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Dexter Fowler STL RF
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler: Shows improvement Sunday21m ago
Fowler (knee) is slowly getting better according to manager Mike Matheny, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Fowler was drilled by a pitch Saturday on his right knee, and although X-rays came back negative, he could require a short stint on the disabled list. He was reportedly feeling better Sunday, but another update will likely be available Monday.
Wilmer Flores NYM 1B
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Headed for further examination26m ago
Flores will travel back to New York for further tests after he exited Sunday's matchup against Milwaukee with back soreness, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
We won't know the extent of Flores' injury until the results of his tests come back. If he needs a significant amount of time to recover, look for Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, or Jose Bautista to get a shot at third base.
Felipe Vazquez PIT RP
Pirates' Felipe Vazquez: Exits early Sunday37m ago
Vazquez left Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals with left forearm discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Vazquez was able to record just one out in relief before being removed from the game. He also allowed a hit prior to leaving. It's unclear how severe his injury is, but he'll be considered day-to-day until more information on his status is released.
Buster Posey SF C
Giants' Buster Posey: Remains out Sunday1h ago
Posey (hip) will miss his second consecutive game Sunday against the the Cubs.
Posey missed Saturday's game with right hip soreness, and he'll remain on the bench for Sunday's series finale versus Chicago. He should be available to hit off the bench if needed, and he'll be considered day-to-day until more information on his status is released.
Mookie Betts BOS RF
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Unlikely to play Monday1h ago
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Betts (side) "probably" won't play in Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Betts sat out Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Braves due to left side tightness, an injury that cropped up shortly before the game began. Though Betts is being labeled as day-to-day, the Red Sox are understandably taking the long view with their star and seem inclined to give him at least another day to get over the issue. Unless the Red Sox suggest Betts' condition has taken a turn for the worse Monday, the outfielder still looks on track to avoid the disabled list and return to the Boston lineup at some point during the week.
Brett Anderson OAK SP
Athletics' Brett Anderson: Yet to resume baseball activities1h ago
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Anderson (shoulder) remains shut down and has yet to initiate baseball activities, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
It's been almost two weeks since Anderson exited his May 18 start with a strained left shoulder, so the fact that he hasn't even kicked off a throwing program yet suggests that he'll be in for at least a month-long absence. Frankie Montas was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and took the hill Sunday against the Diamondbacks with Anderson missing out on another scheduled turn through the rotation.
Whitney Mercilus HOU LB
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Full-go at OTAs19h ago
Mercilus was a full participant at organized team activities this week after rehabbing from a torn pectoral muscle, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Mercilus, who was limited to just five games in 2017, will help solidify the Texans' pass rush. The lack of quarterback pressure due to the absences of Mercilus and J.J. Watt (back) contributed to a porous pass defense, which ranked 21st in the NFL.
Landon Collins NYG DB
Giants' Landon Collins: Expects to return for minicamp2d ago
Collins (forearm) hopes to participate in mandatory minicamp starting June 12, SportsNet New York reports.
Collins has undergone two surgeries since breaking his forearm in late December. The 2015 second-round pick has been a starter since Week 1 of his rookie campaign, accruing three straight seasons with 100-plus tackles. Collins has also broken up 28 passes and posted eight interceptions in that span. Once he's back to full health, the 25-year-old should be a stellar IDP option once again.
Dont'a Hightower NE MLB
Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Works into OTAs2d ago
Hightower (pectoral) was a limited participant in OTAs on Thursday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Having been sidelined since late October, Hightower appears on pace to be ready for training camp -- his initial goal. Before the 2017 campaign, Hightower had five straight seasons with 60-plus tackles. For those looking to utilize Hightower in IDP settings, it's important to note he hasn't played more than 13 games in a season since 2013.
Shaquill Griffin SEA CB
Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin: Works in at LCB2d ago
Griffin was shifted to left cornerback during OTAs, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
This is the spot once manned by four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman, who signed with the 49ers in March. It's unclear if this move is because Byron Maxwell isn't attending OTAs, or if this will be Griffin's permanent role. If the latter is true, it'll be interesting to see how Griffin adjusts to the new position after racking up 59 tackles and 15 pass breakups in his rookie campaign. Regardless, Griffin should see an uptick in responsibility with the departure of Sherman.
Reuben Foster SF OLB
49ers' Reuben Foster: Misdemeanor charges also dropped2d ago
Foster's misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana was dismissed Friday after the linebacker successfully completed a diversion course, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Separate from the felony domestic violence charges that were dropped Wednesday, Foster was previously in legal trouble for a Jan. 12 event in which the linebacker was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Despite those chargers being dropped, Foster could still be subject to the NFL's substance-abuse policy in 2018.
Mike Matthews 2005 C
Dolphins' Mike Matthews: Signs with Miami2d ago
Matthews signed a contract with the Dolphins on Friday.
Matthews spent the entire 2017 season on the Steelers' injured reserve list due to a torn patella tendon. Presumably recovered, the center will now look to compete for the starting center job vacated by Mike Pouncey, who the Dolphins let walk in free agency this offseason.
Patrick McCaw GS SG
Warriors' Patrick McCaw: Logs four minutes in return to action5h ago
McCaw (back) returned to action in Game 6 against the Rockets on Saturday, finishing with two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds and one steal across four minutes.
Saturday marked McCaw's first in-game action since late March, as he had been recovering from a fairly significant back injury for nearly two months. While McCaw's minutes came in garbage time of a blowout win, it was still an encouraging development for his health and he could see a handful of minutes once again in Game 7, especially if Andre Iguodala (knee) can't give it a go.
