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Max Scherzer WAS SP
Nationals' Max Scherzer: Throws again Wednesday4m ago
Scherzer (back) played catch from 90 feet Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer apparently felt better during Wednesday's session, which marked his second throwing session in as many days. The right-hander is tentatively scheduled to throw a light bullpen Thursday, after which the Nationals will determine whether he's ready to rejoin the starting rotation Sunday against the Braves.
Ken Giles TOR RP
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Good to go Wednesday10m ago
Giles (elbow) said he's good to go for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
As expected, Giles will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday after experiences no issues during a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. Manager Charlie Montoyo said he's open to using Giles on back-to-back days, as long as the closer feels good about it. Through 31 appearances this season, Giles owns a stellar 1.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB to go along with 13 saves.
Cameron Maybin NYY RF
Yankees' Cameron Maybin: Expected back in two weeks14m ago
Maybin (calf) is expected to return in about two weeks, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Maybin has been out for nearly a month with a Grade 2 calf strain. He's been running and taking part in agility drills over the last few days and will presumably head out on a rehab assignment at some point in the next two weeks before returning from the injured list.
Ben Heller NYY RP
Yankees' Ben Heller: Pulled off rehab16m ago
Heller (elbow) has been pulled off his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
Heller has apparently been feeling something in his elbow/forearm, so the right-hander is headed back to New York to undergo further evaluation. The 27-year-old was nearing a return from 2018 Tommy John surgery before suffering the setback.
Matt Chapman OAK 3B
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Leaves with sore ankle21m ago
Chapman left Wednesday's game against the Mariners with a sore left ankle.
Chapman had fouled two pitches off his foot prior to leaving the game. The initial diagnosis of soreness suggests that Chapman isn't due for a lengthy absence, though it's possible the diagnosis changes after further tests. Chad Pinder and Jurickson Profar could fill in at third base if Chapman misses an extended period.
Trey Supak MIL SP
Brewers' Trey Supak: Just misses no-hitter again30m ago
Supak fell one out short of a no-hitter Tuesday for the second time this season.
Supak threw 8.2 hitless innings in a May 30 start, and -- in a games scheduled for only seven innings -- he threw 6.2 hitless frames Tuesday before allowing a hit to the second-to-last batter he faced. While the no-hitters have eluded them, they help illustrate just how well Supak has pitched this season: over 19 starts with Double-A Biloxi, he has gone 10-4 with a 2.15 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 85:21 K:BB and .189 BAA over 117 innings.
Von Miller DEN OLB
Broncos' Von Miller: Aiming for higher snap snare3h ago
Miller wants to play 85-to-90 percent of Denver's defensive snaps, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Miller mentioned 20 sacks as a reasonable goal earlier this offseason, also noting that he eventually hopes to pass Bruce Smith for the all-time record (200). Both goals are realistic but far from likely, with Miller averaging 12.3 sacks and 15.0 games through the first eight seasons of his NFL career. He handled an 89.9 percent snap share back in 2012 when he had a career-high 18.5 sacks, but he's landed between 76 and 86 percent in each subsequent season (accounting for active games only). Of course, extra snaps won't be as valuable to his sack quest if Denver's opponents frequently are nursing leads that allow them to drain clock with run plays.
Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Won't start camp on PUP list3h ago
GM John Elway noted Wednesday that Sanders (Achilles) will not be placed on the Broncos' PUP list to start training camp, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
That said, because Sanders is bouncing back from December Achilles' surgery, the wideout will be "eased in" to practice over the next few weeks. That's something he previously has acknowledged, so while he won't be full-go out of the gate, there's still time for fantasy observers to gather intel on the 32-year-old's recovery prior to the heart of draft/auction season. The key thing to monitor will be how much, if at all, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder's straight speed and explosiveness are impacted by last year's injury.
