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    • Avisail Garcia CHW RF
      White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Day-to-day with wrist soreness
      41m ago

      was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a sore left wrist and he is considered day-to-day, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

      He was a late scratch ahead of first pitch Thursday for an undisclosed issue, but the team has since announced that Garcia is battling a wrist issue. While the ailment is not expected to sideline Garcia for long, the could be cautious and give him the time he needs to get his wrist back to 100 percent. With that, Alen Hanson could pick up some starts in the interim.

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    • Mitch Haniger SEA RF
      Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Days away from return
      1h ago

      General manager Jerry Dipoto said (face) is just days away from rejoining the , Jessamyn McIntyre of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

      Dipoto also said Haniger, who has been sidelined for all of August while recovering from a face contusion, will be activated once he feels comfortable in the batter's box. The 26-year-old has now played in five minor-league rehab games for Triple-A Tacoma -- two at DH and three in the outfield -- and has gone 4-for-18 with two homers and a 3:3 K:BB over that stretch, so it sounds like he shouldn't need too much longer to shake the rust off. Once he returns, he should immediately reclaim his role as the Mariners' everyday right fielder upon his activation.

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    • Shawn Kelley WAS RP
      Nationals' Shawn Kelley: Comes off disabled list Thursday
      1h ago

      (neck) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

      The were dealt a tough blow Thursday with lights-out reliever Ryan Madson landing on the disabled list, but Kelley lessens the sting as he'll add some veteran bullpen depth. That said, Kelley did not look particularly sharp on his recent eight-game rehab stint, notching a 13.50 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP over that stretch. The Nationals will likely turn to Brandon Kintzler for setup duties in front of Sean Doolittle rather than using Kelley in that role.

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    • Ryan Madson WAS RP
      Nationals' Ryan Madson: Lands on disabled list with sprained finger
      1h ago

      was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained finger Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

      The activated fellow reliever Shawn Kelley in a corresponding move Thursday, but this is still another blow for Washington as Madson has been a revelation since joining the club. Madson had thrown 9.0 scoreless frames with a 0.67 WHIP with the Nationals prior to his injury. A timetable has yet to be released for Madson's return, but he may not be back until early September.

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    • Avisail Garcia CHW RF
      White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Late scratch Thursday
      1h ago

      (undisclosed) was scratched from Thursday's lineup, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

      The reason behind Garcia being scratched has not been revealed just yet, but Alen Hanson will now be taking over in right field and batting eighth for the . There will be more updates on Garcia's exact issue later Thursday.

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    • Ralston Cash LAD RP
      Mariners' Ralston Cash: Signs minor-league deal with Mariners
      1h ago

      agreed to a minor-league deal with the on Thursday.

      Cash struggled to a 5.28 ERA with the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate earlier in the season before being cut loose. While it's a small sample size, he's shown some promise at Triple-A, compiling a respectable 2.52 ERA and 30 strikeouts across 25 innings. The 25-year-old will report to Double-A Arkansas, where he'll look to climb his way up the Mariners' minor-league ranks.

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    • Morris Claiborne NYJ DB
      Jets' Morris Claiborne: Looking to stay healthy in 2017
      29m ago

      (ribs) is looking to bounce back from his injury riddled past and stay healthy in 2017, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports.

      Claiborne has played more than 11 games in a single season just once in his first five years in the league, that being his rookie year. He's dealt with a plethora of injuries but is healthy and working well with his new team so far. He's expected to be a top cover corner for the , and the team could struggle in pass coverage if Claiborne is forced to miss an extended period of time at any point in the season.

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    • Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
      Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Likely out Saturday
      32m ago

      (suspension) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Colts, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

      There's no reason to risk Elliott's health with his spot cemented atop the running back depth chart. Moreover, it doesn't hurt to get Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris additional reps with the first-team offense in the event all or part of Elliott's six-game suspension is upheld. For the time being, Elliott's representatives will prepare for an Aug. 29 hearing in front of arbiter Harold Henderson.

