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  • Ronald Torreyes PHI SS
    Phillies' Ronald Torreyes: On bench Friday
    3m ago

    Torreyes isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.

    Torreyes will retreat to the bench for the second time in the last three games as he's in the midst of a 1-for-12 slump across his last four appearances. Luke Williams will start at shortstop and bat seventh.

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  • J.T. Realmuto PHI C
    Phillies' J.T. Realmuto: Not in Friday's lineup
    7m ago

    Realmuto isn't starting Friday's game against the Giants.

    Realmuto had reached base safely in each of the last five games, and he went 5-for-20 with a double, three RBI, two runs, two walks and four strikeouts during that time. Andrew Knapp will take over at catcher and bat eighth.

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  • Austin Nola SD C
    Padres' Austin Nola: Continues inching toward return
    10m ago

    Nola is progressing in his recovery from a sprained left knee, the Associated Press reports.

    Nola has been said to be showing improvement for over a week, though he has yet to progress to a rehab assignment. Manager Jayce Tingler indicated earlier this week that such an assignment is unlikely to happen until closer to the end of the month. While Nola is out, Victor Caratini will continue to function as the Padres' primary catcher.

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  • Bryce Harper PHI RF
    Phillies' Bryce Harper: Returns to lineup
    11m ago

    Harper (back) is starting Friday's game against the Giants.

    Harper left Tuesday's game against the Dodgers due to lower-back tightness and was held out Wednesday as a result. However, he was able to rest during Thursday's off day, and he'll return to right field and bat third in Friday's series opener in San Francisco. The 28-year-old has gone 6-for-15 with a double, three RBI and two runs across his last four appearances.

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  • Drew Pomeranz SD RP
    Padres' Drew Pomeranz: Tosses bullpen session
    16m ago

    Pomeranz (lat) threw a bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com reports.

    The left-hander's bullpen session represents a major step toward a return as it marks his first such session since he experienced a setback in his recovery in late May. Manager Jayce Tingler indicated that Pomeranz will throw at least one more bullpen session before facing live hitters, and it is uncertain whether he will need a rehab stint before returning to the big club. He remains unlikely to rejoin the big club until early July.

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  • Isan Diaz MIA 2B
    Marlins' Isan Diaz: Optioned to Triple-A
    16m ago

    Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.

    Diaz hit just .146 with two home runs, 10 RBI and six runs during his time with the major-league club, and he posted a 29.4 percent strikeout rate. He'll attempt to sort things out in the minors after Miguel Rojas (finger) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list as part of a corresponding move. Jon Berti will likely serve as the primary third baseman going forward, while Deven Marrero could also see an uptick in playing time.

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  • Tyler Conklin MIN TE
    Vikings' Tyler Conklin: Seen having larger role
    5h ago

    Conklin drew praise in spring workouts from head coach Mike Zimmer, the team's official website reports. "It's a bigger role for Tyler Conklin [this season]. He's kind of emerged as a guy that's moving upward, and with those two guys (Conklin and Irv Smith), we have a lot of weapons there," said Zimmer.

    With the departure of Kyle Rudolph, Conklin looks set to move up the depth chart and be used next to Irv Smith in two-tight end sets. Conklin had 15 receptions for 168 yards and a score over the last four games when Rudolph was out with an injury, showing hecan carve out a role in the passing offense this season. Still, Conklin may be used more for blocking with Smith likely to command most of the targets to the position.

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  • Blake Proehl MIN WR
    Vikings' Blake Proehl: Draws praise in workouts
    6h ago

    Proehl drew praise from head coach Mike Zimmer during spring workouts who noted it's "really hard to tell" who will win the third receiver role, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Proehl, an undrafted free agent, had a strong season with East Carolina in 2020, racking up 47 catches for 577 yards and four touchdowns across nine games. He'll compete with Chad Beebe, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Bisi Johnson, Whop Philyor and several others in what looks to be a wide open competition for the No. 3 and No. 4 receiver roles. However, the No. 3 receiver has had little impact in the offense during the Zimmer era.

