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Eduardo Paredes LAA RP
Angels' Eduardo Paredes: Heads back to big leagues11m ago
Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The 23-year-old has been stellar with the Bees this season, allowing just one run in 6.1 frames while producing a 5:1 K:BB. Paredes will head to the majors to provide bullpen depth after Blake Wood (elbow) was placed on the disabled list. He'll likely work in middle relief during his time in the majors.
Chris Iannetta COL C
Rockies' Chris Iannetta: Out of lineup Monday14m ago
Iannetta is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
Iannetta is just 2-for-25 (.080) over his last six starts, so he'll head to the bench to clear his head while Tony Wolters picks up his second start at catcher in the past three games.
Byron Buxton MIN CF
Twins' Byron Buxton: No issues following rehab game15m ago
Buxton (migraines) got through a rehab game Sunday without issues, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Buxton has been on the disabled list after suffering migraines, something he apparently has a history with. He's eligible to return to action Wednesday and appears on track to do so, though he isn't playing another rehab game Monday, so it's possible that there was an unreported problem.
Chris Lee BAL RP
Orioles' Chris Lee: Nearing rehab assignment16m ago
Lee (oblique) threw 3.2 innings at extended spring training Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The pitching prospect seems to be progressing well in his rehab program. The expectation is that Lee will throw five innings Saturday before embarking on a rehab assignment with a minor-league affiliate, so it seems like he's still a couple weeks away from a full return to action.
Manuel Margot SD CF
Padres' Manuel Margot: Gets breather Monday21m ago
Margot is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies.
Margot, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday, will head to the bench for Monday's series opener after going a combined 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in his first two games back. In his place, Franchy Cordero will start in center field and bat leadoff.
Colby Rasmus BAL CF
Orioles' Colby Rasmus: Continues to progress slowly23m ago
Rasmus (hip) threw from 120 feet and took part in agility exercises Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Rasmus continues to progress slowly in his recovery process from a hip flexor strain, though it's certainly better than a setback at this point. The veteran is expected to progress to swinging a bat toward the end of the week, meaning he's likely still a week or two away from returning from the DL. Anthony Santander should continue to see regular starts in right field in his stead.
Tyrell Williams LAC WR
Chargers' Tyrell Williams: Signs RFA tender17m ago
Williams has signed his restricted free-agent tender, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Chargers gave Williams a second-round tender to ensure he wouldn't receive any offer sheets. The contract locks him in for a $2.9 million salary in 2018, with the chance to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason if he doesn't sign an extension. The Chargers have a crowded wideout room that also includes Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams. The team presumably hopes its second-year wideout will be ready to absorb some of the snaps and targets that went to Benjamin and (Tyrell) Williams last season. The Chargers could clear up the logjam by releasing Benjamin, who has a non-guaranteed $5.75 million base salary, per OverTheCap. While it might seem like an obvious move in the context of the team's plans on offense, Benjamin provides additional value as one of the top punt returners in the league. He and (Tyrell) Williams both were hyper-efficient with their limited targets last season.
Kelvin Benjamin BUF WR
Bills' Kelvin Benjamin: Good news on health front1h ago
The news continues to be all positive on Benjamin after the receiver had issues with his knee for much of the 2017 season, Dominic LoVallo of the Bills' official site reports. "I definitely want to come in and make this one of my best OTAs, you know, since I've been in the league," said Benjamin. "It's the right weight in the right places. I just leaned up around the waist, the abs are back out, stronger in my legs, you know and I'm stronger in my knees."
Benjamin has been given a clean bill of health following offseason surgery and also plans to play this season a bit leaner. He'll enter the season as the team's clear-cut No. 1 receiver, though he'll have clouds hanging over his fantasy value, given that this team operates more as a run-based offense and currently doesn't even know which quarterback will be throwing most of its passes in 2018.
Tom Brady NE QB
Patriots' Tom Brady: Agent expects him to play this season3h ago
Brady's agent, Don Yee, said that he expects the QB to play this coming season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "Tom's intentions have not changed," Yee relayed Monday. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid 40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."
Until Brady, who is signed through 2019, confirms that he's 100 percent committed to playing in 2018 -- or alternatively his below-market-value contract is adjusted -- his situation is worth monitoring, but we'd be shocked if the 40-year-old signal-caller walked away from the game at this stage. Meanwhile, star tight end Rob Gronkowski has also been coy about his playing status, but we fully expect the duo to be back at it for New England this coming season. Brian Hoyer is currently the only other QB on the Patriots' roster, but it's assumed that the team will address the position in this week's draft.
