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Mike Gerber SF RF
Giants' Mike Gerber: Designated for assignment4h ago
Gerber was designated for assignment by the Giants on Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Gerber was claimed off waivers from Detroit in December but didn't last the offseason on the Giants' 40-man roster. He was dropped to make room for new signee Drew Pomeranz. The 26-year-old got his first taste of big-league action with the Tigers last year but failed to impress, going just 4-for-42 at the plate.
Drew Pomeranz SF SP
Giants' Drew Pomeranz: Heading to San Francisco6h ago
Pomeranz agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Pomeranz battled injuries for much of last campaign, throwing just 74 innings and posting an ugly 6.08 ERA. That number was well-deserved, as his strikeout rate fell 4.3 points to 19.2 percent, while his walk rate jumped 3.5 points to 12.8 percent. There's no guarantee the injury issues will dissipate over the offseason, but the lefty did manage four straight seasons with an ERA no higher than 3.66 from 2014 to 2017, so there's certainly upside in the move for San Francisco. A move to a very pitcher-friendly home park will also help boost his value.
Caleb Smith MIA SP
Marlins' Caleb Smith: Resumes mound work7h ago
Smith (shoulder) threw off the mound Wednesday for the first time since tearing his lat back in June, he revealed on his personal Twitter account.
Smith looked like an interesting arm in 16 starts before the injury shut him down. His 4.19 ERA was unremarkable, especially considering his pitcher-friendly home park, but a strong 27.0 percent strikeout rate made him a potential sleeper if he could manage to trim his walk rate, which sat at 10.1 percent. The fact that he's back on the mound over two months before Opening Day gives him a good chance to be ready by the start of the season.
Jose Trevino TEX C
Rangers' Jose Trevino: Battling shoulder injury12h ago
Trevino (shoulder) will start spring training "a little behind" other catchers, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Trevino, who underwent shoulder surgery last July, is expected to need at least another season in the minors. "Ideally, he gets time to develop," said general manager Jon Daniels. That likely means Trevino will open the year at Triple-A Nasvhille of the Pacific Coast League.
Blake Rutherford CHW CF
White Sox's Blake Rutherford: Invited to spring training12h ago
Rutherford was invited to big-league spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Rutherford spent the entirety of the 2018 season at High-A Winston-Salem and led the Carolina League with 78 RBI and 131 hits. Most evaluators would like to see him hit more for power -- he went from two home runs to seven from 2017 to 2018 -- but the White Sox remain patient with Rutherford. The 21-year-old is expected to start the year at Double-A Birmingham, where we'll be watching to see if the corner outfielder can find his power zone.
Zack Collins CHW C
White Sox's Zack Collins: Invited to camp12h ago
Collins was invited to the White Sox's major-league camp, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Collins was the White Sox's first-round pick (10th overall) in 2016 and is the organization's top-ranked catching prospect. He's known more for his bat, so developing defensively has been his biggest challenge, as it is for most bat-first catchers. Another challenge for Collins has been his patience. He has impressive on-base skills, which can mitigate his power potential. His manager last year at Double-A Birmingham, Ryan Newman, said Collins can be too selective and let drive-able pitches pass by.
Greg Zuerlein LAR K
Rams' Greg Zuerlein: Tending to left foot injury30m ago
Zuerlein was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to a left foot injury, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
The Rams are in the Super Bowl because of Zuerlein's right foot, but his plant foot is afflicting him ahead of the biggest game of his career. Per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, Zuerlein was donning a boot on that foot Monday. While somewhat worrisome, coach Sean McVay doesn't believe Zuerlein or any other Ram will be impacted in two Sundays, saying, "We don't anticipate anybody really missing any time."
Akeem King SEA CB
Seahawks' Akeem King: Occasional defensive asset1h ago
King made 21 tackles (16 solo) in the 2018 season.
