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Myles Straw HOU CF
Astros' Myles Straw: Moves into leadoff spot2m ago
Straw will start in center field and lead off Wednesday against the Tigers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Regular leadoff hitter Jose Altuve was one of five Astros position players placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, so Straw will get the opportunity to handle table-setting duties for Houston for the first time this season. It's unknown how much time Altuve or any of the other four players placed on the COVID-19 IL might need to clear MLB's health and safety protocols, so Straw could make for an intriguing speculative pickup for fantasy managers looking for a boost in stolen bases and runs. While hitting out of the bottom third of Houston's lineup in each of the club's first 11 games, Straw has already collected three steals in four attempts.
Abraham Toro-Hernandez HOU 3B
Astros' Abraham Toro: Called up and starting9m ago
Toro was recalled by the Astros and is starting Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle
Toro will make his season debut at third base Wednesday, batting seventh. The 24-year-old was recalled after five Astros were placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, so Toro could see his fair share of playing time in the near future if the team's sidelined starters miss extended time.
Garrett Stubbs HOU C
Astros' Garrett Stubbs: Called up by Astros13m ago
Stubbs was recalled by the Astros on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Stubbs will join the major-league club to serve as Houston's backup catcher after Martin Maldonado was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. Jason Castro should serve as the primary catcher in Maldonado's absence, but Stubbs could make his 2021 debut in the near future if Maldonado misses extended time.
Taylor Jones HOU DH
Astros' Taylor Jones: Recalled by Houston17m ago
Jones was recalled by the Astros on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Jones will be in line to make his season debut after five Astros were placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. Yuli Gurriel should continue to serve as Houston's primary first baseman, but Jones could see his fair share of playing time with several key players sidelined.
Martin Maldonado HOU C
Astros' Martin Maldonado: Placed on COVID IL21m ago
Maldonado was placed on the injured list Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado was one of five Astros who were placed on the injured list without an injury designation, so it appears as though the players are out due to COVID-19-related protocols. It's not yet clear whether Maldonado has tested positive for the virus. If the 34-year-old isn't dealing with a positive test result, he'll be eligible to return as soon as he clears the league's health and safety protocols. Jason Castro should serve as the team's primary catcher in Maldonado's absence, while the Astros also recalled Garrett Stubbs in a corresponding move.
Robel Garcia HOU 3B
Astros' Robel Garcia: One of five Astros to COVID IL21m ago
The Astros placed Garcia on the injured list Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Garcia was one of five players Houston placed on the IL on Wednesday without an injury designation, indicating that each member of the quintet has been ruled out due to COVID-19-related protocols. No reports have come out yet specifying whether Garcia (or any of the other four Astros) tested positive for the virus, or if the players in question have been ruled out through contact tracing. Alex De Goti was one of five players called up from the alternate site in corresponding moves, and he should be the primary replacement for Garcia as a utility man for Houston.
Steve McLendon TB NT
Buccaneers' Steve McLendon: Re-ups with Bucs2h ago
Tampa Bay re-signed McLendon to a one-year contract Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McLendon first joined Tampa Bay as the result of a mid-season trade with the Jets in 2020, and he provided the team with valuable depth along the defensive line throughout the path to Super Bowl LV. That said, the 35-year-old veteran is essentially off the fantasy radar in IDP formats at this point.
Ryan Lewis NYG CB
Ryan Lewis: Hits waivers2h ago
The Giants waived Lewis (hamstring) on Wednesday.
Lewis logged five appearances in 2020, in which he had 13 tackles (11 solo) and a pass breakup, before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury. If teams around the league still have concerns about Lewis' current health, he could go unclaimed on waivers.
Stephen Carlson CLE TE
Browns' Stephen Carlson: Sticking with Cleveland2h ago
Carlson signed his tender as an exclusive rights free agent with the Browns on Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Carlson returns to a crowded tight end room, one which currently features Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku at the top of the pecking order. It seems unlikely that he'll garner any larger a depth role than he served in Cleveland over the last two seasons, when he caught six of nine targets for 62 yards and one score in 25 appearances.
Vince Williams PIT ILB
Steelers' Vince Williams: Back in Pittsburgh2h ago
The Steelers re-signed Williams on Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Williams will return to Pittsburgh ninth consecutive season. He started all 14 of his appearances with the team in 2020, racking up 70 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries over that span. Assuming Williams enters the 2021 campaign as a starter once again, he'll have limited IDP utility in plus matchups.
Joshua Dobbs PIT QB
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Stays with Steelers4h ago
Dobbs has signed a one-year deal with the Steelers, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The 2017 fourth-rounder returns to reprise his reserve role behind veteran starter Ben Roethlisberger. Also in the Steelers' QB mix are Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph.
Jadeveon Clowney TEN OLB
Browns' Jadeveon Clowney: Signs with Browns4h ago
Clowney has agreed to a one-year deal with the Browns worth up to $10 million, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Clowney, who is bouncing back from a torn meniscus in his left knee that ended his 2020 campaign prematurely, inked the deal Wednesday after passing his physical with the team. The No. 1 overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft will step in as a starter with the Browns opposite Myles Garrett, which should help give the team formidable edge-rushing capabilities, with Takkarist McKinley also in the mix. Clowney logged 19 tackles in eight games for the Titans last season.