Willie Snead NO WR
Ravens' Willie Snead: Won't have offer sheet matched6h ago
The Saints will not match Snead's offer sheet with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Saints made it clear Snead wasn't a priority when they tabbed him with an original-round RFA tender rather than spending $1 million more for a second-round tag. The team reinforced that sentiment upon signing Cameron Meredith (knee) away from the Bears on a two-year, $9.6 million contract. Per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Snead settled for a two-year, $7 million contract with the Ravens, though he can earn another $3.4 million in incentives. Snead's track record from the slot makes him a nice fit in Baltimore, where the other offseason WR additions -- Michael Crabtree and John Brown -- profile as perimeter threats. A 2014 undrafted free agent, Snead caught 141 of 206 targets for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns over 30 games in 2015 and 2016, but then had only eight catches in 11 contests last year, failing to regain his old role after starting the season with a three-game DUI suspension and a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old is unlikely to approach his 2015-16 efficiency stats -- 68.4 percent catch rate, 9.1 yards per target -- while playing with Joe Flacco instead of Drew Brees.
Dez Bryant DAL WR
Dez Bryant: Not headed to Baltimore7h ago
Bryant is unlikely to draw interest from the Ravens after the team signed Willie Snead to an offer sheet, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Baltimore's decision to sign Snead can also be taken as a sign that Bryant wasn't responding to the team's initial interest after he was released by the Cowboys on April 13. The 29-year-old wideout has been pretty clear that he prefers to stay in the NFC East, where he'd have the opportunity to face his former team twice per season. Bryant sounded particularly excited by the prospect of joining the Giants, a team that recently released Brandon Marshall in a move that cleared up approximately $5.2 million of cap space. The Giants still have a tight cap situation as well as an impressive stash of young pass-catching talent, but it's not hard to see how Bryant could fit in alongside Odell Beckham, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, with the latter likely manning the slot in three-wide formations. Bryant may need to wait until after the draft, at which point it will be evident which teams truly have a need at wide receiver.
Bud Dupree PIT OLB
Steelers' Bud Dupree: Gets fifth-year option7h ago
Pittsburgh exercised the fifth-year option on Dupree's rookie contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Selected 22nd overall in the 2015 draft, Dupree hasn't quite lived up to expectations through three seasons, but he did at least post career-high marks for tackles (40), sacks (six) and tackles for loss (12) in 15 games last year. The fifth-year option isn't a huge risk, as it's only guaranteed for injury and should cost less than $10 million. Dupree and 2017 first-round pick T.J. Watt figure to serve as Pittsburgh's starting outside linebackers in 2018, though it won't come as any surprise if the team brings in an early draft pick to push Dupree for snaps. The Steelers probably don't have any intention of signing Dupree to an extension before the season.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Upgraded to questionable for Game 57m ago
Smart (thumb) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Bucks.
Reports over the weekend suggested Smart would meet with a doctor to potentially get back on the floor for Game 6, but he's apparently made substantial progress in the last few days -- at least enough to warrant the "questionable" tag. It's still very much unclear if Smart will be cleared, but the Celtics should issue some sort of update following shootaround Tuesday morning. Smart hasn't played in more than a calendar month, last taking the court in a loss to the Pacers on March 11.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Doubtful for Game 527m ago
VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Wizards, according to the Raptors' game notes.
Game notes can certainly change over the course of the next two days, but as of Monday it appears as though the Raptors are preparing to be without one of their key bench pieces. VanVleet has missed three of the first four games of the series with a right shoulder injury, and he played only three minutes in Game 2. As a result, Delon Wright has picked up increased minutes at point guard behind Kyle Lowry.
George Hill SAC PG
Cavaliers' George Hill: Questionable for Game 52h ago
Hill (back) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Game 5 against the Pacers on Wednesday.
Hill was forced to sit out Game 4 with back spasms and while an MRI came back clean, he's still in danger of missing a second consecutive contest. Another update will likely be provided at some point Tuesday following the Cavaliers' practice, so keep an eye out for updates over the coming few days. Jose Calderon started in his place Sunday, but struggled to just five points, two rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes.
Wesley Matthews DAL SG
Mavericks' Wesley Matthews: Cleared for basketball activities3h ago
Matthews (leg) has been cleared to resume regular basketball activities without any restrictions, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.
Matthews missed the final 16 games of the 2017-18 campaign after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right leg. After nearly a month off for rehabilitation, it appears as though Matthews is progressing as expected and he should be 100 percent healthy prior to training camp. In addition to the update on his health, Matthews also hinted that he would pick up his $18.6 million player option for next season, which isn't a huge surprise considering he'd struggle to find that sort of money elsewhere. If all goes as expected, look for Matthews to slot into the starting lineup once again to open 2018-19.
Josh Richardson MIA SF
Heat's Josh Richardson: Questionable to play Tuesday4h ago
Richardson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Sixers.
