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Addison Russell CHC SS
Cubs' Addison Russell: May see work at keystone7m ago
Manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Russell (suspension) will likely see time at second base in addition to shortstop upon returning to the active roster, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Russell began a conditioning stint at Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday and is expected to remain with the affiliate for at least a week before he's eligible for reinstatement from suspension May 3. It had been expected that once activated, Russell would reclaim the everyday role at shortstop he filled for the Cubs last season, but comments from Maddon and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein suggest that may no longer be in the cards. Per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com, Epstein wouldn't confirm that Russell would rejoin the roster when first eligible, while Maddon seemed to imply that he's content to proceed with Javier Baez as the Cubs' primary shortstop. If that ends up being the case, Russell would likely have to jockey for playing time at the keystone with the likes of Daniel Descalso and David Bote, an arrangement that would hinder the outlooks of all three players.
Jose Peraza CIN 2B
Reds' Jose Peraza: Benched for second straight22m ago
Peraza is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
Peraza will ride the pine for the second straight day while manager David Bell rolls with Derek Dietrich at the keystone. Bell hasn't indicated that Peraza's time as the everyday second baseman is over, but the back-to-back benchings suggest the 24-year-old's place atop the depth chart may be tenuous. Among the 209 players who have received at least 70 plate appearances this season, Peraza's .398 OPS ranks 205th, with a career-worst 23.9 strikeout percentage contributed heavily to his demise.
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Dodgers' Rocky Gale: Seeing scarce playing time27m ago
Gale will start at catcher and bat eighth Thursday against the Cubs, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Even with top catcher Austin Barnes scuffling at the plate of late, Gale hasn't seen any increase in his workload. Gale will be making just his fourth start since getting the call from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 10 and will likely only be included in the lineup when Barnes requires a routine maintenance day.
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Angels' Ty Buttrey: Charged with blown save, loss30m ago
Buttrey (1-1) was charged with the blown save and the loss Wednesday against the Yankees. He allowed one earned run on two hits and zero walks while striking out three over 2.2 innings.
Buttrey was called upon to put out a fire in the seventh inning, and he did limit the damage to a large extent, though he allowed a couple inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice and thus was stuck with the blown save. He stayed in the game and tried to keep it tied all the way through nine, but this sequence unfolded with two outs in the ninth inning: single, stolen base, bloop RBI single. The Angels' bats couldn't rally against Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the frame and so Buttrey took the loss as well. Cody Allen was removed from the closer role and Buttrey is a top candidate for save chances along with Hansel Robles. We like Buttrey more, but it's clear that manager Brad Ausmus will use Buttrey in what he feels is the biggest spot in the late innings -- not necessarily the ninth.
Chris Taylor LAD LF
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Makes third straight start32m ago
Taylor will start at shortstop and bat seventh Thursday against the Cubs, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Taylor will pick up his third start in as many days, but it's worth noting that all three have come with lefties on the mound for Chicago. As such, Taylor still looks to be stuck in a short-side platoon role, though his ability to slot in at multiple spots in the outfield and infield occasions earns him work versus right-handed pitching. The lack of a clear everyday role hurts Taylor, but the Dodgers would probably find more at-bats for him if he wasn't struggling mightily at the plate to begin the season. He owns a .521 OPS through the Dodgers' first 26 games and has struck out 29.2 percent of the time.
Joc Pederson LAD LF
Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Sitting in third straight39m ago
Pederson is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs have deployed three left-handed starting pitchers in the series, resulting in the lefty-hitting Pederson moving to the bench for all three contests. Alex Verdugo will get the nod in left field in Pederson's stead.
Timmy Jernigan PHI DT
Eagles' Tim Jernigan: Returning to Philadelphia17m ago
Jernigan agreed Thursday to re-join the Eagles on a one-year contract, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports,
The Eagles let Jernigan hit free agency at the start of the offseason, unwilling to pay the defensive tackle an $11 million base salary in 2019 following a season in which he was limited to three games by a back injury. However, it seems the two sides were able to reach agreement on a more team-friendly deal and now Jernigan is back in the fold for another year before getting another chance to try his hand in free agency again next season. While it seems likely that Malik Jackson and Fletcher Cox (foot) get most of the reps at defensive tackle in 2019, Jernigan nonetheless has the potential to serve as a valuable piece of an Eagles defensive tackle rotation that otherwise includes promising third-year player Treyvon Hester.
William Jackson CIN CB
Bengals' William Jackson III: Under contract through 202013h ago
The Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on Jackson's contract Wednesday.
