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Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Remains as right fielder10m ago
Manager Ron Gardenhire said of Castellanos, "He's gonna be our right fielder and he'll be doing all his work out there," Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit reports.
The news is hardly surprising given Castellanos played in right field for 21 of the Tigers' final 23 games last season, once the team let newly acquired Jeimer Candelario take over at third base. The 25-year-old could still see occasional time at third base given Detroit's lack of infield depth, but heading into spring training he is expected to be the team's everyday starting right fielder.
Nick Rumbelow SEA RP
Mariners' Nick Rumbelow: Leaves with cut on thumb16m ago
Rumbelow exited Saturday's game against the White Sox with a cut on his right thumb, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
The 26-year-old reliever allowed three hits and an earned run in two thirds of an inning. He is competing for a job in the Mariners' bullpen after being dealt from the Yankees in November. The injury seems unlikely to have a major impact on his chances of earning a big-league job.
Buster Posey SF C
Giants' Buster Posey: Out with minor ankle tweak23m ago
Posey is being held out by a mild ankle tweak Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The injury doesn't appear to be serious. Posey is a 30-year-old catcher with over 1,000 games of major-league experience, so it won't be surprising to see him gradually miss more and more time with injuries over the course of his career, but this particular one doesn't look to be anything to worry about.
Renato Nunez OAK 3B
Athletics' Renato Nunez: Strains hamstring35m ago
Nunez strained his left hamstring while running the bases Saturday against the Padres, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Nunez suffered the injury while scoring on a Sheldon Neuse single. The 23-year-old is fighting for a role as part of a third base or left field platoon and is out of options, so he looked to have a good chance of breaking camp with the team. This injury could complicate that, depending on its severity, as Nunez could end up missing most or all of spring training.
Daniel Stumpf DET RP
Tigers' Daniel Stumpf: Trying out new changeup1h ago
Stumpf threw a new, slower changeup in his spring outing against the Blue Jays on Saturday, The Detroit News reports.
Stumpf had an upper-80s changeup last year, though he only threw it 6.7 percent of the time. Saturday's changeups were clocked in the lower 80s. A more effective changeup would give Stumpf a potential weapon against right-handed hitters, who hit .293 off of him last season. The 27-year-old hasn't been a particularly fantasy-relevant pitcher thus far in his career, putting up a 4.34 ERA in 42.2 innings. Relievers can develop seemingly out of nowhere, though, so if Stumpf shows positive results early in the season, it may be due to a new pitch and not a total fluke, making him a potential deep-league option.
Willie Calhoun TEX LF
Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Leads crowded left field battle2h ago
Calhoun is the favorite to win the Rangers' left field job, MLB.com reports.
While the 23-year-old may have the inside track, he'll have to prove he can handle the position defensively. The Rangers also have Drew Robinson, Ryan Rua, Rule 5 pick Carlos Tocci and non-roster invitee Destin Hood battling for the position. Calhoun certainly has the best bat among that quintet, but has only played 36 professional games at the position after moving there from second base last season. If Calhoun proves himself defensively, he'll almost certainly win the job, but if not, he'll have to fight for his plate appearances as an occasional outfielder and designated hitter.
Martellus Bennett NE TE
Patriots' Martellus Bennett: Hopes to play in 201820h ago
Bennett (shoulder) wants to return to the football field for the 2018 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bennett indicated plans to retire before being waived by the Packers in November, and subsequently claimed by the Patriots. The 30-year-old appeared in only two games for New England before landing on injured reserve, and is due a two million dollar roster bonus March 14, which makes him a potential cap casualty.
Tyrell Adams OAK LB
Colts' Tyrell Adams: Signs with Colts1d ago
Adams signed a contract with Indianapolis on Friday, Colts' public relations assistant Christian Edwards reports.
Adams has been around the NFL since 2015 but has only played in 12 games over his three year career, amassing 21 tackles in those tilts. He started the season on the Raiders before being released in October. He'll look to catch on as a depth linebacker and special teams player while with the Colts in 2018.
David Harris NE LB
David Harris: Announces retirement from NFL1d ago
Harris announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Prior to his surprising release last summer, Harris was a consistent force in the middle of the Jets' defense for years after the team traded up to select the Michigan product in the second round of the 2007 draft. He ultimately racked up the second-most tackles in Jets history (1,087) during his 10 seasons with Gang Green and goes down as one of the team's all-time great defenders despite being perennially underrated by the media. Factoring in his one-year stint in New England, Harris will finish his career with 1,109 tackles, 36.5 sacks, six interceptions and 11 forced fumbles over 164 career games.
Cameron Jordan NO DE
Saints' Cameron Jordan: Undergoes foot surgery1d ago
Jordan recently underwent minor surgery on his left foot, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Jordan, who currently requires a protective boot and scooter to move around, reportedly underwent a voluntary procedure that had more to do with "pain tolerance" than anything else. The fact that he played in the Pro Bowl prior to undergoing surgery suggests the situation truly is minor in nature. The 2017 All-Pro defensive end is expected to be recovered within 4-6 weeks and should therefore be healthy in time for the Saints' offseason program this spring.
Marcus Peters KC CB
Chiefs' Marcus Peters: Traded to Rams1d ago
The Chiefs agreed to trade Peters to the Rams on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The deal won't officially go through until March 14, while the Chiefs are expected to receive a package of draft picks in return. It's a surprising move for a Kansas City team that could've kept Peters around for two more years on his current rookie deal, especially when considering the 2015 first-rounder has seven more interceptions than any other player in the league since 2015, including the playoffs. By comparison, only Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed had more interceptions (22) in his first three seasons than Peters' 21. The newly signed David Amerson and newly acquired Kyle Fuller will likely take over as the Chiefs' top cornerbacks in advance of the 2018 season, though it's possible Kansas City could add another talent to the mix.
Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Nearing full recovery1d ago
Sanders (ankle) has resumed running and is nearing a full recovery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "It's going well, my ankle is recovering," Sanders said. "Right now, I feel like I'm 95 percent."
Sanders sustained a "major" sprained ankle and tibia contusion in Week 5 against the Giants and his recovery has been complicated by swelling, a limited range of motion and diminished strength, according to the doctor in charge of his rehabilitation. However, barring any setbacks, it sounds like he could be recovered in time for OTAs in late April or early May.
Tyreke Evans MEM PG
Grizzlies' Tyreke Evans: To undergo MRI on Sunday27m ago
Evans (ribs), who is out for Saturday's contest against Miami, will undergo an MRI on Sunday, Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
Evans exited Friday's loss to the Cavaliers after 31 minutes due to a rib injury, which is apparently giving him enough discomfort to warrant an MRI. For Saturday's game and possibly beyond depending on the extent of his injury, Andrew Harrison and Ben McLemore are candidates to see expanded roles.
Daniel Theis BOS PF
Celtics' Daniel Theis: Starting Saturday44m ago
Theis will draw the start for Saturday's game against the Knicks as the result of Aron Baynes (elbow) being out, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Theis is coming off a career night against the Pistons on Friday, where he posted 19 points, seven boards, two steals and two blocks in just 21 minutes of action. Brad Stevens has opted to reward that with a relatively spot start on the second half of a back-to-back set.
Shane Larkin BOS PG
Celtics' Shane Larkin: Cleared for limited return45m ago
Larkin (knee) will be available for limited minutes Saturday against the Knicks, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Larkin was held out of Friday's win over Detroit, but he'll return on the second night of a back-to-back, albeit with a restriction of 10-12 minutes. The former Miami standout's role has varied on a nightly basis when healthy, so it's entirely possible that the minutes limit won't impact his role off the bench.
