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Cameron Maybin MIA LF
Marlins' Cameron Maybin: Scratched with hip tightness14m ago
Maybin was removed from Thursday's lineup due to right hip tightness, Andre Fernandez of The Miami Herald reports.
Maybin was replaced by J.B. Shuck in the lineup. There has been no word from the club besides Maybin's removal from the starting nine, so consider him day-to-day moving forward. With Opening Day just a week away, this could potentially impact his availability depending on the severity of this injury, though it seems unlikely that he will miss an extended period of time. Expect an update on his status in the near future.
Antonio Senzatela COL SP
Rockies' Antonio Senzatela: Odd man out for rotation spot19m ago
Senzatela appears unlikely to win a spot in the Rockies' Opening Day rotation, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
While it's conceivable that manager Bud Black will go in a different direction at the back end of the rotation by the time camp breaks, Saunders views Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez, Chad Bettis and Kyle Freeland as the Rockies' top five starters heading into the season opener. With a 1.62 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 16.2 frames this spring, Senzatela has been a valiant challenger, and that performance could help him claim a long-relief role with the big club if he does in fact get squeezed out of the rotation. The Rockies still view Senzatela as a starter over the long haul, however, so if Black doesn't foresee a way to get him consistent innings with the big club to begin the season, the right-hander would likely head to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Bradley Zimmer CLE CF
Indians' Bradley Zimmer: In Thursday's lineup19m ago
Zimmer (groin) will bat second and play in center for Thursday's spring game, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Zimmer isn't facing any limitations after recovering from mild groin tightness over the past couple days. In 2017, Zimmer slashed .241/.307/.385 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 101 games.
Bo Schultz PIT RP
Pirates' Bo Schultz: Will pitch one inning against Toronto28m ago
Schultz (elbow) is scheduled to take the mound for one inning of Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Liz Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Schultz continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last March. The 32-year-old pitched one inning in a simulated game a couple weeks ago and remains on track for a return around early June. Following the end of camp, it's expected that Schultz will stay in Florida for extended spring training before winding up at the Triple-A level once he's fully healthy.
Ji-Man Choi MIL 1B
Brewers' Ji-Man Choi: Returns to lineup32m ago
Choi (ribs) is back in the lineup in left field against the Royals on Thursday.
Choi has been battling rib soreness for the past couple days but should be fully operational heading into Thursday's Cactus League game. He was initially plugged into Wednesday's lineup as the designated hitter, but was removed since the DH spot was not in effect for that contest. Expect to see Choi at the Triple-A level at the start of the 2018 campaign.
Rafael Montero NYM SP
Mets' Rafael Montero: Will likely require Tommy John surgery1h ago
Montero suffered a complete tear of his UCL and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.
Montero experienced pain while pitching during Tuesday's game and will now have a decision to make in the coming days regarding surgery, which will force him to miss the entire 2018 season. This is obviously unfortunate news for the right-hander, who was having a rough spring training and was unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.
Deonte Thompson BUF WR
Cowboys' Deonte Thompson: Headed to Dallas39m ago
Thompson has signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Cowboys, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
The 29-year-old set career-highs in 2017, logging 38 catches and 555 receiving yards, while adding a pair of TDs over the course of 16 games (five with the Bears and 11 with the Bills). Dallas is a decent landing spot for the Thompson, given that Cowboys are looking to re-tool their wideout corps, which for now is headed by Dez Bryant and also includes Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. In addition to providing his new team with needed depth at the position following the expected departure of Brice Butler, the speedy Thompson can also contribute as a kick returner.
Brock Osweiler DEN QB
Brock Osweiler: Visit with Dolphins on tap1h ago
Osweiler is slated to visit the Dolphins on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
This marks Osweiler's first free-agent visit since his 2017 contract with the Broncos expired. It's worth noting that Osweiler and Miami head coach Adam Gase worked together while both were with Denver, so there's a potential fit here, with the Dolphins' No. 2 QB slot behind Ryan Tannehill (who is bouncing back from a torn ACL) up for grabs.