King was only given serious responsibility on defense twice, playing a combined 119 defensive snaps between Week 2 and Week 17 and just 26 among the other 14 games. Those added reps often stemmed from injuries in front of him, but Tedric Thompson also outplayed King for a majority of the campaign. King will be a free agent in March, and he could be kept around as a reserve again.
Andre Holmes DEN WR
Andre Holmes: Let go by Denver1h ago
Holmes was released by the Broncos on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Holmes was initially acquired by the Broncos on Dec. 5 after having been released by the Bills, and now hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The 30-year-old veteran caught his only target for a gain of five yards across three games in Denver, before suffering a high-ankle sprain during a Week 16 loss to the Raiders and being placed on injured reserve. The big-bodied receiver is expected to recover in time for offseason OTAs in the spring, and will work to land a depth role elsewhere in the league.
Justin Coleman SEA CB
Seahawks' Justin Coleman: Respectable 2018 campaign1h ago
Coleman made 55 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups and one interception in the 2018 season.
Coleman was given plenty of responsibility, as he played 40 or more snaps in 12 of 16 games logged 45 in the playoff loss to Dallas. He rewarded the coaching staff for that decision in Week 14 against the Vikings when he scooped up a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown to cinch an important win. This was Coleman's second year in Seattle, and he'll become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Austin Calitro SEA OLB
Seahawks' Austin Calitro: Used as necessary in 20181h ago
Calitro made 45 tackles (32 solo) in 16 games during the 2018 season.
Calitro recorded 10 or less defensive snaps on nine occasions but he worked a heavy rotation as necessary when Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright were injured. Among the four games he played over 40 snaps, Calitro averaged eight tackles. The 25-year-old is under contract for next season and will battle Shaquem Griffin and Jacob Martin for a starting role if K.J. Wright walks in free agency.
Marcus Mariota TEN QB
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Facing smooth transition3h ago
Mariota (neck/foot) will work with the same playbook terminology in 2019 after the Titans promoted Arthur Smith to replace Matt LaFleur as their offensive coordinator, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
Coach Mike Vrabel said he didn't want to subject Mariota and his teammates to massive changes for a second straight offseason. Of course, the Titans still have a lot of work to do on the offensive side, coming off a 2018 campaign in which they ranked 27th in points (19.4 per game) and 25th in yards (312.6 per game). The team seemed to find an identity with running back Derrick Henry's late-season explosion, but the bigger picture shows a campaign defined by Mariota's sacks and difficulties with staying healthy. The 25-year-old quarterback is now heading into a contract season, playing under the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. It's unclear if the Titans are interested in discussing an extension, as Mariota didn't inspire much confidence in 2018. There haven't been any indications his late-season neck injury will impact his offseason preparation.
Lance Thomas NY SF
Knicks' Lance Thomas: Will start Wednesday6m ago
Thomas will draw the start Wednesday against the Rockets, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
With Luke Kornet out of the starting lineup with an ankle injury, Lance Thomas will join the starters in his place. It's unclear if he will remain with the starters for the duration of Kornet's absence. While with the starters, Thomas, who is averaging 15.2 minutes per game, should see a larger role.
Montrezl Harrell LAC PF
Clippers' Montrezl Harrell: Back to bench Wednesday11m ago
Harrell will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Harrell had started the past two games, averaging 14.5 points per contest, but will return to his normal bench role for match up purposes. It's unclear if Harrell will return to the starting role for Friday's game against the Bulls, but either way, he's been the most productive big-man for the Clippers this season, averaging 15.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game.
Marcin Gortat LAC PF
Clippers' Marcin Gortat: Gets start Wednesday14m ago
Gortat will start Wednesday's game against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Gortat will return to the starting lineup after filling a reserve role for the past two games. Regardless of his role, Gortat's struggled to produce this year, recording 5.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in just 16.2 minutes per game.
Rodney McGruder MIA SF
Heat's Rodney McGruder: Coming off bench Wednesday25m ago
McGruder will come off the bench in Wednesday's game against the Clippers.
