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Aaron Hicks NYY CF
Yankees' Aaron Hicks: Gets breather Saturday8m ago
Hicks is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Hicks will head to the bench for what appears to be a regular day off after starting the previous 11 games and hitting .295/.367/.545 over those contests. The Yankees will go with Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in their outfield (from left to right) in his stead.
Zach Britton BAL RP
Orioles' Zach Britton: Set for rehab assignment Wednesday12m ago
Britton (Achilles) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Britton is right on schedule in his recovery. As had been the hope, the southpaw has been cleared to begin a rehab stint next week after getting through a pair of simulated games with no issues. Its unclear how many rehab appearances Britton will need to make before rejoining the Orioles, but given the length of his absence, he'll likely need multiple.
Matt Grace WAS RP
Nationals' Matt Grace: Cleared for rehab stint20m ago
Grace (groin) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Monday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
Grace is set to return to game action for the first time since landing on the disabled list near the end of April with a groin strain. Given the length of his absence, Grace will likely need to make multiple rehab appearances before rejoining the Nationals' bullpen.
Oliver Drake CLE RP
Indians' Oliver Drake: Dropped from 40-man Saturday23m ago
Drake was designated for assignment by the Indians on Saturday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Drake allowed six runs over 4.1 innings during his brief tenure with the Indians. He'll take a spin through waivers to determine where he lands next, though the veteran reliever doesn't figure to play a prominent role wherever he winds up thanks to his 7.94 ERA across 17 innings this season.
Ben Taylor CLE RP
Indians' Ben Taylor: Brought back to majors27m ago
Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Taylor will take the roster spot of Oliver Drake, who was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move. The 25-year-old Taylor owns a respectable 3.63 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 22:2 K:BB across 17.1 innings with the Clippers this season. He also owns a 2.70 ERA in 3.1 big-league innings this season. Taylor will likely pitch middle innings during his time with the big club.
Jordan Zimmermann DET SP
Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann: Set for rehab start Sunday31m ago
Zimmermann (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Zimmermann has been on the shelf since May 7 with a shoulder impingement. He was recently able to get through a pair of bullpen sessions with no issues, clearing the way for him to return to game action with Toledo. Manager Ron Gardenhire noted earlier that Zimmermann will require 2-to-3 rehab starts before returning to the big-league rotation, so he'll likely be sidelined until at least the first week of June.
Landon Collins NYG DB
Giants' Landon Collins: Expects to return for minicamp19h ago
Collins (forearm) hopes to participate in mandatory minicamp starting June 12, SportsNet New York reports.
Collins has undergone two surgeries since breaking his forearm in late December. The 2015 second-round pick has been a starter since Week 1 of his rookie campaign, accruing three straight seasons with 100-plus tackles. Collins has also broken up 28 passes and posted eight interceptions in that span. Once he's back to full health, the 25-year-old should be a stellar IDP option once again.
Dont'a Hightower NE MLB
Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Works into OTAs20h ago
Hightower (pectoral) was a limited participant in OTAs on Thursday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Having been sidelined since late October, Hightower appears on pace to be ready for training camp -- his initial goal. Before the 2017 campaign, Hightower had five straight seasons with 60-plus tackles. For those looking to utilize Hightower in IDP settings, it's important to note he hasn't played more than 13 games in a season since 2013.
Shaquill Griffin SEA CB
Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin: Works in at LCB21h ago
Griffin was shifted to left cornerback during OTAs, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
This is the spot once manned by four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman, who signed with the 49ers in March. It's unclear if this move is because Byron Maxwell isn't attending OTAs, or if this will be Griffin's permanent role. If the latter is true, it'll be interesting to see how Griffin adjusts to the new position after racking up 59 tackles and 15 pass breakups in his rookie campaign. Regardless, Griffin should see an uptick in responsibility with the departure of Sherman.
Reuben Foster SF OLB
49ers' Reuben Foster: Misdemeanor charges also dropped1d ago
Foster's misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana was dismissed Friday after the linebacker successfully completed a diversion course, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Separate from the felony domestic violence charges that were dropped Wednesday, Foster was previously in legal trouble for a Jan. 12 event in which the linebacker was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Despite those chargers being dropped, Foster could still be subject to the NFL's substance-abuse policy in 2018.
