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    • Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
      Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Opening Day availability still possible
      2h ago

      Murphy (knee) is participating in limited baseball activities and did not take part in the Nationals position players first full-squad workouts Tuesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

      Murphy's limited activities included fielding grounders from his knees, playing light catch and running on a treadmill with limited weight-bearing on his knee. The 32-year-old had the articular cartilage in his right knee surgically repaired in October and appears to still have significant work to do in his recovery. Opening Day remains the target for both Murphy and the Nationals, and the second baseman's progress over the coming weeks should provide additional clarity on his return.

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    • JC Ramirez LAA SP
      Angels' JC Ramirez: Continues throwing Tuesday
      2h ago

      Ramirez threw live batting practice Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

      This marked the first time that Ramirez has faced batters since undergoing surgery to repair his UCL at the latter end of last season. He threw the equivalent of about two innings during Tuesday's workout. Afterwards, he reported that his arm felt good and that he's been pleased with his pitch location over spring training thus far. Ramirez is scheduled to pitch in the Angels' first game of the Cactus League on March 1.

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    • Jabari Blash NYY RF
      Yankees' Jabari Blash: Designated for assignment Tuesday
      3h ago

      Blash was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday.

      The Yankees acquired Brandon Drury on Tuesday, so designating Blash for assignment was a procedural move to make room for Drury on the 25-man roster. Prior to this move, Blash wasn't expected to see much time in New York's lineup due to the team's depth across the outfield. Over 61 games with the Padres last season, Blash hit .213/.333/.341 with five home runs.

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    • Manny Parra CHC RP
      Giants' Manny Parra: Inks minor-league deal with Giants
      3h ago

      Parra signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

      Parra is expected to report to minor-league camp. He should spend the year in the minors as organizational pitching depth, as he hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015 and is coming off a brutal 2017 season during which he struggled to a 14.09 ERA across 7.2 innings with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate.

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    • Steven Duggar SF RF
      Giants' Steven Duggar: Contending for roster spot over spring training
      4h ago

      Duggar could earn the starting spot as San Francisco's center fielder over the course of spring training, Dieter Kurtenbach of The Mercury News reports.

      Duggar has yet to appear in the majors since being drafted in 2015. Despite this, he'll have plenty of chances to leave spring training as a member of the big club. While the Giants signed Austin Jackson over the offseason, the tentative plan is to use him against left-handed pitching, leaving the strong side of the platoon open to Duggar. Duggar missed most of the 2017 season to hip and elbow injuries, which resulted in him playing in just 44 games. However, he had a solid performance during the Arizona Fall League, as he hit .263/.367/.421 over 20 games.

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    • Anthony Banda ARI SP
      Rays' Anthony Banda: Dealt to Rays
      4h ago

      Banda was traded to the Rays on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

      According to Piecoro, Banda is joining Yankees prospect Nick Solak in Tampa, while the Diamondbacks are getting Steven Souza from the Rays and sending Brandon Drury to New York. Banda, one of the Diamondbacks' top prospects, struggled mightily in 2017, posting a 5.39 ERA across 122 innings (22 starts) with Triple-A Reno while putting together a similarly poor 5.96 ERA across 25.2 innings in his first taste of the majors. Right now he projects as a No. 5 starter or high-leverage reliever, though that could change if his secondary offerings improve. The 24-year-old should have a chance to earn a rotation spot with the Rays if he impresses during camp.

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    • Jarvis Landry MIA WR
      Dolphins' Jarvis Landry: Receives franchise tag
      2h ago

      Landry will sign the Dolphins' franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      It's a $16 million non-exclusive tag, meaning the wideout could still sign an offer sheet with another team but that team would have to forfeit two first-round picks to the Dolphins, a move that is highly unlikely. The three-time Pro Bowler is coming off a season in which he registered an NFL-leading 112 catches to go along with 987 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games. Landry's rookie contract ended after the 2017 season, which would have made him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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    • Eli Rogers PIT WR
      Steelers' Eli Rogers: Off crutches
      4h ago

      Rogers (knee) is off crutches, according to his personal Twitter account.

      Rogers underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on Jan. 17 but seems to quickly be making progress. It was originally believed the wideout would be questionable for the start of the 2018 season, but now there's a chance he'll be back on the field in time for training camp. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the offseason as he continues his rehab.

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    • Zach Wood NO LS
      Saints' Zach Wood: Re-signs with Saints
      4h ago

      The Saints re-signed Wood to a one-year deal Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports. "I'm very excited," Wood said Tuesday. "This is where I want to be. I've grown to love this team and love the guys that I play with and I couldn't be more happy with where I am."

      Wood signed a one-year deal with the Saints last season after spending time with the Cowboys previously. He played in all 16 games and logged 151 snaps on special teams as the Saints produced one of the top kicking units in 2017.

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    • Winston Craig PHI DT
      Eagles' Winston Craig: Signs with Eagles
      5h ago

      Craig signed a contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Craig spent time on the Eagles' practice squad last season but will now get the opportunity to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.

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    • Ryan Succop TEN K
      Titans' Ryan Succop: Signs contract extension
      5h ago

      Succop signed a five-year, $20 million extension with the Titans on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

      It was a career year for Succop in 2017, as the kicker made 35 of 42 field-goal attempts. He also set an NFL record by connecting on 56 straight field goals from inside the 50-yard line, which dates back to 2014. His 35 made field goals and 136 points were career highs, and he was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September.

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    • Tyler Shatley JAC C
      Jaguars' Tyler Shatley: Team exercises 2018 option
      5h ago

      The Jaguars exercised Shatley's team option for 2018 on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

      Shatley has started four games each of the past two seasons, including a three-game stint at center in 2017 when Brandon Linder was sidelined with an illness. He logged 384 snaps last season.

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    • Malik Monk CHA SG
      Hornets' Malik Monk: Misses majority of practice Tuesday
      1h ago

      Monk suffered upper body injuries following a car accident over the All-Star break, which forced the rookie to miss the majority of practice Tuesday, Rick Bonnell of The Charolette Observer reports.

      The injuries don't seem all that serious, as Monk was still able to get some shots up during the second-half of practice. According to head coach Steve Clifford, Monk is feeling better but will need some time to get past the soreness. Barring any major setbacks, he seems likely to be ready for Thursday's matchup with the Nets.

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    • Tim Frazier WAS PG
      Wizards' Tim Frazier: Practices Tuesday, fitted with mask
      3h ago

      Frazier (nose) went through practice Tuesday, Zach Rosen of WashingtonWizards.com reports.

      Frazier broke his nose about a week and a half ago and had to sit out the Wizards' final game prior to the All-Star break. However, he's since been fitted with a mask and his availability for practice appears to indicate he has a good chance of taking the court in Thursday's game against Cleveland. Look for another update to be provided as game day approaches, but as it currently stands, Frazier is trending in the right direction. With John Wall (knee) still out, Frazier would likely slot in behind Tomas Satoransky at point guard if cleared.

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    • Michael Beasley NY PF
      Knicks' Michael Beasley: Misses practice Tuesday
      3h ago

      Beasley sat out Tuesday's practice with right ear irritation, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

      It doesn't sound like anything overly serious for Beasley, but it does bring his availability into question for a matchup with the Magic on Thursday. There's certainly a chance he makes a full recovery over the next few days, but tentatively consider him questionable heading into that contest for the time being. If Beasley were to miss time, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn would likely be the main beneficiaries, with a guy like Luke Kornet also potentially rejoining the rotation.

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    • Cameron Payne CHI PG
      Bulls' Cameron Payne: To serve as backup PG when healthy
      4h ago

      Payne (foot) will be the Bulls' backup point guard when he's fully recovered, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Payne is yet to play an NBA game this season while working back from foot surgery, but he completed a three-game stint with the Windy City Bulls before the All-Star break and is expected to be available in short order. It's unclear if Payne will be cleared for Thursday's matchup with the Sixers, but all signs point to him taking over as the backup to Kris Dunn sometime in the next week or two. Consequently, coach Fred Hoiberg announced Tuesday that Jerian Grant will not be a part of the regular rotation. The Bulls will also start Cristiano Felicio over Robin Lopez going forward, as the team shifts its focus toward draft positioning.

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    • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
      Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Will remain out Thursday
      4h ago

      Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

      Isaac has played in just three games since mid-December and continues to work his way back from a sore right ankle. Coach Frank Vogel already indicated prior to the All-Star break that he'd like to get Isaac some run in the G-League before being cleared for the big club, which could happen as early as this upcoming weekend. Look for additional updates once Isaac is able to get a few more G-League games under his belt.

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    • Zach LaVine CHI PG
      Bulls' Zach LaVine: Could get cleared for back-to-backs
      5h ago

      LaVine may get medical clearance to play back-to-backs, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      According to the Bulls' President of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, the team will talk to doctors regarding LaVine's availability on back-to-backs. That said, with the team having just four back-to-back sets the remainder of the season and well out of playoff contention, it wouldn't be surprising if the guard was held out of back-to-backs even if he gets official medical clearance.

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    • Sergei Bobrovsky CLB G
      Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Holds Devils to single tally for 25th win
      1h ago

      Bobrovsky allowed a single goal on 31 shots during Tuesday's 2-1 win over New Jersey.

      The Russian entered with an underwhelming 3-7-2 record, .908 save percentage and 2.76 GAA through his previous 12 starts, so it was encouraging to see him stand tall and win a low-scoring road game. Bobrovsky still boasts an impressive 25-19-5, .919, 2.46 stat line for the campaign, and there's also potential for him to improve on those marks during the upcoming fantasy stretch drive.

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    • Sammy Blais STL LW
      Blues' Samuel Blais: Leaves in first period
      1h ago

      Blais (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game against the Sharks, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic St. Louis reports.

      Blais left with two minutes left in the first period after taking a huge hit from the Sharks' Jannik Hansen, and he didn't return for the second frame. The 23-year-old winger was recalled Monday and slotted into a top-six role, but he barely had a chance to strut his skills. He's made great improvement since being reassigned to AHL San Antonio, including 11 goals and 28 points in 30 games -- ranked second on the minor-league roster.

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    • Scott Harrington CLB D
      Blue Jackets' Scott Harrington: Plays hero against Devils
      1h ago

      Harrington scored the game-winning goal during Tuesday's 2-1 victory over New Jersey.

      This was just the third time in 12 games that Harrington has dressed, and he only has two goals and two assists through 29 contests for the campaign. The 24-year-old defenseman will likely return to the press box once Markus Nutivaara (undisclosed) is ready to return to action, so it's probably wise not to overreact to Harrington's timely tally against the Devils.

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    • Jacob Markstrom VAN G
      Canucks' Jacob Markstrom: Will sit out Tuesday
      1h ago

      Markstrom (undisclosed) won't back up Anders Nilsson in Tuesday's game against the Avalanche, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.

      Markstrom hasn't started the last two games since allowing four goals on 14 shots to the Panthers on Feb. 14. He wasn't pegged for Tuesday's start anyway when the news broke that he "tweaked something" during morning skate, so Richard Bachman will back up Nilsson again.

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    • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C
      Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Skates Tuesday morning
      1h ago

      Nugent-Hopkins (ribs) skated for the first time since Jan. 13, Paul Gazzola of the Oilers' official site reports.

      Nugent-Hopkins won't return until March at the earliest, so Anton Slepyshev will likely continue to slot into the lineup until then. The 24-year-old pivot took a backseat role to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl last season, but he's picked up the pace this campaign with 16 goals and 31 points through 46 games. Further, the Oilers have won just four of 12 games without him in the lineup, but that may be more of a reflection of the Oilers' disappointing season as a whole rather than Nugent-Hopkins' absence.

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    • Joel Ward SJ RW
      Sharks' Joel Ward: Will sit out another week
      2h ago

      Ward (shoulder) won't play on the Sharks' road trip, keeping him out until at least Feb. 27, Paul Gackle of The Mercury News reports.

      This is consistent with Ward's week-to-week status, but it shouldn't affect fantasy owners much as the 37-year-old winger has averaged 11:57 of ice time through 46 games with just 11 points to show for it. Veteran forward Jannik Hansen will continue to man the third line until Ward can return.

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