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  • Travis Fulgham PHI WR
    Eagles' Travis Fulgham: Possible inside track to No. 3 WR
    6h ago

    Fulgham seems to have an inside track to three-wide snaps come training camp, Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports.

    It was Greg Ward who saw work in three-wide sets during the offseason program, but Fulgham is expected to be featured in those sets when training camp begins. That would likely result in either Smith or Reagor rotating into the slot while Fulgham sticks to an outside spot. That provides a glimmer of hope that the third-year wideout could retain some of his target share from last season, though he will likely lose some snaps barring injury to one of the top two at the position. However, he will still have to fend off challenges from a number of other wideouts in camp to retain the role.

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  • Gerald Everett SEA TE
    Seahawks' Gerald Everett: Mentioned as breakout candidate
    6h ago

    Coach Pete Carroll, when asked about a potential breakout candidate for 2021, named Everett on Thursday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

    Per Liz Matthews of USA Today, Carroll indicated that Everett has brought some added speed and route running ability to the position the Seahawks have been lacking. Everett will have to contend with Will Dissly for reps at tight end but will likely be the favorite to stay on the field in single tight end sets given the team's investment in him this offseason.

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  • Jake Butt DEN TE
    Bears' Jake Butt: Signs with Bears
    7h ago

    Butt signed with the Bears on Friday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

    Injuries have defined Butt's career thus far. He was very highly-rated in college but tore his ACL in his final bowl game for Michigan and slipped to the fifth round of the 2017 draft. He missed all of his rookie season due to injury and all of the 2019 season as well. His entire NFL experience to date consists of three games in 2018 and five in 2020, as he battled injuries in both of those years as well. There's presumably still some talent here if he stays healthy, but the Bears will likely be happy if he can just manage to stay on the field.

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  • Jon'Vea Johnson JAC WR
    Jon'Vea Johnson: Waived by Jaguars
    8h ago

    Johnson was waived by the Jaguars on Friday, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

    Johnson has yet to appear in an NFL game. He joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and spent two seasons with the organization before being waived and claimed by the Jaguars in March. Laquon Treadwell was signed in a corresponding move.

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  • Kyrie Irving BKN PG
    Nets' Kyrie Irving: Officially out for Game 7
    2h ago

    Irving (ankle) will not play in Saturday's Game 7 against Milwaukee, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.

    Irving is getting treatment on his ankle but still has 'miles to make up' in his rehab, according to Steve Nash. This was the likely outcome, so it shouldn't change much in the Nets' plans. James Harden was able to generate a little more offense in Game 6 than he was able to in Game 5, but overall, the offense still struggled. Landry Shamet was the only bench player who saw non-garbage time minutes in Game 6.

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  • Chris Paul PHO PG
    Suns' Chris Paul: Has yet to join team
    2h ago

    Paul (COVID-19) has not re-joined the team as of Friday, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    This is essentially an update to clarify that there is no update, and it remains unclear when exactly Paul might be available to play. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski displayed some optimism on the show Get Up when he noted that there would be a chance Paul misses just one game of the Western Conference Finals. That scenario would be made more likely if Friday's game between the Jazz and Clippers results in a Utah win, forcing a Game 7 and pushing back the start of the next round.

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  • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
    Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Expected to be game-time call
    6h ago

    Mitchell (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 6 against the Clippers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    This is a tough time for Mitchell to pick up an injury, as the Jazz shockingly went down 3-2 with a home loss to the Clippers, who are without Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the series. It seems likely Mitchell will attempt to play through the injury, but it could affect his effectiveness. It's also possible Mike Conley (hamstring) makes his series debut, which would be a big push for Utah in a do-or-die spot.

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  • Mike Conley UTA PG
    Jazz's Mike Conley: Eyes return to lineup for Game 6
    6h ago

    Conley (hamstring) is working toward a return to the lineup for Friday's Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Conley has yet to play in the series, but with the Jazz facing elimination, it appears he will attempt to make his return. If he is activated, it is uncertain if he will draw the start and how many minutes he will actually play. Expect Joe Ingles to move back to the bench if Conley can play in the pivotal Game 6.