Mike Matthews 2005 C
Dolphins' Mike Matthews: Signs with Miami1d ago
Matthews signed a contract with the Dolphins on Friday.
Matthews spent the entire 2017 season on the Steelers' injured reserve list due to a torn patella tendon. Presumably recovered, the center will now look to compete for the starting center job vacated by Mike Pouncey, who the Dolphins let walk in free agency this offseason.
James Conner PIT RB
Steelers' James Conner: Looks healthy at OTAs1d ago
Conner (knee) has been practicing at OTAs, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.
A third-round pick last year, Conner was limited to 32 carries for 144 yards while rarely seeing the field behind Le'Veon Bell, with Conner's season coming to an end Week 15 when he suffered an MCL injury. Seemingly back at full strength, Conner figures to be in the mix for first-team reps throughout OTAs and June minicamp, as Bell isn't expected to join the team until the end of the preseason unless he signs a contract extension. The second-year back is competing with Jaylen Samuels, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Stevan Ridley and a couple undrafted rookies.
Jayson Tatum BOS SF
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Likely to be available for Game 76m ago
Tatum (head) will continue to be evaluated for a concussion before Game 7, but coach Brad Stevens noted that there is "nothing...to be concerned about," Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Tatum hit heads with Kevin Love during Friday's Game 6 loss, but Love got the worse end of things, as he's been ruled out for Sunday's Game 7. Tatum, on the other hand, appears to be probable for the contest. He's averaging 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in the series while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Patrick McCaw GS SG
Warriors' Patrick McCaw: Expected to be activated1h ago
McCaw (back) is expected to be available for Saturday's Game 6 against the Rockets, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
McCaw has been in street clothes since injuring his back on March 31 as a result of a scary fall. He put in solid run for Golden State during the regular season, seeing 16.9 minutes per game and averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 combined steal/block. With Andre Iguodala's (knee) status still in question, it's possible coach Steve Kerr finds a spot to utilize McCaw during Game 6.
Kevin Love CLE PF
Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Will not play in Game 72h ago
Love (concussion) is out for Sunday's Game 7 against Boston, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Love was placed in concussion protocol early Saturday afternoon, with team doctors quickly shutting down any hope that he would be available for Game 7. Love played in Friday's Game 6 victory for just five minutes before hitting heads with Jayson Tatum, forcing him out of the contest. As a result, LeBron James ended up playing all but two minutes of the contest, dropping 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block. Off the bench, Jeff Green saw 31 minutes, posting 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Larry Nance played 22 minutes, registering 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. If Cleveland can pull out a victory Sunday, Love's next chance to take the floor would arrive Thursday, during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Kevin Love CLE PF
Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Enters concussion protocol2h ago
Love (head) is in concussion protocol and is traveling with the Cavs. He has not been ruled out for Sunday's Game 7 in Boston, but his status is in doubt, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Love was not immediately placed into protocol Saturday morning, but his symptoms may have changed as the day went on. With just one day to recover, the odds don't appear to be in Love's favor to take the floor for a crucial Game 7. If he's ruled out of the contest, Jeff Green (31 minutes in Game 6) and Larry Nance (22 minutes) would likely be the main beneficiaries. LeBron James played 46 minutes.
Marcus Smart BOS PG
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Plays 33 minutes in Game 6 loss3h ago
Smart mustered 10 four points (4-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, one steal and one block across 21 minutes in Friday's 109-99 ECF Game 6 loss in Cleveland.
The Marcus Smart roller coaster received extra run during this lopsided loss on Cleveland. With Boston trailing for the last three quarters, coach Brad Stevens turned to Smart and Marcus Morris for major minutes, hoping to spark a comeback run that never quite materialized. Smart was his usual erratic self, with a breathtaking block of a LeBron James dunk attempt, three ugly turnovers, questionable shot selection, but eight impressive, team-leading assists. Smart and his teammates now return to Boston for a battle royale, winner-take-all Game 7 on the parquet floor. Look for Smart to again receive monster minutes for the injury decimated Celtics.
