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Jake Petricka MIL RP
Brewers' Jake Petricka: Sent to Triple-A5m ago
Petricka was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Friday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Petricka was up for just two days while Alex Wilson was on the paternity list. He pitched two scoreless innings during his latest stay with the big-league squad, bringing his ERA down to 4.50 on the season. With Wilson back with the team, Petricka heads back to the minors to wait for his next opportunity.
Corbin Burnes MIL SP
Brewers' Corbin Burnes: Sent to minors6m ago
Burnes was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Friday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Manager Craig Counsell was noncommittal about Burnes' next start Wednesday, so it's not a major surprise to see him headed to Triple-A. The 24-year-old has a 10.70 ERA, 2.15 WHIP and gave up a whopping 11 home runs in his four starts (17.2 innings). He did record 24 strikeouts, but that was mitigated somewhat by eight walks. The Brewers undoubtedly will hope Burnes can iron things out at San Antonio and return to the big-league rotation at some point this season.
Ian Desmond COL CF
Rockies' Ian Desmond: Back in lineup8m ago
Desmond (leg) is back in the lineup, hitting sixth and playing center field against the Phillies on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Desmond missed the last two games with a sore leg, but he's back in action for this tilt with Philadelphia after making a pinch-hit appearance Thursday. The veteran has slumped to a .161 average to start the year, but he hit his first homer of the season in his last start so hopefully that means he's finding his stroke at the dish.
Jean Segura PHI SS
Phillies' Jean Segura: Still sitting Friday10m ago
Segura (hamstring) remains out of action Friday against the Rockies, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Segura was reportedly expected to miss 3-to-4 days after straining his hamstring Tuesday. That makes Friday's absence no surprise and points towards a possible Saturday return. Scott Kingery starts at shortstop in his absence.
Gary Sanchez NYY C
Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Should return on upcoming road trip17m ago
Manager Aaron Boone said Friday he expects Sanchez (calf) to be activated during the Yankees' upcoming west coast trip, which begins Monday against the Angels, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Sanchez is eligible to return Sunday but he will apparently require a little extra time before being activated. According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, Boone also said Sanchez will likely need one or two rehab games before rejoining the lineup, which makes an early week activation seem fairly unlikely.
Giancarlo Stanton NYY LF
Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton: Could return next week26m ago
Stanton (biceps) could return during the Yankees' upcoming road trip, which runs from April 22 to May 1, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
A biceps strain has kept Stanton out of action since the start of the month. The Yankees haven't set a clear target date for his return, but he's been hitting off a pitching machine in recent days and could be ready for a rehab assignment soon.
Ra'Shede Hageman ATL DT
Falcons' Ra'Shede Hageman: Inks deal with Falcons6h ago
Hageman (suspension) signed a contract with the Falcons on Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Hageman has not played in the NFL since 2016, and despite being suspended for two games by the league earlier this month, the Falcons have elected to give him a second chance after legal troubles led to his release a few years ago. Atlanta does have an opening at defensive tackle following the departure of Terrell McClain, but Hageman will likely have to prove his behavior is in check before having a shot at the team's final roster.
Tyeler Davison ATL DT
Falcons' Tyeler Davison: Garnering praise as run defender18h ago
Coach Dan Quinn emphasized Thursday that Davison will play a key role in helping Atlanta better defend the run in 2019, William McFadden of the Falcons' official sitereports. "We were really impressed, through free agency, about his ability to play the run," Quinn said. "We thought if we could add him into that mix of guys it would be really impactful for us."
Davison is set to fit into a key rotational role for the Falcons' defensive line in 2019, with an outside shot at earning starter reps if he is capable of outshining Jack Crawford and Deadrin Senat throughout training camp and the preseason. Crawford and Senat each posted higher performance grades than Davison last season -- they were the 52nd- and 55th-ranked defensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus, compared to Davison's No. 83 ranking. Despite not necessarily serving as a talent upgrade, Davison adds valuable veteran presence for a defense that finished 25th against the run in 2018.
