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Jeff Mathis Headshot

Mathis continues to compete with Chris Herrmann and Chris Iannetta for playing time this coming season, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

The Diamondbacks remain undecided about how they will utilize their catchers this season, and manager Torey Lovullo hasn't offered much clarification. "I'm just going to be consistent what I've said all spring long," Lovullo said. "We're going to put the catchers in the best position to have success with the pitcher that evening to help us win the game." Mathis and Iannetta, both offseason signings, have split most time behind the plate this spring, while Herrmann has seen time in the outfield. With outfield injuries to Yasmany Tomas (oblique) and Socrates Brito (finger), it's probable that the Diamondbacks will carry three catchers, with Herrmann seeing time in the outfield as well. It appears that, regardless of who wins the starting job, the catchers will split time throughout the season. With the season rapidly approaching, Lovullo is expected to have an idea of who will start within the next week, according to David Lumia of Fox Sports Arizona. "On the last few days of spring training we don't want it to be a fire drill," the skipper said. "We want it to be laid out and these guys can let their minds relax a little and great ready for Opening Day."
5:55 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown will start at shooting guard in place of Avery Bradley (illness) Friday versus the Suns, Celtics commentator Sean Grande reports.

Brown's production has taken a downturn of late, so Bradley's absence and his subsequent promotion to the starting lineup could be what the rookie needs to get back on track. In 11 outings as a starting guard this season, Brown is averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.
5:53 pm (EST)
Kevin Love Headshot

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said Love has been cleared to play in both halves of the team's back-to-back set Friday against the Hornets and Saturday against the Wizards, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

After making his return from left knee surgery March 16 against the Jazz, Love was held out of the team's subsequent game two days later, as it was the front end of a back-to-back set. Though Love won't have any restrictions as far as participating in games is concerned, the Cavaliers continue to be judicious with his minutes load coming off the injury. Love hasn't seen more than 26 minutes in any of his three appearances, and Griffin hinted that the power forward would remain in that range for both games over the weekend. As a result of the lesser-than-normal workload, Love probably won't make for as appealing of a DFS option over the next two games as he had prior to suffering the injury.
5:53 pm (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Suns due to illness, Celtics commentator Sean Grande reports.

Bradley's absence will result in rookie Jaylen Brown starting in his stead. Besides Brown, Marcus Smart could see even more run in Boston's backcourt with Bradley out. As it stands, it's unclear whether Bradley's illness will put his status for Sunday's game versus the Heat in question.
5:50 pm (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Coach Scott Brooks said he expects Wall (migraine) to play Friday against the Nets, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

The Wizards allowed Wall to sit out their morning shootaround while he complained of a headache, prompting the team to label him as questionable heading into the evening. While his official designation remains unchanged, Brooks' comments suggest that the point guard has made improvement over the afternoon, so assuming he incurs no setbacks during pregame warmups, Wall should start as he usually does. Expect Brooks to be judicious with Wall's minutes, however; the Wizards are entering the front end of the back-to-back set and would probably prefer to reserve a larger workload for their franchise cornerstone in Saturday's game against the conference-leading Cavaliers rather than the league-worst Nets.
5:43 pm (EST)
Kenneth Faried Headshot

Faried (shoulder) will play Friday against the Pacers, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Faried's status was in question due to a shoulder contusion, but that latest ailment won't prevent the Morehead State-product from suiting up Friday in nearby Indianapolis. However, with Danilo Gallinari (knee) returning to the fold, it wouldn't be surprising if banged-up Faried's minutes are scaled back to some degree.
5:42 pm (EST)
Jon Gray Headshot

Gray left Friday's outing due to left foot soreness, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

The Rockies' top pitcher had an early departure from his outing Friday, and because he didn't appear to be favoring anything as he left the mound with the Rockies' training staff. It has since been diagnosed that his left foot, the front foot in his delivery, was ailing him. The extent of his injury has yet to be revealed, so it should just be considered soreness at this time.
5:38 pm (EST)
Edinson Volquez Headshot

Volquez has been named the Marlins' starter for Opening Day, Tim Healey of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The offseason acquisition will open the season as the staff ace, despite posting a 5.37 ERA and allowing 23 home runs last season with the Royals. Nonetheless, Volquez has 12 years of major league experience on his side and has started at least 32 games in each of the past five seasons. The right-hander is a risky draft pick given his recent performance, but certainly provides a steady source of innings.
5:34 pm (EST)
Danny O'Regan Headshot

The Sharks reassigned O'Regan to AHL San Jose on Friday.

O'Regan drew into two contests during what was his first stint with the big club, registering two shots on goal while averaging 10:23 of ice time over that span. The German pivot will likely spend the rest of the regular season in the minors, but could be recalled for the Sharks' upcoming playoff run.
5:34 pm (EST)
Henrik Lundqvist Headshot

Lundqvist said he will start Sunday's game in Anaheim after missing the last seven games with a hip injury.

While it can sometimes be difficult to take players at their word for when they may be able to come back from injury, Lundqvist's return was slated to be either Saturday or Sunday anyway, so it's probably safe to pencil him in for Sunday's road contest against the Ducks. King Henrik's play prior to his injury was a bit inconsistent, as he posted alternating wins and losses to go with a .927 save percentage in the four games immediately preceding his absence, so it's anyone's guess as to how he will fare in his return to the starter's net.
5:31 pm (EST)
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