Aron Baynes BOS C
Celtics' Aron Baynes: Disappears in Game 6 loss3h ago
Baynes eked out zero points, four rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes in Friday's 109-99 ECF Game 6 loss in Cleveland.
Baynes saw most of his minutes in the first half and was unable to recreate the magic he delivered when he returned to the starting lineup for Game 5. With the C's down for the entire second half, Baynes stayed on the bench while coach Brad Stevens turned to higher scoring options. (The Big Kiwi did see some garbage time at the very end.) This series has been dominated by the home team. For the three games in Boston, Baynes averaged four more minutes per contest versus the matches in Cleveland. Baynes and his teammates now return to Boston for a do-or-die Game 7 Sunday night on the parquet.
Malcolm Subban LV G
Golden Knights' Malcolm Subban: Omitted from latest practice1h ago
Subban (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Maxime Lagace was slotted behind Marc-Andre Fleury in this latest session, two days before the Golden Knights are to play host to the Capitals for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The expansion club based in Vegas will certainly hope that it won't have to rely on Subban or Lagace in the Cup finals -- that's not a knock on either tender, but it would mean that something went awry with Flower, who's won 12 of 15 games in these playoffs to complement an immaculate .947 save percentage. Subban, on the other hand, hasn't even seen game action since April 7.
William Carrier LV LW
Golden Knights' William Carrier: Sports non-contact jersey at practice1h ago
Carrier (undisclosed) was on the ice for practice Saturday wearing a non-contact jersey, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Carrier hasn't played since the Western Conference semifinals against the Sharks and his non-contact jersey puts him on a path to absence for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He still has a couple of days before the contest, so there's a chance he could go should he shed the jersey Sunday, but there's nothing at this point suggesting that will be the case. Even when healthy, the 23-year-old doesn't provide much from a fantasy standpoint, notching just three points over 37 games during the regular season. He does, however, provide a physical presence, levying 52 hits during the nine playoff games he's appeared in.
Devante Smith-Pelly WAS RW
Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly: Ready for Stanley Cup Finals2h ago
Smith-Pelly (neck) said he'll play Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Golden Knights, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Smith-Pelly's evidently none the worse for wear after taking a shot to the back of his neck in the first period of Wednesday's Game 7 triumph over the Lightning. While it's conceivable that the bottom-six winger could've returned for that game, he didn't because the Capitals had a three-goal cushion when he departed. Smith-Pelley has accrued four goals and an assist over 19 games in these playoffs.
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Capitals' Braden Holtby: Getting set for Game 1 against Vegas5h ago
Holtby was in the starter's net during Saturday's practice, Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports. The celebrated backstop is preparing for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Golden Knights in Vegas on Monday.
This comes as no surprise, as Holtby has been rock solid for the Capitals after spelling Phillip Grubauer in the first round against Columbus. The 28-year-old sports a 2.04 GAA and .924 save percentage behind a 12-6-0 record in the postseason and will look to continue that trend against the upstart Golden Knights.
Devante Smith-Pelly WAS RW
Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly: Spotted at practice Saturday5h ago
Smith-Pelley (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
This information was disclosed at the onset of the practice session, so it'll be interesting to see how Smith-Pelley holds up. The Capitals will take on the Golden Knights for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday.
Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Winnipeg slated to keep him for long haul16h ago
Hellebuyck is expected to earn a long-term contract from the Jets, Sportsnet reports.
No surprise here. Hellebuyck is a finalist for the 2018 Vezina Trophy following a breakout campaign comprised of a 44-11-9 record, 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage from the regular season. The American netminder guided the Jets all the way to the conference finals, though he ran into trouble against a Golden Knights club playing out a fairytale narrative in its inaugural campaign. Hellebuyck inked a one-year, $2.25 million contract to stay in Winnipeg last summer, but it's safe to say he'll command a serious pay raise upon agreeing to his next deal.