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Harold Castro DET 2B
Tigers' Harold Castro: Hot start to camp19m ago
Castro is 7-for-11 in intrasquad action with three doubles, three runs scored and four RBI, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Castro turned some heads by batting .291 in 97 games for the Tigers last season, and the 26-year-old is out to prove that performance was no fluke. Castro can play all over the field for the Tigers, and his versatility and ability to make solid contact should afford him plenty of playing time, even if he's not a regular at any one position.
Jose Cisnero DET RP
Tigers' Jose Cisnero: Strengthens hold on bullpen spot26m ago
Cisnero looked sharp in an intrasquad game Saturday and should be able to secure a bullpen spot with a decent showing the rest of summer camp, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Cisnero was thought to have a pretty firm grip on a bullpen spot heading into spring training earlier this year, but he struggled before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. He looked good Saturday, however, striking out three of the six batters he faced, and he should be able to solidify his spot with a few more strong showings. Cisnero tallied a 4.33 ERA and 40 strikeouts across 35.1 innings for the Tigers last season.
Nico Hoerner CHC SS
Cubs' Nico Hoerner: Getting some time at short34m ago
Hoerner has been working out some at shortstop, though he's still likely to see most of his playing time at second base this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Hoerner figures to split time with Jason Kipnis and possibly David Bote at second, but the former also stands to operate as Javier Baez's primary backup at short. Chicago manager David Ross said Hoerner "looks great defensively" at both positions, and this gives the 23-year-old another path to regular playing time if anything were to happen to Baez this season.
Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Works out Saturday38m ago
Rizzo (back) participated in fielding drills and took some swings Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Rizzo has missed the team's last two intrasquad games with lower back tightness, but the fact that he worked out Saturday is encouraging. The 30-year-old has dealt with intermittent back issues throughout his career, so the Cubs are just likely exercising some caution with their slugging first baseman. He remains day to day to return to game action.
Dexter Fowler STL RF
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler: Managing back soreness2h ago
Fowler has missed multiple days due to back tightness and will not practice Sunday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Fowler's back issue appears to be minor, with manager Mike Shildt saying it's "nothing I'm overly concerned about," per Anne Rogers of MLB.com. The 34-year-old is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he struggled at the plate, but he did conclude the 2019 campaign on a high note., so there's reason to be optimistic that Fowler will open the season with plentiful opportunities for playing time..
Angel Perdomo MIL RP
Brewers' Angel Perdomo: Heads to injured list3h ago
Perdomo (illness) was placed on the injured list Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
While the Brewers didn't specify a reason for the transaction, Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of camp, which is presumably related to this move. It's unclear when he's expected to get back on the field.
Kurt Coleman BUF SS
Kurt Coleman: Still looking for team2h ago
Coleman remains without a team as of early July and the Bills have elected not to bring him back for a second season, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.
The Buffalo brass loves its old Carolina connections, but Coleman appeared past his prime last season and at 32 years of age his best bet will likely be in a backup role with a new team in need of secondary depth. The Bills aren't in that boat any more following some offseason signings and draft picks the last couple of years. Coleman finished 2019 with just three tackles and no interceptions on 70 defense snaps, as he was clearly just an insurance safety that ended up helping out on special teams.
Shaquil Barrett TB LB
Buccaneers' Shaquil Barrett: Signing franchise tag5h ago
Barrett is set to sign his franchise tender with the Buccaneers, Jelani Scott of NFL.com reports.
Scott was relaying reporting from NFL Network colleague Ian Rapoport, who confirmed Friday that Barrett will ink the contract that guarantees him a minimum of $15.8 million for 2020. However Rapoport added that Barrett will also be filing a grievance via agent Drew Rosenhaus to be officially classified as a defensive end, a strategy that, if successful, could net him an additional $2 million in salary for the coming season. The veteran pass rusher may ultimately have a valid argument, considering he came off the edge frequently in his 2019 debut campaign in Tampa and racked up a career-best and NFL-high 19.5 sacks on his way to garnering second-team All-Pro honors.
Hunter Henry LAC TE
Chargers' Hunter Henry: Likely stuck on franchise tag8h ago
Henry is not expected to sign an extension before the July 15 deadline, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange Country Register reports.