Jackson started all 16 games for the Bengals during his third NFL season in 2018, notching 41 tackles, 13 pass breakups and no interceptions. Though he's only produced one turnover thus far in his career, Jackson has received positive marks for his work in coverage and should be locked into a starting role in the Cincinnati secondary through 2020.
Vernon Hargreaves TB CB
Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Fifth-year team option exercised13h ago
The Buccaneers exercised Hargreaves' fifth-year team option Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, all teams must decide by May 3 whether they'll pick up the fifth-year option on a rookie contract the offseason before the player's fourth NFL campaign begins. Though the 2016 first-round pick has struggled with both injuries and inconsistent play through his first three years in the NFL, the Buccaneers recognized enough upside in the 23-year-old to keep him in the fold through 2020. New coach Bruce Arians is hopeful that Hargreaves' successful college track record while playing in press coverage will make him an ideal fit in coordinator Todd Bowles' scheme.
Tyreek Hill KC WR
Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: Won't be charged17h ago
Johnson County (Kan.) District Attorney Steve Howe ruled Wednesday that neither Hill nor his fiance will be charged with a crime in connection with a pair of domestic incidents involving their son, the Associated Press reports.
The investigation pored over the facts of two events from the first half of March at Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Howe's office "has reviewed all the evidence compiled...and has declined to file charges" for alleged battery, according to Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports. While the probe didn't yield any criminal charges, there's still a chance the Chiefs and/or the NFL assess punishment for violations of the personal conduct policy. At the moment, though, neither organization has commented on the matter.
Ezekiel Ansah DET DE
Ezekiel Ansah: Expecting late-summer return19h ago
Ansah (shoulder) drew positive reviews from a shoulder specialist Monday and expects to be fully cleared by mid-August, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
It appears Ansah left his visit with the Ravens without signing a contract, but that doesn't necessarily mean Baltimore isn't a possible suitor for the defensive end any longer. Regardless, any team looking to sign Ansah will be concerned with the health of his troublesome shoulder. Fortunately for the soon-to-be 30-year-old, he appears to have a reasonable chance of being ready to go well before the start of the regular season.
Carl Lawson CIN DE
Bengals' Carl Lawson: No clear timetable for return19h ago
Lawson (knee) doesn't have a clear timeline to return to the field, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "The goal overall is just be ready for the first game," Lawson said. "That's my goal to be set for. Be back by training camp or be back by this date -- I'm not going to sit there and rush it. I'm not. I'm ahead of schedule, but then again I could be down schedule. Until I feel right I'm not coming back. The goal is definitely the first game."
Lawson will be over 10 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL when the regular season opens in September. While it's not unrealistic to think he could return to team drills sometime during training camp, there also seems to be a decent chance Lawson opens camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Mike Scott PHI PF
76ers' Mike Scott: Considered day-to-day1h ago
Scott (heel) did not participate in Thursday's practice and is considered day-to-day, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Scott was forced to leave Tuesday's Game 5 against the Nets with a bruised right heel and did not return. With the 76ers just two days away from the start of their second-round series against Toronto, Scott's absence from practice surely isn't a good sign. If Scott is also unable to give it a go Friday, then serious doubt regarding his Game 1 status will surely set in.
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Magic's Mo Bamba: Putting in limited work1h ago
Bamba (lower leg) has been jogging and shooting jumpers in workouts and hopes to play in summer league, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba, who has not played since undergoing surgery in February to repair a tibia stress fracture, is slowly making his way back onto the court. The fact that the big man is optimistic about playing in summer league this year is certainly a great sign for his health heading into the offseason.
Draymond Green GS PF
Warriors' Draymond Green: Battles through wrist injury in loss2h ago
Green delivered seven points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and two steals across 38 minutes during the Warriors' 129-121 loss to the Clippers in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Green's wrist injury has been labeled as minor, but the fact remains he put up his fewest shot attempts of the series Wednesday. His slump from three-point range continued as well, as the 29-year-old is now 0-for-9 from distance over the last three games. Green's scoring contributions can't be counted on from game to game, but he's putting up trademark numbers elsewhere with 7.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals thus far in the series.
JaMychal Green LAC PF
Clippers' JaMychal Green: Strong showing in Game 5 win2h ago
Green tallied 15 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes during the Clippers' 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Green remained in the starting five for the second straight game and performed well with the opportunity, bouncing back from an atypical six-point effort in Game 4 during which he put up only two shot attempts. The versatile big was much more active Wednesday, and he remained hot from three-point range while pushing this success rate from distance during the series to a blistering 66.3 percent. Green's floor-spacing ability and solid work on the boards should keep him on the first unit for Friday's critical Game 6.
