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Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Suns, Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee reports.

Middleton will replace Michael Beasley in the starting lineup as he returns to a bench role, while the rest of the usual starters will remain in place. On Friday Middleton put up nine points and three rebounds in 24 minutes against the Jazz.
2:03 pm (EST)
David Carpenter Headshot

Carpenter fired a clean inning and recorded a strikeout in Saturday's 7-2 Grapefruit League loss to a Pirates split squad.

The veteran righty, who signed a minor league contract on Jan. 30, last pitched in the majors in 2015. He's a considerable long shot to serve as anything other than organizational depth this coming season, but did acquit himself well in his one inning Saturday.
2:00 pm (EST)
Tyler Ennis Headshot

Ennis will be active and available to play in Sunday's game against the Spurs, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

After being traded from the Rockets to the Lakers just prior to the trade deadline, Ennis was held out of Friday's contest against the Thunder, as the Lakers wanted to give him some additional time to get settled in with his new team. Now that he's had a few days to get comfortable, Ennis will be available to play Sunday, but he's only the Lakers third option at point guard behind D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, so he'll likely struggle to find significant minutes.
1:59 pm (EST)
Dalton Pompey Headshot

Pompey (illness) was not a part of the spring game Sunday as he is battling an illness.

This likely isn't a big deal at all, as it was also reported that "he should be in game action very soon." When he returns, he'll continue to vie for a spot on the big league roster, although it seems more likely he'll start at Triple-A and work for a call-up.
1:56 pm (EST)
Mike Smith Headshot

Smith (illness) won't play Sunday against Buffalo.

Smith missed Friday's game due to illness as well, so it seems like this is more than just your average bug. Louis Domingue will get the start in his absence. His next chance to return will come Tuesday.
1:49 pm (EST)
Xander Bogaerts Headshot

Bogaerts has set a goal to steal at least 20 bases during the 2017 season, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Bogaerts stole a career-high 13 bags last season, but feels Boston's offensive plan will need to be different without David Ortiz in the lineup. Whereas last season he would remain put when getting on base in front of Ortiz, he feels the offense may need to a bit more creative in 2017. Adding a stolen-base element to his burgeoning offensive repertoire will certainly enhance the shortstop's value.
1:45 pm (EST)
Matt Nieto Headshot

Nieto had a pair of assists in Saturday's win over Buffalo.

They were the first points in 11 games for Nieto, who has netted four goals in 22 games since arriving in Colorado. The 24-year-old has the opportunity to produce more given the fact he's skating in the top-six alongside some caliber players, but it just hasn't come together. The 24-year-old has never surpassed 10 goals in his career, so don't expect much down the stretch given Colorado's position in the standings.
1:44 pm (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo (back) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

Oladipo was able to do some light shooting at Saturday's non-contact practice, but his back spasms are apparently still bothersome enough to force him out of his second straight contest. It's expected that rookie Alex Abrines will pick up another start at shooting guard in Oladipo's stead after recording a career-high 19 points in 29 minutes during Friday's win over the Lakers.
1:44 pm (EST)
Zac Dalpe Headshot

Dalpe was put on waivers Sunday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The center was put on waivers to reset his waiver clock, as well as to give the Wild time to react before Monday's game if he were to get claimed. If he clears, he will stay in the NHL and is expected to play in Minnesota's next three games, which come in a four-day stretch.
1:43 pm (EST)
Jake Smolinski Headshot

Smolinski is dealing with a shoulder injury and won't be able to play the outfield for the next several days, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin didn't close the door on Smolinski seeing some action at DH in Cactus League games while he tends to the shoulder issue, so it doesn't appear as though his injury is especially serious. The 28-year-old is projected to serve in a backup at all three outfield spots and will likely find himself on the smaller side of any platoon.
1:40 pm (EST)
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