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  • Adam Haseley PHI CF
    Phillies' Adam Haseley: Absent for COVID-19 protocols
    41m ago

    Haseley hasn't been placed on the COVID-19 injured list but is away from the team because he either tested positive for the virus, showed symptoms, came in contact with someone who tested positive or has missing/inconclusive test results, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    The 24-year-old meets the criteria to be placed on the specialized injured list, but for the time being he'll just stay away from the team. Haseley is poised to see the majority of starts in center field for the Phillies when healthy, but his status for Opening Day is now unclear with less than three weeks to reach game readiness.

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  • Aaron Nola PHI SP
    Phillies' Aaron Nola: Not on COVID-19 IL, away from team
    1h ago

    Correcting an earlier report, Nola hasn't been placed on the COVID-19 injured list but remains away from the team because he either tested positive for the virus, showed symptoms, came in contact with someone who tested positive or has missing/inconclusive test results, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    The 27-year-old fits the criteria to move to the COVID-19 IL and could be placed there in the coming days, but for now he'll simply stay away from the team. Even if he shifts to the specialized IL, it won't necessarily mean he produced a positive test. Regardless, Nola's availability for the start of the season will remain cloudy until he's cleared to report to camp.

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  • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
    Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Leaning against using leg kick
    2h ago

    Ohtani indicated that he will probably not include a leg kick in his swing this year, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Ohtani had been experimenting with the leg kick prior to the suspension of spring training, and even in veering away from the adjustment, he acknowledged the quickness with which he's able to react once his front foot touches the ground. The slugger has done well enough without the leg kick through his first two big-league seasons, slashing .286/.351/.532 with 40 home runs in 792 plate appearances.

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  • Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
    Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Released from hospital
    2h ago

    Tanaka (concussion) was released from the hospital Saturday evening.

    Tanaka was struck in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton liner during live batting practice Saturday afternoon. He was able to walk off the field with the help of trainers but experienced concussion-like symptoms, though a CT scan came back negative and he was able to be discharged from the hospital relatively quickly. He'll have to go through concussion protocol before returning to the field.

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  • Chris Paddack SD SP
    Padres' Chris Paddack: Hopes to build up to six innings
    2h ago

    Paddack expects to throw four innings during his next simulated game and is aiming to be at six innings by Opening Day, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    The Padres ace indicated that he has been maintaining what he'd built up during spring training, making a progression to six frames by the start of the season feasible. Though San Diego has yet to announce its Opening Day starter, Paddack appears to be the frontrunner considering his spectacular 2019 rookie campaign.

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  • Luis Cessa NYY RP
    Yankees' Luis Cessa: Tests positive for coronavirus
    3h ago

    Cessa tested positive for COVID-19 and is illustrating mild symptoms, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

    The 28-year-old is absent for the start of summer training as a result and is self-isolating at home. Cessa will need to be clear of symptoms and produce two negative test results before being cleared to join the team, leaving his status up in the air with less than three weeks until Opening Day. The right-hander is expected to work out of the bullpen for the Yankees once healthy.

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  • Mark McLaurin NYG LB
    Giants' Mark McLaurin: Long odds to make roster
    1h ago

    McLaurin (foot) may have a tough time making the Giants season-opening roster, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.

    The 23-year-old suffered a broken foot early in training camp last year and spent the entire season on injured reserve. McLaurin joined the Giants as a UDFA in May 2019 but enters training camp in 2020 with minimal experience due to the injury.

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  • Travis Benjamin SF WR
    49ers' Travis Benjamin: Injuries could create opportunities
    2h ago

    Benjamin (quadriceps) could see more opportunities in training camp following to injuries to Deebo Samuel (foot) and Richie James (wrist), Doug Williams of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Neither wideout has been ruled out for the start of the season, but with both sidelined for at least two months there's a real possibility that ends up being the case. Benjamin signed on a one-year deal in March after catching only 18 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown in 17 games for the Chargers over the past two seasons. The 30-year-old will potentially see more reps with starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo as a result of the injuries, but he still figures to be in competition with Jalen Hurd, Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor.

