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Roberto Osuna TOR RP
Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Handed 75-game suspension3m ago
Osuna was given a 75-game suspension for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, which will keep him sidelined until August 5.
Osuna decided not to appeal and will begin the suspension immediately, even though he's been on administrative leave since May 8. His suspension effectively started on that date as all the games that he already missed will be counted as part of the 75. In his absence, Ryan Tepera will continue to man the ninth inning for Toronto.
Tim Beckham BAL 3B
Orioles' Tim Beckham: Likely to return Monday24m ago
Beckham (groin) is expected to be reinstated from the 60-day DL on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Beckham is currently on the home stretch of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk, during which he went 1-for-4 with a double and one run scored against Indianapolis on Wednesday. The 28-year-old will likely appear in back-to-back games this weekend and should be able to immediately enter the Orioles' lineup upon his return.
Alex Speas TEX SP
Rangers' Alex Speas: Set for Tommy John surgery25m ago
Speas is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
Speas last pitched for Low-A Hickory on June 11 and had a 2.20 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 49 strikeouts across 28.2 innings this season. The 20-year-old had yet to resolve his command issues having issued 21 walks in 2018, but is now likely to be sidelined for most if not all of the 2019 season.
Yohander Mendez TEX RP
Rangers' Yohander Mendez: Sent to High-A28m ago
Mendez was transferred to High-A Down East in order to work on his approach, preparation and condition, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Mendez was recently optioned to Triple-A Round Rock for violating team rules, so this announcement appears to be linked to whatever sort of infraction he committed. The 23-year-old left-hander has appeared in two games for the Rangers this year and was currently sporting a 5.26 ERA with Round Rock across 51.1 innings as a starter.
Paul DeJong STL SS
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Takes BP on Friday32m ago
DeJong (hand) was able to participate in live batting practice Friday prior to the Cardinals' game in Milwaukee, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
This marked the first time DeJong took part in an on-field batting practice session since landing on the disabled list. Moving forward, he's going to have a check-up with a doctor next week and if everything looks to be in order, he will begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future.
Ervin Santana MIN SP
Twins' Ervin Santana: Faces live hitters Friday35m ago
Santana (finger) threw about 35 pitches to live hitters Friday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Santana is working his way back to game readiness after being pulled from his rehab assignment towards the end of May, and is now able to incorporate all of his pitches. The veteran right-hander appears to be nearing a minor-league rehab assignment, but will likely need to up his pitch count significantly before making a full return.
Tavon Wilson DET DB
Lions' Tavon Wilson: Limited in spring practices2h ago
Wilson (shoulder) did not participate in the team portions of mandatory minicamp, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.
Wilson's 2017 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that planted him on injured reserve for the season's final six games. While there's been no indication that the veteran will remain limited when training camp rolls around in late July, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if he's prevented from taking part in select drills, either. Should he continue to miss time, Quandre Diggs will likely continue to fill in with the first-team defense, though Miles Killebrew could also see some snaps there as well.
Jace Billingsley DET WR
Lions' Jace Billingsley: Receives first-team snaps in spring workouts2h ago
Billingsley received snaps with the first-team offense during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Billingsley has been on and off the Lions roster over the course of the past two seasons, only seeing action in two regular-season games. However, with Golden Tate (rest) and TJ Jones (shoulder) getting time off, the Eastern Oregon product had a chance to shine with the first-team offense this offseason, and he didn't disappoint. At one point, Billingsley wowed spectators with an impressive grab on a crossing route. While the 5-foot-9 receiver has been limited to the slot -- and his lack of versatility suggests he still faces an uphill battle to earning a roster spot in advance of the upcoming campaign -- it's entirely possible Billingsley can convince the Lions to carry a fifth receiver on the roster in 2018. Should he beat the odds, Billingsley is someone to keep on the watch list in the event that Tate is forced to miss any games.
