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Taylor Hearn TEX RP
Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Fires three no-hit innings2h ago
Hearn pitched three hitless innings, allowing one walk while striking out three in the loss to the Astros on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision.
Hearn received his second start of the season Sunday, despite primarily being a bulk-inning reliever. Although he was pulled after three innings, he didn't allow any hits and only one batter reached base safely via a walk. The 26-year-old has a 5.40 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 38.1 innings. However, he has allowed only one run on three hits over his last 13 innings.
Ryan Pressly HOU RP
Astros' Ryan Pressly: Notches 18th save2h ago
Pressly fired a clean ninth inning, striking out one to earn the save in the win over the Rangers.
Pressly retired the side and struck out Curtis Terry to end the game. It was a nice comeback appearance for Pressly after he allowed his first earned run since May 29 on Saturday. The 32-year-old has a 1.50 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 42 innings. He is 18-for-19 in save opportunities, third-highest save percentage for closers with at least 10 saves.
Zack Greinke HOU SP
Astros' Zack Greinke: Posts quality start in win2h ago
Greinke (10-3) allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out four across six innings, earning the win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Greinke's only damage against him came from Eli White's sixth inning solo home run. He continued his streak of allowing three or less runs over his last seven starts. The 37-year-old has a 3.48 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP across 126.2 innings. His next start is scheduled for Saturday in San Francisco.
Gavin Lux LAD SS
Dodgers' Gavin Lux: Recovery going well2h ago
Lux recently stated that he has been sprinting and that his injured left hamstring is feeling better than expected, Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA reports.
When Lux hit the injured list July 19, the expectation was that he would likely need a fair amount of time to recover. Though a target return date has not yet been set, it's at least promising that the infielder's hamstring has responded well to rehab thus far. Early August remains a reasonable expectation for Lux's return to action.
Brent Rooker MIN RF
Twins' Brent Rooker: Slams second homer2h ago
Rooker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Angels.
Rooker cranked a solo home run off Jaime Barria in the first inning. After Max Kepler led off the game with a long ball, Rooker followed it up with one of his own. It was only his second home run of the season, after appearing in just his 12th game. The 26-year-old is slashing .122/.143/.317 in 42 plate appearances. He will receive more playing time on the Twins after they recently traded Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay.
Max Kepler MIN RF
Twins' Max Kepler: Slams 13th homer3h ago
Kepler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Angels.
Kepler cranked a solo shot off Jaime Barria to give the Twins a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Unfortunately for Minnesota, Kepler was the only batter to record multiple hits in the game. He has homered three times in his past six contests. The 28-year-old is slashing .220/.309/.458 with 13 long balls, 38 RBI, 36 runs and eight steals in 269 plate appearances.
Duke Dawson DEN DB
Broncos' Duke Dawson: Lands on PUP list1h ago
Dawson (knee) was placed on the preseason PUP list Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Dawson will be unable to practice to begin training camp as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL, LCL and sprained MCL that he sustained in Week 14 last year. It's not yet clear whether he'll be ready for the 2021 season opener against the Giants on Sept. 12.
Baron Browning DEN LB
Broncos' Baron Browning: Placed on PUP list1h ago
Browning (lower leg) was placed on the preseason PUP list Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Browning suffered a lower leg injury in OTAs in early June, and he'll be unable to practice to begin training camp. It's not yet clear when the 2021 third-rounder will be able to return to action.
Essang Bassey DEN DB
Broncos' Essang Bassey: Starting camp on PUP list1h ago
Bassey (knee) was placed on the preseason PUP list Sunday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Bassey's placement on the PUP list was somewhat expected since he isn't yet back to 100 percent after he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in December. It's not yet clear whether the UDFA will be ready for Week 1 against the Giants.
Ty Sambrailo TEN OT
Titans' Ty Sambrailo: Placed on PUP list2h ago
Sambrailo (knee) was placed on the preseason PUP list Sunday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Sambrailo re-signed with the Titans in March, but he's dealing with a knee injury that will make him unavailable to begin training camp. The 29-year-old will be eligible to be activated as soon as he's cleared by the medical staff.
Abry Jones TEN DT
Abry Jones: Placed on reserve/retired list2h ago
Jones was placed on the reserve/retired list Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Jones signed a contract with the Titans in early June after spending the first eight seasons of his career in Jacksonville, but it appears as though he'll hang up his cleats ahead of training camp. The 29-year-old appeared in 105 games with the Jaguars and totaled 196 tackles (129 solo), including 9.5 sacks, along with 12 pass defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Taylor Lewan TEN OT
Titans' Taylor Lewan: Won't begin camp on PUP list2h ago
Lewan (knee) won't begin training camp on the PUP list, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Lewan didn't practice this offseason while rehabbing from ACL surgery in October, and he's been cleared for running drills since late June. The left tackle will be able to practice to begin training camp, and he appears to be on track for Week 1.
Juancho Hernangomez DEN PF
Timberwolves' Juancho Hernangomez: Blocked from Olympics play1d ago
Minnesota blocked Hernangomez from playing in the Olympics for Spain over concerns about a shoulder injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Hernangomez had already flown to Tokyo for the Olympics and believed he had received clearance to play in the games, so there could be some fallout over this decision between him and the Timberwolves.
JaMychal Green DEN PF
Nuggets' JaMychal Green: Declines player option2d ago
Green declined his player option for the 2021-22 season, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Charania also reports that there's strong mutual interest between Green and the Nuggets to work out a new deal, but that there will also be other suitors. Green has carved out a role as a solid reserve frontcourt player that's capable of stretching the floor. Across the past three seasons, he's averaged 8.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 22.2 minutes per game while shooting 38.6 percent from three.
Jrue Holiday MIL PG
Bucks' Jrue Holiday: Headed to Tokyo on Saturday3d ago
Holiday is set to travel to Tokyo on Saturday with Khris Middleton and Devin Booker, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
Holiday's status for Team USA's game Sunday against France is uncertain. Team USA is down to only nine players without Holiday, Middleton and Booker, so the team is hopeful the trio is able to play Sunday. Team USA coach Gregg Popovich is unsure how much he'll use Booker, Middleton and Holiday in Sunday's game if they are available.
Khris Middleton MIL SF
Bucks' Khris Middleton: Headed to Tokyo3d ago
Middleton is scheduled to fly to Tokyo on Friday, along with Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
The hope for Team USA is that Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Middleton will all be available for Sunday's Olympic opener against France. However, it is still unclear how much they will actually be able to play given their recent usage throughout the NBA Finals. The American squad has struggled during the exhibition games in Tokyo and currently only have nine players until the trio arrives.
Devin Booker PHO SG
Suns' Devin Booker: Flying to Tokyo3d ago
Booker will travel to Tokyo with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday on Saturday, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
Team USA is set to face off against France on Sunday, so Booker's status for Sunday's game is uncertain as of now. Coach Gregg Popovich shared that he's unsure how much he'll use Booker, Middleton and Holiday in Sunday's 2021 Olympic debut game.
Isaiah Hartenstein CLE C
Cavaliers' Isaiah Hartenstein: Declines player option3d ago
Hartenstein has declined his player option and therefore will become a free agent ahead of the 2021-22 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Hartenstein decided he won't play with the Cavaliers for the 2021-22 season, as he declined his $1.8 million player option. After getting traded from the Nuggets late in March, the center managed to average 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 18.0 minutes while with the Cavaliers. The 23-year-old will enter free agency for the second time in his career.
Niklas Hjalmarsson ARI D
Niklas Hjalmarsson: Set to retire8h ago
Hjalmarsson is expected to retire from the NHL after 14 seasons, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports.
The 34-year-old blueliner appeared in 41 games with Arizona last season, tallying five assists and a minus-6 rating while averaging 17:22 of ice time. Hjalmarsson spent 10 seasons with the Blackhawks and was a key defenseman on three championship teams during his time there. He finishes his NHL career with 25 goals, 172 points and 1,605 blocked shots while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time across 821 games. The 6-foot-3 Swede also tallied 29 points in 137 career postseason appearances.
Spencer Smallman CAR RW
Hurricanes' Spencer Smallman: Inks extension11h ago
Smallman signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Sunday.
The deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 in the AHL. Smallman has yet to make his NHL debut but has put up 21 points in 65 career AHL games. Given his lack of NHL experience, the 24-year-old doesn't figure to make a fantasy impact anytime soon.
Jake Virtanen VAN RW
Canucks' Jake Virtanen: Expected to be bought out13h ago
The Canucks placed Virtanen (indefinite leave) on unconditional waivers Sunday for the purposes of buying him out, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Once Virtanen clears waivers, he will be bought out by the Canucks. The 24-year-old had one more season remaining on his deal. Virtanen had just five goals in 38 games this past season and was eventually placed on indefinite leave after being accused of sexual assault allegations, causing him to miss the final 12 games of the year.
Marc Staal DET D
Red Wings' Marc Staal: Inks one-year extension13h ago
Staal signed a one-year extension with the Red Wings on Sunday.
Staal spent the 2021 season with the Red Wings after he was traded from the Rangers back in September. The 33-year-old had an uninspiring season with three goals and seven assists but will run it back with Detroit after he initially mentioned he was open to coming back.
John Carlson WAS D
Capitals' John Carlson: Undergoes minor surgery15h ago
General manager Brian MacLellan indicated that Carlson (knee) recently underwent a "minor procedure," Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
Carlson brought up the knee issue following Washington's exit from the postseason in May and indicated that surgical options were possible. MacLellan indicated that the 30-year-old defender is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Fantasy managers should target the offensive rearguard early in all formats following his 10-goal, 44-point effort in 52 games last season.
Nathan Walker STL LW
Blues' Nathan Walker: Inks two-year extension1d ago
Walked signed a two-year, two-way extension with St. Louis on Saturday, per CapFriendly.
Walker has appeared in 25 total NHL games over the last four seasons, including eight games with the Blues during the 2020-21 campaign. He's a depth forward that has mostly been given a look in the bottom six when he's filling in for an injured forward. He should fill a similar role next season with St. Louis.