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Jaime Barria LAA SP
Angels' Jaime Barria: Heading to Triple-A6m ago
Barria was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Barria was expected to begin the season as the Angels' fifth starter with Andrew Heaney (elbow), Nick Tropeano (shoulder) and JC Ramirez sidelined, but that job will instead be taken by recent trade acquisition Chris Stratton. Barria started 26 games for the Angels last season and had a 3.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 98:47 K:BB across 129.1 innings, but will have to work his way back to the majors in 2019.
Eric Young BAL LF
Mariners' Eric Young Jr.: Joining Mariners37m ago
Young announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners.
Young spent spring training in camp with Baltimore but was released from his minor-league contract last week. The 33-year-old will serve as organizational depth for the Mariners, and had a .233/.293/.361 slash line across 242 plate appearances with the Angels over the past two seasons.
Jacob Barnes MIL RP
Brewers' Jacob Barnes: In line to make Opening Day roster1h ago
Barnes is in line to break camp with the Brewers, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, after the club's decision to option fellow reliever Jake Petricka on Tuesday.
Barnes was competing for a roster spot with a number of pitchers without an option left, which made him more vulnerable to being sent down. However, the Brewers chose to send down another pitcher who would not be exposed to waivers -- Petricka -- and keep Barnes instead. While Barnes was close to the cut line, he could actually play a key role for the Brewers out of the gate if the club does not add another reliever before Opening Day. Manager Craig Counsell needs to identify late-inning options with fellow relievers Corey Knebel (elbow) and Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) expected to open the season on the injured list, and Counsell lined up his bullpen in Monday's exhibition game to use Barnes in the eighth inning in a game the Brewers led by just one run before going off for four runs in the top of the frame. Josh Hader -- who pitched earlier in Monday's contest, presumably to face big-league hitters -- is the top option for saves in the bullpen early on, and Taylor Williams -- who entered Monday's game after Barnes -- looks to be option No. 2, but Barnes, based on Monday's usage and his quality spring results (2.45 ERA, 12:1 K:BB over 7.1 innings), could be next in line.
Adam Rosales MIN SS
Twins' Adam Rosales: Back with Twins1h ago
Rosales signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Tuesday.
Rosales is back with the Twins after being cut loose by Minnesota last week. The utility man, who hit .294/.368/.735 with four homers and a 4:4 BB:K through 15 Grapefruit League games, will report to Triple-A Rochester to open the season.
Jon Gray COL SP
Rockies' Jon Gray: Roughed up by Twins1h ago
Gray gave up three runs on five hits over three innings against the Twins on Tuesday, striking out two and walking two as the Rockies tied Minnesota 5-5 in their final exhibition game.
The right-hander served up long balls to CJ Cron and Nelson Cruz, giving him an ugly final line in his final tuneup appearance of the spring. Gray had been cruising in Cactus League play, with a 2.55 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and an excellent 22:1 K:BB entering Tuesday's contest, so it was a successful spring for him outside of this outing. He'll be the fourth starter in Colorado's rotation to start the regular season.
Ben Revere TEX CF
Ben Revere: Released by Rangers1h ago
Revere was released by the Rangers on Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Revere will look for work elsewhere after failing to secure a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster. The veteran outfielder spent all of the 2018 campaign in the minors, hitting .277/.319/.406 in 40 games for Triple-A Salt Lake.
Marcus Peters LAR CB
Rams' Marcus Peters: In good graces22m ago
Coach Sean McVay said Peters is in the Rams' long-term plans, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports. "I think, his ability to take the accountability but then also respond and get it corrected with (defensive backs coaches Aubrey Pleasant and Ejiro Evero), who do an excellent job of correcting and addressing some of those issues," McVay mentioned.