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  • Moses Brown BOS C
    Celtics' Moses Brown: Sent to Boston
    9h ago

    Brown was traded from the Thunder to the Celtics on Friday along with Al Horford and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Kemba Walker (knee), a 2021 first-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Brown came out of nowhere to play significant minutes for Oklahoma City this season, and he's now been included in the first massive trade of the yet-to-officially-begin offseason. The 21-year-old joined the Thunder on a two-way deal in December and impressed enough to earn a four-year, $6.8 million contract in the spring. Brown finished the season in a starting role and averaged 9.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 24.7 minutes over the last 36 games of the year, though he figures to have a tougher path to playing time in Boston with Horford back in the picture.

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  • Al Horford BOS C
    Celtics' Al Horford: Traded back to Boston
    9h ago

    Horford was traded from the Thunder to the Celtics on Friday along with Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Kemba Walker (knee), a 2021 first-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Horford appeared in only 28 games this season before being shut down while the Thunder turned to its younger players, and he'll now return to Boston after splitting the past two years between Philadelphia and Oklahoma City. The 35-year-old averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 27.9 minutes while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from deep. Horford should have a lesser role compared to his previous three-year stint with the Celtics but could still be a significant piece in the frontcourt after resting the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.

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  • Fredrik Handemark SJ C
    Fredrik Handemark: Signs with KHL club
    2h ago

    Handemark has signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, Kevin Lacy of Teal Town USA reports.

    Handemark spent most of the 2020-21 campaign on loan with the SHL's Malmo Redhawks, picking up 15 points in 25 games, but he also appeared in eight games with the Sharks, notching one goal over that span, as well as 14 games with AHL San Jose, tallying eight points in 14 games. Now that he's locked into a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, Handemark's NHL playing days may have come to an end.

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  • Tomas Nosek LV C
    Golden Knights' Tomas Nosek: Game-time call
    6h ago

    Nosek (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 3 versus Montreal, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

    Nosek hasn't played since May 18 against the Wild due to an undisclosed injury, but if he's able to make it through warmups unscathed, he could finally make his return to the lineup Friday. Check back for confirmation on Nosek's status against the Canadiens prior to puck drop.

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  • David Warsofsky CAR D
    David Warsofsky: Signs with German club
    7h ago

    Warsofsky has signed a contract with ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL.

    Warsofsky spent the entirety of the 2020-21 season in the minors, racking up 19 points through 22 games with AHL Chicago. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 31-year-old blueliner spend the rest of his playing career overseas. If that ends up coming to fruition, Warsofsky will finish his NHL career having totaled 11 points through 55 appearances split between the Bruins, Penguins, Devils and Avalanche.

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  • Tomas Tatar MON LW
    Canadiens' Tomas Tatar: Still not ready to return
    7h ago

    Tatar (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 3 versus Vegas, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.

    Tatar will miss a ninth straight game Friday and the Canadiens have yet to release an expected timetable for his return, so at this point he can be considered out indefinitely. The 30-year-old winger has picked up one helper and 17 hits through five contests this postseason.

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  • Jake Evans MON C
    Canadiens' Jake Evans: Remains unavailable
    7h ago

    Evans (concussion) won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Golden Knights, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.

    Evans has yet to be cleared for contact, so his return doesn't necessarily seem imminent. The 25-year-old forward has been sidelined since suffering a concussion in Game 1 of Montreal's second-round series against Winnipeg.

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  • Carey Price MON G
    Canadiens' Carey Price: In goal for Game 3
    7h ago

    Price will guard the home cage during Friday's Game 3 versus Vegas, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.

    Price was excellent in Wednesday's Game 2, turning aside 29 of 31 shots en route to a 3-2 victory. The 33-year-old netminder will try to help the Canadiens secure a 2-1 series lead over the Golden Knights, as he'll shoot for his 10th win of the playoffs Friday.

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