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Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Fills in for Pedroia41m ago
Nunez entered Wednesday's game after Dustin Pedroia re-injured his left knee. Nunez went hitless in three at-bats.
Nunez is the lone utility infielder on the roster after Boston placed Brock Holt (eye) on the injured list. The 31-year-old is a minus-23 in Defensive Runs Saved over 1,078.2 innings during his career at second base, so expect the Red Sox to make a move before Friday's game in Tampa if Pedroia lands on the IL. Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis are the options available at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Brandon Workman BOS RP
Red Sox's Brandon Workman: Gives up first runs1h ago
Workman (0-1) allowed three runs on a hit and two walks over a third of an inning in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees.
Workman, who had left the game with the bases loaded, watched as Ryan Brasier allowed all three of those inherited runners to score on a grand slam. Those were the first runs Workman's allowed after eight consecutive scoreless appearances. That manager Alex Cora used Workman in the seventh inning with Boston ahead is a sign of the manager's growing confidence in the reliever, although that confidence may have taken a hit Wednesday.
Archie Bradley ARI RP
Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley: Notches first win1h ago
Bradley (1-1) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves.
Bradley picked up his first win by keeping the game tied through the eighth and ninth innings before the Diamondbacks pushed across a run in the 10th. He had traffic on the bases in each inning, which should be no surprise. Bradley has allowed 14 baserunners (nine hits, five walks) in nine innings (1.56 WHIP). With all those potential runs on base, the only runs Bradley has given up came on solo home runs. His ERA is a respectable 2.00 while his FIP is an uglier 5.21.
Ronald Guzman TEX 1B
Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Nearing return2h ago
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Guzman (hamstring) is running at 75-to-80 percent, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Guzman, who is on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, is nearing a return and will be evaluated Monday. The results of that examination should determine how close Guzman is ready for a rehabilitation assignment.
Rougned Odor TEX 2B
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Begins baseball activities2h ago
Odor (knee) took groundballs and batting practice Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Odor, who also did some light jogging, was placed on the 10-day injured list after sustaining the injury while stretching in the clubhouse last Friday. While he's out of the lineup, Danny Santana has been the Rangers' everyday second baseman.
Patrick Wisdom TEX 1B
Rangers' Patrick Wisdom: Fills in at third base2h ago
Wisdom entered Wednesday's game after Asdrubal Cabrera was removed due to a hand injury. Wisdom struck out in his only at-bat.
The Rangers are downplaying Cabrera's injury, referring to his removal from the game as precautionary. Texas next plays Friday, so the team has time to monitor how the hand responds before making a decision about Cabrera's availability. If Cabrera can't go, expect Wisdom to fill in at third base.
Daryl Williams CAR T
Panthers' Daryl Williams: Recovery remains on track8h ago
Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Williams' recovery from knee surgery is "going as scheduled," Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Williams underwent knee surgery in September and missed the entirety of the 2018 season after suffering the injury Week 1. The 26-year-old remains on track to slot in as the Panthers' starting right tackle for the upcoming season, assuming his smooth recovery continues.
Charles Harris MIA DE
Dolphins' Charles Harris: Testing out linebacker8h ago
Harris was receiving some work at linebacker on Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Harris had 19 tackles and one sack while being limited to 11 games during his sophomore campaign. The news isn't overly surprising as new head coach Brian Flores is expected to use multiple defensive fronts, which could give the 24-year-old a look at outside linebacker. The 2017 first-round pick has yet to live up to expectations over his first two seasons in Miami.
Ricardo Allen ATL FS
Falcons' Ricardo Allen: Limited in workouts8h ago
Allen (Achilles) wasn't seen participating in weight-lifting exercises Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in September and was able to resume speed and agility drills last month. The 27-year-old still participated in foot exercises Wednesday, but it remains unclear where he currently stands in his recovery.
Mike Remmers MIN G
Mike Remmers: Still recovering from surgery8h ago
Remmers is progressing in his recovery from back surgery and is likely to sign with a team sometime after next week's draft, NFL Agent Brett Tessler reports.
Remmers was cut with a failed physical designation last month after undergoing minor back surgery earlier in the offseason. The 30-year-old started 27 games for the Vikings over the last two seasons.
Austin Hooper ATL TE
Falcons' Austin Hooper: Optimistic about staff overhaul11h ago
Hooper said Wednesday that he looks forward to working with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey in 2019, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Fresh off his first career Pro Bowl season, Hooper's prospects remain bright heading into 2019 with Mularkey stepping in as the position group coach. Now studying under a former NFL tight end and coach with 14 combined years of head coach and offensive coordinator experience, Hooper is primed to excel under Mularkey in his fourth pro campaign. The 24-year-old Hooper finds his career traveling along an upward trajectory, coming off a 71-reception, 660-yard year after averaging 34 catches and 398.5 yards per season between 2016 and 2017.
Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo: To wear knee brace in 201914h ago
Garoppolo expects to wear a brace on his left knee in 2019, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "That's a for sure," Garoppolo said Wednesday.
Garoppolo sustained a torn ACL in the knee Week 3 of last season, ending his first full campaign as the 49ers' starting quarterback much earlier than expected. Invested in rehabilitation in the meantime, he's progressed enough in his recovery that he and the team believe he'll be medically cleared by the start of training camp, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. As for the brace, Garoppolo is unsure if it'll be something he wears long term, but he'll at least don one in the fall. The 49ers missed out on the big fish (Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham) on the market this offseason, but the addition of Tevin Coleman bolsters the backfield, and the receiving corps may be reinforced in the draft, helping Garoppolo's cause as he returns to the fold.