Aron Baynes BOS C
Celtics' Aron Baynes: Out with elbow sprain Saturday1h ago
Baynes is out for Saturday's contest against the Knicks after being diagnosed with a left elbow sprain. He will undergo an MRI on Sunday.
Baynes left Friday's win over the Pistons early due to the injury. It's unclear at the moment if Bayne's absence will be a multi-game one. In the meantime, Greg Monroe and Daniel Theis should see expanded roles.
Kelly Olynyk MIA C
Heat's Kelly Olynyk: Won't play Saturday1h ago
Olynyk (shoulder) will not play Saturday against the Grizzlies, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
Olynkyk was initially listed as questionable, but he'll miss a sixth consecutive game as he continues to nurse a strained shoulder. The former Gonzaga standout should be considered day-to-day and questionable for the Heat's next game Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Torrey Craig DEN SG
Nuggets' Torrey Craig: Out again Sunday1h ago
Craig (hamstring) is out for Sunday's contest against the Rockets, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Craig will miss a fourth straight game Sunday as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury. In his stead, Will Barton, Devin Harris and Malik Beasley are all candidates to continue seeing extended run.
Andrew Shaw MON C
Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Appears on injured reserve23m ago
Shaw (lower body) is currently on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Shaw's been out since Jan. 13 with his lower-body injury. There's no sense in the Habs rushing the agitator back into the lineup given that their chances of making the playoffs have been reduced to a fraction.
Carey Price MON G
Canadiens' Carey Price: Shows up on injured reserve28m ago
Price (concussion) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
One of the most popular netminders in today's NHL, Price is facing an indefinite absence, which is exacerbated by the fact that Montreal is almost mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. As far as we know, there aren't any plans to shut him down, but even the fear of that happening must be weighing on owners' minds as the fantasy season winds down.
Jonathan Bernier COL G
Avalanche's Jonathan Bernier: Still working through malady1h ago
Bernier (head) is back in Denver continuing his injury rehab, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports, adding that there will be another update on the goalie Monday.
Semyon Varlamov reportedly will get the road start Saturday against the Flames, and Andrew Hammond -- the man that everyone used to call "The Hamburglar," will continue to serve in a backup capacity. After a horrendous 2015-16 campaign for Bernier that drove him out of Toronto upon a buyout agreement, he has a real shot at matching his 21 wins from last season, when he belonged to the Ducks. But first, he needs to get healthy.
Tomas Tatar DET LW
Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Likely to suit up1h ago
Tatar (undisclosed) is expected to play in Saturday evening's home contest against the Hurricanes, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports, citing Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill's comments from Friday.
The Red Wings revealed their projected line combinations for the upcoming contest, and Tatar's name is listed on the second line opposite Andreas Athanasiou, and he's set to be centered by blue-collar Michigan native Dylan Larkin -- who happens to be leading the team with 44 points through 60 games. Hot Sauce only has 16 goals and 11 assists of his own, but more than one-third of his points have been of the power-play variety to keep him from being waiver fodder in deep settings.
Jordan Staal CAR C
Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Officially ruled out Saturday1h ago
Staal (personal) will skip Saturday's matchup against the Red Wings, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Staal's absence should have been expected given the quick turnaround from Friday's announced absence to Saturday's game. It's neither clear exactly what the family reason is behind his absence, nor when he will be ready to return, but the veteran pivot will have a couple more days before his next chance to rejoin the team on its three-game road trip. The next stop is in Buffalo on Tuesday, followed by the finale Thursday against the Flyers.
Scott Darling CAR G
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Stacked against Red Wings1h ago
Darling has drawn the road start in goal against the Red Wings on Saturday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Hurricanes have serious work to do in order to move into playoff position, but coach Bill Peters will still give starter Cam Ward a breather in favor of Darling, who seems to be on the starting-once-per-week plan. He's been anything but a fantasy darling with a 10-15-6 record, 3.05 GAA and .891 save percentage through 32 games, but the matchup itself could be much worse as the Red Wings rank 27th in scoring.