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Willy Hernangomez Headshot

Hernangomez will start at center Thursday against the Cavaliers, Ian Begley of reports.

There was some thought that Joakim Noah (hamstring) would return to action Thursday following an extra week of recovery due to the All-Star break, but Noah apparently aggravated the injury last week and hasn't fully recovered. Until the veteran resumes practicing and receives clearance to play again, it looks like the Knicks will lean on Hernangomez as their primary option at center. During Noah's five-game absence, the rookie has averaged 9.0 points, 9.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 22.8 minutes per game and is shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
12:18 pm (EST)
Alex Dickerson Headshot

Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for a third straight day Wednesday and will be examined by team doctors, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

What was initially thought to be a fairly minor ailment seems to be sticking around longer than expected, so the young outfielder will head to the trainer's table to see if there's a larger problem presenting itself. Back injuries are always a rough time given how much every baseball activity utilizes the back, but the severity of this particular issue is currently unclear. Once the results of the examination are revealed, a timetable for Dickerson's return to spring training should become clearer.
12:14 pm (EST)
Greg Bird Headshot

Bird is expected to be the team's starting first baseman, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports.

Following the retirement of Mark Teixeira at the conclusion of last season, Bird appeared to have the inside track to take over at first base and it appears he still maintains that edge despite the late offseason signing of Chris Carter. Bird missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury and though he was only able to participate in the Arizona Fall League as a DH, the 24-year-old is heading into spring training fully healthy and with no restrictions.
12:12 pm (EST)
Jacoby Ellsbury Headshot

Ellsbury made his debut at the Yankees spring facility Tuesday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

The outfielder was delayed a couple of days while staying with his family for the birth of his second child, but he's since reported to camp and will be a full participant going forward. The 33-year-old has struggled at times to live up to the $153 million deal he inked with New York prior to the 2014 season, but he's still slated to command a spot atop the lineup and man the every day duties in center field in 2017.
12:02 pm (EST)
Hyun-Jin Ryu Headshot

Manager Dave Roberts says he expects Ryu to pitch in games later this spring, but there is no definitive schedule, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Ryu has been hampered by injuries for the past two seasons, including an elbow ailment that sidelined his 2016 campaign. GM Farhan Zaidi said this offseason that if the left-hander was healthy he would be in the rotation and, so far, this has been the case. Ryu's fastball has reached the mid-80s during his bullpen sessions this spring, but it's too early to make assumptions without a timetable. Depending on how he progresses, his first game action could come in minor league games.
12:01 pm (EST)
Trevor Lewis Headshot

Lewis scored his eighth goal of the season -- the game-winner -- in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Colorado.

The 30-year-old doesn't get on the scoresheet all that much, but his 19 points in 59 contests have him within earshot of his career-high 25 set in 2014-15. His average ice time has hovered around 14 minutes for each of the last three season (14:06 this year) and he rarely sets foot on the power play, though, so he's still not much of a fantasy asset even in deeper formats.
11:43 am (EST)
James Reimer Headshot

Reimer will guard the goal for Wednesday's matchup with the Oilers, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Reimer will make his second consecutive start and, judging by his recent form, he's earned it -- the 28-year-old keeper made 63 saves while allowing just two goals over his last two starts, both of which resulted in victories. He'll look to keep his hand hot Wednesday against an Edmonton team that is averaging just 2.13 goals per game in February.
11:43 am (EST)
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