Ezekiel Ansah DET DE
Lions' Ezekiel Ansah: Preparing for versatile role2h ago
Ansah (knee) spent time practicing with the linebackers during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
By all indications, it seems that head coach Matt Patricia has plans to use Ansah in a variety of ways this upcoming season -- which comes as no surprise given the ex-Patriots defensive coordinator's historical emphasis on versatility. However, Ansah has been extremely limited in practices open to the media this spring, so we won't get much of a feel for Ansah's exact role until training camp starts up in late July.
Marvin Jones DET WR
Lions' Marvin Jones: Looking for repeat season2h ago
Jones led the league with 467 receiving yards and 25.9 yards per catch on contested targets last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jones isn't the best at sprinting past defenders or jumping over them, but his impressive route running and ability to stay focused in traffic have allowed for above-average efficiency dating back to his time in Cincinnati. With the help of impressive accuracy from Matthew Stafford on deep throws, Jones posted elite marks for yards per catch (18.0) and yards per target (10.2) last season. The continued development of Kenny Golladay could take a few deep looks away from Jones, but there should be plenty of opportunities for both wideouts -- plus slot man Golden Tate -- in an offense that replaced TEs Eric Ebron (Colts) and Darren Fells (Browns) with career role players Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. While the Lions also made a major commitment to their running game, they'll likely direct a huge portion of targets to their top three wideouts, which should help protect Jones against a shift in run:pass ratio. That being said, he'll have a tough time avoiding at least a minor dip from last year's career-best marks for YPC and YPT.
Menelik Watson DEN T
Broncos' Menelik Watson: On roster bubble2h ago
Watson is on the roster bubble in Denver, Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports.
The Broncos signed Watson last offseason with the intention he could be the solution at right tackle, but Watson missed nine games due to injuries before ending the season on injured reserve with a torn tendon in his foot. While it's convenient to thus profile him as a potential roster cut, Denver would only save about $350,000 by releasing him this summer, per OTC, so Watson is likely to stick around for at least one more season in Denver. Seemingly recovered from said foot injury, Watson was moved to offensive guard in spring workouts and will compete for a starting role with third-year offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Keenan Allen LAC WR
Chargers' Keenan Allen: Should be busy without Henry3h ago
Allen could spend more time playing the slot in three-wide formations with TE Hunter Henry (knee) out for the season, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.
Allen is the rare wideout who seems equally comfortable outside or in the slot, rotating between positions with ease. Not that there was ever much question about his volume, but Henry's absence should erase any potentials fears about Allen significantly dropping off from last year's mark of 9.9 targets per game. The 26-year-old may have reinforced his reputation as a possession receiver with only six TDs on 102 catches, but he actually led all WRs in both red-zone targets (24) and inside-the-10 targets (15). Given that Allen, Henry and Antonio Gates accounted for 75.5 percent of the Chargers' targets inside the 10-yard line last season, Allen figures to have plenty of scoring opportunities in 2018. It remains to be seen if he'll take advantage, after failing to capitalize on those chances last year. There is some chance the team re-signs Gates, and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams (6-4, 220) is an obvious candidate to handle some of the red-zone looks that would've gone to Henry.
Jordan Bell GS C
Warriors' Jordan Bell: Expected to play in summer league27m ago
Bell is expected to play on the Warriors' summer league team, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Bell had a strong rookie campaign for the Warriors, averaging 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 block in 14.2 minutes. He even drew 13 starts, posting 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just under two blocks per game in those outings.
Wilson Chandler DEN SF
Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Exercises player option38m ago
Chandler exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.
This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chandler was unlikely to garner a bigger contract in free agency. The 31-year-old is coming off one of the most uneventful seasons of his career. He averaged just 10.0 points (44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from three), 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.6 minutes.
Chris Boucher GS PF
Chris Boucher: Waived by Golden State3h ago
Boucher was released by the Warriors on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Boucher, an undrafted rookie last season, played just one minute for Golden State. He spent most of the year in the G-League, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 22.2 minutes.
DeAndre' Bembry ATL SF
Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry: Playing in summer league3h ago
Bembry will join the Hawks' summer league roster, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Injuries limited Bembry to just 26 games last year, which was his sophomore campaign. In those games, he posted 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes. He'll look to gain some more experience by playing in summer league.