McVay is referencing Peters' turnaround from a horrid first half of the 2018 season. After a 45-35 loss to the Saints in Week 9, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips altered the philosophy of the unit from one that attacked in man-to-man coverage to a read-and-react zone look. The latter played to Peters' strengths and back into the good graces of McVay and Rams management. Although Peters' interception total has decreased in each of his four campaigns -- from eight in 2015 to three in 2018 -- he'll be playing out the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which oftentimes yields a fruitful season.
Tramon Williams GB CB
Packers' Tramon Williams: Locked in at cornerback2h ago
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday that Williams will play cornerback rather than safety in 2019, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Williams began the 2018 season as a starting cornerback in Green Bay, but had to transition to safety for the second half of the year due to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix being traded and three other safeties landing on injured reserve. Following the offseason acquisition of safety Adrian Amos, Williams will return to his more natural position at cornerback. The move makes the Packers a strong candidate to seek safety depth in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jaylen Watkins LAC DB
Chargers' Jaylen Watkins: Possible starting free safety2h ago
Watkins (knee) is in contention for the starting free safety job, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Watkins suffered a torn ACL during the 2018 preseason, but he's expected to be back to full health for the start of the team's offseason program. Rayshawn Jenkins likely has a leg up on the starting spot if only because he was able to play last season, but Watkins was pushing Jahleel Addae, who has since been released, for more playing time before suffering the untimely injury.
Vernon Hargreaves TB CB
Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Gets nod of confidence from Arians3h ago
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he has confidence in Hargreaves (shoulder) at outside cornerback, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Arians' defensive gameplan appears to include limiting Hargreaves to the outside, which could allow the 23-year-old to hone in on improving upon his inconsistent play. Hargreaves' career has been derailed by injuries since his rookie season, as the 2016 first-round pick has played only 10 games over the last two season, including one game in 2018. Though Hargreaves appears in line for a key role in Tampa Bay's secondary, he will likely remain off the fantasy radar unless he can increase his interception rate of just one in 26 career games.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Rob Gronkowski: Retirement becomes official3h ago
The Patriots have officially placed Gronkowski on the team's reserve/retired list, NESN.com's Zack Cox reports.
Gronkowski announced Sunday via Instagram that he intended to retire from the NFL as a player and that was made official Tuesday. While replacing the star pass-catcher will be no easy task for the team, Gronkowski's departure frees up roughly $9 million in salary cap space for the Patriots, who will no doubt be looking at the draft as a path toward rebuilding their tight end corps. So soon after Gronkowski's announcement, it seems a tad silly to immediately speculate about a potential comeback, but it's worth noting that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, suggested that it wouldn't shock him if Gronkowski contemplates a return to the field at some point down the road.
Rayshawn Jenkins LAC DB
Chargers' Rayshawn Jenkins: Poised for starting FS spot3h ago
Jenkins will compete with Jaylen Watkins for the starting free safety position, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Jahleel Addae's release at the beginning of March opened the door for Jenkins and Watkins to have a shot at a starting spot, with Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, Derwin James, sliding over to the strong safety role. Jenkins was the de factor starter during the Chargers' postseason run thanks to multiple season-ending injuries to different linebackers, and promptly responded with 20 tackles over the course of the final three games. Consider Jenkins the favorite for the role with Watkins still recovering from a preseason torn ACL.
Andre Iguodala GS SG
Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Set to play Wednesday40m ago
Iguodala (rest) will play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
After getting Sunday's game off for rest, the veteran will make his return Wednesday. In March, he's averaging 4.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 21.6 minutes.
DeMarcus Cousins GS C
Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Will play Wednesday41m ago
Cousins (rest) is set to return for Wednesday's game versus the Grizzlies, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Cousins was sidelined Sunday against the Pistons for rest purposes, as it was the second half of a back-to-back set. Coach Steve Kerr indicated Tuesday that all Warriors will be active in Memphis, so look for him to resume his usual role with the team.
Eric Gordon HOU SG
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Available Tuesday44m ago
Gordon (ankle) is available Tuesday against the Bucks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
As expected, Gordon will play through some pain stemming from a sprained right ankle. Since the beginning of March, he's averaging 18.2 points, 1.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 31.1 minutes.
