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Martin Perez TEX SP
Twins' Martin Perez: Reaches deal with Twins4h ago
Perez and the Twins agreed to a one-year contract Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Perez gets a major-league contract despite posting an ugly 6.22 ERA in 85.1 innings for the Rangers last season. That high number is a bit of an outlier in the context of the rest of his career, and an elbow injury is at least partly to blame, but his ERA had been at least 4.38 in each of the four previous seasons, so even a bounceback year won't make him a particularly enticing arm. Still, he'll be a useful back-end starter for the Twins should he win a job in camp and could be a fine deep-league option now that he's finally left the hitter's paradise in Texas behind.
Justin Williams STL LF
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Suffers hand injury7h ago
Williams has been diagnosed with fractured and dislocated fingers in his right hand after punching a television, Brian Stull of StlBaseballWeekly.com reports.
Williams reportedly got angry about a personal issue and punched a television. He's slated to visit the doctor Friday to determine the extent of the damage and to establish a timeline for his return.
Mike Soroka ATL SP
Braves' Mike Soroka: To take it easy this spring9h ago
Soroka (shoulder) won't be restricted during spring training but the Braves are expected to closely monitor him, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Soroka started five games during the 2018 campaign before being shut down due to a shoulder injury. While manager Brian Snitker has no intention of restricting Soroko, he'll likely take it slow with the 21-year-old right-hander to prevent any further issues.
Dansby Swanson ATL SS
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Feels strong after surgery9h ago
Swanson hit off a tee for the first time Wednesday since undergoing offseason wrist surgery, although he's expected to take it slow at the beginning of spring training, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Swanson had surgery to eradicate a loose body in his left wrist at the beginning of November. While he's expected to be ready to go for Opening Day, the Braves will take it easy with their starting shortstop when spring training starts up to prevent further issue.
Chris Sale BOS SP
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Returns to full strength10h ago
Sale (shoulder) isn't expected to face any restrictions in spring training after returning to full health, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Sale will be ready to roll for the start of spring training after receiving some much-needed rest. He battled with tendinitis in his shoulder during the 2018 campaign, limiting him to 27 starts. "I feel normal again," stated Sale. "I'm able to throw free and easy and feel loose and kind of have that whip back. It's obviously a nice feeling."
Kris Bryant CHC 3B
Cubs' Kris Bryant: At full strength10h ago
Bryant (shoulder) has been taking batting practice since Dec. 1 and his shoulder is at full strength, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bryant played a season-low 102 games in 2018 after dealing with a shoulder issue for a good portion of the season. He's emphasized that his shoulder is completely healthy and that he won't face any restrictions in spring training, however.
Deonte Thompson BUF WR
Bills' Deonte Thompson: More journeyman journeys?5h ago
Thompson, who played eight games for the Cowboys this season before spending five more with the Bills (he missed the finale with a toe injury), will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Thompson, while still speedy, is primarily a depth receiver at this stage of his career and caught only 17 balls for 161 yards and no touchdowns last season. The Bills like him enough that they've had him for three different stints, but he'll be 30 next month and may be phased out as the team continues to rework the position group. At best, he'll end up as a No. 4-5-6 receiver in 2019.
Taco Charlton DAL DE
Cowboys' Taco Charlton: Rough sophomore campaign8h ago
Charlton finished the regular season with 27 tackles, including only one sack, in 11 games.
While the second-year defensive end got a chance to start to begin the season, he quickly slipped into a rotational role, and Charlton's second half was sunk by a Week 9 shoulder injury that limited him to only four total snaps over the next six games. Heading into his third NFL campaign, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft has yet to establish himself, but improved health could allow him to make some kind of impact in the Cowboys' pass rush behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.
Randy Gregory DAL DE
Cowboys' Randy Gregory: Finally makes impact8h ago
Gregory finished the regular season with 25 tackles and six sacks in 14 games.
The 26-year-old may be on his last chance in Dallas after multiple suspensions to begin his career, including one that cost him all of 2017, but Gregory appears to be serious about making the most of it. The tackles and sacks were career highs -- he had only one sack in 14 games coming into the year -- and he really came on in the second half, racking up five of his sacks in the final eight games while flashing his speed and length. The 2015 second-round pick still has one more season remaining on his rookie contract, so if he stays off the radar of the commissioner's office, Gregory could be poised for a breakout 2019.
Tyrone Crawford DAL DT
Cowboys' Tyrone Crawford: Another solid campaign8h ago
Crawford finished the regular season with 34 tackles, five sacks, two passes defended and a forced fumble.
The sacks tied his career high while the tackles fell one short of his previous best. The 29-year-old Crawford is one of the more senior members of a young Cowboys defense, and while he'll never be an IDP asset, he figures to remain a steadying presence up front in Dallas if he doesn't find himself a cap casualty in the offseason.
Xavier Woods DAL FS
Cowboys' Xavier Woods: Takes step forward in 20189h ago
Woods finished the regular season with a career-high 56 tackles and two interceptions on nine passes defended.
