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Brendan Gaunce Headshot

Gaunce (undisclosed) had a disappointing practice Thursday and remains day-to-day, likely ruling him out for Friday's contest against the Kings.

Gaunce's mystery ailment is likely to keep him out for a 10th consecutive game, though it's quite possible that most fantasy owners haven't noticed. The 23-year-old has notched just one assist in the last 27 games he's play, so he's not worthy of consideration in basically any format.
4:26 pm (EST)
Jahlil Okafor Headshot

Okafor (knee) will not travel with the Sixers for their upcoming two-game road trip against the Cavaliers and Raptors, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Sixers continue to insist they're not entertaining the idea of shutting Okafor down for the season, but the fact that there will only be five more outings left on the schedule following the team's upcoming two-game road trip could change the minds of the coaching brass. Either way, his next opportunity to see the court will be Tuesday against the Nets, although he'll likely need to show significant improvement over the weekend and log a full practice before being cleared. Richaun Holmes should be in a line for another start and big minutes over the next two contests, with Shawn Long potentially sticking in the rotation as his backup.
4:23 pm (EST)
Johnny Giavotella Headshot

Giavotella will begin the season with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

The 29-year-old was in the running for a reserve infield spot with Baltimore, but his .701 OPS ultimately wasn't enough to warrant a spot on the 40-man roster being opened up for him. Giavotella will likely spend a good amount of time in the minors, although his major league experience could help him be one of the first players called up if someone in the major-league infield gets injured or falters significantly.
4:21 pm (EST)
Pedro Alvarez Headshot

Alvarez will begin the season with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

The 30-year-old slugger was a late addition to Orioles camp after signing an NRI deal earlier in March, but he certainly did his best to prove his worth to his new bosses by posting a .900 OPS with two home runs in eight spring games. Even though this assignment isn't the news he was looking for, Alvarez will likely find his way back to the majors if he continues to mash during his time in the minors, as raw power like his is tough to find anywhere else in the big leagues.
4:17 pm (EST)
Matt Beleskey Headshot

Beleskey is slated to work on a line with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes in Thursday's game against the Stars, CSN New England reports.

After being out of the lineup for a couple of games, Beleskey will draw back into the mix Thursday, with Frank Vatrano day-to-day with an upper-body injury. In his second season in a Boston uniform, Beleskey has dropped off the fantasy radar, with just three goals and eight points to go along with a minus-12 rating over 43 games.
4:16 pm (EST)
Robert Covington Headshot

Covington (knee) won't play in Friday's game against the Cavaliers or Sunday's game against the Raptors, Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Covington sat out Wednesday's game against the Hawks after undergoing an MRI on his right knee, and he won't be traveling with the team on the weekend road trip. It remains unclear what the specifics of Covington's injury are. Look for Justin Anderson to get the start at small forward once again in Covington's absence. Covington's next chance to play will be on Tuesday against the Nets.
4:16 pm (EST)
Dion Waiters Headshot

Waiters (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A recent MRI on Waiters' left ankle came back negative, but the Heat aren't ready to clear him, so he'll remain out for a seventh straight game on Friday vs. the Knicks. The fact that he's been ruled out a day in advance may suggest he's in line to miss a few more contests, although his next opportunity to see the court will be Sunday against the Nuggets. Look for Josh Richardson to continue to start in his place, likely affording him a 30-plus minute role yet again.
4:16 pm (EST)
Chris Herrmann Headshot

Herrmann has gone 15-for-48 (.313 average) with two home runs, four RBI and a 7:14 BB:K through 19 Cactus League games.

He's been on a bit of a roll of late, hitting safely in five straight games with two homers over that span. While Chris iannetta and Jeff Mathis appear in line to handle most of the catching duties for Arizona, Herrmann's defensive versatility could afford him a chance in a super-utility role. The playing time remains uncertain, but Herrmann's bat and eligibility make him interesting in deeper two-catcher formats.
4:15 pm (EST)
Cheslor Cuthbert Headshot

After being hit by a pitch Sunday, Cuthbert has been active in the Royals' Cactus League games since.

Cuthbert has played in two games since getting hit, over which he's gone 2-for-6 with a home run. Once the regular season gets going, he'll be set to provide depth around the infield for Kansas City.
4:15 pm (EST)
Loui Eriksson Headshot

Eriksson (lower body) will return to the lineup for Friday night's game against the Kings.

The hobbled Canucks are finally starting to get healthy, as Eriksson and Troy Stecher will both return to the lineup for Friday's game. Unfortunately, it's too little too late for the team in Vancouver and Eriksson's recent form -- three points in his last 19 games -- suggests that he won't likely be a decent fantasy play in all but the deepest of formats.
4:13 pm (EST)
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