Jason Pierre-Paul NYG DE
Buccaneers' Jason Pierre-Paul: Shipped to Tampa Bay3h ago
The Giants agreed Thursday to trade Pierre-Paul and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for third- and fourth-round picks in 2018, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN.
After finishing last in the NFL in sacks (22) in 2017, the Buccaneers have poured significant resources into upgrading their pass rush over the past week, bringing aboard Vinny Curry on a three-year, $27 million pact and now acquiring Pierre-Paul, who inked a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants last March. One of the NFL's more fearsome rushers since entering the league in 2010, Pierre-Paul has seen his productivity slow only moderately since his much-publicized 2015 fireworks accident, racking up 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons. With Pierre-Paul, Curry and six-time Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy along the defensive line, providing pressure on the quarterback shouldn't be nearly as much of an issue in 2018.
Marquis Flowers NE LB
Patriots' Marquis Flowers: Returning to New England3h ago
Flowers will return to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Flowers didn't see many defensive snaps early in the year for New England, but was a key player down the stretch of the season. Over the last two games of the year, the former Cincinnati Bengal accumulated 14 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks, then added four tackles and a sack in the Patriots' first playoff matchup against Tennessee. That window opened up due to a calf injury suffered by starter Kyle Van Noy, who should resume his regular role in 2018. Flowers appears likely to return to his role as a depth option, though he'll get plenty of work on special teams as well.
Corey Grant JAC RB
Jaguars' Corey Grant: Signs second-round RFA tender4h ago
Grant signed his second-round tender to remain with the Jaguars on Thursday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
It seemed unlikely a team would match a $2.9 million offer for a backup running back, though Grant did take 10 days from the original offer to consider his options. Things are now less murky in the Jacksonville backfield following Chris Ivory's release, but Leonard Fournette is still the unquestioned leader, with T.J. Yeldon in line to serve as the primary backup. Grant may be third in the pecking order, but he will see plenty of work as a valuable asset on special teams.
Frank Gore IND RB
Frank Gore: Visiting Miami4h ago
Gore is meeting with the Dolphins on Thursday, the Miami Herald reports.
A report surfaced just one week ago that Gore was likely joining the Lions, but the veteran back never did emerge with a deal, and remains in search of a home for his 14th NFL season. On paper, it seems like a good fit for Gore to return to the town where he excelled during his college days. There's not a massive amount of competition for carries, either, though a much younger Kenyan Drake would likely be the front-runner. Adding a future Hall of Famer like Gore could help solidify the position, and allow the Dolphins to address other needs during the upcoming draft.
Solomon Hill NO SF
Pelicans' Solomon Hill: Will rejoin lineup Thursday32m ago
Hill isn't listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Lakers.
After playing in his first two games of the season last week, Hill was held out for rest Wednesday in the first night of a back-to-back set. However, as expected, Hill will return to the lineup Thursday and should slot in as depth in the frontcourt. Hill was limited to just eight and 11 minutes, respectively, in the two games his played thus far, and he'll likely find some hefty restrictions once again Thursday, so fantasy owners will want to steer clear of the situation.
Channing Frye LAL C
Lakers' Channing Frye: Will be available Thursday33m ago
Frye (abdomen) will be available for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register reports.
Frye went through practice Wednesday, and he will now suit up for the first time since mid-February despite the fact that he was considered doubtful to play. However, given Frye's lengthy absence after undergoing an appendectomy, it's unlikely the stretch four will see much, if any time on the floor Thursday night.
Salah Mejri DAL C
Mavericks' Salah Mejri: Active and available Thursday42m ago
Mejri (hamstring) is active and available to play in Thursday's game against the Jazz.
Mejri has spent the last five games on the sidelines while working back from a hamstring injury, but finally appears to be healthy enough to take the floor. While it's good news for Mejri, it doesn't impact much in terms of the fantasy realm, as he had averaged just 6.7 minutes across the last six games he's played in. He'll merely slot in as depth in the frontcourt and would likely need a few injuries to occur to become relevant.
