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Dalton Pompey TOR CF
Blue Jays' Dalton Pompey: Diagnosed with concussion1h ago
Pompey was diagnosed with a concussion Friday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Pompey suffered the injury when he hit his head on some bats in his locker Thursday. It's difficult to guess how long a concussion will keep any player out, but Pompey has had concussions in his past, so the Blue Jays are likely to take a careful approach.
Michael Tonkin TEX RP
Michael Tonkin: Let go by Rangers1h ago
Tonkin was released by the Rangers on Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Tonkin spent last season in Japan and signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers in January. The 29-year-old allowed one run on two hits over 4.2 spring innings, but Texas nonetheless decided to move in a different direction.
Jordan Lyles PIT SP
Pirates' Jordan Lyles: Set to start Saturday1h ago
Lyles (side) is scheduled to start Saturday's split-squad game against the Phillies, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Lyles threw a four-inning, 60-pitch simulated game Monday, clearing the way for his return to Grapefruit League action. The 28-year-old is the leading candidate to begin the season as the Pirates' fifth starter, assuming all goes well Saturday.
Tim Peterson NYM RP
Mets' Tim Peterson: Heading to minor-league camp1h ago
Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
Peterson was fighting for a bullpen role at spring training and gave up five runs on seven hits through 8.1 innings with a 8:2 K:BB. The 28-year-old had a 6.18 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with eight home runs allowed across 27.2 big-league innings last season.
Tyler Bashlor NYM RP
Mets' Tyler Bashlor: Sent to minors1h ago
Bashlor was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
Bashlor spent the second half of last season in the majors and compiled a 4.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 25:12 K:BB across 32 innings. The 25-year-old allowed six runs on 15 hits over 10.2 spring innings as he returns to Triple-A to begin the season.
Daniel Zamora NYM RP
Mets' Daniel Zamora: Returns to minors1h ago
Zamora was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
Zamora was competing for a bullpen role in spring training but struggled with a 9.95 ERA, 2.84 WHIP and 8:6 K:BB through 6.1 innings. The 25-year-old made the jump from Double-A to the majors in August, and actually pitched well with 16 strikeouts and only three runs allowed across nine innings.
Samson Ebukam LAR OLB
Rams' Samson Ebukam: Recovering from knee surgery10m ago
Ebukam is recovering from a minor knee surgery and likely will be brought along slowly this spring, Gary Klein of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The 2017 fourth-round pick started 14 of 16 games at outside linebacker in his second pro season, notching 40 tackles (25 solo), three sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. It sounds like Ebukam will be healthy before the start of training camp, but he may face some competition for a starting job after the Rams signed Clay Matthews to a two-year, $9.25 million contract. It's also possible the Rams use Matthews and Ebukam as their starting OLBs, with Dante Fowler then coming off the bench to focus on rushing the passer. Regardless of how it shakes out, each of the three players should have an important role in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense.
C.J. Anderson LAR RB
C.J. Anderson: Expects to find new team16m ago
Anderson suggested Friday on Twitter that he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Rams.
While it isn't clear the two events are related, Anderson's tweet was posted about an hour after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Rams will match Detroit's two-year, $3.25 million offer sheet for running back Malcolm Brown, who missed Weeks 14-17 and all of the playoffs after he suffered a broken clavicle in early December. His injury opened the door for the Rams to sign Anderson, who then took over the starting gig when Todd Gurley (knee) suffered an injury of his own. Anderson's strong performance in December theoretically boosted his value, but Friday's string of tweets suggest he's frustrated with an inability to find a secure workload as a free agent. The 28-year-old running back points out that he's never had the chance to handle a lead role without sharing a significant portion of carries with a younger player. Anderson should't have too much trouble drumming up interest, but he'll likely have to settle for a backup role and/or another opportunity to earn his snaps.
