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Tigers | Miguel Cabrera swats three homers
Pirates | Andrew McCutchen nursing sore knee
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) said Sunday, May 19, that he hurt his knee sliding into home plate a few days ago. He said the knee was sore again today, but there is no structural damage.
Phillies | Ryan Howard not expected to play Monday
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) is dealing with a nagging left knee injury, and he will have an MRI Monday, May 20. While he will accompany the team to Miami, manager Charlie Manuel said he does not expect to play Howard Monday.
Phillies | DL likely to Carlos Ruiz
Phillies | Tyler Cloyd to start Tuesday
Phillies | Adam Morgan nursing injury
Padres | Yasmani Grandal back on the field
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal returned to game action Saturday, May 18, for Triple-A Tucson, catching nine innings. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. He is allowed to play 10 minor league games before he is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension and play for the Padres May 28.
FANTASY TIP: Grandal is expected to split time behind the dish with Nick Hundley when he returns, and manager Bud Black has said he will go with the hot hand. Grandal is worth adding in all NL-only fantasy leagues, and is decent depth in mixed formats in leagues which require two starting backstops.
Padres | Cameron Maybin might begin rehab soon
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) might be headed out on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Friday, May 24, if he responds well to swinging the bat this week. He is expected to hit in the batting cage on the field Monday, May 20, through Wednesday, May 22, to test the injury.
Giants | Sergio Romo is healthy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy used RP Chad Gaudin Sunday, May 19, in a tune-up inning against the Colorado Rockies rather than turning to RP Sergio Romo for some work. After the game, Bochy said Romo is fine, and both pitchers are available to pitch Monday, May 20.
Giants | Nick Noonan is fine
San Francisco Giants SS Nick Noonan (collarbone) was hit on the collarbone while playing second base in the game Sunday, May 19, against the Colorado Rockies. However, manager Bruce Bochy said Noonan is fine.
Giants | More on Angel Pagan
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (illness) was lightheaded, and received intravenous fluids before the game Sunday, May 19. Manager Bruce Bochy said it caught up to Pagan, and that's why he was removed from the game.
Dodgers | Scott Van Slyke injured
Indians | Mark Reynolds takes over at 3B
Cleveland Indians 3B Mark Reynolds takes over as the team's regular third baseman following the demotion of 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A Columbus. While Reynolds had 26 errors at third base in 114 games, he will start there regularly. INF Mike Aviles and OF Ryan Raburn can also play third base.
Indians | Will talk extension with two after season
The Cleveland Indians talked with OF Michael Brantley and 2B Jason Kipnis about contract extensions during the spring, but neither agreed to a deal. Kipnis is five years away from free agency, while Brantley is three years away. The team will attempt to sign both players again after the season.
Texans | Brooks Reed is 100 percent
Houston Texans LB Brooks Reed (groin) said Sunday, May 19, that he is healthy for the beginning of the team's organized team activities (OTAs), and he said he is "100 percent." Reed said he has been running and lifting weights for the past three weeks and the groin hasn't given him any trouble.
Steelers | Uncertain if Troy Polamalu will attend
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu has a history of blowing off the voluntary portion of spring drills to train with his guru, Marv Marinovich, in the Los Angeles area. Last season, Polamalu went through most of the spring practice with his teammates - and then missed nine games with injuries. It's uncertain if Polamalu will attend organized team activities (OTAs), which begin Tuesday, May 21.
Steelers | New faces on defense
When organized team activities (OTAs) open Tuesday, May 21, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have at least three new faces among the starters. LB Jason Worilds is in for the departed James Harrison (Bengals) at outside lineback, NT Steve McLendon is in for free-agent Casey Hampton at nose tackle, and CB Cortez Allen takes over for CB Keenan Lewis (Saints) at cornerback.
Steelers | Emmanuel Sanders projected to start
Redskins | Have crowded backfield
The Washington Redskins have seven running backs on the roster right now, with only RB Alfred Morris guaranteed of a job in Washington this season. Based on the current roster, it appears RB Evan Royster will be battling Jawan Jamison, and RB Roy Helu Jr. will be battling Chris Thompson for the two running back spots behind Morris.
Browns | Confident in Travis Benjamin
The Cleveland Browns feel confident WR Travis Benjamin and RB Dion Lewis can handle the return duties, which is why fan favorite WR Joshua Cribbs (Raiders) (knee) was allowed to leave via free agency without much effort to re-sign him. Plus, Cribbs is 30, and there are concerns about his knee.