Dwight Howard CHA C
Hornets' Dwight Howard: Likely out Thursday vs. Grizzlies1h ago
Howard is unlikely to play in Thursday's game against the Grizzlies after picking up his 16th technical foul during Wednesday's win over the Nets, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
A 16th technical foul typically triggers an automatic one-game suspension, so that will likely be the reasoning that Howard ends up sitting out Thursday's contest. That said, the Hornets haven't released anything official quite yet, so continue to monitor his status until they do so. If Howard does ultimately get ruled out as expected, Willy Hernangomez would likely be the top candidate to start in his place, with Frank Kaminsky likely benefitting with more minutes in the frontcourt as well.
Dennis Smith Jr. DAL PG
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Hopes to return Saturday1h ago
Smith (ankle) said he hopes to return for Saturday's game against the Hornets, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.
Smith will be missing his second straight game Thursday against the Jazz, but with another few days off, is hoping to get back on the court Saturday. Coach Rick Carlisle initially indicated that Smith was "going to be out for awhile," so Saturday would be a nice surprise for fantasy owners. Look for additional word to be provided on his availability in the next 48 hours or so, but in the meantime, look for J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell to benefit the most in the backcourt in Smith's absence.
Marc Gasol MEM C
Grizzlies' Marc Gasol: Will be rested Thursday1h ago
Gasol will sit out Thursday's game against the Hornets for rest purposes, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Coach J.B. Bickerstaff mentioned before Wednesday's game against the 76ers that he would hold his big man out Thursday for rest on the second night of a back-to-back set. While it will be worth it to monitor his status up until tip-off to make sure that's the case, we're going to go ahead and rule him out for now. In Gasol's place, look for Deyonta Davis to jump into the top unit. Davis is coming off a strong 16-point, 11-rebound double-double against the 76ers on Wednesday.
Sebastian Aho NYI D
Islanders' Sebastian Aho: Back with Bridgeport34m ago
Aho was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Thursday.
The Swedish defenseman has only appeared in two games this month, so he'd be better off in the minors to refine his skills. Aho's posted only four points against a minus-5 rating through 22 games, but there's something to be said about how he's averaged close to a full minute on the power play as a rookie.
Jean-Francois Berube CHI G
Blackhawks' Jean-Francois Berube: Between pipes Thursday41m ago
Berube will defend the home net Thursday against the Canucks, Chris Boden of WGN-AM 720 reports.
Berube hasn't fared well in his most recent starts, surrendering four or more goals in each of his last three and sporting a 0-2-1 record in those matchups. He did sandwich a respectable relief appearance between his poor showings, which is encouraging, but that came before his two last starts in which he allowed a combined nine goals. He hopes to thwart a Canucks team that enters Thursday having been bested in each of its last seven games.
Seth Jones CLB D
Blue Jackets' Seth Jones: Availability likely to be determined in warmups1h ago
Jones (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's home tilt against the Panthers, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Fantasy owners depending on Jones can only hope that he doesn't miss a fourth straight game. Columbus is in prime position to secure a spot in the playoffs, but we'd expect the power-play defenseman to be meticulously evaluated until a postseason berth is locked in. Try to set your daily lineups as late as possible (but ahead of lineup lock for the main slate) to account for a possible Jones scratch. It looks like his status will come down to warmups.
Erik Karlsson OTT D
Senators' Erik Karlsson: No timeline for return1h ago
Karlsson (personal) will not play Thursday and remains without a timetable to return, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Given that Karlsson is dealing with a death in the family, the team will give their star blueliner all the time he needs. Expect another update from the Senators when he has rejoined the club.
Cam Ward CAR G
Hurricanes' Cam Ward: Tabbed to start Thursday1h ago
Ward will start in goal Thursday against the visiting Coyotes, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The 34-year-old netminder has had trouble handling the Coyotes throughout his career, as evidenced by a 2.99 GAA and .890 save percentage against them through 11 outings. He'll look to snap a four-game losing streak in this next one.
Philipp Grubauer WAS G
Capitals' Philipp Grubauer: Expected to start Thursday1h ago
Grubauer will get the start for Thursday's road game against the Red Wings, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Grubauer got lit up in his most recent outing, surrendering five goals in a losing effort against the Flyers on Mar. 18. Be ready to play the 26-year-old German in a much more favorable matchup against Detroit.