Justin Houston KC OLB
Colts' Justin Houston: Ready to play defensive end1h ago
Houston will play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme under Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Joel Erickson and Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Houston has spent his entire career playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense for Kansas City, piling up 78.5 sacks in 102 games despite handling some coverage responsibilities. He said his job should be easier in a scheme that allows him to attack the quarterback on every pass play, and he already has plenty of experience lining up with his hand on the ground in nickel and dime packages. Coming off a 2018 campaign with nine sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 regular-season games (719 snaps), the 30-year-old pass rusher should provide a massive upgrade for the Indianapolis front seven, likely serving as the starter at right defensive end. Houston is signing a two-year, $24 million contract.
Morgan Burnett PIT SS
Steelers' Morgan Burnett: Soon to be released1h ago
The Steelers informed Burnett he will be released before Apr. 1, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Pittsburgh planned to release the 30-year-old safety this past Wednesday but will wait another week because of an accounting issue. Regardless of when it happens, Burnett figures to have trouble finding a starting job on the open market, as he hasn't played a 16-game season since 2012 and struggled in coverage the past couple years. It wasn't so long ago that Burnett was the top tackle compiler among all defensive backs, averaging 7.6 per game in 60 appearances from 2011 to 2014.
Malcolm Brown LAR RB
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Staying in Los Angeles2h ago
The Rams are matching Brown's two-year, $3.25 million offer sheet from the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The decision to use a low tender ultimately worked out in the Rams' favor, as they now have Brown under contract for two years at approximately the same cost as a second-round tender ($3.1 million) for one season. With C.J. Anderson unsigned and the draft still to come, Brown may eventually get some competition for the No. 2 running back spot -- a job that becomes rather interesting with the long-term stability of Todd Gurley's left knee now in question. Meanwhile, the Lions will need to look elsewhere in their search to add backfield depth behind Kerryon Johnson.
Ricardo Allen ATL FS
Falcons' Ricardo Allen: Taking strides in recovery11h ago
Allen (Achilles) returned to the practice field Thursday for speed and agility drills, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen suffered a torn Achilles during Atlanta's Week 3 loss to New Orleans, forcing a premature conclusion to his fifth pro campaign, and spelling disaster for a Falcons' secondary that had already seen Keanu Neal (knee) go down for the year during the season opener. The 27-year-old Allen racked up 90 tackles and two interceptions during the magical Super Bowl run of 2016, but with him inactive for 13 games in 2018 the defense limped to a 27th-place finish against the pass. The front office has already jettisoned a couple of defensive backs from the 2018 cast -- including Robert Alford and Brian Poole -- but with the incipient return of Allen and Neal to the active lineup, plus a potential addition or two to the secondary via the draft, Atlanta remains optimistic that a vast improvement could be in store for this unit.
Cory Joseph IND PG
Pacers' Cory Joseph: Underwhelming as spot starter1h ago
Joseph, who tallied just two points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one block across 28 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, has averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.0 rebound and 3.5 steals across 24.0 minutes in consecutive starts for Darren Collison (quadriceps).
As can often be the case when second-unit players vault temporarily into the starting five, Joseph's production has been lacking while going up against stiffer competition and sharing the floor with more talented teammates. The 27-year-old guard has continued to excel on the defensive end with a three-game streak of multiple steals, helping salvage his lines to an extent. Joseph has actually been in a month-long funk scoring-wise, as he hasn't posted a double-digit point tally since March 2. If Collison is unable to suit up Sunday versus the Nuggets, Joseph could draw a third straight spot start.
Myles Turner IND C
Pacers' Myles Turner: Forgettable offensive night1h ago
Turner mustered just four points (2-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and six rebounds across 24 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.
Like most of his first-unit mates, Turner's shot fell off a cliff in the lopsided loss. The young big man has struggled on multiple occasions during March, as Thursday's 20.0 percent success rate from the field was already his third sub-30-percent tally in the last nine contests. The 22-year-old does often make up for any offensive shortcomings with his production in rebounds and blocks in particular, keeping his value steady across all formats in the fantasy postseason.
Jonah Bolden PHI PF
76ers' Jonah Bolden: Heads to G League2h ago
Bolden was assigned to the G League on Friday.
The rookie will spend Friday and Saturday with the Blue Coats before presumably rejoining the Sixers in time for their game against Orlando on Monday. He's seen decreased playing time over March at the NBA level, but he will likely have a prominent role while in the G League.
