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Miguel Andujar NYY DH
Yankees' Miguel Andujar: Feeling '100 percent'7h ago
Andujar has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Florida five days a week and has had no trouble with his surgically repaired right shoulder, George A. King III of the New York Post reports.
"I feel great. I am working out five days a week building strength, working with the trainers, exercising and doing my best to stay sharp,'' Andujar indicated in an email. "I feel 100 percent. I am very happy where I am at physically." Andujar also explained that he had been working out with a trainer away from the Yankees' training complex during part of the MLB hiatus but has since returned to Steinbrenner Field. The 25-year-old is expected to see playing time as a designated hitter, left fielder and third baseman during a potential 2020 campaign, though he is unlikely to open the season with an everyday role.
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Dodgers' Max Muncy: Staying fresh during hiatus8h ago
Muncy stated that he has been hitting in a cage "a couple times a week" but is "trying not to overdo it" in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.
"Once things start up...it's going to be a lot of games in a short period of time," Muncy theorized in explaining his rationale for wanting to stay fresh during MLB's hiatus. The 29-year-old is slated to take on a near-everyday role as the Dodgers' starting first baseman in 2020, with occasional time at second base.
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Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Staying with Bichette during pause17h ago
Espinal and fellow Blue Jays minor leaguer Forrest Wall have been staying in Florida with Bo Bichette during the shutdown, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.
Bichette's father, four-time All-Star Dante Bichette, has a gym and batting cages near his home, giving Espinal all the facilities he needs to stay in shape. The 25-year-old had already been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo when spring training was put on pause, but his impressive Grapefruit League showing (.417/.462/1.000 and seven extra-base hits in 26 plate appearances) and strong defense mark him as the most likely internal replacement at shortstop should anything sideline Bichette during the regular season, and Espinal could still find a spot on an expanded big-league roster.
Bo Bichette TOR SS
Blue Jays' Bo Bichette: Working out with dad17h ago
Bichette has been able to stay in shape in part by doing drills and working out with his father, four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.
"Most of the time he's throwing me (batting practice), but every once in a while he actually pitches to me, so we'll get the Little League field distance and he'll throw it as hard as he can to try and get me out. That's when it gets a little bit intense and a little bit competitive," Bichette said about the workouts with his pop. The 22-year-old figures to be ready to go right away once spring training resumes.
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Nationals' Eric Thames: Trying not to overdo workouts17h ago
Thames has been working out in his garage and hitting off a tee to stay in shape, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
"The trainers have definitely been reaching out to make sure no one is showing any symptoms and then the strength coach has been reaching out to make sure you get your sprints in, your program, your stretching, do this and that. Just making sure guys don't show up overweight or out of shape. You don't want to get hurt," Thames said earlier this week. The veteran slugger also said he was making sure he didn't hit the weights too much out of sheer boredom. "Not trying to do too much because I do get really big. So this last month, my programming is all stretching and just getting my shoulders ready, my hips and all that fun stuff."
George Springer HOU CF
Astros' George Springer: Wanted back in Houston19h ago
The Astros "made it clear" that they want to work out a long-term deal with Springer, who can become an unrestricted free agent after 2020, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports, citing a source report from Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Springer, who turns 31 in September, will be one of the more attractive players on the market during next offseason, but Houston owner Jim Crane has told the outfielder and his representatives that the club is interested in working out an extension before the player hits free agency. Per the agreement worked out between MLB and the MLB Players Association, all players will receive a full year of service time even if the season is canceled or abbreviated, meaning Springer will become a free agent regardless of how the coronavirus pandemic impacts MLB in 2020.
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Bengals' Joe Mixon: Long-term deal possible13h ago
While there haven't been any signs of progress in negotiations, Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin said that the organization desires to sign Mixon to a long-term deal, Chris Roling of USA Today reports.
The initial conventional wisdom was that a deal with Mixon would have to wait until the Bengals resolved A.J. Green's long-term contract situation, but that might not necessarily be the case.
Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger: Doing well in rehab13h ago
Roethlisberger (elbow) is expected to be ready when the season begins, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Chris Adamski reports.
When asked about Roethlisberger's projected availability for the Steelers' season opener September 14 at the Giants, coach Mike Tomlin said, "As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness." The Steelers need Big Ben to stay healthy this season for the offense to improve after being one of the worst in the league last year. "He's throwing on a rehab schedule, and it's going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener," added Tomlin.
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Vikings' Eric Wilson: Signs tender16h ago
Wilson has signed his restricted free agent tender for $3.259 million for the 2020 season, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Wilson suited up for all 16 games in 2019 and accumulated 62 tackles (36 solo) and three sacks in the process. He currently projects as the team's starting weakside linebacker heading into 2020. The 25-year-old will look to pick up where he left off this year, as he finished Week 17 against the Bears last season with a career-high 12 tackles (seven solo) and one sack.
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Larry Warford: Released by Saints1d ago
The Saints have let Warford go, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Warford's release saves the Saints nearly $8 million and clears the path for rookie first-round pick Cesar Ruiz to handle the right guard duties immediately. The veteran will likely find a number of teams vying for his services in 2020.
Gabriel Davis BUF WR
Bills' Gabriel Davis: Signs rookie contract2d ago
Davis has signed his rookie deal, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The fourth-rounder out of Central Florida gives the Bills a little bit of the size (6-foot-2 and 216 pounds) at the WR position they lacked last season. However, the top three receiving spots are covered by Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley, so Davis will have to perform well in what looks to be a competitive summer battle with a slew of other wideouts with varying skills, and at best he looks like a No. 4 to start his NFL career. That said, the Bills got good value with him still sitting there in the fourth round and he's considered a hard worker with a great attitude -- in other words, a Sean McDermott type of player -- so we'd be surprised if there's not a spot for him on the final roster.
Jake Fromm BUF QB
Bills' Jake Fromm: Signs rookie contract2d ago
Fromm signed his rookie contract with the Bills on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The former Georgia quarterback is now under contract for the next four years in Buffalo. Josh Allen is the face of the franchise and only entering his third year, so Fromm will serve as a backup and developmental quarterback for the Bills, though how he fits in with Matt Barkley -- a guy that works well with Allen -- in the same room remains to be seen. We could see the Bills keeping three quarterbacks and the Fromm beginning his career as the No. 3 option.
Kevin Durant BKN SF
Nets' Kevin Durant: Return not ruled out for 2019-205d ago
Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a recent interview with Grant Chapman of Newshub that the team isn't officially ruling Durant (Achilles) out for the 2019-20. "That's a $110 [million] question. In all seriousness, we've tried not to talk about his timeline a lot," Marks said. "When you've got enough invested in a player like Kevin, we're never going to push him to come back," Marks said. "When the timing is right, he'll be 100 percent when he gets on the court. I can tell you this though -- before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant, and that's a good thing."
The Brooklyn brass continues to shy away from placing any expectations on Durant, who last played in June 2019, when he suffered a torn Achilles during the NBA Finals as a member of the Warriors. Durant's camp has also deflected talk of a return, as his business partner Rich Kleiman said in March that the thought of the two-time NBA Finals MVP returning in June or July was "not very realistic." However, as it looks more and more like the season could resume in the late summer or fall, the possibility of Durant making his Nets debut comes more realistic, at least in theory.
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Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Could face restrictions6d ago
During an April 30 conference call, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry spoke on the possibility of Williamson facing a minutes restriction if the NBA returns to play this season. "We'll have those conversations," Gentry said. "Obviously, his health will be the number one priority, but the restriction was really off after his first 5-6 games. So, he was playing the minutes that he would normally play, considering with any situation really. But, it will be something that we talk about when we do resume and as far as how it looks for Zion from a minute standpoint, and we'll do that really with some of the other players."
At this point, it's unclear if the Pelicans will even have to cross this bridge, but if the league does resume regular-season play, Williamson would be in a unique situation. After missing the first several months of the season, he made his debut on Jan. 22 and hit the ground running, playing in 19 of the team's next 20 games. As Gentry noted, Williamson quickly shed his initial minutes limit and was routinely seeing 30-plus minutes beginning in early February. Prior to the suspension of the season on Mar. 11, Williamson held averages of 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per contest (19 games). He scored at least 20 points in 14 of his final 15 games.
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Timberwolves' Malik Beasley: Could be long-term fit in Minnesota6d ago
Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas indicated that the team hopes to sign Beasley to a long-term contract, Dane Moore of Zone Coverage Minnesota reports.
Speaking on both Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez during a "State of the Timberwolves" address on May 2, Rosas was asked about the futures of both players, who were acquired from the Nuggets at the trade deadline. "We want those guys to be Timberwolves for a long, long time," Rossas said. "Hopefully, for the rest of their careers." Considering Beasley has played only 14 games in Minnesota, that's a lofty declaration by Rossas, but it appears the Wolves consider the former first-round pick a foundational piece. He'll hit restricted free agency this offseason, at which point the Wolves could offer him a more lucrative, long-term deal.
