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Joe Musgrove Headshot

Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that Musgrove won a rotation spot and will start the team's fourth game of the season, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

On the heels of a strong spring, the 24-year-old made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and will take the ball April 6 against the Mariners. Musgrove delivered a respectable 4.06 ERA (4.23 FIP) over 62 innings with the big club last season, striking out 55 batters. He may need to perform well to maintain his spot on the starting staff, however; Collin McHugh (arm) is expected to open the season on the 10-day DL, but would likely replace either Musgrove or Mike Fiers in the rotation once he's activated.
12:54 pm (EST)
Austin Jackson Headshot

Jackson agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Indians, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Jackson joined the Indians as a non-roster invitee and impressed the team enough to earn a major league roster spot. The 30-year-old will likely serve as a reserve outfielder in 2017.
12:51 pm (EST)
Andrej Sekera Headshot

Sekera racked up two assists in 19:42 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Avalanche.

Another strong offensive showing from Sekera, who had three points Thursday evening. The 30-year-old has been on a role since mid-March, racking up eight points in his last seven games. Sekera has been very reliable this season, aiding fantasy goers with 35 points (eight goals) and a plus-11 rating. His steady production on an offensively explosive Oilers team makes him a safe fantasy play every game.
12:48 pm (EST)
Ramon Sessions Headshot

Sessions (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Suns, Stephanie Ready of FOX Sports Southeast reports.

Sessions hasn't seen the court since a Feb. 1 matchup against the Warriors, as a torn left meniscus continues to keep him on the inactive list. With Sessions out, Briante Weber should operate as the team's backup point guard behind Kemba Walker, which should afford him extra playing time for the time being. Sessions remains without any sort of timetable for a return.
12:46 pm (EST)
Steven Matz Headshot

Matz (elbow) plans to throw off flat ground Monday, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

The Mets scratched Matz from his scheduled Grapefruit League start Sunday after he experienced elbow irritation, but the team seems to be downplaying the setback. The fact that Matz will be able to throw in some capacity Monday offers credence to the notion that the lefty is still on track to be ready for the start of the season, though his checkered injury history makes it worthwhile to track his progress. If Matz's latest elbow issue proves to be more serious than the team has let on, it could potentially create room for both Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo in the rotation to begin the season.
12:45 pm (EST)
Dustin Byfuglien Headshot

Byfuglien (undisclosed) has been ruled out for a second straight game and will miss Sunday's contest against the Canucks.

Byfuglien is the centerpiece of a banged up Winnipeg defensive corps that now shows a total of four injured players. As such, Josh Morrissey and Brian Strait could be good candidates to see extended roles while Byfuglien remains sidelined.
12:44 pm (EST)
Johnny O'Bryant Headshot

O'Bryant (ankle) will sit out Sunday's game against the Suns, Stephanie Ready of FOX Sports Southeast reports.

O'Bryant will be missing an eighth straight game Sunday, as he continues to deal with a relatively serious ankle sprain. He's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return, but he'll likely need to put in a full practice before potentially being cleared ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Bucks. Once healthy, O'Bryant will be nothing more than a deep reserve in the frontcourt.
12:40 pm (EST)
Joseph Colon Headshot

Colon was optioned to the minor leagues Sunday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Colon pitched 10 innings for the Indians in 2016 but will begin the 2017 campaign in Triple-A Columbus. He's a candidate to return to the majors if an injury occurs to one of the team's relievers.
12:40 pm (EST)
Patrik Laine Headshot

Laine is not feeling well and is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Canucks.

A scoring machine for the Jets in his rookie campaign, Laine has racked up 37 goals and 27 assists through 67 tilts this year. He's considered one of the top candidates to earn Rookie of the Year honors, but could sit out Sunday's affair due to illness. Another update regarding his status should surface closer to puck drop.
12:40 pm (EST)
Stephen Strasburg Headshot

Manager Dusty Baker confirmed Sunday that Strasburg would receive the Opening Day start April 3 against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Strasburg was always viewed as the favorite for the Opening Day nod after Max Scherzer was slow to ramp up his workload in the spring due to a stress fracture in his finger, so Baker's announcement was merely a formality. After inking a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals last May, the Nationals are hoping for Strasburg to take a leap forward in 2017 after he compiled a 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 183:44 K:BB ratio over 147.2 innings last season.
12:37 pm (EST)
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