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  • Stephon Tuitt PIT DE
    Steelers' Stephon Tuitt: Back for 2020
    2h ago

    Tuitt (pectoral) should retain his starting spot at defensive end for 2020, Tim Benz of the Pittburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    The 27-year-old had a strong start to the season with 3.5 sacks through six games, but he suffered a torn pectoral Week 6 and required season-ending surgery. Tuitt should play a significant role up front for the Steelers in 2020, especially with the offseason departure of Javon Hargrave.

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  • D'Andre Swift DET RB
    Lions' D'Andre Swift: Signs rookie deal
    5h ago

    Swift announced Saturday via his personal Twitter account that he signed his four-year contract with the Lions.

    The question now becomes, what type of role does the talented back assume at the NFL level? 2018 second-round pick, Kerryon Johnson, has briefly flashed moments of legitimate talent throughout his two-year career, including a rookie campaign in which he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. But injuries and general ineffectiveness last season from the Auburn product seem to set the stage for Johnson and Swift to operate as a 1-2 tandem, with the latter likely handling snaps as the receiving threat out of the backfield. The Lions also spent a 2020 fifth-round pick on the versatile Jason Huntley who should at least occupy some of the more obvious pass-catching scenarios over either back, but it's quite clear that Swift's star is the one that is shining the brightest in the Lions backfield at the moment.

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  • Preston Williams MIA WR
    Dolphins' Preston Williams: Expected to be healthy
    11h ago

    Williams (knee) expects to be ready for the start of the regular season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

    It's a reassuring statement from Williams given the wideout tore his ACL in early November and is reportedly not yet participating in on-field workouts during the offseason, although he has started jogging. The undrafted rookie did put together a productive campaign prior to the injury, registering 32 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in eight games as the primary receiving threat in the Dolphins' offense, so it stands to reason Williams should be another featured target in 2020 should he ultimately be available at the start of the season.

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  • David Njoku CLE TE
    Browns' David Njoku: Asks to be traded
    1d ago

    Njoku is requesting a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Njoku and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are hoping the Browns will trade their tight end before training camp begins. The 2017 first-round pick made some big plays during his first two seasons, but his consistency never came close to matching his athleticism, and he then missed 12 games in 2019. The Browns signed Austin Hooper in March, and while early reports suggested the team would keep both tight ends, it now appears Njoku has other plans. The Browns exercised his fifth-year option for 2021, which is guaranteed for injury only.

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  • Landry Shamet LAC SG
    Clippers' Landry Shamet: Tests positive for coronavirus
    9h ago

    Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus and is unlikely to travel with the Clippers to Orlando this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Shamet will need to self-quarantine and test negative twice before entering the bubble. It seems likely he'll be able to achieve that before the Clippers start their regular season again July 30 against the Lakers.

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  • Victor Oladipo IND SG
    Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Won't play in resumed season
    1d ago

    Oladipo (knee/quadriceps) will not participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. "With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can't get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing," said Oladipo. "Getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me." He will still join the Pacers in Orlando to rehab and support his teammates.

    This news is a huge blow for the Pacers, as Oladipo was just starting to look like his old self -- the version that was selected third-team All-NBA, first-team All-Defense and Most Improved Player in 2019 -- prior to this season's suspension. With Oladipo sidelined, the Pacers will have to rely more on depth options at guard and on the wing. That will likely mean more minutes for the likes of Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday.

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  • Al Horford PHI C
    76ers' Al Horford: Says time off beneficial
    1d ago

    Horford admitted his health "probably wasn't where he wanted [it] to be" so this season and that the time off has been beneficial, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.

    Horford struggled at times during the season, shooting just 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. It seems the hiatus has given the 34-year-old time to rest his body, and the Sixers are likely hoping he can rise to the level of play we saw out of him in Boston. Over 46 playoff games with the Celtics, he averaged 15.1 points on shooting splits of 53/43/81 plus 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.8 minutes.

