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Kawhi Leonard Headshot

Leonard (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday against the Warriors, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.

Coach Gregg Popovich indicated earlier in the week that Leonard was unlikely to play Monday, so this latest update comes as no surprise. With the Warriors boasting a commanding 3-0 lead and on the brink of eliminating the Spurs, this could mean the end of Leonard's season after averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals across 33.1 minutes during the 2016-17 campaign. Look for Jonathon Simmons to start a third straight game in Leonard's place Monday, with guys like Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili potentially picking up some extra run as well.
7:24 pm (EST)
Nate Jones Headshot

Jones (elbow) took part in a simulated game Monday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

The fact that Jones was able to bounce back from throwing 24 pitches in a bullpen session Friday and throw in a simulated game on just two days of rest is an encouraging sign that he's almost ready to return. We'll have to wait and see if the White Sox decide to send him on a rehab assignment before we know the next step, but Jones could potentially return within the week.
7:19 pm (EST)
A.J. Pollock Headshot

Pollock (groin) has started light jogging and is progressing well according to manager Torey Lovullo, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Pollock is currently dealing with a Grade 1 groin strain. Even though that's the lowest severity possible, Pollock is projected to miss at least two weeks with the injury. There remains an outside chance that he can return this month, but a realistic outlook sees Pollock returning in the first couple weeks of June.
7:15 pm (EST)
Adonis Garcia Headshot

Garcia (Achilles) was able to run without problems Monday and could make his return when eligible Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

This may have been one of those injuries where the club would have waited it out if the disabled list was still at 15 days like in previous years. Atlanta begins a road trip in San Francisco on Friday, and at this point, we should expect Garcia to be back in the lineup for the first game of that series.
7:08 pm (EST)
Randall Delgado Headshot

Manager Torey Lovullo confirmed Delgado will start Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.

Delgado will draw the spot start for Wednesday's series finale in place of the injured Taijuan Walker (hand). While the 27-year-old began his career as a starter, he transitioned to the bullpen a few years ago and hasn't started a big-league game since 2015. Delgado owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 24:5 K:BB through 26.2 innings of relief (15 appearances) this season. It's unclear if Delgado will make more than one start, though that will likely be determined by his performance Wednesday.
7:07 pm (EST)
Gabriel Ynoa Headshot

Ynoa (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.

Ynoa got through a simulated game Monday with no issues, clearing the way for him to return to game action. While there was a possibility that he'd stay with the big club as a long relief option, he was ultimately sent back to Norfolk in order to keep him stretched out as a starter. Given he tossed six scoreless innings in his only appearance with the Orioles this season, Ynoa should remain one of the top options should the O's need another spot start down the road.
6:52 pm (EST)
Jake Buchanan Headshot

Buchanan was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Monday.

The move was made to make room on the roster for Zac Rosscup, who had his contract purchased earlier Monday. Buchanan had a 4.75 ERA and 29:19 K:BB through 41.2 innings (eight starts) with Triple-A Iowa before being ousted from the Cubs' 40-man. He's got some major-league experience under his belt, so he could draw some interest on waivers, otherwise he'll likely report back to Iowa.
6:43 pm (EST)
Phil Hughes Headshot

Hughes, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, was diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

This comes as a bit of a relief, as there was some initial fear that the injury was shoulder-related, and Hughes was forced to undergo season-ending surgery last July to relieve nerve pressure on his shoulder. He'll miss at least 10 days, and maybe longer, though it appears the 29-year-old avoided a more serious injury.
6:35 pm (EST)
Emilio Pagan Headshot

Pagan was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

This will be Pagan's second stint with the big club this season, as he appeared in two games for the Mariners earlier in the season (allowing five runs through 2.2 innings). Despite his big-league struggles, Pagan does own a 3.24 ERA and 21:7 K:BB through 16.2 innings at Triple-A this season. Pagan replaced Chris Heston on the roster, though his stint could prove to be short with the Mariners in need of another spot starter over the weekend.
6:12 pm (EST)
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