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    • Luke Weaver STL SP
      Cardinals' Luke Weaver: Set to join rotation
      29m ago

      Luke Weaver will take Adam Wainwright's place in the rotation while he is recovering from an elbow injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Weaver has made two starts with the big-league club already this year, giving up a combined six runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out 13 over 11.1 innings against the Brewers and Diamondbacks a few weeks ago. He figures to take the mound for Wednesday's game against the Padres, and could make a couple starts depending on the timetable for Wainwright's injury. On the year, Weaver has appeared in five games for the Redbirds, posting a 3.31 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

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    • Mike Tauchman COL RF
      Rockies' Mike Tauchman: Joins major-league team
      31m ago

      Mike Tauchman was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.

      Tauchman, a 10th-round pick in 2013, has put together an excellent season at Albuquerque, slashing .332/.389/.566 with 16 homers and 16 stolen bases. It's important to keep in mind, however, that the hitting environments in the Pacific Coast League are extremely favorable, and without an injury to a starting outfielder, his opportunities will likely be sporadic. Tauchman is on the bench for Friday's game.

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    • Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
      Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Available to pitch Friday
      36m ago

      Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) is available for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

      Chapman is back in full health and will resume his role as the New York Yankees ' closer. Chapman was last used Tuesday against the Mets and earned a save, despite giving up two runs in just an inning of work.

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    • David Price BOS SP
      Red Sox's David Price: May not return this season
      37m ago

      David Price has yet to resume his throwing program as he is still dealing with "stiffness," although manager John Farrell did not specify whether it was elbow or shoulder stiffness, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Farrell said he is "hopeful but realistic" about Price returning this season.

      That quote from Price is pretty ominous, so owners should brace themselves for the fact that we might not see Price on the mound again until 2018. His rehab was put on hold Wednesday, and he is still ailing heading into the weekend. Doug Fister will continue to serve as the fifth starter for now, and Brian Johnson could add some depth to the rotation if the Boston Red Sox want to rest the occasional starter when rosters expand in September.

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    • Orlando Arcia MIL SS
      Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Back in lineup Friday
      38m ago

      Arcia, Orlando (back) returns to the lineup for Friday's series opener in Colorado, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

      Arcia was forced to miss the past two games while dealing with back spasms, but is ready to play after the team received a scheduled day off Thursday. He's back in his typical spot at short while batting eighth in the order.

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    • Jeff Hoffman COL SP
      Rockies' Jeff Hoffman: Sent down Friday
      40m ago

      Jeff Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.

      The Colorado Rockies will hit the reset button with Hoffman, who served up four home runs in 4.1 innings Thursday and dropped his fourth straight decision. He has struggled in a major way at home, as most pitchers do at Coors Field, and it's hard to imagine Hoffman will shed the "streamer" label even if he regains his form by September. Colorado could turn to Antonio Senzatela or Tyler Chatwood, or dip into the farm system, to replace Hoffman in the rotation.

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    • Chris Pantale MIA TE
      Dolphins' Chris Pantale: Going through concussion protocol
      45m ago

      Chris Pantale is in concussion protocol, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

      Pantale reportedly suffered from the head injury in Thursday night's game against the Ravens. This is the second preseason in a row that Pantale has suffered a concussion, and it once again may have a serious impact on his chances of making the team's final roster.

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    • Erik Walden TEN LB
      Titans' Erik Walden: Back at practice
      1h ago

      Erik Walden (groin) has returned to practice, Jim Wyatt of Tennessee Titans Online reports.

      Walden was listed as day-to-day just over a week ago with a groin injury, but has since returned to practice and doesn't appear to be limited in any capacity. Walden is expected to back up Derrick Morgan at left outside linebacker this season.

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    • Johnathan Cyprien TEN SS
      Titans' Johnathan Cyprien: Starts in preseason opener
      1h ago

      Johnathan Cyprien (ankle) started at strong safety in the Tennessee Titans ' preseason opener against the Jets.

      Cyprien suffered from a leg injury during Titans minicamp back in June, but it appears he is since over the minor injury and is set to take his spot as the team's starting strong safety this season.

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    • Jason Myers JAC K
      Jaguars' Jason Myers: Struggles lead to kicker tryouts
      1h ago

      Jason Myers missed a 40-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt during Thursday's preseason matchup with the Buccaneers.

      Myers has now missed three field-goal attempts and an extra-point in two preseason games. That's cause for concern in Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars ' brass quickly addressed that by trying out multiple free-agent kickers Friday. Myers could be headed toward competition to keep his job unless he turns things around in the near future.

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    • Alejandro Villanueva PIT T
      Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva: Back at practice Thursday
      1h ago

      Alejandro Villanueva participated in Thursday's practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Villanueva suffered from a concussion a little over a week ago, but it appears as though he has cleared protocol and should be good to go for the remainder of the preseason so long as he stays healthy.

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    • T.J. Watt PIT LB
      Steelers' T.J. Watt: Named starter
      1h ago

      T.J. Watt has been promoted to starter at right outside linebacker, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

      Watt earned his stripes early in the preseason, recording two sacks in his debut last week against the Giants. The title of starting right outside linebacker -- previously held by veteran James Harrison -- now appears to be in the possession of the newcomer. Harrison should remain in the mix on Sundays, but it appears the rookie and younger brother of star defensive lineman J.J. Watt will see a healthy dose of playing time in his inaugural campaign.