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  • Jaren Jackson Jr. MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Feels '110 percent'
    1d ago

    Jackson said he feels "110 percent" in recovery from his knee injury suffered against the Lakers in February and confirmed he will be playing in the bubble, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    As expected, Jackson is healthy and ready to go when the Grizzlies resume their season in Orlando. He missed Memphis' final nine games before the suspension of the season. Jackson is in the midst of a quality sophomore campaign, seeing 28.0 minutes per game and averaging 16.9 points on 13.0 shots, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Ankle feels '100 percent'
    1d ago

    Herro intimated that his ankle feels "100 percent" healthy following the four-month suspension of the season, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Herro was dealing with an ankle injury before the season stopped, missing 15 straight games from Feb. 5 through Mar. 8. The rookie has been a great three-point shooter, hitting 2.1 threes per game at 39.1 percent, helping fuel his 12.9 points per game.

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  • Vincent Poirier BOS C
    Celtics' Vincent Poirier: Taking paternity leave in September
    1d ago

    Poirier will take paternity leave for the birth of his child in September, and that will require leaving the NBA's bubble if the Celtics are still playing, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    The potential loss of Poirier during the playoffs shouldn't hurt the Celtics too much, unless unexpected depth is needed at center. Poirier has played just 114 total minutes for the Celtics, totaling 39 points, 34 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals.

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  • Kole Sherwood CLB RW
    Blue Jackets' Kole Sherwood: Joins team ahead of camp
    2d ago

    Sherwood linked up with the team Thursday ahead of training camp, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Sherwood saw action in just three contests this season in which he registered six shots, 10 hits and two PIM while averaging a meager 6:38 of ice time. The 22-year-old center figures to be a longshot for the lineup and will almost certainly spend the playoffs watching from the press box.

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  • Nathan Gerbe CLB LW
    Blue Jackets' Nathan Gerbe: Skating with team
    2d ago

    Gerbe (groin) joined the team for Thursday's Phase 2 skates, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

    Gerbe missed the last four contests prior to the league going on hiatus with what coach John Tortorella previously described as a minor injury. The winger is far from a lock for the lineup once the postseason begins and will have to beat out the likes of Kevin Stenlund or Emil Bemstrom for a spot.

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  • Pheonix Copley WAS G
    Capitals' Pheonix Copley: Joins skating sessions
    3d ago

    Copley was on the ice with the Capitals as part of Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

    Copley will primarily serve as a practice goalie once the Capitals get back into game action, as it would take an injury to Braden Holtby or Ilya Samsonov in order for Copley to dress in a postseason contest.

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  • Morgan Frost PHI C
    Flyers' Morgan Frost: Skating with team
    3d ago

    Frost is taking part in Phase 2 skates with the Flyers, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Frost put together a solid first professional season after tallying 13 goals and 16 helpers in 41 appearances for Lehigh Valley. In addition, the 21-year-old center saw action in 20 NHL contests with Philadelphia in which he registered seven points, 31 shots and four hits while averaging 13:41 of ice time. Given Frost's development, Nate Thompson and/or Derek Grant could find themselves looking for a new clubs following the 24-team postseason.

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  • Vitali Kravtsov NYR RW
    Rangers' Vitali Kravtsov: Joins club ahead of camp
    4d ago

    Kravtsov is with the Rangers for Phase 2 skates and will be part of the club's playoff training camp, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.

    Kravtsov registered six goals and nine helpers in 39 games with AHL Hartford this season and figures to use the upcoming postseason as a way to break into the 23-man roster for the upcoming 2020-21 campaign. Selected by the organization with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old winger figures to make his NHL debut sooner rather than later.

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  • Dysin Mayo ARI D
    Coyotes' Dysin Mayo: Inks one-year deal
    4d ago

    Mayo secured a one-year, two-way contract from Arizona on Tuesday.

    Mayo -- who was selected by the Yotes in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft -- notched four goals and eight helpers in 58 contests with AHL Tucson this season. The 23-year-old blueliner won't offer much in terms of offensive output, so fantasy owners don't need to be jumping to get him onto the dynasty teams.

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