Henry, who already signed his $10.6 million franchise tag tender, didn't sound optimistic about a possible extension before the July 15 deadline saying, "I'm just going to go out there. I get a chance to play this year and do my thing this year. I'm pretty locked in on what I got ahead of me in the 2020 season. That's what I'm locked in for, you know, I don't like to look too far ahead." The starting tight end has run into a slew of different injuries throughout his career, but he has still piled together 1,709 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns despite missing 23 games over the past four seasons.
Shaquill Griffin SEA CB
Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin: Possible new star teammate?10h ago
The Seahawks have inquired about the Jets' disgruntled safety, Jamal Adams, in an attempt to further beef up their defense, CBS Sports' Patrik Walker reports, which would add extra help for Griffin and whoever starts across from him, either Quinton Dunbar or Tre Flowers.
Other teams have inquired about Adams as well, and now there's talk from some Jets members that the Pro Bowl safety isn't going anywhere. The Seahawks are also thought to be interested in Chiefs star defensive lineman Chris Jones, while Dunbar is going through a slew of off-field legal issues. All of this will have an effect on Griffin, a Pro Bowler in his own right. The more support he gets around him, the greater chance he'll have to build on last season's 65 tackles and 13 passes defended.
Bud Dupree PIT OLB
Steelers' Bud Dupree: Files grievance13h ago
Dupree has officially filed a grievance three months after signing his franchise tag with hopes that he can be paid as a defensive end rather than a linebacker, Jelani Scott of NFL.com reports.
Dupree has accumulated 200 tackles, 31.5 sacks, nine pass deflections and six forced fumbles in 70 games (55 starts) since being drafted 22nd overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is set to make $15.8 million after getting franchised as a linebacker, but should he get reclassified as a defensive end, it will net him roughly $2 million more. The 27-year-old is still hoping to work out a long-term contract with the Steelers.
Shaquill Griffin SEA CB
Seahawks' Shaquill Griffin: Improves in coverage14h ago
Griffin, who made seven tackles and a pass breakup over two playoff games, finished the 2019 season with 65 tackles and 13 pass breakups over 14 regular-season games.
Griffin improved in coverage this season, as he yielded 7.3 yards per target and 39.9 receiving yards per game with just four touchdowns allowed. He served as the team's No. 1 corner opposite Tre Flowers, and Griffin earned an alternate bid to the Pro Bowl. Griffin -- a 2017 third-round pick -- is heading into the final year of his contract in 2020.
Russell Westbrook HOU PG
Rockets' Russell Westbrook: Entering bubble early next week5h ago
Westbrook will join his teammates in the Orlando bubble in three or four days, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
It remains unclear why Westbrook and James Harden are delaying their entry into the bubble. The team's first game is July 31 against the Mavericks.
James Harden HOU SG
Rockets' James Harden: To enter bubble in a few days5h ago
Harden is expected to join the Rockets in the Orlando bubble in three or four days, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
It's still unclear why Harden and Russell Westbrook are delaying their entry into the bubble, but they'll be joining the team shortly. The Rockets' first game is July 31 against the Mavericks.
Kelly Oubre Jr. PHO SF
Suns' Kelly Oubre: Mostly rehabbing in bubble7h ago
Oubre (knee) is doing a "little bit" of on-court work at practice but is mostly doing rehab work, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Coach Monty Williams described Oubre as "looking great" but it remains unclear if he'll participate in the Suns' upcoming games -- the first of which is July 31 against the Wizards. If Oubre is unable to play, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and Dario Saric could see expanded roles.
Tyler Johnson BKN SG
Nets' Tyler Johnson: En route to Orlando9h ago
Johnson (personal) is en route to the Orlando bubble, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Johnson delayed entering the bubble due to a personal matter. Considering the amount of Brooklyn players not participating in the restart of the season, Johnson could see significant minutes. More information on his role could emerge after he starts to go through practices.
