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Hornets' Mangok Mathiang: Rejoins big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Hornets recalled Mathiang from the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Tuesday.

As a player on a two-way contract, Mathiang's stint with the NBA team will likely be brief, though it appears he'll be a candidate to dress for the Hornets in Wednesday's game against the Wizards. Mathiang has been nothing more than an end-of-bench option this season for the Hornets, appearing in only three games and logging no more than five minutes in any contest.

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Diamondbacks' Tyler Pill: Inks minors pact with Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks signed Pill (elbow) to a minor-league contract Monday.

Arizona has already assigned Pill to its Triple-A affiliate at Reno, so it doesn't sound like the 27-year-old will work out with the big club during spring training. Pill, who made seven appearances (three starts) with the Mets last season when a rash of injuries hit the team's pitching staff, finished with a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 22 innings. He'll likely function as starting depth in the upper minors for the Diamondbacks, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot puts him low in the organizational pecking order for a potential look in the big-league rotation.

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Red Wings' Luke Glendening: Expected back after All-Star break
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Per general manager Ken Holland, Glendening (hand/wrist) is not expected to return to the lineup until after the All-Star break, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Should this estimation hold true, Glendening would be scheduled to reenter the lineup for a home game against the Sharks on Jan. 31. The Michigan native isn't an outstanding source of offensive production, as his 10 points and 48 shots on goal will surely attest, but he brings a good level of physicality to the Detroit offensive corps that the team will be glad to have back theoretically at the end of the month.

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Cardinals' Yadier Molina: To play three more seasons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Molina says he plans to retire after the 2020 season, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

He plans to play out a three-year, $60 million extension that begins this season and then ride off into the sunset. This is obviously not a done deal, as Molina could opt to continue playing after the 2020 season, particularly if he feels good physically and is coming off a productive campaign. However, with catching prospects Carson Kelly, who is already big-league ready, and Andrew Knizner on track to be ready to take over in a couple years, it will likely be a mutual parting of the ways after the 2020 season. Coming off an impressive 2017 season, Molina's current NFBC ADP (149.5) ranks sixth among catchers.

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Cavaliers' Jae Crowder: Complementary offensive role in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crowder posted seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Monday's 118-108 loss to the Warriors.

Crowder continues to play a decidedly modest role in the Cavaliers' offense despite typically drawing starts at power forward. The six-year veteran has only managed double-digit scoring thrice in the last 11 games, and both his shot attempts (7.3) and scoring average (8.4) are his lowest since the 25-game stint with the Mavericks to open the 2014-15 campaign that preceded his trade to the Celtics. The 27-year-old's usage could see an even further downturn once Isaiah Thomas becomes fully incorporated into the offense, although the on-court rapport he has with his former Boston teammate could potentially lead to a handful of additional scoring opportunities for Crowder off feeds from the latter.

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