Foligno won't return to Sunday's tilt against Pittsburgh, and is dealing with a lower-body injury.
During the second period, Foligno got twisted up with Conor Sheary which resulted in an awkward tumble to the ice, and he headed to the dressing room afterwords to receive treatment. The captain came back for the first shift of the third period, but wasn't able to continue, and called it a night in order to not worsen the malady. His status should be updated by the team before Tuesday's match against New Jersey, and if he isn't able to go, Boone Jenner should slide up to the second line in his absence.
Nova arrived at camp looking slimmer after losing 10 pounds during the offseason, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Nova made the decision to drop weight after suffering a left knee injury in 2017 -- he played through knee inflammation during most of the season, which limited his ability to work out. Nova finished the year at 11-14 with a 4.14 ERA across 187.0 innings and 131 strikeouts. The 31-year-old right-hander comes into spring training healthy, and will look to improve in 2018 after making it through his first full season as a major-league starter.
Cushing has been informed that he will be released by the Texans prior to the start of the new league year Mar. 14, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans will save roughly $8 million against the cap by releasing Cushing, who has performed well below his paygrade the past few years and was suspended 10 games this past season for his second violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Making this an even easier decision for Houston was the emergence of 2017 rookie linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole, who evidently combined to make Cushing expendable. The 2009 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year will finish his time in Houston as the Texans' all-time leading tackler and will certainly draw interest from other organizations at a reduced price when he hits the open market.
Rodriguez arrived for spring training Wednesday feeling 100 percent following an injury-ridden 2017 campaign, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez was involved in a car accident in January 2017 and suffered a torn rotator cuff. He returned to the field in July, but never fully returned to health. The 32-year-old outfielder was traded to the Pirates in August, and finished the year slashing just .167/.276/.295. Rodriguez expects to have a bounce back season in 2018 and will likely contribute off the bench, although he'll have an opportunity to compete for Pittsburgh's No. 3 outfield spot this spring.
Although Reimer has collected wins in his last two starts, they haven't necessarily been good outings, as he only stopped 61 of the 69 shots thrown on net during the span. Things won't get any easier for the 29-year-old against the potent Winnipeg attack, which averages 3.22 goals per game (sixth best in the NHL) and produces 31.9 shots per game, and Reimer will likely need to elevate his game in order to receive his third straight win.