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Eduardo Rodriguez DET SP
Tigers' Eduardo Rodriguez: No updates from Tigers4m ago
Rodriguez (personal) remains without any sort of return timetable, with the Tigers electing to respect his privacy rather than give further information on his absence, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez was on the verge of returning from a rib injury in mid-June but had to leave the team due to a personal issue, the nature of which still hasn't been specified by the Tigers. Manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Rodriguez is back at his home in Florida with his children but didn't provide any information on his expected return date.
Liam Hendriks CHW RP
White Sox's Liam Hendriks: Returning Monday12m ago
Hendriks (forearm) said Friday that he'd be activated off the injured list Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hendriks hasn't pitched in three weeks due to a forearm issue. He threw a bullpen Friday which he said felt completely normal, but while he believes he could be activated already, the team will give him a few more days. He should immediately reclaim the closer role upon his return.
Thomas Hatch TOR SP
Blue Jays' Thomas Hatch: Set for season debut19m ago
Hatch will start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Hatch has spent the season with Triple-A Buffalo, where he owns a 5.12 ERA through 12 starts. He's thrown 35.2 career innings at the major-league level, mostly in relief, posting a 3.79 ERA but a 4.76 FIP.
Anthony DeSclafani SF SP
Giants' Anthony DeSclafani: Returns to injured list29m ago
DeSclafani was placed on the injured list with ankle inflammation Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
DeSclafani missed two months with the same issue earlier in the season, and he didn't look anything close to good in the two starts since his return, giving up 12 runs in 5.2 combined innings. The Giants are quite worried about the recurrence of the injury, with surgery on the table, Pavlovic reports. Jakob Junis (hamstring) is expected to eventually fill DeSclafani's spot in the rotation, but the team may have to go with a bullpen game or two until Junis ready to return.
Jason Vosler SF 3B
Giants' Jason Vosler: Recalled and starting Friday37m ago
Vosler was recalled by the Giants on Friday and will bat seventh and play third base against the White Sox, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
How long Vosler will remain in the majors is unclear, as he was called up to replace starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (ankle), so it's possible he returns to the minors when the Giants need another starter. Vosler has produced when called upon this season, however, hitting .294/.362/.569 in 17 games. He'll have a good case to stick around if he keeps hitting like that.
Curt Casali SF C
Giants' Curt Casali: Out of lineup42m ago
Casali will be on the bench for Friday's game against the White Sox, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Casali has started back-to-back games just once in the Giants' last 17 contests. Austin Wynns starts behind the plate Friday.
Michael Pittman IND WR
Colts' Michael Pittman: Impressed with his new QB7h ago
Pittman, who approaches training camp as the Colts' top wide receiver, looks forward to working with veteran QB Matt Ryan this coming season, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
In 17 games last season, the 2020 second-rounder caught 88 of his 129 targets for 1,082 yards and six TDs. Pittman posted those numbers while working in a run-heavy offense paced by Jonathan Taylor, with Carson Wentz handling the team's signal-caller duties. Wentz's uneven play led to his offseason trade to Washington, paving the way for the arrival of Ryan, a steady veteran QB whose ball placement has impressed the 24-year-old wideout. While Pittman remains the team's clear cut top pass-catching option, Alec Pierce (a 2022 second-round pick) and Parris Campbell, who's had trouble staying on the field, are next up in the Colts' WR pecking order. With that in mind, Pittman is a candidate to see an uptick in production this year, assuming he continues to build chemistry with Ryan as the summer rolls along.
Alvin Kamara NO RB
Saints' Alvin Kamara: No timeline for league ruling8h ago
Per Ross Jackson of USA Today, there's no clear timetable for when Kamara could potentially face NFL discipline stemming from his February arrest following an altercation in Las Vegas.
The report suggests that the league will wait for the legal process to wrap up before making any determination. Kamara's next hearing is currently scheduled for early August, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, though Jackson notes that if the case goes on beyond that juncture, the process could extend into the regular season. There's been speculation that the running back could be facing a six-game suspension from the NFL down the road, and in the event that Kamara misses any time, Mark Ingram, Tony Jones, Dwayne Washington, Devine Ozigbo and Abram Smith are currently next up on the Saints' backfield depth chart.
