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Randal Grichuk TOR CF
Blue Jays' Randal Grichuk: Three hits in loss7m ago
Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Monday's loss to the Yankees.
The outfielder is heating up, slashing .316/.366/.553 over the last nine games with two homers, five RBI and six runs, although his 3:13 BB:K over that stretch is still worrisome. Grichuk's overall numbers on the season are down, but he does have 14 long balls in 77, putting him on pace to top last year's career-high 25.
Joe Mantiply CIN RP
Reds' Joe Mantiply: Back in action7m ago
Mantiply (elbow) is back in action at Triple-A Louisville after missing the 2018 season following Tommy John surgery. He has pitched in three games there, posting a 4.50 ERA over four innings.
Mantiply isn't on the 40-man roster or even considered a big prospect. He had a brief taste of the majors in his age-25 season with the Tigers in 2016. In many ways he represents the grind that the vast majority of minor leaguers go through, hoping to get another look at the majors.
Dansby Swanson ATL SS
Braves' Dansby Swanson: New career high in homers26m ago
Swanson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's loss to the Cubs.
The long ball was his 15th of the year, establishing a new career high for the shortstop. Swanson's slashing .269/.358/.505 in June as he marches towards a breakout 2019.
Sean Newcomb ATL RP
Braves' Sean Newcomb: Set for activation Tuesday30m ago
Newcomb (concussion) is expected to come off the 7-day IL prior to Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw struck out five batters in two scoreless innings during a rehab appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, and apparently won't need any further tuneup before rejoining the Atlanta bullpen. Newcomb has a 2.12 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 29:12 K:BB through 34 innings this season.
Mike Soroka ATL SP
Braves' Mike Soroka: Next start could be pushed back34m ago
Soroka (forearm) will begin throwing again Tuesday, after which Atlanta will make a determination whether he'll be ready for his next scheduled start Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. "You feel good about it and all of that, but until he launches a ball, we're not going to know for sure," manager Brian Snitker said Monday.
The right-hander exited his last start early after taking a comebacker off the forearm, but Soroka escaped with nothing but a bruise and wasn't seen wearing any sort of compression sleeve or padding on the area Monday. Even if Soroka checks out OK on Tuesday, however, the club may elect to play it safe and push his next start back to Saturday or Sunday, using Friday's start as a chance to audition another young pitcher for the open rotation spot created when Mike Foltynewicz was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Dominic Smith NYM 1B
Mets' Dominic Smith: Slugs fifth homer41m ago
Smith went 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's loss to the Phillies.
The homer was his fifth of the year and first since June 6, with Smith slashing a tepid .200/.314/.300 in 35 plate appearances between the long balls. Playing time remains inconsistent for the 24-year-old even with occasional starts in left field, a situation that isn't likely to change with Pete Alonso entrenched at first base.
Kyler Murray ARI QB
Cardinals' Kyler Murray: Looks ready for starting job3m ago
Murray impressed his Cardinals teammates during the offseason program, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Starting right guard Justin Pugh said Murray lives up to the hype, and left guard J.R. Sweezy -- formerly of the Seahawks -- said he sees "hundreds of similarities" between the rookie and Russell Wilson. Running back David Johnson also jumped on the hype train, noting that Murray is faster, quicker and more accurate than he'd expected. With no competition for the starting job, the No. 1 overall pick will dominate first-team reps throughout training camp and preseason as he gears up for a Week 1 start against the Lions. His supporting cast at the skill positions appears promising, while the offensive line relies on a tenuous mix of players that have struggled to stay healthy, including Pugh, LT D.J. Humphries, RT Marcus Gilbert, C A.Q. Shipley and G Max Garcia. New coach Kliff Kingsbury will install an offense that relies heavily on quick passes, potentially mitigating the impact of any deficiencies in pass blocking. Murray didn't have any trouble with batted passes at Oklahoma, but it's possible the scheme creates some issues in that regard for a 5-foot-10 quarterback facing larger, savvier defenders in the NFL.
Darrel Williams KC RB
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Facing backup competition1h ago
Williams shared backfield reps with Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde and Darwin Thompson during the offseason program, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Darrel Williams caught on as an undrafted rookie last year and had a late-season stretch as the Chiefs' No. 2 running back after Kareem Hunt was cut and Spencer Ware was injured. Both players found new teams in the offseason, but Kansas City brought in Hyde and Thompson to compete for depth roles, leaving Darrel Williams on the roster bubble ahead of training camp. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has already named Damien Williams as the starter.