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    • Jeff Withey UTA C
      Mavericks' Jeff Withey: Agrees to one-year deal with Mavericks
      2h ago

      Jeff Withey has come to terms with the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Withey spent last season as a member of the Jazz, who renounced his rights in mid-July. He was a deep reserve, posting just 2.9 points and 2.4 boards across 8.5 minutes per contest. While he'll likely play a similar role with the Mavericks, as his skill hasn't warranted him being deployed for more than 12.9 minutes per game in his career, he could see extended run here and there depending on the health of the Dallas centers. Regardless, he should probably be avoided in every fantasy format considering his projected workload and production.

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    • K.J. McDaniels BKN G
      Raptors' K.J. McDaniels: Agrees to deal with Raptors
      1d ago

      K.J. McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Toronto Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn last season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.

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    • Brandon Bass LAC F
      Brandon Bass: Heads to China
      1d ago

      Brandon Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.

      A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.

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    • Guerschon Yabusele BOS F
      Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Fully recovered from ankle surgery
      1d ago

      Guerschon Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      This is great news for the Boston Celtics ' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State
      2d ago

      Georges Niang signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.

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    • Kyle Wiltjer TOR F
      Raptors' Kyle Wiltjer: Signs one-year deal with Raptors
      3d ago

      Kyle Wiltjer agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million non-guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Oliver Maroney and Robby Kalland of Uproxx.com reports.

      In signing the non-guaranteed deal, Wiltjer will compete for a job on the Raptors' 15-man roster. Last season, he played for the Rockets, though a significant chunk in the D-League, after going undrafted out of Gonzaga. He played just 44 minutes in the NBA. In the D-League, however, he posted 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 37.7 percent from deep. At 6-foot-10, he has the mold of a stretch-four.

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    • Shayne Gostisbehere PHI D
      Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere: Eager for upcoming campaign
      4h ago

      Shayne Gostisbehere is fully healthy and excited for the 2017-18 season, NHL.com reports.

      Last year, following hip and abdominal surgery, Gostisbehere was unable to build upon his impressive rookie campaign (with seven goals representing a 10-score slide) and Ghost vanished all too often in the Philadelphia Flyers ' zone based on an ugly minus-21 rating. Coach Dave Hakstol sent him to the pine as a healthy scratch five times in 2016-17, which goes to show that the bench boss is unafraid to sit a talented playmaker if he's caught in a rut. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract extension in June, and we figure he'll continue hovering around the low 20-minute mark in total ice time as a premier power-play quarterback. Just over 30 percent of his points have take place on the man advantage through 146 career appearances -- including six games of the 2016 postseason.

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    • Logan Couture SJ C
      Sharks' Logan Couture: Still bothered by injury to face
      6h ago

      Logan Couture said he's still feeling "pretty store" five months after taking a puck to the face in a game against the Predators, CSN Bay Area reports.

      Recall that San Jose's top-line pivot was held out for the final seven games of 2016-17's regular season after he got in the way of a deflected shot from teammate Brent Burns. However, showing incredible resolve, Couture suited up for the conference quarterfinals and at least bordered on his typical productive self with two goals on 10 shots to complement a helper over six games. "There's good days and bad days," Couture said, adding that the injury fortunately "didn't affect my training, and hopefully won't affect me going forward."

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    • Matt Duchene COL C
      Avalanche's Matt Duchene: Preparing for training camp with Colorado
      6h ago

      Matt Duchene is expected to be in training camp for Colorado amid ongoing rumors that he could be traded, The Denver Post reports.

      The prolific scoring winger surprisingly made it through the expansion draft, regular entry draft, and a July 1 free-agency signing bonanza without moving on from the lowly Colorado Avalanche . While he still has two years and $12 million left on a five-year contract, many hockey pundits thought he'd be long gone by now. Regardless of his destination, Duchene's focus will be improving upon a lackluster 2016-17 campaign in which he posted 41 points -- his lowest since an abbreviated 2011-12 season -- and a career-worst minus-34 rating.

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    • Zemgus Girgensons BUF C
      Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Inks two-year deal
      1d ago

      Zemgus Girgensons agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Buffalo on Thursday worth $1.6 million of average annual value, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

      Girgensons' past two seasons have been disappointing -- a combined 34 points from 2015-17 -- after a solid sophomore campaign in 2014-15 (15 goals and 15 helpers). Despite the drop off in production, the 23-year-old was one of the Buffalo Sabres ' offseason priorities that they have now locked in for two more years. Considering he averaged a mere 13:10 of ice time last season, the center figures to offer mid-range fantasy value at best.

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    • Travis Zajac NJ C
      Devils' Travis Zajac: Out 4-to-6 months
      1d ago

      Travis Zajac underwent surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the next 4-to-6 months.

      Zajac played in 80 contests last season and was in line to challenge for a third straight 40-plus point campaign. Instead, the center will be out until mid-December at the earliest. With the 32-year-old sidelined, Pavel Zacha will likely slot in as the first-line center and rookie Nico Hischier could be forced into a top-six role right out of the gate.

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    • Riley Sheahan DET C
      Red Wings' Riley Sheahan: Set for fourth-line duty
      1d ago

      Riley Sheahan is likely to slot in on the fourth line for the Detroit Red Wings once the new season gets underway, MLive.com reports.

      Last year, Sheahan struggled to a putrid minus-29 rating and didn't score until the very last game, when he happened to put two past the Devils. The Vegas expansion club overlooked him, so he'll remain in Motown with one year left on a contract at an annual cost of $2.075 million. With Detroit's NHL franchise currently about $4 million in the salary-cap hole, Sheahan will need to have a strong training camp to avoid the dreaded waiver process -- or, more likely, a trade.

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