Jonathan Garibay DAL K
Cowboys' Jonathan Garibay: Faces kicking competition9h ago
Garibay now has competition for the Cowboys' kicking job following the team's signing of Lirim Hajrullahu, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Prior the move, Garibay, who signed with the Cowboys on May 2 after going undrafted in April, had been the team's only kicker. Now the Texas Tech product is in line to compete with the 32-year-old Hajrullahu, a former CFL player, who has four regular season games (all in 2021) worth of NFL experience.
Dane Jackson BUF CB
Bills' Dane Jackson: Tight competition with rookie1d ago
Jackson is expected to compete for a starting spot opposite Tre'Davious White, Dante Lasting of the Bills' official site reports.
The open spot seems to be up for grabs between Jackson, first-round rookie Kaiir Elam and veteran Siran Neal. Neal may be more valuable in a more all-around role due to his versatility, and if that comes into fruition, then Jackson will be competing with Elam for the starting job. Elam has upside and recent draft capital in his favor, so winning the starting gig may come down to his ability to catch on with the pro game. Jackson has familiarity in Leslie Frazier's defense and spent some time as a starter last season after White went down with a knee injury. Jackson has done well to get this far as a 2020 seventh-rounder, and it will be his solid play and experience pitted against Elam's (and perhaps Neal's) better size and athleticism.
Deshaun Watson CLE QB
Browns' Deshaun Watson: Hearing concludes1d ago
Watson's hearing before the NFL and NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officer ended Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
After three days in front of the officer, the league is drawing closer to concluding its 15-month long investigation into Watson, who faced 24 civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct. All but four of those were settled Tuesday, June 21, and among them one suit added his former team, the Texans, as a defendant Monday. According to Cabot, the officer requested that post-hearing briefs from both parties be filed the week of July 11. Once those are submitted, a ruling on Watson's punishment likely won't be announced until mid-July, at the earliest, after which he'll have an opportunity to appeal any proposed suspension. As Cabot reported Monday, the NFL is aiming for an indefinite ban of at least one year.
Benny Snell PIT RB
Steelers' Benny Snell: Slims down during offseason1d ago
Snell has trimmed down during the offseason, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
While Snell's new weight isn't yet clear, his frame now resembles a build more typical of a running back. The 24-year-old averaged a career-low 2.7 yards per carry last season. However, he should have the chance to compete during training camp for the No. 2 job at running back behind Najee Harris, who established himself as the team's three-down back as a rookie last year.
Jalen Smith IND C
Pacers' Jalen Smith: Will return to Indiana1h ago
Smith and the Pacers agreed to a two-year deal Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Smith was traded to the Pacers from the Suns at the deadline last season. In his 22 appearances with Indiana, he averaged 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 24.7 minutes -- the best stretch of his career. The Pacers are rebuilding, so Smith should continue to get chances to prove his potential, though consistent minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s may not be there unless Myles Turner gets moved.
Donte DiVincenzo SAC SG
Warriors' Donte DiVincenzo: Joins Golden State1h ago
DiVincenzo and the Warriors agreed Friday to a two-year, $9.3 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Kings didn't extend a qualifying offer to DiVincenzo after acquiring him in the middle of last season, so the guard was free to choose his new home this summer. He opted for the reigning champion Warriors, where he should slot in as a reserve on the wing. It may not be easy for him to garner minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s like he has lately, as he'll be competing for backup minutes with Jordan Poole, Moses Moody, Andre Iguodala, Jonathan Kuminga and others.
Luke Kornet BOS C
Celtics' Luke Kornet: Returning to Boston3h ago
Kornet and the Celtics agreed to terms Friday on a two-year contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Kornet spent most of his time with the Celtics' G League affiliate during the 2021-22 season, but he'll have an opportunity to earn an increased role with Boston after agreeing to a two-year contract Friday. In 15 games with a combination of the Bucks, Cavaliers and Celtics last season, the seven-footer averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per contest.