Phillip Lindsay DEN RB
Broncos' Phillip Lindsay: Easing into practice3h ago
Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Lindsay (wrist) is ready for the start of training camp but will be eased into practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Lindsay expressed similar confidence Monday, noting that he's 100 percent recovered from the broken right wrist that ended his prolific rookie season after Week 16. His absence from offseason practices freed up extra first-team work for Royce Freeman, who now figures to challenge Lindsay for carries on early downs. The Broncos also still have Devontae Booker, but he may be phased out of the offense if Lindsay and Freeman display improved pass-game skills.
Desmond Harrison ARI T
Desmond Harrison: Cut by Cardinals6h ago
The Cardinals cut Harrison on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Arizona's decision to release Harrison comes less than an hour after a report surfaced that the offensive tackle is facing a pair of assault charges. The Cardinals claimed Harrison off waivers in June after he was cut loose by Cleveland. He started eight games at left tackle for the Browns last season.
Javon Wims CHI WR
Bears' Javon Wims: Could have role in offense7h ago
Wims looked good during offseason workouts and appears primed to compete for a role on offense, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
The 2018 seventh-round pick led the NFL with 227 receiving yards last preseason, earning a spot on Chicago's 53-man roster throughout the year. He was active for four contests, including a four-catch, 35-yard outing Week 17 against Minnesota. The path to a meaningful role in 2019 appears difficult after the Bears bolstered their wideout depth with the signing of Cordarrelle Patterson and drafting of Riley Ridley, but there is some chance for Wims to make a push toward the No. 4 spot. Other candidates for depth roles include Marvin Hall, Emanuel Hall (sports hernia) and Tanner Gentry.
Ryquell Armstead JAC RB
Jaguars' Ryquell Armstead: Expected back for camp7h ago
Armstead (hamstring) is expected to be a full participant at the start of training camp, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
The rookie fifth-round pick was limited to rehab work at June minicamp while the rest of the Jacksonville backfield appeared healthy. Armstead is competing with Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and Taj McGowan for backup work behind Leonard Fournette, who missed 11 games the past two seasons. Armstead produced just 4.9 yards per carry and 175 receiving yards in four seasons at Temple, but his 4.45 40-yard-dash time at the combine locked him in as a draft-worthy player.
Reggie Bullock NY SG
Knicks' Reggie Bullock: Undergoes back surgery1h ago
Bullock underwent surgery Wednesday to address a cervical disc herniation, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
It was disclosed Tuesday that Bullock is expected to miss about a month of the season, but it was unclear until Wednesday why that was the case. While the injury doesn't seem to be overly serious, the Knicks' medical staff seemed to feel it was best for Bullock to address the issue with surgery prior to the season. Assuming his rehab goes as planned, Bullock may take the court for the Knicks in early November.
Brad Wanamaker BOS PG
Celtics' Brad Wanamaker: Officially re-Signs with Boston1h ago
Wanamaker has officially re-signed with the Boston Celtics, NBA.com reports.
It was reported on July 2nd that Boston and Wanamaker had agreed to a one year deal, per ESPN's Wojnarowski. The 29-year-old NBA sophomore will add some bench depth behind Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart at point guard. But Wanamaker might struggle to see more floor time than rookie Carsen Edwards, who was impressive during summer league. Ultimately, Wanamaker's fate in 2019-20 might be landing in street clothes more often than not.
Daniel Theis BOS PF
Celtics' Daniel Theis: Officially re-signs with Celtics2h ago
Theis re-signed with the Celtics on Wednesday.
Theis agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics near the start of free agency, though later had his qualifying offer pulled as a financial move on the part of Boston to try to maximize its remaining available cap space. Ultimately, he'll remain with Boston, as expected. Over the past two seasons, he's played a deep bench role at both power forward and center, and he averaged 5.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 13.8 minutes in 2018-19. It's possible he sees slightly more action moving forward with the departures of Al Horford and Marcus Morris.
Julian Washburn GS SF
Warriors' Julian Washburn: Dropped by Golden State2h ago
Washburn was waived by the Warriors on Wednesday.