Paul Richardson WAS WR
Redskins' Paul Richardson: Recovering from multiple fractures21h ago
Richardson clarified that his season-ending injury in 2018 included multiple fractures to the clavicle in his right shoulder, which required the insertion of a plate during surgery in early November, Jake Kring-Schreifels of the Redskins' official site reports.
Richardson initially picked up the injury in the early stages of training camp, and it grew worse as the campaign wore on, limiting him in practice, resulting in an absence Week 7 and eventually forcing him to IR and under the knife. Overall, his production fell short of the investment made in him by the Redskins last March -- five years, $40 million -- as he hauled in 20 of his 35 targets for 262 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. With a recovery timeline of 6-to-8 months, he may be able to join his teammates on the field during OTAs and mandatory minicamp in May and/or June. In the end, though, training camp is more realistic for an appearance. Whenever he's cleared, Richardson will be among newcomer Case Keenum's top options in the passing attack alongside Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Vernon Davis and Trey Quinn.
Von Miller DEN OLB
Broncos' Von Miller: Eyes 20-sack campaign21h ago
Miller's goals include 20 sacks in 2019 and, eventually, the all-time sack record, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.
On one hand, what is Miller supposed to say, that he wants to take it easy this year? Perhaps the more interesting element of the story is head coach Vic Fangio's response -- saying that Miller can reach his goals if he does the little things right in preparation. That can be read as either tempering expectations or maybe even a shot at Miller or the former coaching staff. Either way, given his influence on the likes of Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith in his previous stops, it will be interesting to see how Fangio tries to get the most out of Miller and his counterpart Bradley Chubb in 2019.
Kareem Jackson DEN SS
Broncos' Kareem Jackson: Lines up at safety22h ago
Jackson lined up exclusively at safety during minicamp, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver reports.
If you listen to head coach Vic Fangio's full interview, there is some additional context here -- that safety is harder to learn than corner in his defense and so he wanted Jackson to get his initial reps there. Still, the fact that Jackson lined up exclusively at safety at camp signals, at the very least, that he won't be plugged in on the outside and left to fend off opponent's top vertical threat. Instead -- with Chris Harris, Jr. and Bryce Callahan similarly able to move inside and out -- it is more likely that Fangio will move the three around based on the opponent. Given his familiarity with playing safety in Houston, it might very well be the case that Jackson plays safety on a base down only to move all the way out wide on the next play if the opponent spreads it out. Look for Jackson to thus have the opportunity to tally more tackles than the typical corner while also not missing out on too many opportunities to play the ball in passing situations.
Tony Snell MIL SG
Bucks' Tony Snell: Doubtful for Game 31h ago
Snell (ankle), according to coach Mike Budenholzer, has a "small" chance of playing during Saturday's Game 3 against the Pistons, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
There's little reason for the Bucks to rush Snell back, as they've been taking care of business against the short-handed Pistons. It's likely Snell will end up making his return during the second round of the playoffs.
Ed Davis BKN PF
Nets' Ed Davis: Will not play Saturday2h ago
Davis (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's Game 4 against the 76ers, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Davis was forced out of Thursday's Game 3 with a right ankle injury after playing just 10 minutes, and now the lingering soreness will cost him at least one game in this series. Davis' absence is a big hit to the Nets' frontcourt, as he is the only other active center behind Jarrett Allen. As a result, Brooklyn will have to play small ball when Allen isn't on the floor, which usually means Rondae Hollis-Jefferson seeing time at center.
Joel Embiid PHI C
76ers' Joel Embiid: Questionable for Game 44h ago
Embiid (knee) is questionable for Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Left knee soreness kept Embiid from participating in Game 3, but the 76ers were still able to secure a 131-115 victory over Brooklyn. Embiid will presumably continue receiving treatment and keeping his practice time to a minimum ahead of Saturday's contest. If he's out again, it's possible we see Greg Monroe draw another start.
Enes Kanter POR C
Trail Blazers' Enes Kanter: To play through bruised hand5h ago
Kanter suffered a right hand bruise in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Thunder but is not listed on the injury report for Friday's Game 3.