Elfrid Payton NO PG
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Will play Tuesday1h ago
Payton (wrist) will get the start at point guard for Tuesday's stilt against the Hawks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Payton was upgraded to probable earlier in the day, so no surprise here. His production has dipped recently, but that is to be expected after a five-game stretch of triple-doubles, but he figures to be in a nice spot against the Hawks.
Cheick Diallo NO PF
Pelicans' Cheick Diallo: Will start Tuesday1h ago
Diallo will draw his first career start in Tuesday's matchup with the Hawks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Diallo will replace Anthony Davis (back) in the starting lineup. Jahlil Okafor typically gets the start when Davis is sidelined, but Diallo will get the nod Tuesday. Thus, he figures to be in line for a relatively healthy workload.
Marcus Morris BOS PF
Celtics' Marcus Morris: Coming off bench Tuesday1h ago
Morris will come off the bench Tuesday against the Cavaliers, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
Coach Brad Stevens will opt to start both Al Horford and Aron Baynes. As a result, Morris will come off the bench for the first time since Nov. 21.
Casey Mittelstadt BUF C
Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt: Benching kept at one game1h ago
Mittelstadt, a healthy scratch for Monday's loss in New Jersey, will return to action Tuesday in Otttawa, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Mittelstadt is not the only cause of the Sabres' horrific struggles but he's still a young player struggling defensively (he hasn't posted a positive plus/minus rating in a game since Feb. 9). He was given a rest by coach Phil Housley with the aim to get his head cleared. With the slumping Sabres long out of the playoff chase, there's no reason to let Mittelstadt dwell on things any longer and instead the team will see if he can finish the season on a positive note. The second-year forward sits at 23 points in 70 games, even though he's spent much of the season in the top six. Vladimir Sobotka will take a turn in the press box for this one.
Thomas Greiss NYI G
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Starting Tuesday in Columbus2h ago
Greiss will start Tuesday's game in Columbus, Newsday's Andrew Gross reports.
Greiss is looking to get back on track after allowing eight goals en route to a 1-2-0 record over his last three starts. He'll take on a desperate Columbus team that's trying to climb into one of the Eastern Conference's two wild-card spots. That desperation hasn't translated into results for the Blue Jackets, who are 1-2-1 in their last four games. The last meeting between these teams came back on March 11, when Greiss posted a 31-save shutout to claim a 2-0 win.
Carey Price MON G
Canadiens' Carey Price: Draws home start Tuesday2h ago
Price will patrol the home crease Tuesday against the Panthers.
Price is 3-0-1 in his past four starts, and he has a great opportunity to pick up another win against a Panthers team that's allowed seven goals to each of its last two opponents. This matchup could end up being a bit more high-scoring than Price's owners would like, however, as Florida ranks eighth in the league in road offense at 3.05 goals per game.
James Reimer FLA G
Panthers' James Reimer: Starting Tuesday2h ago
In a change of plans, Reimer will start in goal Tuesday against the Canadiens in Montreal.
The original plan involved using Roberto Luongo on Tuesday, but he was forced into extended action Monday night, leaving Reimer to take on the duties against the Canadiens. Montreal has tallied 11 goals combined in its last two home games and Reimer hasn't made an appearance in goal since Feb. 26, so he may have to knock some rust off. He's 1-1-0 in his two starts against the Canadiens this season, having let in seven pucks on 58 shots between the two contests.
Roberto Luongo FLA G
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Won't start Tuesday2h ago
Luongo won't get the start in goal for Tuesday's matchup with Montreal.
The Panthers originally planned on rolling with Luongo for Tuesday's contest, but that all changed when the veteran netminder was forced to relieve Samuel Montembeault early on in the first period of Monday's 7-5 loss to Toronto. Luongo's next opportunity to start in goal could arrive as soon as Thursday against the Senators.