After missing the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury, the second-year safety settled into a starting role next to Jeff Heath and mostly held his own. The position is one the Cowboys could be looking to upgrade in the offseason, so Woods isn't guaranteed to return as a starter in 2019, but he's shown he can be a solid cog in an up-and-coming young defense.
Demarcus Lawrence DAL DE
Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Reaches double-digit sacks again9h ago
Lawrence finished the regular season with a career-high 64 tackles, including 10 sacks, while also recording two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and his first career interception.
The disruptive defensive end didn't quite repeat his breakout 2017, but Lawrence still racked up double-digit sacks for the second straight season. While his current contract is up, the Cowboys will almost certainly use the franchise tag on the 26-year-old if they can't come to terms with him on a long-term deal, assuring that Lawrence will be back in Dallas and leading the pass rush in 2019.
Gary Harris DEN SG
Nuggets' Gary Harris: Still on minutes limit7m ago
Harris will remain on a "18-20ish" minute restriction for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Saturday marks Harris' second game back from a hamstring injury, and he played 19 minutes Thursday against Chicago, posting 14 points, two assists and one rebound. He'll continue to be brought back slowly.
Will Barton DEN SG
Nuggets' Will Barton: Remains on minutes restriction9m ago
Barton is still on an "18-20ish" minute restriction for Saturday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Barton has played three games since his return from an extended absence as a result of a groin injury. Still, it seems coach Michael Malone and the medical staff wants to bring Barton along slowly. That's a liberty the Nuggets can take, as Denver is 30-14 heading into Saturday's action.
JaMychal Green MEM PF
Grizzlies' JaMychal Green: Moves into starting five1h ago
Green will start Saturday against the Raptors, Eric Hasseltine of the Grizzlies Radio Network reports.
With Marc Gasol out due to back soreness, Green will move into the starting five next to rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. Green started the first two games of the year, but then suffered an injury and has come off the bench since. When seeing over 25 minutes, he averages 12.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
Tyler Johnson MIA SG
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Returning to bench1h ago
Johnson will come off the bench Saturday against the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
With Josh Richardson (illness) returning to the starting five, Johnson will resume his usual role off the pine. When coming off the bench, he's averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.1 minutes.
Donte DiVincenzo MIL SG
Bucks' Donte DiVincenzo: Cleared to play Saturday1h ago
DiVincenzo (heel) has been cleared to play Saturday against the Magic, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
DiVincenzo hasn't seen the court since Jan. 1 as a result of a heel injury, but he seems to have shaken it off and will be available if needed Saturday. That said, he's seen his role reduced since the Bucks brought in George Hill via trade.
Richaun Holmes PHO PF
Suns' Richaun Holmes: Sprains foot, leaves Saturday1h ago
Holmes left Saturday's contest against the Hornets due to a sprained left foot, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Considering Holmes was ruled out in the fourth quarter of a blowout, it's hard to gauge exactly how serious the injury is. We may learn more following the contest. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.
Semyon Varlamov COL G
Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Gets rare win6m ago
Varlamov made 30 saves in a 7-1 win over the Kings on Saturday afternoon.
It was his second win in three starts. That's the good news. But it was just his second win since Dec. 15 and only his third since Dec. 2. That's the not-so-good news. Sure, there were short stretches in there where Varlamov missed time due to undisclosed issues. But his game has been queasy all season and that makes him a massive fantasy risk.
Tuukka Rask BOS G
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Exits after collision34m ago
Rask exited Saturday's game against the Rangers after getting crashed into by Filip Chytil.
Chyil added insult to injury by scoring on the play just before getting pushed into Rask by Boston's Charlie McAvoy. Jaroslav Halak will replace Rask, who stopped six of seven shots before exiting. Luckily for the Finnish netminder, Boston doesn't play again until Jan. 29, giving him ample time to recover.
James Reimer FLA G
Panthers' James Reimer: Starting Saturday1h ago
Reimer will start Saturday's game in Nashville, Brooks Bratten of NHL.com reports.
Reimer gets the second leg of Florida's back-to-back after Roberto Luongo faced the Maple Leafs on Friday. He'll take on a Nashville club that's 16-8-0 at Bridgestone Arena.
Erik Karlsson SJ D
Sharks' Erik Karlsson: Not playing Saturday1h ago
Karlsson (undisclosed) won't suit up Saturday in Tampa Bay, The Athletic's Kevin Kurz reports.
This news comes out of nowhere, as Karlsson has been firing on all cylinders with 27 points in his last 18 games. What specifically is sidelining Karlsson should come out before San jose's next game Monday in Florida, and likely in Saturday's post-game press conference.
Gabriel Landeskog COL LW
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Having season of his career2h ago
Landeskog scored a goal and added an assist, both on the power play, in a 7-1 win over the Kings on Saturday afternoon.
Landeskog's nine points, including five goals, in his last seven games make him a particularly strong play in any format. His 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists) in just 48 games projects to 90 points -- including a possible 50 goals -- this year. Landeskog is having the season of his career.