McGruder went scoreless in eight minutes against the Celtics on Monday and now will come off the bench for the first time this season after starting 44 games. His minutes have slowly been dwindling, so it's not surprising to see head coach Erik Spoelstra switching things up. Tyler Johnson will get the start Wednesday in place of McGruder.
Tyler Johnson MIA SG
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Enters starting lineup Wednesday27m ago
Johnson will start Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Johnson will get the start in place of Rodney McGruder. The fifth-year guard has scored in double-figures in four of his past six games, and is averaging 11.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 25.2 minutes per game this season.
James Johnson MIA PF
Heat's James Johnson: Will play Wednesday28m ago
Johnson (head) will play Wednesday, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Johnson, who suffered a migraine Wednesday morning, will overcome his headache and start in the matchup against the Clippers on Wednesday. The Wake Forest product is starting alongside teammates Justice Winslow, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Hassan Whiteside.
Auston Matthews TOR C
Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Happy with contract talks2m ago
Matthews is encouraged by the progress his agent is making on a contract extension with the Maple Leafs, reports Sportsnet.ca.
Matthews is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, but the Leafs will have him inked long before then. "They're [agent and general manager Kyle Dubas] obviously talking and making some progress," said Matthews. "And that's great. I'm not really too worried or too focused about it." He has 20 goals and 42 points in 30 games, but is mired in a bit of a slump right now. Matthews has just one goal in 13 games, but hopes to snap that skating with Mitch Marner on Wednesday night.
Brooks Orpik WAS D
Capitals' Brooks Orpik: Planned rest before break8m ago
Orpik will take a planned rest night Wednesday with the All-Star break ahead, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.
Fortunately, it appears Orpik has avoided setbacks related to his maintenance day Monday, but the veteran will get an extra day of rest heading into the All-Star break. He should rejoin the defensive pairings when the Capitals return to play Feb. 1 against the Flames.
Jake Gardiner TOR D
Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner: Unavailable Wednesday12m ago
Gardiner (back) will not dress for Wednesday's game against the Capitals, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
With the All-Star break on tap, it appears the Leafs' coaching staff will play it safe with the blueliner, allowing him another week-plus of rest. He seems a good bet to rejoin the action to open the second half Feb. 1 against the Red Wings.
Alex Nedeljkovic CAR G
Hurricanes' Alex Nedeljkovic: Making first NHL start18m ago
Nedeljkovic will make his first NHL start in Wednesday's road game against the Canucks, Alec Campbell of 99.9 The Fan reports.
Nedeljkovic has been decent in the minors this season, maintaining a 2.68 GAA and .903 save percentage through 30 appearances. The 2014 second-round pick will look to pick up his first career NHL victory in a road matchup with a middling Vancouver offense that's averaging 3.13 goals per game at home this campaign, 15th in the NHL.
Braden Holtby WAS G
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Right back in goal1h ago
Holtby will start in goal Wednesday evening, facing the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Holtby and the Capitals came up short in a thrilling 7-6 overtime loss to the Sharks on Tuesday, so it may come as a surprise that he's getting a chance to complete the back-to-back set. "It's an important game right here, last chance before the break," said head coach Todd Reirden in a report by Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post. "We wanted to get our best guy in there again. I think it'll be a signal to our team that we're doing everything we can to win this hockey game." Next up is a team that reportedly will counter with its own No. 1 netminder in Frederik Andersen. Toronto ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 3.50 goals per game.
Curtis McElhinney CAR G
Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: Remains sidelined3h ago
McElhinney (lower body) won't dress for Wednesday's game against the Canucks, NHL.com's Kevin Woodley reports.
The Hurricanes will be off until Feb. 1 following Wednesday's contest due to the upcoming All-Star break, so it's possible McElhinney will only miss one more game due to his lower-body injury. Petr Mrazek and Alex Nedeljkovic will continue to shoulder the load in goal until McElhinney is cleared to return.