Andre Ellington TB RB
Buccaneers' Andre Ellington: Chances improve with Wilson release15h ago
Ellington is one of five running backs currently remaining on the Buccaneers' roster following last Friday's release of Shaun Wilson, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran reunited with former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians back on Feb. 19, when he inked a free-agent deal with the Buccaneers after spending 2018 out of the NFL. Ellington, a 2013 sixth-round pick, beat the odds over his first two seasons in Arizona, rushing for 1,312 yards, adding another 766 through the air, and scoring nine total touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving). However, after a pair of forgettable campaigns in 2016 and 2017, Ellington finds himself trying to resurrect his career under the man who originally brought him into the league. The 30-year-old back is hoping to hold off Dare Ogunbowale and undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson, both of whom also have special teams experience, for a backup job behind the top duo of Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones II.
Bruce Anderson TB RB
Buccaneers' Bruce Anderson: Chances better with Wilson release16h ago
Anderson is one of five running backs currently remaining on the Buccaneers' roster following last Friday's release of Shaun Wilson, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The undrafted free agent from North Dakota State has a similar toolbox to the departed Wilson, in the sense that he's able to utilize above-average speed to get outside quickly and also has a proven track record as both a receiver and returner, per Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times. Moreover, at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, Anderson is stouter than the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Wilson, with his solid size rendering him an effective between-the-tackles runner in college. Anderson compiled nearly 1,400 yards from scrimmage during his junior season before sharing carries in his senior year, and although a hamstring injury kept him from accepting a Senior Bowl invite, he impressed with both his speed (4.58 40-yard dash) and power (22 reps of 225 lbs) at his pro day. He projects to battle Dare Ogunbowale and Andre Ellington for a spot on the latter portion of the running back depth chart this summer.
Fletcher Cox PHI DT
Eagles' Fletcher Cox: On track for training camp16h ago
Cox (foot) said Monday that his goal is "to be ready for training camp," Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
Cox continues to rehab from offseason foot surgery and still appears on track for a July 24 training camp return after missing spring workouts. The veteran defensive tackle is coming off an impressive 2018 campaign in which he notched a career-high 10.5 sacks across 16 games.
Taylor Gabriel CHI WR
Bears' Taylor Gabriel: Hoping to build on career year16h ago
Gabriel has improved his connection with Mitchell Trubisky this offseason, Alyssa Barbiere of USA Today reports.
Not only was Gabriel learning a new offense last year, but he also was working with Trubisky for the first time. The development didn't stop Gabriel from posting a career-high 67 receptions and 688 yards, though he topped 33 yards just once over the last five games of the season. While he's displayed improved chemistry with his quarterback, he may struggle to see much of an increase on the 93 targets he saw in 2018, especially with Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller (shoulder), Tarik Cohen, Trey Burton (sports hernia) and others vying for targets. Overall, Gabriel could have a few big weeks, mostly due to his explosive speed, but it won't be surprising if he has others in which he's held in check, making him a better draft pick in best-ball leagues.
Kris Wilkes NBADRAFT SG
Knicks' Kris Wilkes: Lands two-way deal with Knicks16h ago
Wilkes agreed Thursday with the Knicks on a two-way contract, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
New York was able to come to terms with Wilkes shortly after the UCLA product failed to hear his name called during the 2019 NBA Draft. Wilkes played just one season of college ball, averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore but shooting just 33.7 percent from distance and 67.1 percent from the free-throw line. While Wilkes' downturn in efficiency likely contributed to him going unselected, the 2017 McDonald's All-American still makes for an intriguing developmental project thanks to his athleticism and length. He'll see most of his action in 2019-20 with the Knicks' G League affiliate in Westchester.
Shamorie Ponds NBADRAFT PG
Rockets' Shamorie Ponds: Attending summer league with Houston16h ago
Ponds accepted an invitation Friday to join the Rockets' Las Vegas Summer League entry, Roger Rubin of Newsday reports.
Ponds was one of the nation's most prolific scorers during his junior season at St. John's, averaging 19.7 points per game while shooting 35.3 percent from three-point. His accomplishments at the college level weren't enough for him to get selected in last week's draft, however, with Ponds' lack of size (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) and defensive limitations likely viewed as concerns by teams. He'll look to turn heads in Las Vegas and potentially earn a training-camp invite from the Rockets or another team.
Justin Simon STJOHN G
Bulls' Justin Simon: Suiting up for Bulls in summer17h ago
Simon reached an agreement Friday to join the Bulls for the Las Vegas Summer League in July, Jeff Pack of the Fallbrook Valley News reports.