There's been some confusion as to the severity of Richardson's shoulder injury, and his status likely won't be clarified until after shootaround Tuesday morning. Richardson was initially diagnosed with a sprained AC joint, but the team later said he may only be battling a sprain. Monday's tweet from the official team account indicates Richardson is, in fact, battling a sprain -- regardless, the versatile wing will likely be less than 100 percent, assuming he's cleared to play.
Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Feeling good following ankle surgery7h ago
Nowitzki said Sunday that he's progressing as expected from the minor ankle procedure he underwent on his left ankle April 5, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Nowitzki has resumed walking without the assistance of crutches but will need to wear a walking boot for the next two weeks before he's able to remove it and engage in more intense workouts. The veteran big man, who will turn 40 in June, should be back to full strength well before training camp in the fall as he prepares for his 21st -- and likely final -- NBA campaign. Nowitzki suited up in 77 contests during the 2017-18 season, finishing with 12.0 points (on 45.6 percent shooting from the field), 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.6 assists in 24.7 minutes per game. He should retain a regular spot in the starting lineup next season, but will likely see his playing time take a hit for the third year in a row.
Mirco Mueller NJ D
Devils' Mirco Mueller: Logs four assists in first season with New Jersey5m ago
Mueller notched four assists in 31 games including playoffs in 2017-18, while averaging 16:43 of ice time.
The former 2013 first-round pick has been searching for consistent playing time with San Jose, and while a collarbone injury limited his playing time this season, he still skated in New Jersey's last eight games when they were searching for a playoff birth, and three of the five games against Tampa Bay. Four points was also a new career high, and although the 23-year-old doesn't play an overly physical game as he notched just 22 hits, he still blocked 44 shots on the season. Unfortunately for Mueller, Andy Greene, Sami Vatanen, Damon Severson, Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy are all returning next season so New Jersey will boast a crowded blue line -- which will limit his minutes and opportunity for a power-play role -- but he is entering a contract year which should bring out his best.
Filip Forsberg NSH LW
Predators' Filip Forsberg: Bags another goal34m ago
Forsberg scored a goal in Sunday's Game 6 victory over Colorado.
Forsberg ended up finishing the six-game series with four goals and two assists, recording a point in four of six contests. The Swedish forward was a constant presence throughout the series, as well, throwing 24 shots on goal and dishing out 10 hits.
Austin Watson NSH RW
Predators' Austin Watson: Quietly leading team in scoring1h ago
Watson scored a goal, dished out three hits, and blocked three shots in Sunday's Game 6 win against Colorado.
With the goal, Watson extended his point streak to seven games, which includes the final game of the regular season. After scoring a career high 14 goals and 19 points in 76 games in the 2017-18 regular season, Watson has taken his game to a new level in the playoffs, having logged four goals and seven points thus far. A 2010 first-round pick, the 6-foot-4, 204-pound Watson has primarily been utilized as a checking player at this point in his career, but certainly possesses the offensive ability to put the puck in the net.
Ryan Ellis NSH D
Predators' Ryan Ellis: Strong showing in series clincher1h ago
Ellis picked up an assist and a minor penalty while posting a plus-2 rating in Sunday's series-clinching victory over Colorado in Game 6.
Despite his team advancing in six games and outscoring Colorado 22-15 over that span, Ellis' performances in the first round weren't at the high level that we've come to expect of him. In 44 regular season contests, Ellis owned an eye-popping plus-26 rating and spent only six minutes in the sin bin, yet in six postseason matches, Ellis had a minus-1 rating and matched his regular season total of six penalty minutes. Nashville will need Ellis to stay out of the box and refocus on the defensive aspect of the game as it heads into its second-round series against the dangerous Winnipeg Jets.
Joel Eriksson Ek MIN C
Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek: Dealing with minor issues1h ago
Eriksson Ek was dealing with a minor injury during the playoffs.
Coach Bruce Boudreau clarified that whatever was bothering Eriksson Ek wouldn't require surgery, but did prevent him from taking faceoffs. Considering the center was playing through his issue -- likely hand/arm related -- he should be ready to go for training camp this fall. The Swede had a decent rookie campaign, as he tallied six goals and 10 helpers in 75 appearances and should provide decent mid-range fantasy value heading into 2018-19.
Calle Jarnkrok NSH C
Predators' Calle Jarnkrok: Provides apple Sunday2h ago
Jarnkrok picked up an assist in Sunday's Game 6 victory over Colorado.
The assist was Jarnkrok's first point of the postseason, coming in his third game. Jarnkrok was forced to miss the first half of the series while dealing with an upper-body injury, and it appears that head coach Peter Laviolette is still protecting the Swede to a degree. After averaging nearly 16 minutes of time on ice per game during the regular season, Jarnkrok is averaging just 10:43 through three contests in the playoffs. If Jarnkrok continues to be deployed in a reduced capacity then his fantasy value will be much lower than his 16 goals and 35 points in 68 regular-season games would seem to indicate.