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Giants | Only two draft picks remain unsigned
Giants | Four still rehabbing
New York Giants C David Baas (undisclosed), OG Chris Snee (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and LB Jacquian Williams (knee) did not take part in team drills during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. They are still rehabbing, and participated only in individual drills.
Giants | Spencer Paysinger among starting LBs
New York Giants LBs Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers were the starting linebackers during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22, with LBs Dan Connor, Aaron Curry and Etienne Sabino lining up with the second unit.
Giants | Aaron Curry admits previous lack of motivation
New York Giants LB Aaron Curry admitted that the money he earned as a high draft pick changed him and he lost his motivation, ultimately leading to his trade from the Seattle Seahawks. "Early in my career, I was just selfish and self-centered," Curry said Wednesday, May 22. "I was more about me than I was the Seahawks at the time. I was more focused on my own desires versus the franchise and the team. It was immaturity, and I'm glad I got past that stage."
Yankees | Hiroki Kuroda expected to make next start
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, May 22, that he would be "shocked" if SP Hiroki Kuroda (calf) missed a start due to the bruised calf he suffered after being hit by a comebacker.
Yankees | Hiroki Kuroda leaves start
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda (calf) left his start Wednesday, May 22, against the Baltimore Orioles due to a right calf contusion. He was hit by a comebacker in the second inning, and left in the following frame.
White Sox | No MRI scheduled for Chris Sale
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (shoulder) is not scheduled for an MRI, and he is thought to be on track to pitch Tuesday, May 28, against the Chicago Cubs. "He wants to go pitch," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's us that are taking the ball out of his hands. It's not his decision, but he knows how he feels and how he's going to feel in five days."
FANTASY TIP: Sale sounds like a go for his next scheduled start, and he would be a two-start pitcher in the upcoming week barring any weather interruptions or health issues. It appears safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup in all leagues.
White Sox | Adam Dunn playing through pain
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn (back) said Wednesday, May 22, that he is having difficulty getting loose, but he continues to play despite not being at 100 percent. He said his problem is more related to fielding because his pain is vertical. "It takes so long to get loose," Dunn said. "I have to probably go two or three batters before I normally do just to go and get loose again. Other than that, it's pretty much the same."
Rockies | DJ LeMahieu to be regular 2B
FANTASY TIP: LeMahieu is worth adding in most NL-only fantasy leagues and deeper mixed formats, especially if you need middle infielder assistance.
Rockies | Josh Rutledge optioned to Triple-A
FANTASY TIP: Rutledge still can be part of the future plans in Colorado, but he can be dropped from all NL-only leagues. Consider adding DJ LeMahieu in his place. LeMahieu is expected to serve as the regular second baseman in Denver.
Marlins | Kevin Slowey leaves early
Cardinals | Jake Westbrook ends bullpen session early
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) had to stop throwing his bullpen session Wednesday, May 22, after 20 pitches. He said his elbow did not feel right. He is uncertain what the next step will be.
Astros | Bud Norris doesn't expect to miss start
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (back) said Wednesday, May 22, that he does not expect to miss his next scheduled start despite leaving his past two outings due to lower back spasms. "I really don't want to (miss the next start). I think the prevention process of taking care of it now and getting me out of the game will help," Norris said.
FANTASY TIP: Norris has left each of his past two starts early. It might be a good idea to reserve him in all fantasy formats until he can make it through one full outing without any setbacks or disruptions.
Astros | Chris Carter offers flexibility
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday, May 22, that he likes to use 1B Chris Carter at first base and 1B Carlos Pena as the designated hitter, even though Pena is the better defensive player, because he enjoys the option of moving Carter to the outfield late in games if needed.
Vikings | Never asked Jared Allen to restructure
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen said Wednesday, May 22, that the team never asked him to restructure his current deal. He is in a contract year, and he is due to make $14,280,612 in base salary this season, with a cap number over $17 million. "You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven't talked one iota," Allen said.
Giants | Justin Tuck not thinking about future
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck, a free agent at season's end, said Wednesday, May 22, that he wasn't thinking about his future with the team, or how he might fit under the salary cap in 2014. "Do I think about that?" Tuck asked. "Why would I? I just go out and do my job. I'm old enough to know better. You can't control it and if you try, it just gets worse."
Giants | Increased reps for other WRs
New York Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were missing at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, over contract disputes, so QB Eli Manning was working with WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle during the session.
Giants | Hakeem Nicks unhappy with contract
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks did not show up to practice Wednesday, May 22, because he is unhappy with his contract situation, a source indicated. Nicks did not violate any rules, since organized team activities (OTAs) are voluntary, but head coach Tom Coughlin was expecting him.
Giants | Ramses Barden to take physical
Cowboys | Two battling for No. 3 WR job
Dallas Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris is considered the front-runner for the No. 3 wide receiver job behind WRs Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, and it is believed WR Terrance Williams will need a strong training camp to supplant him.