Simon will look to attract attention in Las Vegas with the hope of earning a contract from the Bulls or another team after going undrafted last week. The St. John's product earned Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2018-19 while pacing the Red Storm in rebounds, assists and steals.
Naz Mitrou-Long UTA SG
Cavaliers' Naz Mitrou-Long: Joining Cavs for summer league18h ago
Mitrou-Long agreed Saturday to join the Cavaliers for the Las Vegas Summer League, Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News reports.
Mitrou-Long's two-way contract with the Jazz is set to expire July 1, so his decision to explore summer-league opportunities implies that Utah won't extend him a qualifying offer. The 25-year-old guard appeared in 14 games for the Jazz in 2018-19, averaging 1.1 points and 1.1 assists in 6.0 minutes.
Tyler Cavanaugh UTA PF
Knicks' Tyler Cavanaugh: Joining Knicks for summer league18h ago
Cavanaugh intends to suit up for the Knicks during the Las Vegas Summer League, Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News reports.
Cavanaugh spent the entire 2018-19 campaign with the Jazz playing on a one-year, two-way contract. He appeared in just 11 games at the NBA level, averaging 0.8 points in 3.5 minutes while shooting 30 percent from the field. With Utah apparently not interested in extending him a qualifying offer for 2019-20, Cavanaugh will become a free agent July 1 and will presumably look to attract notice in Las Vegas before potentially signing overseas or with an NBA team.
Jaron Blossomgame CLE SF
Jaron Blossomgame: Headed for free agency18h ago
The Cavaliers aren't planning to extend Blossomgame a qualifying offer for 2019-20, meaning he'll become an unrestricted free agent July 1, Chris Manning of Cleveland Magazine reports.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that the Cavaliers are earmarking one of their pair of two-way spots for undrafted rookie Dean Wade, and the organization appears set to facilitate that by parting ways with Blossomgame. The forward appeared in 27 games with the Cavaliers in 2018-19, averaging 4.2 points and 3.6 boards in 16.3 minutes per contest.
Brooks Orpik WAS D
Brooks Orpik: Announces retirement3m ago
Orpik announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.
Orpik was never much of a fantasy asset during his long NHL career due to his lack of offensive ability, but the two-time Stanley Cup champion was a dependable stay-at-home defender and a strong locker-room presence throughout his 15 seasons in the league, making him an invaluable piece for any organization. The 18th overall pick from the 2000 NHL Entry Draft will retire having totaled 18 goals and 194 points in 1,035 career regular-season appearances.
William Karlsson LV C
Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Officially signs extension12h ago
Karlsson signed an eight-year extension with Las Vegas worth an average annual value of $5.9 million.
Acquired by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft, Karlsson finished his second season with the club with 56 points to go with 16 penalty minutes. He is the only player in Golden Knights history to play in all 191 regular-season and postseason contests. Currently 26, Karlsson will be under contract with the club until he is 34.
Steven Kampfer BOS D
Bruins' Steve Kampfer: Inks two-year extension13h ago
Kampfer signed a two-year deal worth $1.6 million with the Bruins on Monday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Kampfer tallied three goals and six points in 35 games with the Bruins last season. The 30-year-old blueliner would've been an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Boston locked him up as a depth defenseman for the next two seasons.
Ben Hutton VAN D
Canucks' Ben Hutton: Not expected to be qualified14h ago
Hutton is not expected to receive a qualifying offer from Vancouver, making him an unrestricted free agent, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Hutton scored five goals and 20 points in 69 games last season, his first 20-point campaign since his 2015-16 rookie season. Assuming the 26-year-old doesn't get traded, he will be free to join any team this offseason.
Mike Reilly MON D
Canadiens' Mike Reilly: Earns qualifying offer14h ago
Reilly was given a qualifying offer from the Canadiens, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Reilly finished the 2018-19 campaign with three goals and 11 points in 57 games but was a healthy scratch for 18 of the team's final 19 games of the season. The 25-year-old Illinois native will likely be in a similar depth role with the team next season.
Aleksi Saarela CAR C
Blackhawks' Aleksi Saarela: Dished to Blackhawks15h ago
Saarela and Calvin de Haan were dealt to Chicago from Carolina in exchange for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling on Monday.
Saarela racked up 30 goals and 54 points in 69 games for AHL Charlotte last season but has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old likely could've fought for a bottom-six spot during the preseason with the Hurricanes. Chicago drafted Saarela's brother, Antti, this weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft.