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Rams | Justin Veltung signs tender

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:51:36 -0700

St. Louis Rams exclusive rights free-agent WR Justin Veltung signed his one-year tender Wednesday, April 23.

Panthers | Chris Scott signs

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:51:10 -0700

Carolina Panthers OG Chris Scott signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender Wednesday, April 23.

Lions | Host Jeroma Couplin

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:48 -0700

William & Mary S Jeroma Couplin visited with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 23. Couplin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at his school's pro day.

Lions | Khairi Fortt visits

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:24 -0700

The Detroit Lions hosted California LB Khairi Fortt Wednesday, April 23.

Jaguars | Cecil Shorts not fully recovered

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:57 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) is still not quite a full strength, but he said Wednesday, April 23, that he expects to be soon. "I'm on the right path where I'm able to run without any pain," Shorts said. "I still have some work to do and I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back. Head coach Gus Bradley said Shorts' rehab has gone well, and the receiver is leaner and in great shape.

FANTASY TIP: Shorts is entering the final year of his four-year deal, so if he can stay healthy he will be playing for a big pay day next offseason. That makes him a nice fantasy sleeper.

CFL | Collin Klein heads north

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:31 -0700

Free-agent QB Collin Klein (Texans) signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Wednesday, April 23, according to a source.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw set for rehab start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:32:22 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) will make a minor-league rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday, April 25. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw would likely make 55 to 60 pitches. "He'll be making more than one, for sure," Mattingly said Wednesday, April 23. Kershaw might be able to re-join the team May 5.

Dodgers | Ill players each feeling better

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:31:40 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (illness), OF Andre Ethier (illness) and RP J.P. Howell (illness) all reported feeling better Wednesday, April 23, after battling cold and flu symptoms for the past week.

Dodgers | Chad Billingsley slowed in rehab

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) received a platelet-rich-plasma injection Tuesday, April 22, for elbow tendinitis. He is returning from Tommy John surgery April 2013, but he had a setback in his first minor-league rehab start that originally was attributed to scar tissue. Billingsley said he will be shut down five to seven days and then resume a throwing program, but he was uncertain how much longer his recovery is now expected to take.

Reds | Skip Schumaker to play in extended spring

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:32 -0700

Cincinnati Reds INF/OF Skip Schumaker (shoulder) is scheduled to travel to Arizona Thursday, April 24, to begin playing in extended spring training games at the team's complex. He will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville once he has advanced through extended spring. "It would initially be five or six inning and then move incrementally to get his stamina up," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday, April 23.

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Reds | Aroldis Chapman pleased with BP session

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:57 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Aroldis Chapman (head) faced hitters Wednesday, April 23, for the first time since he was struck in the head by a line drive last month, suffering fractures above the left eye and nose. He threw 27 pitches of live batting practice. "I felt very good. I didn't feel anything out of the ordinary," Chapman said through an interpreter. Manager Bryan Price said Chapman threw all of his pitches. The next step is for Chapman to throw another live BP session without the assistance of a protective screen this weekend in Atlanta. Then, he is likely to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Nationals | Gio Gonzalez leaves game

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:17 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) was removed from his start Wednesday, April 23, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to some shoulder tightness. Manager Matt Williams said the tightness was due to a cold night, and he doesn't consider it a big deal.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like the removal of Gonzalez was simply a precaution, and Gonzalez isn't in danger of missing his next scheduled start which is set for Tuesday, April 29, on the road against the Houston Astros. Barring any unexpected setbacks, start him in all fantasy leagues as you normally would.

Mariners | Cole Gillespie likely headed up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:07:52 -0700

The Seattle Mariners have not announced a corresponding move after optioning SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 23, but a source indicated OF Cole Gillespie will likely get the call.

Mariners | Nick Franklin optioned

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:07:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 23.

XxxTreme Motorsports | J.J. Yeley takes wheel of No. 30

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:39:14 -0700

Swan Racing announced Wednesday, April 23, that the No. 30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, and that team will put J.J. Yeley behind the wheel, replacing rookie Parker Kligerman who drove for Swan.

Swan Racing | Parker Kligerman without ride

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:38:13 -0700

Swan Racing shed both its Sprint Cup Series cars Wednesday, April 23, leaving driver Parker Kligerman in limbo heading into the race Saturday, April 26, at Richmond International Raceway. One of Swan's two cars will move to BK Racing, while the No. 30 team was sold to owner John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports. The No. 30 will now be driven by J.J. Yeley.

Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola readies for Richmond

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:42 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola has posted two Top 10 finishes on short tracks so far this season, so he is looking forward to this week's race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 26. "You know, in years past at (RPM) our mile-and-a-half program has really been our strong suit and I've kind of dreaded going to short tracks," Almirola said. "Even though I like them, I've kind of dreaded it because I knew that our short-track program wasn't very good, and it was a struggled just to run 20th. We had to fight both tooth and nail."

FANTASY TIP: Almirola, who sits 24th in the points, has been a surprise for fantasy owners. Richmond is another short track, so Almirola could be a sneaky fantasy option, especially in salary cap formats, if he duplicates his success from Bristol and Martinsville earlier this season.

BK Racing | Cole Whitt joins three-man team

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:36:15 -0700

Swan Racing shed both its Sprint Cup Series cars Wednesday, April 23, due to lack of funds. One of its two cars will move to BK Racing, where former Swan minority partner Anthony Marlowe will be listed as owner. The No. 26 car will be driven by Cole Whitt, joining new teammates Alex Bowman of the No. 23, and Ryan Truex of the No. 83 car.

FANTASY TIP: Whitt ranks 33rd in the standings, posting no wins, Top 5s or Top 10s in eight starts so far this season. For fantasy purposes, he is usually only a thought in salary cap formats when trying to squeeze in a low-priced option to afford higher priced stars at your other spots.

Patriots | Pick up Nate Solder's option

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:11:00 -0700

The New England Patriots picked up the fifth-year option on OT Nate Solder Wednesday, April 23.

NFL | Brandon Thomas has ACL surgery

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:10:38 -0700

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas (knee) had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Wednesday, April 23. The surgery went well, and he is expected to be able to practice in season by sometime in October.