James Wiseman GS C
Warriors' James Wiseman: Undergoing surgery this week22m ago
Wiseman (knee) will undergo right knee surgery Thursday or Friday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. The surgery results will determine his timetable, which could be as short as 4-6 weeks or as long as multiple months.
Meniscus tears are complicated and can be surgically treated by a trim or a repair. A trim results in a shorter timetable, while the repair has a longer timetable but can be better for the knee's long-term health. If a repair is performed, that could certainly cut into Wiseman's offseason development. As Slater notes, the Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson has been out eight months with a repaired meniscus. More information should be available once the surgery is performed. While he's out, Kevon Looney should see increased run.
Pat Connaughton MIL SG
Bucks' Pat Connaughton: Coming off bench45m ago
Connaughton will come off the bench Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
Bobby Portis will get the start Wednesday for the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee). That will push Khris Middleton down to small forward and force Connaughton out of the lineup. This month, Connaughton has averaged 5.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.7 minutes.
Bobby Portis MIL C
Bucks' Bobby Portis: Enters starting lineup1h ago
Portis will start Wednesday's game against Minnesota.
With Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) missing another contest, the Bucks will turn to Portis as his replacement Wednesday afternoon. The high-energy forward came off the bench Monday at Orlando, finishing with 16 points and 10 boards in 23 minutes. In the three previous games (all starts), Portis averaged 14.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks across 29.3 minutes.
Jimmy Butler MIA SF
Heat's Jimmy Butler: Listed questionable on back-to-back2h ago
Butler is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Denver due to an ankle injury.
The Heat haven't released any details, but it's possible they could simply look to build in some rest for Butler on the second half of a back-to-back. The star wing has been a top-10 fantasy player since the All-Star break, thanks in large part to his contributions on the defensive end. In Tuesday's loss to the Suns, Butler extended his streak of games with multiple steals to seven. In that stretch, he's averaging 21.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals.
P.J. Tucker MIL PF
Bucks' P.J. Tucker: Cleared to play on minutes limit2h ago
Tucker (calf) will be available for Wednesday's contest against the Timberwolves, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Tucker will be on an undisclosed minutes restriction in his first appearance since March 24. He saw 14.7 minutes per game in his three appearances with the Bucks this season.
Goran Dragic MIA PG
Heat's Goran Dragic: Will be held out Wednesday2h ago
Dragic will not play Wednesday night against Denver.
The Heat did not list a reason for Dragic's absence, but he's likely just getting the night off on the second leg of a back-to-back set. The veteran played 28 minutes -- his most since March 17 -- in Tuesday night's loss to the Suns, finishing with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Conor Sheary WAS LW
Capitals' Conor Sheary: Pens two-year extension26m ago
Sheary signed a two-year, $3 million contract extension with the Capitals on Wednesday.
This is a well-deserved extension for Sheary, who has produced 11 goals and eight assists across 40 games with the Capitals. Per Tom Gulitti of NHL.com, coach Peter Laviolette said that Sheary can play up and down the lineup, making him even more valuable ahead of the playoffs. However, he'll likely stick to the bottom six down the stretch.
Rem Pitlick NSH C
Predators' Rem Pitlick: Moves to taxi squad2h ago
Pitlick was assigned to the taxi squad Wednesday.
Pitlick logged his ninth NHL appearance during Tuesday's win over the Lightning, and he marked his first two points -- both assists. The 24-year-old routinely drops to the taxi squad on off-days, so he'll likely be back up for Thursday's matchup against the Hurricanes.
Michael McCarron NSH RW
Predators' Michael McCarron: Shuffles to taxi squad2h ago
McCarron (suspension) was reassigned to Nashville's taxi squad Wednesday.
McCarron served the second game of his two-game suspension Tuesday against Tampa Bay, so he'll be eligible to return to the Predators' lineup Thursday against Carolina if needed. He's gone scoreless through five top-level appearances this year.
Tanner Jeannot NSH LW
Predators' Tanner Jeannot: Shifts to taxi squad2h ago
Jeannot was designated for the taxi squad Wednesday.
Jeannot scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's win over the Lightning, and he added five hits to the ledger in that contest as well. His shift to the taxi squad could just be a paper move. Jeannot's next opportunity to play is Thursday versus the Hurricanes.
Tommy Novak NSH C
Predators' Thomas Novak: Sent to AHL affiliate2h ago
Novak was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Wednesday.
Novak has yet to make his NHL debut, but he's been highly productive in the minors this season, racking up 16 points through 14 contests. The 23-year-old forward could continue to bounce between levels down the stretch.
Philip Tomasino NSH C
Predators' Philip Tomasino: Ascends to taxi squad2h ago
Tomasino was recalled from AHL Chicago to the taxi squad Wednesday.
The 2019 first-round pick (24th overall) has played 20 games with AHL Chicago this season, and he ranks second on the team with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists). Tomasino will work into practices with the big club for now, and if he proves enough, the 19-year-old could make his NHL debut.