Jarell Eddie CHI SG
Celtics' Jarell Eddie: Joins Celtics for summer league7h ago
Eddie will play with the Celtics' summer league team, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Eddie was primarily featured in the G-League last season but did sign a 10-day contract with the Celtics in January and then with the Bulls in February. He's likely destined for another G-League heavy season, but he will use the summer to potentially land a two-way contract with a team.
Zach Randolph SAC PF
Kings' Zach Randolph: Could see role reduced21h ago
Randolph could see his workload reduced as a result of the Kings selecting Marvin Bagley with the number two overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Kings last summer and played a significant role on the team in 2017-18. He appeared in 59 games, averaging 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.6 minutes. However, with Sacramento bringing in power forward/center Bagley, Randolph's role could fall by the wayside as the team looks to continue the rebuild.
Jonathan Toews CHI C
Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Back to full health13m ago
According to coach Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews (upper body) is "totally healthy" and has "been working out just about every day," Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Toews missed the final eight games of the 2017-18 campaign due to an upper-body injury, but his injury was never expected to affect his availability for training camp. The 30-year-old pivot has been extremely consistent over the past three seasons, notching at least 20 goals and 30 assists in each campaign, and will remain a valuable asset in all fantasy formats in 2018-19.
Louis Domingue TB G
Lightning's Louis Domingue: Lands two-year deal2h ago
Domingue inked a two-year contract with Tampa Bay on Friday worth $1.15 annually.
When the Lightning shipped Peter Budaj off to the Kings, it was a pretty clear indication they were going to focus on re-signing Domingue. The 25-year-old made 12 appearances for the Bolts last season, in which he went 7-3-1 with a 2.89 GAA. Fantasy owners can likely expect the Quebec native to log between 20-30 starts during the 2018-19 campaign behind starter Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Markus Granlund VAN C
Canucks' Markus Granlund: Earns one-year contract extension5h ago
Granlund (ankle) secured a one-year contract extension with the Canucks on Friday. According to Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet, the deal is worth $1.475 million.
Granlund is a versatile two-way contributor, but he hasn't quite lived up to his lofty draft profile since the Flames originally took him in the second round of the 2011 draft. The Finn recorded eight goals and four assists against a minus-10 rating over 53 games of an injury-shortened 2017-18 campaign with Vancouver. Granlund underwent ankle surgery in February, but the team hasn't offered much of an update in that regard, so we'll take that as a "no news is good news" scenario.
Paul Martin SJ D
Paul Martin: Waived for contract buyout6h ago
Martin was unconditionally waived Friday in order for the Sharks to buy out his contract.
Martin was a defensive liability against a quick Golden Knights team in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He finished with a minus-4 rating in that series, paving the way for Joakim Ryan -- who is 12 years his junior -- to make his postseason debut. By purchasing Martin's contract, the Sharks will save $1.416 million over the next two seasons.
Jeff Skinner CAR LW
Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner: At least three teams inquiring about forward6h ago
Skinner is drawing trade interest from the Kings, Penguins and Blues, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Skinner has one year remaining on a six-year, $34.35 million deal. Perhaps best known for winning the Calder Trophy with the Hurricanes as an 18-year-old in the 2010-11 campaign, Skinner has compiled 204 goals and 175 assists over 579 career contests. He'll presumably attract any team that needs a significant boost on the man advantage, but at least in the case of the Kings, they're reportedly viewing Skinner as a secondary option to prized free-agent Ilya Kovalchuk, who averaged a point-per-game in the NHL between the Thrashers and Devils from 2001-13.
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Robin Lehner: Won't be back with Buffalo6h ago
Lehner (lower body) will not be tendered an offer by the Sabres, ending his stint with the club.
Lehner has been the starter in the Queen City for the past two seasons, but the organization has opted to move in a different direction, according to general manager Jason Botterill. The decision may be an indication that Linus Ullmark will take over the No. 1 job -- depending on whether Chad Johnson re-signs with the club. For the 26-year-old Lehner, it seems likely he will find a landing spot, but he may need to settle for a backup job to start the 2018-19 campaign.