Raul Neto WAS PG
Cavaliers' Raul Neto: Headed to Cleveland5h ago
Neto and the Cavaliers agreed to terms Friday on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Neto became the latest addition to the Cavs' roster after Ricky Rubio (knee) and Robin Lopez agreed to deals with the team Friday. He'll presumably operate as one of the main backups to Darius Garland until Rubio is cleared to return from the torn ACL he suffered last season. In 70 games with the Wizards last season, Neto averaged 7.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per contest.
Leandro Bolmaro MIN SG
Jazz's Leandro Bolmaro: Ends up with Jazz in Gobert deal5h ago
Bolmaro -- along with Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and four first-round picks -- was traded Friday from the Timberwolves to the Jazz for Rudy Gobert, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Bolmaro was a rookie last year and averaged 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds across 6.9 minutes in 35 appearances with Minnesota. It's possible he sees a bit more run with the Jazz, who seem to be rebuilding.
Jarred Vanderbilt MIN PF
Jazz's Jarred Vanderbilt: Headed to Utah5h ago
Vanderbilt was traded from the Timberwolves to the Jazz on Friday along with Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Walker Kessler and four first-round picks in exchange for Rudy Gobert, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Vanderbilt appeared in 74 games with Minnesota last season, averaging 6.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 25.4 minutes per contest. He'll presumably start at power forward for the Jazz in 2022-23 in what will be his fifth NBA season.
Kirill Kaprizov MIN LW
Wild's Kirill Kaprizov: Undergoes minor procedure1h ago
Kaprizov (undisclosed) underwent a minor surgery and is expected to be ready "well in advance of camp," Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear exactly what Kaprizov was dealing with but, fortunately, it doesn't sound too serious. The 25-year-old winger racked up 47 goals and 108 points during the regular season before tallying another eight points in six postseason appearances. Barring a setback, Kaprizov will be in his usual top-line role to begin the 2022-23 campaign.
Julien Gauthier NYR RW
Rangers' Julien Gauthier: Secures one-year extension2h ago
Gauthier signed a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Rangers on Friday, per CapFriendly.
Gauthier tallied seven points in 49 games last season and spent the entire postseason as a healthy scratch. He also dished out 98 hits while averaging 10:18 of ice time. The 24-year-old should see a similar role next season, splitting time as a bottom-six forward and a healthy scratch.
Brock Boeser VAN RW
Canucks' Brock Boeser: Secures three-year extension3h ago
Boeser signed a three-year, $6.65 million AAV extension with Vancouver on Friday.
Boeser entered last season with a career 0.83 points-per-game but he tallied just 46 points through 71 contests for a career-worst 0.65 points-per-game. He ended the season on a positive note with four goals and eight points in his final seven contests. The 25-year-old winger will avoid becoming a restricted free agent and is now signed with the Canucks through the 2024-25 campaign while receiving a raise of just under $1 million per year. Boeser will keep a secure top-six role in Vancouver while getting a healthy share of power-play time.
Alexei Toropchenko STL RW
Blues' Alexei Toropchenko: Undergoes shoulder surgery3h ago
Toropchenko had shoulder surgery and will be out until at least December, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
The 23-year-old winger tallied two goals in 28 games as a rookie last season before chipping in two assists in 12 postseason appearances. Toropchenko should be expected to land on injured reserve once the season begins as he's going to miss roughly the first two months of the 2022-23 campaign. He should return to a bottom-six role once healthy.
Frederic Allard NSH D
Kings' Frederic Allard: Signs one-year extension6h ago
Allard signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Kings on Friday.
Allard spent the entirety of the 2021-22 season in the minors, picking up 15 points through 51 games split between AHL Milwaukee and AHL Ontario. The 24-year-old blueliner will likely spend most, if not all of the 2022-23 campaign in the minors.
Will Lockwood VAN RW
Canucks' William Lockwood: Pens two-way deal7h ago
Lockwood signed a two-way contract with the Canucks on Friday.
Lockwood spent the majority of the 2021-22 season with AHL Abbotsford, totaling 25 points through 46 contests, but he also drew into 13 games with the Canucks, going scoreless over that span. He'll likely once again spend most of his time in the minors in 2022-23.