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Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Door open for postseason return6d ago
Isaac (knee) said Thursday in an online Q&A session with Magic season ticket holders that he'll attempt to resume playing in the 2020 postseason if he feels "110 percent" and the training staff deems him ready to go, John Denton of the team's official site reports.
Isaac said in the chat session that he's attempted to rebuild strength and flexibility in his sprained left knee by riding a stationary bicycle and taking part in weight-training exercises. Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Isaac had been sidelined nearly two and a half months with the injury, which was originally expected to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign. If the NBA resumes its season later in the summer, however, Isaac could be back to full health or close to it.
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Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Seven weeks into 4-to-6 month rehab7d ago
Brunson (shoulder) is seven weeks into his rehab, which was expected to be four-to-six months following surgery, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.
Brunson added that his recovery is "going pretty well," but that it seems unlikely that he'd return in July if the season resumes then. However, he should be ready for next season's training camp. This campaign, he's averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 17.9 minutes.
Justise Winslow MEM SF
Grizzlies' Justise Winslow: Deems self fully healthy9d ago
Winslow (back) noted that he is "pain-free and symptom-free" and plans to "get right back into the swing of things" when the season resumes, Michael Wallace of Grind City Media reports.
Winslow was set to return to play right when the season stopped, so it makes sense that he's feeling 100 percent. He was dealt to the Grizzlies on Feb. 5 but hasn't yet had an opportunity to suit up for his new team.
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Ben Sexton: Announces retirement8h ago
Sexton announced his retirement from professional hockey Saturday.
Sexton cited concerns about his long-term health after missing the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign due to a concussion as the driving force behind his decision to retire. The 2009 seventh-round pick spent the vast majority of his seven-year career in the minors, though he did appear in two NHL contests with the Senators in 2017-18.
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Brendan Leipsic: Clears waivers14h ago
Leipsic cleared waivers Saturday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports
Leipsic was waived for the purposes of contact termination following scandalous content on his Instagram account becoming public in recent days. The 25-year-old winger is now a free agent, though the recent controversy will likely be a barrier toward him finding NHL employment in the near future.
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Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson: Goal scoring way down2d ago
Atkinson managed just 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games before the suspension of play in mid-March.
The Connecticut native missed two large chunks of games (12 and 14) due to injury, but the lack of goal scoring is still bothersome after last year's 41-tally explosion. We're inclined to give Atkinson a bit of an injury-based pass considering his previous six seasons featured 21, 22, 27, 35, 24 and (the aforementioned) 41 goals, but owners will be clamoring for a return to his lamp-lighting ways once he's fully healthy.
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Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Leads all rearguards in goals2d ago
Werenski put up 41 points in 63 games prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
The blueliner's return to the 40-plus-point plateau shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Werenski has now achieved that feat in three of his four NHL campaigns. What really stands out are his 20 goals, which are tops among all NHL defensemen and a notable uptick from his previous career-best 16 (in 14 additional games) back in 2017-18. The 22-year-old has also received a career high in even-strength and power-play ice time (23:59 and 2:44), which furthers his status as one of the game's top back-end fantasy assets -- not to mention the fact that he's now the clear-cut preferred option in Columbus ahead of Seth Jones.
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Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois: Paces team in points2d ago
Dubois tallied 18 goals and 31 assists through 70 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
The 21-year-old's 49 points are solid but far from elite, so it's somewhat surprising that he's actually the Blue Jackets' scoring leader. Nonetheless, Dubois has produced at a rate of 0.7 points per game after his 0.74, 61-point sophomore showing last year, so those that rolled with the 2016 third-overall pick have mostly had their expectations fulfilled. Also, his shooting percentage is down from 15.5 to 11.4, so he could be due for a marginal increase in puck luck once play resumes.
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Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Shines in 2019-202d ago
Francouz entered the mid-March league hiatus with a .923 save percentage and 2.41 GAA across 31 starts.
After playing professionally in Europe for many years, the 29-year-old spent most of last season in the AHL and made the jump to becoming a full-time NHLer in 2019-20. Francouz has been nothing short of fantastic in filling in for injured started Philipp Grubauer (now healthy), as his save percentage and GAA rank an impressive fifth and seventh, respectively, among all league netminders. The Czech should be a very trendy DFS option once play resumes and will undoubtedly be highly ranked on fantasy cheat sheets heading into next season.