Ryan Broekhoff PHI SG
76ers' Ryan Broekhoff: Status uncertain11h ago
Broekhoff did not travel with the 76ers to the Orlando bubble due to personal reasons, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Broekoff signed with Philadelphia two weeks ago after appearing in 17 games for the Mavericks earlier this season. It remains unclear why he did not travel with the team for the restart, but some update on his status should be forthcoming.
Kemba Walker BOS PG
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Minute restriction likely12h ago
Walker (knee) is expected to face a minute restriction during the Celtics' first week of seeding games, Boston.com reports.
The Celtics want Walker to be fully healthy and not limited by his previous knee injury once the playoffs commence, so it looks like they will err on the side of caution with their star point guard out of the gate. This news is not all that surprising, but it confirms the route the team is going to take.
Mike Green EDM D
Oilers' Mike Green: Opts out of restart plan4h ago
Green has opted out of the Return to Play program, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Green battled a liver-attacking virus throughout the 2018-19 campaign, which undoubtedly factored into his decision to forego the playoffs. The 34-year-old blueliner will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and although he's battled health issues over the past two campaigns, he should still draw plenty of interest on the open market as a capable vet that can still quarterback a No. 2 power-play unit at a high level.
Zach Trotman PIT D
Penguins' Zach Trotman: Ruled out of playoffs7h ago
Trotman (undisclosed) won't be available for the playoffs, Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports.
Trotman likely wouldn't have seen any game action in the playoffs anyway, as he only appeared in eight games with the big club as an injury replacement option this year. The 29-year-old blueliner will now set his sights on getting healthy for the 2020-21 campaign.
Brett Pesce CAR D
Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Likely unavailable for playoffs8h ago
According to general manager Don Waddel, Pesce (shoulder) probably won't be cleared for contact until the end of August, which means the 25-year-old blueliner likely won't be available for the playoffs, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
There was a slight chance that Pesce would be able to return for postseason play after undergoing shoulder surgery in March, but it appears as though Carolina is leaning toward playing it safe with the American blueliner. Although the Hurricanes are extremely deep at defense, they'll still undoubtedly be affected by Pesce's absence. The 25-year-old blueliner notched 18 points while averaging nearly 22 minutes of ice time per contest in 61 games during the regular season, and he was also one of Carolina's most important penalty killers, averaging 3:16 of ice time per contest while a man down this year.
Kyle Capobianco ARI D
Coyotes' Kyle Capobianco: Added to Phase 3 roster10h ago
Capobianco, along with six other players, has been added to Arizona's training camp roster.
Along with Capobianco, Michael Chaput, Hudson Fasching, Jordan Gross, Aaron Ness, Adin Hill and Ivan Prosvetov will all also be attending the Coyotes' training camp. Most, if not all of those players won't see any playing time once the playoffs get underway, but Capobianco could provide an offensive punch from the back end should Arizona suffer several injuries at defense. The 2015 third-round pick racked up an impressive 10 goals and 37 points in 42 games with AHL Tucson this season.
Roman Polak DAL D
Roman Polak: Not included on camp roster10h ago
Polak isn't listed on the Stars' Phase 3 training camp roster, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Polak has already agreed to a multi-year contract with Czech club HC Vitkovice for the 2020-21 campaign and beyond, so the fact that he has elected to forego the NHL's Return to Play doesn't exactly come as a surprise. At this point it looks like the 34-year-old blueliner has almost certainly played his last NHL game. If that ends up being the case, he'll finish his NHL career having totaled 26 goals and 140 points in 806 games split between the Blues, Maple Leafs, Sharks and Stars over 14 seasons.
Jason Robertson DAL LW
Stars' Jason Robertson: Highlights Black Aces call-ups10h ago
Robertson is among the 13 players the Stars have added to their training camp roster, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Along with Robertson, Dallas added Ty Dellandrea, Rhett Gardner, Joel L'Esperance, Joel Kiviranta, Nick Caamano, Gavin Bayreuther, Joel Hanley, Thomas Harley, Dillon Heatherington, Landon Bow, Jake Oettinger and Colton Point to its expanded roster Saturday. Most of these players will have next to no shot at seeing game action once postseason play gets underway, but Robertson should top the list of potential injury substitutes after racking up 25 goals and 47 points in 60 AHL games this campaign.