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    • DeSean Jackson TB WR
      Buccaneers' DeSean Jackson: Taking the field Thursday
      40m ago

      (ankle) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game in Jacksonville, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      A sore ankle has afflicted Jackson this week, but the veteran wideout will presumably brush it off and run with the first-team offense as long as its on the field. In the Bucs' first exhibition, his sole target resulted in a six-yard gain, despite picking up 17 offensive snaps.

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    • Frank Beltre NYJ LB
      Jets' Frank Beltre: Returns from groin injury
      1h ago

      (groin) returned to practice Thursday, Eric Allen of the ' official site

      Beltre missed a week of practices after injuring his groin but he was back to full participation on Thursday. He'll be looking to play in the Jets' next regular season game, Saturday against Detroit.

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    • Freddie Bishop NYJ OLB
      Jets' Freddie Bishop: Practices Thursday
      1h ago

      (neck) returned to practice Thursday, Eric Allen of the ' official site reports.

      Bishop missed a few days of practice due to a neck stinger, but he was a full participant on Thursday and isn't expected to miss any more time due to the injury.

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    • Kelvin Beachum NYJ T
      Jets' Kelvin Beachum: Slated to start at left tackle
      1h ago

      is expected to start at left tackle once again in 2017, Laura Albanese of Newsday reports.

      Beachum frequented the injury report last season but played in all 16 regular season games. He sat out during some offseason team activities due to residual soreness in his knee but that doesn't appear to be slowing him down in camp and shouldn't limit him in the regular season.

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    • K.J. McDaniels BKN G
      K.J. McDaniels: Agrees to deal with Raptors
      3h ago

      has agreed to terms with the 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 lats 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
      5h ago

      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
      9h ago

      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 ' 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
      1d ago

      signed a partially guaranteed contract with the 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
      2d ago

      agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million non-guaranteed deal with the 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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    • Norris Cole OKC G
      Norris Cole: Will head to Euroleague
      3d ago

      has signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Euroleague, international writer David Pick reports.

      Cole opened the 2016-17 campaign playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, but following the completion of that season, he ended up joining the Thunder for the final month of their schedule. He took part in just 13 games, posting averages of 3.3 points and 1.1 assists across 9.6 minutes. Once again, Cole struggled to field interest during free agency this offseason and will now head to Maccabi Tel Aviv. That said, there's a chance he ends up coming back to the States following the completion of their season once again, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately attempted to latch on with a contender in February.

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    • Zemgus Girgensons BUF C
      Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Inks two-year deal
      4h ago

      agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Buffalo on Thursday worth $1.6 million 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 ' 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
      4h ago

      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 inline 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
      5h ago

      is likely to slot in on the fourth line for the 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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    • Mikael Granlund MIN C
      Wild's Mikael Granlund: Injures ankle training
      6h ago

      (hand) hurt his ankle during training, but is expected to resume his offseason regimen in two weeks, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

      Granlund is already working through a broken hand he suffered during the playoffs and now will miss two weeks of training with an ankle ailment. At this point, neither malady is expected to impact his availability for the 2017-18 campaign -- although fantasy owners may start to question his durability.

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    • John Tavares NYI C
      Islanders' John Tavares: Not in rush for new contract
      20h ago

      is not feeling any pressure to sign an extension with the , Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

      This season marks the last of the current contract for Tavares that pays him $5.5 million per season. Tavares has seen the massive contracts handed out to players like Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid and understands he may be able to double his annual pay with a new deal. He also seems willing to wait until there is further clarity on where the team will be playing in the future, a situation that may not become clear before he reaches free agency next July. If Tavares and the Islanders aren't able to come to an agreement on a contract extension before the NHL trade deadline, the team may be forced to move Tavares for as much as it can get via a trade rather than risk he leaves, or else the Isles might receive nothing in return.

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    • Matt Cullen MIN C
      Wild's Matt Cullen: Heading back home
      1d ago

      agreed to terms on a one-year, $1million contract with the on Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

      Not ready to hang up his skates, Cullen will return for a 20th NHL campaign -- back with his home-state Minnesota Wild. The former second-round pick did have the chance for a three-peat with Pittsburgh, but has always stated that family comes first. The veteran will likely slot in as the fourth-line center and could see time on the penalty kill -- both roles he thrived in while with the Pens.

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