Aaron Holiday IND PG
Pacers' Aaron Holiday: Gets hot off bench2h ago
Holiday poured in 13 points (4-4 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added one rebound and one assist across 17 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.
Holiday stepped up with the second unit's second-highest scoring total, a tally that also served as his highest since Feb. 5. The 2018 first-round pick continues to see a modest role off the bench, however, as he'd even logged single-digit minutes in the first three games of the current month. Therefore, despite the occasional scoring uptick, Holiday can't truly be trusted from a fantasy perspective.
Bojan Bogdanovic IND SF
Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic: Struggles with shot in loss2h ago
Bogdanovic contributed nine points (3-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 26 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.
Bogdanovic is typically very scoring-dependent for his fantasy production, so his overall value takes a dive on nights like Thursday when he has trouble consistently finding the net. The 29-year-old's scoring total and shooting percentage were both his lowest since Jan. 19, and Bogdanovic came up empty from behind the arc for the third time in the last four games. The veteran wing has otherwise been enjoying a stellar March, scoring 15 or more points in the nine other contests during the month. Therefore, Thursday's stumble shapes up as an outlier he'll look to bounce back from versus the Nuggets on Sunday.
Thaddeus Young IND SF
Pacers' Thaddeus Young: Bounces back on scoreboard2h ago
Young supplied 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 25 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.
Young stepped up offensively after a pair of sub-par efforts versus the Trail Blazers and Clippers, respectively. The difference primarily lay in Young upping his overall usage, as he was back to taking double-digit shot attempts Thursday. The veteran's rebounding production has helped offset some of the fluctuations in his scoring, as he's hauled in at least seven rebounds in four straight. Young should remain a solid source of production in multiple categories throughout the fantasy postseason.
Pavel Zacha NJ C
Devils' Pavel Zacha: Notches assist3m ago
Zacha registered an assist in his return to the lineup against Boston on Thursday.
Zacha missed 16 games due to an upper-body issue, but was able to immediately get himself back on the scoresheet. The center will have seven contests, starting with Saturday's matchup with Arizona, to register another two points and reach the 20-point mark for a third consecutive season.
MacKenzie Weegar FLA D
Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar: Rips home wrister8m ago
Weegar scored his fourth goal of the season during a 4-2 win over the Coyotes on Thursday.
Seven of Weegar's 14 points this season have come in his last 10 games as the Panthers have done surprisingly well down the stretch. After starting the season as the team's eighth defenseman, Weegar has done well enough to solidify a starting spot next season -- although his fantasy relevance will be minimal.
Keith Yandle FLA D
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Sets two franchise records17m ago
Yandle picked up an assist during a 4-2 win over the Coyotes on Thursday.
The assist gave Yandle 58 points on the season, setting a single-season record for points by a Panthers' defenseman. He also broke the franchise record for power-play points by any skater with 38 points with the same point. Yandle is one point behind his career-best offensive season set during the 2010-11 season.
Brad Richardson ARI C
Coyotes' Brad Richardson: Big night not enough17m ago
Richardson recorded two points -- a goal and an assist -- in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Florida.
Richardson's eighth assist of the season came with Arizona down a man. His goal later in the game was his 17th of the campaign, giving the Arizona forward 25 points in 58 games. He would set a new career high for points in a season if he can find the scoresheet seven more times over the season's final eight games.
Mike Hoffman FLA LW
Panthers' Mike Hoffman: Collects another power-play point22m ago
Hoffman buried a one-timer on the power play during Thursday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
Hoffman now has 34 points on the man advantage -- accounting for more than half of his total points (65). He is the only player among the league's top 50 in points to have more power-play points than even-strength points. The point discrepancy certainly explains the minus-22 that puts him in the bottom 10 for plus-minus.
Michal Kempny WAS D
Capitals' Michal Kempny: Ruled out against Wild28m ago
Kempny (lower body) will not play in Friday's matchup with the Wild, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
It was known heading into Friday that Kempny will miss some time, with a large doubt looming over his Friday availability. The 28-year-old wasn't present for morning skate and will seemingly miss Friday's game. Washington has depth at the blue line, so a recall may not be necessary.