Jeff Green CLE PF
Cavaliers' Jeff Green: Will start Game 78h ago
Green will enter the starting five for Game 7 against the Celtics on Sunday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Usual starter Kevin Love suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Game 6 and has yet to pass through the league's protocol, which means he'll sit out Sunday's contest. As a result, Green will jump into the starting lineup in the frontcourt alongside LeBron James and Tristan Thompson. Green saw 31 minutes of action the last time out with Love heading to the locker room early and a similar workload can be expected in Game 7. He finished that outing with 14 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Gerald Green HOU SG
Rockets' Gerald Green: Scores 11 points in extended role Saturday11h ago
Green tallied 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt), and one block in 26 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to the Warriors.
Green saw some additional run with Chris Paul (hamstring) on the sidelines and was able to shoot the ball well in his time on the floor. While the points are nice, Green offers very little to the team on the defensive end or as a facilitator. Paul is questionable for Monday's Game Seven and Green could be forced into extended minutes once again. Hopefully, for the Rockets, he can channel his inner superstar and produce a little more across the board.
Clint Capela HOU C
Rockets' Clint Capela: Disastrous effort in Game Six loss11h ago
Capela had just two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to Golden State.
Capela was rendered obsolete by the Warriors defense, in particular, Draymond Green. After two excellent playoff series against the Timberwolves and Jazz, Capela has been far less impactful against the small-ball lineups of the Warriors. The series now heads back to Houston for Game Seven and Capela is going to have to find a way to get more involved, especially on the offensive end, if the Rockets are to go any further this season.
Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Gets hot early in starting role11h ago
Gordon finished with 19 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-4 FT), and two rebounds in 33 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to the Warriors.
Gordon moved into the starting lineup Saturday with Chris Paul (hamstring) watching from the bench and hit his first four shots of the game as the Rockets rushed out to an early 17 point lead. Unfortunately, that is where it ended for the Rockets as they were destroyed in the second half. Gordon offers very little outside of scoring and if Paul is forced out of Game Seven, Gordon is going to have to find other ways to contribute if they are to advance to the Finals.
James Harden HOU SG
Rockets' James Harden: Finds some rhythm in Game Six loss11h ago
Harden had 32 points (10-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 40 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to Golden State.
Harden managed to find some shooting rhythm Saturday but it was nowhere near enough as the Rockets were blown out by the Warriors in Game Six on their Western Conference Finals. With Chris Paul (hamstring) on the sidelines, Harden was forced into more of a ball-handling role and thus recorded a post-season high nine turnovers. After a blistering start, the Rockets were held to just 25 points for the entire second half and will need to make some drastic improvements if they are to advance to their first NBA Finals in over 20 years.
Jake Dotchin TB D
Lightning's Jake Dotchin: Logs 11 points in 48 games9m ago
Dotchin scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) throughout 48 games for 2017-18, averaging 16:29 of ice time.
After starting out the season strong and playing in 19 of the first 20 games, Dotchin slowly started to see his playing time decrease throughout the year, and just played in one game after Ryan McDonagh arrived March 10. Although the lowered usage certainly raises questions towards his role next season, the 23-year-old was still able to score his first career NHL goal, and held his own on the ice putting up a 52.2 percent Corsi along with a plus-17 rating. Dotchin will return to Tampa Bay for 2018-19 on the last season of his rookie contract, which could bring out his best when he takes the ice, even from a limited role.
Anton Stralman TB D
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Offensive game in decline20h ago
Stralman delivered five points (one goal, four assists) during the Lightning's playoff run.
Stralman has become a ballast for partner Victor Hedman's Norris-worthy play, so his offensive game has declined. He averaged 20 points in each of the last two seasons, which was a steep decline from his previous mid-to-high 30s production. Stralman's value on the ice will continue to be high, but his fantasy value will be restricted to the deepest of formats.
Andrej Sustr TB D
Lightning's Andrej Sustr: Struggles to find fit20h ago
Sustr did not dress for the Lightning during the playoffs.
He had been a healthy scratch leading up to the postseason and played just 44 games in the regular season. Sustr is 27 and may still potentially find a bottom-pair role in the NHL. But like many big defenders, the 6-foot-7 Sustr will find it progressively difficult to keep up in an increasingly fast NHL.
Slater Koekkoek TB D
Lightning's Slater Koekkoek: Watches entire playoff run from media box20h ago
Koekkoek was a healthy scratch throughout the Lightning's postseason run.
Koekkoek was a healthy scratch much of the time leading up to the playoffs and managed just eight points (four goals, four assists) in 35 games overall. He once had great promise as a puck-moving defender, but Koekkoek has not found his footing in Tampa. It remains to be seen if he will be part of the team's future.
Chris Kunitz TB LW
Lightning's Chris Kunitz: Becomes free agent this summer20h ago
Kunitz, who delivered one assist in 17 playoff games, will become a free agent July 1.
Kunitz turns 38 in September and will be looking for one last contract; it just might not be with the Lightning. The Bolts will likely shuffle the deck and go cheaper and younger. Kunitz delivered 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 82 regular-season games while toiling in the bottom six. He may still have value in a limited role on the ice, but his fantasy value disappeared long ago.
Malcolm Subban LV G
Golden Knights' Malcolm Subban: Omitted from latest practice1d ago
Subban (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Maxime Lagace was slotted behind Marc-Andre Fleury in this latest session, two days before the Golden Knights are to play host to the Capitals for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The expansion club based in Vegas will certainly hope that it won't have to rely on Subban or Lagace in the Cup finals -- that's not a knock on either tender, but it would mean that something went awry with Flower, who's won 12 of 15 games in these playoffs to complement an immaculate .947 save percentage. Subban, on the other hand, hasn't even seen game action since April 7.