal against the Predators on Saturday, should continue to receive ice time.

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    • Michal Neuvirth PHI G
      Flyers' Michal Neuvirth: Sidelined 4-6 weeks
      1h ago

      Neuvirth (lower body) has been handed a 4-6 week timetable for recovery.

      Neuvirth's injury -- in concert with Brian Elliott (lower body) being sidelined for an extended period of time -- led the Flyers to add Petr Mrazek from the Red Wings via trade. Mrazek will likely assume primary goaltending duties while the veteran pair rehabs from their injuries. Fortunately for the club, neither of the goalies is expected back prior to the trade deadline. Once the deadline expires, the Flyers can keep as many goalies on the active roster as they deem necessary. The interesting decision will come prior to 2018, with both Neuvirth and Elliott remaining under contract and the younger Mrazek a restricted free agent.

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