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Shawn Kelley Headshot

Kelley lost the closer battle to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley should remain an important piece of the back end of the bullpen, though.

Whether Kelley will rank ahead of Koda Glover, who earned some buzz with his spring performance, is yet to be clarified, though Kelley's skills make him worth a speculation in deep leagues, if prospective owners can hold him. Still, the right-hander's durability concerns make him a target of concern from manager Dusty Baker and the rest of the Nationals' organization.
12:21 pm (EST)
Koda Glover Headshot

Glover lost the battle for the Nationals' closer job to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The right-hander gained momentum by appearing in the ninth inning frequently during spring training games, but manager Dusty Baker said he preferred Treinen's durability and sinker. Still, Baker confirmed the youngster would remain with the big club. Glover probably ranks No. 2 on the depth chart for saves, but NL-only players remain justified in owning him.
12:18 pm (EST)
Thomas Greiss Headshot

Greiss will get the starting nod versus the Flyers on Thursday.

Despite a pair of decent outings -- both two goal efforts -- Greiss came up short against both Boston and Nashville. While the German hasn't been great this year -- a 25-18-5 record and .914 save percentage -- he has frequently been let down by a lack of offensive support. The netminder's matchup against Steve Mason will go a long way toward determining the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
12:17 pm (EST)
Frank Vatrano Headshot

Vatrano is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss Thursday's game against the Stars.

With Vatrano out Thursday, Matt Beleskey will work on the Bruins' third line, along with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes. Vatrano has gone seven games without a point and 14 games without a goal, so he's temporarily off the fantasy radar, but when the winger on, his eagerness to shoot and quick release are assets.
12:16 pm (EST)
Johnny Boychuk Headshot

Boychuk (lower body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's contest in Philadelphia.

Boychuk's return comes after a 12-game absence in which the Isles went 5-6-1. The hard-shooting defenseman isn't a consistent producer of offense (21 points in 59 games), but is a plus-player that plays over 20 minutes per game while bringing an intimidating physical presence. Thomas Hickey will surrender his spot on the Islander blueline to Boychuk on Thursday.
12:14 pm (EST)
Blake Treinen Headshot

Treinen was named Nationals closer by manager Dusty Baker, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The right-hander with plenty of sink on his mid-90s fastball struck out eight and walked none in 4.2 innings of spring work. One of baseball's most notable groundball arms, Treinen earned Baker's accolades because of his durability. Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley likely remain candidates to take over or at least steal the occasional opportunity should Treinen not get the job done, but in the recent vein of Zach Britton and Sam Dyson, Treinen's often suffocating stuff may allow him to keep the job for longer than many fantasy players originally expected.
12:11 pm (EST)
Reto Berra Headshot

Berra will defend the cage against the Canadiens on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Berra gets the starting nod due to injuries to both Roberto Luongo (lower body) and James Reimer (upper body). The 30-year-old has made just four appearances this year in which he went 0-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA. The netminder will square off against a Habs squad that is 3-1-1 in its last five while averaging 2.60 goals per game over that stretch.
12:07 pm (EST)
Jung-Ho Kang Headshot

Pirates owner Frank Coonelly said he believes the Pirates have the information to get Kang a visa to enter the United States, Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The third baseman was denied entry into the country following the trial and eight-month suspended sentence in South Korea for his December DUI arrest, his third on record. Coonelly has his own history with DUI issues and aims to use that to appeal for his hitter permission to rejoin the club. This issue could drag on if Pittsburgh has trouble making a case, though in deep mixed fantasy leagues with ample bench spots, Kang could serve as a long-term stash option as he offers power potential whenever he's reinstated. Of course, more discipline from MLB may await him on top of all these legal restrictions.
12:06 pm (EST)
Rasmus Ristolainen Headshot

Ristolainen has served his three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in a March 21 contest.

The power-play distributor from the blue line will be all systems go for Sunday's home clash with the Islanders. He'd been in a minor rut offensively -- one point (an assist) in five games -- leading up to the suspension, so with any luck, the brief ban has afforded him the chance to clear his head.
12:05 pm (EST)
Reggie Jackson Headshot

Jackson (knee) will remain inactive for Thursday's game against the Nets, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.

Jackson continues to deal with tendinitis in his right knee, and while the point guard himself has lobbied to play, coach Stan Van Gundy said the team has decided it's best to keep him sidelined for the time being. Thursday will mark Jackson's third consecutive absence, and Ish Smith will continue to start and play increased minutes in Jackson's stead. Detroit plays in Milwaukee on Friday night, so look for Jackson's status to be updated at shootaround in the morning.
11:57 am (EST)
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