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Ivan Barbashev Headshot

Barashev (upper body) has been recalled by the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Barbashev wasn't recalled prior to Sunday's contest against the Blackhawks due to the upper-body issue, so his summoning could suggest that he's ready to go ahead of Tuesday's game against the Oilers. The 21-year-old Russia native contributed three points (two goals, one assist) in the 12 games prior to the team's bye week, averaging just under 11 minutes of ice time per contest. That rate increased just prior to the hiatus, suggesting he may be carving out a slightly greater role with the big club. He even saw 54 seconds on the team's man advantage, making him a potentially sneaky play in daily lineups if he plays Tuesday.
5:47 pm (EST)
Connor Carrick Headshot

Carrick (upper body) was placed on injured reserve by the Maple Leafs on Monday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

The move effectively rules the blueliner out for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, but he will be eligible to return as soon as Thursday against the Kings. Expect the club to make an announcement when he's ready to return to action, but his absence shouldn't be felt in the vast majority of fantasy leagues given his seven points through 55 games this season.
5:42 pm (EST)
Richard Jefferson Headshot

Jefferson will remain in the starting lineup Monday against the Bucks, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.

The veteran started in place of an ill LeBron James on Saturday against Chicago, but he'll now replace Channing Frye at power forward, as the Cavs go with a smaller starting five. Per coach Tyronn Lue, the idea is for Frye to come off the bench to match up with Milwaukee's Greg Monroe, who's had at least 14 points and eight rebounds in four of his last five games. Given that contest, the move probably won't be permanent, and Frye will likely return to the starting lineup Wednesday in Boston.
5:41 pm (EST)
Channing Frye Headshot

Frye will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Bucks, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Frye has started the last four games in place of Kevin Love (knee), who's expected to miss at least another four weeks. However, the Cavaliers are opting to go with a smaller lineup Monday, moving Richard Jefferson into the starting lineup at power forward, while bringing Frye off the bench. Frye's demotion likely won't come with a huge drop in minutes, so it wouldn't be surprising if he still ended up logging minutes in the upper-20's.
5:40 pm (EST)
Ryan Garton Headshot

Garton returned from his illness and pitched 1.2 innings Monday, allowing one run with one strikeout in the win over the Phillies.

The right-hander only allowed one hit in his return outing, although that happened to be a solo shot from Maikel Franco. He posted a 4.35 ERA across 39.1 innings in his rookie campaign last season, and likely will serve as a middle reliever for the Rays next season.
5:40 pm (EST)
Deron Williams Headshot

Williams will not play Monday against the Bucks, but coach Tyronn Lue said he hopes the veteran guard will make his Cavaliers debut Wednesday in Boston, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Williams officially joined the Cavaliers earlier Monday, but the 32-year-old will be held out of action as he and the team finalize the details of his acquisition. A debut Wednesday night seems realistic, though Williams' workload could be limited for a few games as he adjusts to a new system and new surroundings. Eventually, the plan is for Williams to run the second unit, which should coincide in minutes reductions for Iman Shumpert and Kay Felder.
5:38 pm (EST)
Kyle Korver Headshot

Korver (knee) will play in Monday's game against the Bucks, Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod reports.

Korver is dealing with some soreness in his knee, but after testing out the injury during pregame warmups, he feels comfortable playing through the ailment. He should continue to come off the bench as one of the Cavaliers' top bench options after combining to shoot a ridiculous 16-for-25 from the three-point line (64 percent) over the last three games.
5:33 pm (EST)
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