Kanter already played through the injury in Game 2, as according to Jason Quick of The Athletic, the big man suffered the injury in the first half. Kanter has reiterated that he will be ready to play in Game 3, so expect him to be a full go Friday.
Dwight Howard WAS C
Wizards' Dwight Howard: Exercises 2019-20 option5h ago
Howard (back) informed the Wizards on Friday that he would exercise his $5.6 million player option for 2019-20, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
Limited to just nine appearances in his first season in Washington due to a back injury that ultimately required surgery, Howard wasn't likely to find any team willing to pay him $5.6 million had he explored free agency. He thus determined it was in his best interest to exercise his option, ensuring that he'll be back with the Wizards for another season. Though Washington envisioned Howard serving as a stopgap starter at center heading into last season, it's unclear if the 33-year-old will get the opportunity to even compete for a top-unit role if he returns to training camp at full health. Thomas Bryant flashed an intriguing skill set at center during his second NBA season, and the Wizards might not be willing to reduce his playing time in 2019-20 to accommodate Howard. Washington may also bolster its frontcourt through free agency, trade or the draft, which would further reduce Howard's chances of re-emerging as an impact player.
Patrick McCaw TOR SG
Raptors' Patrick McCaw: Upgraded to probable7h ago
Head coach Nick Nurse said McCaw (thumb) is probable for Friday's game against the Magic, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
McCaw has not played since March 30, but it looks like the swingman will be making his playoff debut for the Raptors on Friday night. Look for McCaw's status to be confirmed at some point prior to tip-off.
Tuukka Rask BOS G
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Between pipes Friday31m ago
Rask will tend the twine for Friday's Game 5 home clash with the Maple Leafs, NHL.com reports.
Rask gave up four goals on 42 shots in Game 4 (.905 save percentage), but was still able to walk away with the win and even up the series. Through the first four games, the Finnish netminder has faced 139 shots (34.75 average) as Toronto has tested him early and often. The 31-year-old should be prepared for another barrage of rubber Friday.
Adam Lowry WPG C
Jets' Adam Lowry: Tickles twine in Game 52h ago
Lowry tallied a goal in Thursday's 3-2 Game 5 defeat to the Blues.
Lowry ended a seven-game goal drought with his first marker of the postseason. The winger figures to continue filling a bottom-six role, but should provide depth scoring and decent mid-range fantasy value the rest of the playoffs.
Kevin Hayes WPG C
Jets' Kevin Hayes: Scores in Game 5 defeat2h ago
Hayes found the back of the net in Thursday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis.
Hayes has two goals in five playoff contests while averaging just 11:15 of ice time. The center also put an impressive five shots on goal Thursday, giving him nine in his last three contests. The Massachusetts native has seen himself slip to a bottom-six role in favor of Bryan Little, which limits Hayes' chances of racking up points.
Philipp Grubauer COL G
Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer: In goal Friday2h ago
Grubauer will get the starting nod for Friday's Game 5 matchup with Calgary on the road, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Grubauer is riding a three-game winning streak in which he posted a 1.82 GAA and .946 save percentage. The German netminder will need to continue to perform well if he is going to continue to stymie the Flames' high-powered offense that averaged 3.52 goals in the regular season (third highest in the league).
Derick Brassard COL LW
Avalanche's Derick Brassard: Won't return Friday2h ago
Brassard (illness) will miss Friday's matchup with Calgary, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Brassard will miss his third consecutive game due to his illness. Prior to getting sick, the center was bogged down in a six-game pointless streak, during which he managed 11 shots on net. The Quebec native will almost certainly slot back into a top-six role and retake his spot on the power play once cleared to play.
Rocco Grimaldi NSH RW
Predators' Rocco Grimaldi: Considered day-to-day3h ago
Grimaldi was labeled day-to-day by coach Peter Laviolette after the winger took a maintenance day Friday, John Glennon of The Athletic reports.
Grimaldi could be facing the prospect of heading up to the press box even if he is fully fit after Brian Boyle (abdomen) returned to practice, though Grimaldi's pair of postseason goals might be enough to hold on to his spot in the lineup. Saturday's game-day skate prior to Game 5 should shed some more light on the 25-year-old's status.