Jaylen Brown BOS SG
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Excels in supporting role30m ago
Brown posted six points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), nine rebounds, and one assist across 27 minutes in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 2 win over the Pacers.
Brown once again started with Marcus Smart (oblique) sidelined. He played a complimentary role to Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum, who combined for 63 points. Brown contributed solid defense and executed a perfect drive-and-dish to Tatum for a clutch near end-of-game three. Brown and his teammates now take a 2-0 lead to Friday's game in Indianapolis. Expect Brown to once again see 25-28 minutes of floor time.
Marcus Morris BOS PF
Celtics' Marcus Morris: Scoreless in Game 2 win1h ago
Morris eked out zero points (0-8 FG, 0-4 3Pt) and four rebounds over 21 minutes in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 2 win over the Pacers.
Morris had a terrible shooting night, but kept chucking. The veteran forward does not lack confidence. Lucky for Boston, both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum were hot from the field during the home court Game 2 victory. With a 2-0 lead, Morris and his teammates now head to Indianapolis for Game 3 on Friday. Expect a bounce-back effort from Morris, who scored 20 points with seven boards in Game 1 of the series.
Reggie Jackson DET PG
Pistons' Reggie Jackson: Improved effort in loss Wednesday2h ago
Jackson tallied 18 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to the Bucks.
Jackson put in a better performance Wednesday, finishing with 18 points and eight assists. His minutes were still somewhat limited, much the same way things have panned out over the last few weeks. Jackson has had a reasonable season in both fantasy and reality but is certainly limited when it comes to upside.
Luke Kennard DET SG
Pistons' Luke Kennard: Has team-high 19 points in start2h ago
Kennard produced 19 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to Milwaukee.
Kennard replaced Bruce Brown in the starting lineup Wednesday, emerging as the teams leading scorer with 19 points including four triples. Kennard has had an interesting backend to the season, flashing his fantasy upside on many occasions. He has also struggled mightily at times and the inconsistent playing time has certainly been a source of frustration. Given his performance, it would seem likely Kennard starts again Saturday but the Pistons are going to need a lot more from their starters as a unit if they are to push the Bucks.
Andre Drummond DET C
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Efforts prove fruitless Wednesday2h ago
Drummond finished with 18 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to the Bucks.
Drummond did his best to help the Pistons but it was to no avail as the Bucks ran away with the game in the second half, eventually winning by 21 points. The final numbers were solid enough for Drummond but his +/- of -32 was by far the worst on the team. It is not a good matchup for Drummond and the absence of Blake Griffin (knee) certainly does him little favors. The Pistons will look to bounce back in Game 3 which will be on Saturday in Detroit but at this point, it is hard to see them troubling what is an impressive Bucks outfit.
Pat Connaughton MIL SG
Bucks' Pat Connaughton: Almost double-doubles in victory2h ago
Connaughton amassed 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt), nine rebounds, four blocks, and three assists in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 victory over the Pistons.
Connaughton was magnificent off the bench Wednesday, falling just one rebound shy of a double-double, whilst also chipping in with a career-high four blocks. With a number of injuries coming towards the back end of the season, it has been Connaughton who has been one of the major beneficiaries. He has proven himself a vital piece of the Bucks rotation and even when the Bucks get more healthy bodies on deck, Connaughton should remain well entrenched in the rotation.
Juuso Valimaki CGY D
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Takes assist on playoff debut6h ago
Valimaki recorded an assist, two shots and three hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Game 4.
Making his postseason debut, the Finnish blueliner managed an assist. It's his fourth point in 25 contests including the regular season. Valimaki replaced Oscar Fantenberg on the third pairing for this contest, but it's unclear if he did enough Wednesday to maintain the lineup spot for Friday's Game 5.
Matthew Tkachuk CGY LW
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Garners helper7h ago
Tkachuk produced an assist and two shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Game 4.
Tkachuk has three points, eight hits and nine shots in four games in the series. He registered 77 points in a breakout regular season, but he's struggled since Game 1.
Mark Giordano CGY D
Flames' Mark Giordano: Picks up power-play helper7h ago
Giordano had a power-play assist, three shot,s and four blocked shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Wednesday's Game 4.
Giordano has only managed two assists to go with 10 shots, 11 blocks, and seven hits over four games in the series. After posting 74 points in 78 games in the regular season, he hasn't contributed much offense from the blue line. With the Flames down 3-1 in the series, he may not have many more chances to make an impact.
Derek Ryan CGY C
Flames' Derek Ryan: Breaks drought with goal7h ago
Ryan scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Game 4.
This is Ryan's first experience in the playoffs, and the fourth-line center has struggled to have an impact on offense. He's been a reliable depth contributor, having recorded 38 points in 81 regular-season games, but with the Flames down 3-1 in the series, he hasn't done enough to help improve their chances of a deeper run.
Elias Lindholm CGY RW
Flames' Elias Lindholm: Notches first playoff goal7h ago
Lindholm scored a power-play goal on three shots and added four hits and four PIM in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Lindholm has two points and 16 hits in four games in the series. He's also blocked eight shots. His first taste of playoff action hasn't quite gone to plan, as the Flames are down 3-1 in the series. Lindholm had 78 points in the regular season, but has yet to have the same impact in the playoffs.
Mike Smith CGY G
Flames' Mike Smith: Faces another barrage7h ago
Smith made 49 saves on 52 shots, but took the loss in a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Avalanche in Wednesday's Game 4.
Smith has stopped 99 shots in the last two games, but he has nothing to show for it with a pair of losses. With the Flames down 3-1 in the series, it would be justified for coach Bill Peters to turn to David Rittich for a change of pace, but none of Smith's losses have truly been his fault. No starter for Friday's Game has been confirmed at this time.