Montrezl Harrell LAC PF
Clippers' Montrezl Harrell: Key contributions off bench2h ago
Harrell registered 24 points (11-14 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block across 27 minutes during the Clippers' 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Harrell offered a signature performance off the bench, putting up plenty of shots and draining almost all of them on his way to nearly a point per minute on the floor. The high-energy big came just a point short of matching his totals from Games 3 and 4 combined, with his 14 shot attempts his second-highest figure of the series. Harrell's contributions will assuredly be pivotal once more if the Clippers have a chance of staving off elimination for a second consecutive game Friday night on their Staples Center home floor.
Patrick Beverley LAC PG
Clippers' Patrick Beverley: Crucial double-double in upset win2h ago
Beverley supplied 17 points (6-13 FG, 5-11 3Pt), 14 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 37 minutes during the Clippers' 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Beverley churned out a second consecutive gritty performance, one in which he posted a second straight double-double for the first time since late January. The veteran has now scored in double digits three times overall during the series and has been a key contributor from three-point range in the last two contests. Beverley has drained half of his 16 attempts from distance during that span, adding a key offensive dimension to his already impressive work on the glass and on defense. He'll look to play a pivotal role again in Game 6 on Friday night.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare LV C
Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Injury prognosis clarified4m ago
Updating a previous report, Bellemare (undisclosed) dealt with an injury during the conference quarterfinals that was met with a 2-to-3 week return timetable, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
While Bellemare missed Game 7 against the Sharks -- amounting to a 5-4 overtime loss -- his injury shouldn't carry over to the offseason to a significant degree, and at this rate, he should be just fine for training camp ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. The bigger question is whether fantasy owners will want to consider drafting a bottom-six grinder who only mustered six goals and nine assists through 76 regular-season contests -- frankly, we highly doubt it.
Erik Haula LV C
Golden Knights' Erik Haula: Ends year on IR26m ago
Haula (lower body) wasn't able to get back into the lineup before the Golden Knights' season came to a close.
Haula last played Nov. 6 versus Toronto and missed a total of 74 games due to his lower-body issue. There was some thought the center might be available if the team made it to the second round, which could be an indication he will be ready to go for 2019-20. The Finn was seeing top-six minutes prior to getting hurt, but that was before the Knights added Mark Stone to the roster, which could see Haula relegated to a third-line role moving forward.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare LV C
Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Won't get back on ice30m ago
Bellemare (undisclosed) was on the shelf the Golden Knights' Game 7 loss to San Jose, which means his season ends on the injury report.
The team didn't provide much in terms of an explanation as to why Bellemare was out of the lineup, but could clear up the situation during the team's locker room clean out. Still, unless it's something significant, the veteran center should be ready to go for 2019-20, assuming he lands with a team during free agency this summer. If he does continue to play next season, the 34-year-old figures to be just below the 20-point mark given he has never reached that threshold in his career, which gives him low-end fantasy value.
Jordan Binnington STL G
Blues' Jordan Binnington: Gets starting nod versus Stars33m ago
Binnington will start in goal Thursday for Game 1 of the conference semifinals against the Stars, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Binnington went 1-2-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .876 save percentage against the Stars during the regular season, but the invigorated rookie showed plenty of resolve in helping the Notes prevail over the Jets in the opening round. He'll be a sneaky fantasy option against a Stars team that needed six games to slide past the Predators in Round 1 of these Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Preparing for Bruins44m ago
Bobrovsky will start in goal on the road Thursday for Game 1 of the conference seminals facing the Bruins. This is based on Aaron Portzline of The Athletic noting that there will be no lineup changes from Columbus' series-clinching win over the Lightning.
Bobrovsky ranks fourth among playoff goalies with a .932 save percentage and 2.01 GAA that he crafted in the process of sweeping the Bolts -- you know, the team that tied an NHL record for regular-season wins at 62. Columbus' go-to netminder went 1-1 against the B's in the regular season, albeit with a 5.00 GAA and .852 save percentage between those two contests in early spring.
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Bruins' Connor Clifton: Back in the mix1h ago
Clifton (undisclosed) is slated to be in the Bruins' lineup for Game 1 of the team's second-round playoff series against Columbus on Thursday.
Clifton will draw back into the Boston lineup Thursday, with John Moore day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The rookie blueliner didn't make much of a mark on offense in 19 regular season games, recording just one assist in that span, but the 23-year-old held his own defensively, en route to recording a plus-5 rating.