Washburn was part of the trade to send Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies. He played in 18 games for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes.
Jared Harper NBADRAFT PG
Suns' Jared Harper: Inks two-way with Suns3h ago
Harper has agreed to a two-way contract with the Suns, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Harper, a part of Auburn's Final Four team, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 draft. But the Suns brought him onto their summer league team, and he averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 21.8 minutes. That was enough for Phoenix to ink him to a deal. As is the nature of two-way contracts, Harper will spend the vast majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the G League.
Brandon Ingram NO SF
Pelicans' Brandon Ingram: 'Pretty close' to resuming workouts4h ago
Ingram said Tuesday that he's "pretty close" to returning to his normal offseason workouts following surgery to address a blood clot in his right arm, the Associated Press reports.
Speaking at the Pelicans' introductory presser Tuesday, Ingram revealed that he is yet to resume shooting a basketball, but he's been able to work on his form, in addition to ball-handling and passing work, as well as lower-body workouts. While the former No. 2 overall pick should be ready by the time training camp arrives, the lengthy layoff is somewhat concerning for a player who desperately needs to add strength to his upper body.
Dryden Hunt FLA LW
Panthers' Dryden Hunt: Inks two-way deal3h ago
Hunt signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers on Wednesday.
Hunt spent most of the 2018-19 season in the minors, racking up 23 goals and 44 points in 51 games, but he also made 31 appearances with the big club, notching three goals and 10 points over that span. The 23-year-old forward will likely have a similar role in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on him at this point.
Thomas Schemitsch FLA D
Panthers' Thomas Schemitsch: Lands one-year deal3h ago
Schemitsch earned a one-year, two-way contract from Florida on Wednesday.
Schemitsch set career highs this season in assists (15) and points (24), but still wasn't able to earn a call-up. The blueliner is still looking to make his NHL debut, which could be difficult with Josh Brown and Ian McCoshen likely both ahead of him on the organization's depth chart.
J.T. Compher COL RW
Avalanche's J.T. Compher: Inks four-year deal4h ago
Compher penned a four-year, $14 million contract with Colorado on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Compher is coming off a career year in which he set personal bests in goals (16), assists (16) and power-play points (nine). Injuries once against limited the 23-year-old, as he played in less than 70 games for the second straight season. If he can stay healthy next year, he should be capable of pushing for the 40-point threshold.
Sam Montembeault FLA G
Panthers' Samuel Montembeault: Agrees to qualifying offer7h ago
Montembeault signed a one-year, two-way contract with Florida on Monday, CapFriendly reports.
Montembeault spent the majority of the 2018-19 season in the minors, compiling a 13-24-3 record while posting a 3.24 GAA and .899 save percentage in 39 games, but he also made 11 appearances with the big club, posting a 4-3-2 record while registering a 3.04 GAA and .894 save percentage over that span. The 2015 third-round pick is expected to serve as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup for the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign, which means he could make upwards of 20 starts in his first full season with the Panthers.
Juuso Ikonen WAS RW
Juuso Ikonen: Signs in Sweden7h ago
Ikonen secured a one-year contract from HV71 (Sweden) on Tuesday.
After one season in the minors with AHL Hershey, Ikonen was placed on unconditional waivers by the Capitals. The 24-year-old notched a mere four goals and 19 assists in 54 games with the Bears. Given his age, another look from an NHL club isn't impossible, but it seems doubtful at this point.
Jayce Hawryluk FLA RW
Panthers' Jayce Hawryluk: Accepts qualifying offer7h ago
Hawryluk signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers on Monday, CapFriendly reports.
Hawryluk actually spent the majority of the 2018-19 campaign with the big club, notching seven goals and 12 points in 42 contests, but he also appeared in 31 games with AHL Springfield, adding eight goals and 32 points over that span. The 23-year-old forward will likely once again split time between the NHL and the minors in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars.