After earning double-digit minutes in just three of the Magic's first 39 contests, Birch has now cleared that benchmark in four straight games. The last three games have come with Mohamed Bamba (foot) sitting out, so Birch is expected to be cast out of the rotation once the rookie big man is ready to play again. Birch has at least been productive on a per-minute basis as the second-unit center during Bamba's absence, averaging 6.0 points, 5.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 16.0 minutes.
Birch (personal) is back with the team and is available to play Friday against Minnesota, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Missing Wednesday's game to attend the birth of his daughter, Birch is back and ready to play if called upon in the matchup Friday versus Minnesota.
Birch (personal) is out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Birch left the team before Wednesday's game to be with his wife, who went into labor. The second-year center, who's expected to come back later this week, is averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game this year. Mohamed Bamba is in line for a boost in minutes until Birch returns, either Friday against the Timberwolves or Sunday against the Bulls.
Birch had four points (1-1 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, and two blocks in four minutes during Friday's 112-90 loss to the Pacers.
Birch made his eighth appearance of the campaign, and his first since Nov. 23. He recorded his first blocks of the season and matched his season high in scoring. With that being said, Birch can be left on waiver wires across all formats.
Birch has been limited in Summer League play due to a lingering back injury, but the Magic elected to put him on the floor, mostly to allow Mo Bamba a rest day. Birch played in 42 games with the Magic last season, so one would think that he has an inside track to make the team, but it's expected that Bamba will start the season behind Nicola Vucevic, leaving Birch with the third unit in a best-case scenario. He will likely see some time at the four as well, but there isn't much wriggle room on the depth chart for Birch to have a significant fantasy impact.
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