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Tim Semisch TEN TE
Titans' Tim Semisch: Inks reserve deal with Tennessee1h ago
Semisch signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
The Northern Illinois product has yet to make his NFL debut since going undrafted in 2014. He'll join the Titans for their offseason program, but the tight end may need to stand out in those workouts in order to stick around through training camp.
Alex Anzalone NO OLB
Saints' Alex Anzalone: Expects to be ready for 20181h ago
Anzalone said Tuesday that he's progressing well from October surgery to repair his right shoulder and indicated that he's "excited" to get back on the field in 2018, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.
Terron Armstead NO T
Saints' Terron Armstead: Will rehab torn hip flexor in offseason1h ago
Armstead posted on his personal Twitter account following Sunday's 29-24 divisional-round loss to the Vikings that he had been playing through a torn hip flexor.
The left tackle was a mainstay on the Saints' injury reports throughout the 2017 campaign, missing six games while battling shoulder, chest and thigh issues. It would seem the hip flexor Armstead alluded to is related to the thigh injury, but according to Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the 26-year-old declined to elaborate further about his health when asked Tuesday. He did acknowledge that he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary during the offseason, however, so Armstead doesn't appear in much danger of missing the start of training camp in the summer.
Hau'oli Kikaha NO OLB
Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha: Expected back for OTAs2h ago
Kikaha (ankle) said Tuesday that he'll be available for the start of the Saints' Organized Team Activities in the spring, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "I'm ready [for OTAs} right now," Kikaha said.
It's unclear if the Saints would verify Kikaha's claim about his health at this juncture, but it looks promising nonetheless that the defensive end will face no limitations entering the Saints' offseason program. Before hitting injured reserve prior to Week 17, Kikaha was effective in his rotational role along the defensive line, providing 10 tackles and four sacks across 12 contests.
Solomon Thomas SF DE
49ers' Solomon Thomas: Mixed results in rookie campaign2h ago
Thomas finished his rookie season with 41 tackles (34 solo) to go along with three sacks through 14 games.
While he was active for 14 contests, the 49ers elected to bring the third-overall pick along slowly in a limited role. Thomas was finally unleashed against the Cardinals in Week 4 and put together a three-game stretch which flashed his disruptive potential as a pass-rusher (16 tackles and two sacks in three starts). A knee injury slowed him down mid-season, but Thomas finished the year on a high note against the Jaguars (six tackles and his third sack) when he was once again given a full allotment of defensive snaps. The 22-year-old's lackluster totals should suppress his value heading into his sophomore campaign, but he possesses the potential to be an IDP factor as a defensive lineman if he is given the green light to be on the field for the majority of the club's defensive snaps.
Derrick Morgan TEN OLB
Titans' Derrick Morgan: Fails to display pass-rushing prowess Saturday2h ago
Morgan contributed just one solo tackle in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to New England.
Morgan finished the regular season with 7.5 sacks and picked up another one in a wild-card round win over the Chiefs, but the stout Patriots offensive line rendered the 29-year-old pass rusher useless. With 16.5 regular season sacks over the past two campaigns, Morgan projects to be an impact defender for the Titans in the final year of his contract next season.
Deolis Guerra LAA RP
Rangers' Deolis Guerra: Gets spring invite from Rangers1h ago
Guerra signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training.
Guerra bounced between the Angels and their Triple-A affiliate last season. While he posted a solid 1.98 ERA and 41:8 K:BB in 41 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake, the 28-year-old finished with an unimpressive 4.68 ERA and 22:12 K:BB across 25 innings with the big club. He'll fight for a spot in the Rangers' bullpen during spring training, though he doesn't figure to see anything more than low-leverage work if he does break camp with Texas.
Tyler Pill NYM RP
Diamondbacks' Tyler Pill: Inks minors pact with Arizona4h ago
The Diamondbacks signed Pill (elbow) to a minor-league contract Monday.
Arizona has already assigned Pill to its Triple-A affiliate at Reno, so it doesn't sound like the 27-year-old will work out with the big club during spring training. Pill, who made seven appearances (three starts) with the Mets last season when a rash of injuries hit the team's pitching staff, finished with a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 22 innings. He'll likely function as starting depth in the upper minors for the Diamondbacks, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot puts him low in the organizational pecking order for a potential look in the big-league rotation.
Yadier Molina STL C
Cardinals' Yadier Molina: To play three more seasons5h ago
Molina, who will turn 36 during the 2018 season, says he plans to retire after the 2020 season, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
He plans to play out a three-year, $60 million extension that begins this season and then ride off into the sunset. This is obviously not a done deal, as Molina could opt to continue playing after the 2020 season, particularly if he feels good physically and is coming off a productive campaign. However, with catching prospects Carson Kelly, who is already big-league ready, and Andrew Knizner on track to be ready to take over in a couple years, it will likely be a mutual parting of the ways after the 2020 season. Coming off an impressive 2017 season, Molina's current NFBC ADP (149.5) ranks sixth among catchers.
Curtis Granderson LAD CF
Blue Jays' Curtis Granderson: Inks deal with Toronto18h ago
Granderson agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Granderson's average continued to fall during the 2017 season, as he hit a bleak .212 over 147 games. However, he still managed to hold some value with his power, as his 26 home runs marked his fourth straight season with at least 20 homers. With Kevin Pillar holding down center field, look for Granderson to share time with Teoscar Hernandez, Steve Pearce, and Ezequiel Carrera in the corners of the outfield.
Felipe Rivero PIT RP
Pirates' Felipe Rivero: Inks four-year extension20h ago
Rivero signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Pirates on Monday which includes a pair of $10 million club options, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
In the same week the Pirates traded away two of their veteran stars -- Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole -- they also committed to one of their more promising pieces in Rivero. The 26-year-old jumped into the discussion of top-tier relievers with his breakout performance in 2017, as he finished the season with a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88:20 K:BB across 75.1 innings. He took over as the team's closer in June and didn't miss a beat, converting all but two of his 24 save opportunities. Rivero is set to reprise his role as the Pirates' closer in 2018; he'll look to solidify himself as one of the top closers in the game with another impressive season.
Kyle Crick PIT RP
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Traded to Pirates21h ago
Crick was traded to the Pirates on Monday along with Bryan Reynolds in exchange for Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Crick will be one of two pieces headed back to Pittsburgh in exchange for one year of McCutchen's services. The 25-year-old was shifted to the bullpen in 2017 and performed well enough in his new role to earn a promotion to the Giants in June. While he posted a respectable 3.06 ERA across 32.1 innings of relief in his first major-league stint, Crick likely benefitted from a .233 BABIP and could be in line for some regression next season, especially if he doesn't lower his problematic walk-rate (4.7 BB/9 in 32.1 major-league innings). The right-hander does, however, throw a high-90s fastball, and could blossom into a high-leverage reliever down the road if he can shake his control issues. In the meantime, he should factor into the middle-to-back end of Pittsburgh's bullpen.
Avery Bradley DET SG
Pistons' Avery Bradley: Questionable with groin injury1h ago
Bradley is questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Raptors due to a groin injury, Jake Chapman of the Pistons Radio Network reports.
Bradley missed seven games in mid-to-late December while dealing with a groin injury, but it's unclear if what's he's currently dealing with is an aggravation of that. Either way, it's giving him enough discomfort to prevent him from participating in Tuesday's practice. More word on his status should arrive following Wednesday's morning shootaround. If he's unable to take the floor, Stanley Johnson (hip) and Luke Kennard (thumb) -- both also questionable -- could see extra run. If any combination of the three players are ruled out, Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway would likely see expanded roles.
Luke Kennard DET SG
Pistons' Luke Kennard: Questionable with thumb injury1h ago
Kennard is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors due to a left thumb injury, Jake Chapman of the Pistons Radio Network reports.
This is the first news of Kennard dealing with an injury, so it seems likely he suffered it during Monday's contest against the Hornets. He did not go through Tuesday's practice, so the injury is apparently giving him significant discomfort. More word on his status should arrive following Wednesday's morning shootaround.
Fred VanVleet TOR PG
Raptors' Fred VanVleet: No structural damage in knee1h ago
VanVleet, who suffered a bruised knee during Monday's game against the 76ers, underwent additional testing that revealed no structural damage, Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto reports. He should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
VanVleet has been a staple of the Raptors' rotation, playing reserve point guard to Kyle Lowry and averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 assists across 18.1 minutes per game. If he's sidelined Wednesday, Delon Wright and Lorenzo Brown would seemingly pick up some extra run in the backcourt. More word on VanVleet's status should arrive following morning shootaround.
Abdel Nader BOS SF
Celtics' Abdel Nader: Questionable Tuesday with illness2h ago
Nader is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans due to an illness.
With appearances in just three of the Celtics' last eight games and getting double-digit minutes in only one of those outings, Nader's potential absence Tuesday wouldn't have much of an impact on head coach Brad Stevens' rotation plans. At any rate, the Celtics will wait and see how Nader looks closer to the 7:30 p.m. EST tipoff before determining the rookie's fate.
Stanley Johnson DET SF
Pistons' Stanley Johnson: Questionable for Wednesday2h ago
Johnson (hip) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.
Johnson has been sidelined for seven of the Pistons' past eight games with a right hip flexor strain, so he may need to prove he's healthy at Wednesday's morning shootaround in order to gain clearance to return. The wing's recent absences have opened up more run for starting small forward Reggie Bullock, who has exceeded 30 minutes in 10 of the Pistons' 14 games over the past month.
Hassan Whiteside MIA C
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Benched for fourth quarter Monday2h ago
Whiteside finished Monday's 119-111 loss to the Bulls with nine points (3-7 FG, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 20 minutes.
Though he's suited up for the Heat's last 10 games following a month-long absence due to a knee injury, Whiteside has exceeded 30 minutes just once, with head coach Erik Spoelstra regularly relying on Kelly Olynyk and rookie Bam Adebayo to play center down the stretch in contests. Whiteside, who didn't return to Monday's game after checking out with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter, was a game-worst minus-20 while he was on the floor, making it difficult to quibble with Spoelstra's decision after the team was able to trim a 19-point deficit to as little as five while the star center was on the pine. With Olynyk and Adebayo both faring well in their extended opportunities of late, Whiteside may continue to remain a spectator late in games, limiting the latter's nightly upside in DFS contests.
Travis Dermott TOR D
Maple Leafs' Travis Dermott: Likely to play against Blues14m ago
Dermott should play Tuesday against the visiting Blues, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
The 21-year-old skated on a pairing with Roman Polak at practice, so we should expect to see him out there against a tough Blues team. Dermott has an assist and three shots on goal in his first two NHL games this season, but needs to get consistent ice time in order to be fantasy relevant outside of the deepest of leagues.
Mark Giordano CGY D
Flames' Mark Giordano: Avoids suspension19m ago
Giordano will not be suspended for Sunday's hit on Hurricanes winger Sebastian Aho, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
This is great news for the Flames captain, as he will be available Saturday when Calgary hosts Winnipeg in its first game back from the bye week. Giordano is having a solid year, with 21 points, 116 shots, and 94 blocks in 45 games while playing over 24 minutes of ice time. He has a few good upcoming matchups against some struggling defensive teams in the Jets, Sabres, and Oilers, so he should be well-rested enough to add to those totals after the bye.
Michael Amadio LA C
Kings' Michael Amadio: Promoted from minors26m ago
Amadio was called up from AHL Ontario on Tuesday.
Amadio has been tearing it up in the minors, as he has racked up 11 goals and 23 helpers in 30 contests. The center will get a chance to earn a spot in the Kings' lineup -- possibly the one vacated by Jussi Jokinen, who was designated for waivers Tuesday. The youngster Amadio will still need to outwork Jonny Brodzinski for a bottom-six role when the team matches up with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Paul LaDue LA D
Kings' Paul LaDue: Recalled to big club27m ago
LaDue was recalled from AHL Ontario on Tuesday.
LaDue makes his first trip up to the big club this season and has a legitimate possibility to make his season debut Thursday against the Penguins. The North Dakota product has enjoyed a decently productive season with the Reign, posting 17 points and plus-7 rating through 34 games thus far. Kurtis MacDermid was reassigned in a corresponding move.
Jason Spezza DAL C
Stars' Jason Spezza: Back in action Tuesday39m ago
Spezza will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup in Detroit after serving as a healthy scratch Monday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Monday's benching was likely in an effort to allow Spezza to clear his head considering he hasn't recorded a point in five games and hasn't found the back of the net himself since Dec. 9. The veteran pivot is still a contributor on the power play, as his six points and 2:04 of average ice time with the man advantage will attest, so we'll see if the one game in the press box was enough to revitalize him and get him back to his scoring ways.
Louis Domingue TB G
Lightning's Louis Domingue: Recalled from minors45m ago
Domingue, as expected, was called up from AHL Syracuse on Tuesday.
Domingue's stint in the minors was always going to be temporarily with Peter Budaj (leg) still on injured reserve. Rather than enjoying the Lightning's bye week, the 25-year-old Domingue recorded a pair of shutout performances with the Crunch. Tampa Bay is scheduled for a back-to-back Monday and Tuesday -- versus Chicago and Nashville respectively -- which figures to be the Quebec native's next shot at earning an NHL start.