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Tyler Johnson Headshot

Johnson (lower body) is "getting close" to a return to the lineup, but will not feature Thursday against Detroit.

The American participated in Thursday's morning skate, his first time doing so since going down with the injury on March 9. While this development is certainly an encouraging sign for Johnson, there are only six games that he has a possibility of playing in following Thursday's contest. Look for the team to issue a further update on Johnson's status ahead of Saturday's matchup with Montreal.
12:33 pm (EST)
Addison Russell Headshot

Russell (back) told ESPN 1000 radio that he's in the Thursday lineup against the Astros, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

The shortstop has missed time with back issues lately, but this impending return will ease the worries of his fantasy owners. They still should see how Russell performs, though, before gauging his value properly for upcoming drafts.
12:30 pm (EST)
David Warsofsky Headshot

Warsofsky was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday.

Warsofsky's demotion would seem to indicate that Ron Hainsey (upper body) will be ready for Friday's clash with the Rangers. The 26-year-old Warsofsky logged just one game during this latest stint in which he saw 19:06 of ice time while garnering an assist and blocking four shots. The blueliner continues to rack up the points with the Baby Pens where he has 15 goals and 29 helpers but has yet to transition his game to an NHL level.
12:28 pm (EST)
Chasen Shreve Headshot

Shreve will open the season in the major-league bullpen, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

With lefties Aroldis Chapman and Tommy Layne already assured bullpen spots, there was a chance Shreve would be sent down to Triple-A to open the season, but he kept his spot in the big leagues with a solid spring that included nine strikeouts in 10 innings. With two other southpaws higher up in the pecking order, Shreve likely won't see too many high-leverage situations and could be reduced essentially to a lefty specialist role.
12:28 pm (EST)
Tim Schaller Headshot

Schaller (lower body) was the spare forward during the Bruins' line rushes Thursday morning.

The forward appears to be inching toward a return, but the solid work of the Bruins' fourth line (Noel Acciari, Riley Nash and Dominic Moore) of late has afforded the team the opportunity to not rush Schaller back into the lineup.
12:27 pm (EST)
Jon Gray Headshot

The Rockies announced Gray as their Opening Day starter.

Gray was dealing with a toe issue recently but appears to be over that. He'll line up to start the road contest against the Brewers in hitter-friendly Miller Park. Gray surprisingly posted a 4.91 road ERA in 2016 compared to a 4.30 during his home starts in hitters' haven Coors Field, though he may endure a rough beginning to his year in Milwaukee.
12:27 pm (EST)
Shawn Kelley Headshot

Kelley lost the closer battle to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley should remain an important piece of the back end of the bullpen, though.

Whether Kelley will rank ahead of Koda Glover, who earned some buzz with his spring performance, is yet to be clarified, though Kelley's skills make him worth a speculation in deep leagues, if prospective owners can hold him. Still, the right-hander's durability concerns make him a target of concern from manager Dusty Baker and the rest of the Nationals' organization.
12:21 pm (EST)
Koda Glover Headshot

Glover lost the battle for the Nationals' closer job to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The right-hander gained momentum by appearing in the ninth inning frequently during spring training games, but manager Dusty Baker said he preferred Treinen's durability and sinker. Still, Baker confirmed the youngster would remain with the big club. Glover probably ranks No. 2 on the depth chart for saves, but NL-only players remain justified in owning him.
12:18 pm (EST)
Thomas Greiss Headshot

Greiss will get the starting nod versus the Flyers on Thursday.

Despite a pair of decent outings -- both two goal efforts -- Greiss came up short against both Boston and Nashville. While the German hasn't been great this year -- a 25-18-5 record and .914 save percentage -- he has frequently been let down by a lack of offensive support. The netminder's matchup against Steve Mason will go a long way toward determining the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
12:17 pm (EST)
Frank Vatrano Headshot

Vatrano is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss Thursday's game against the Stars.

With Vatrano out Thursday, Matt Beleskey will work on the Bruins' third line, along with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes. Vatrano has gone seven games without a point and 14 games without a goal, so he's temporarily off the fantasy radar, but when the winger on, his eagerness to shoot and quick release are assets.
12:16 pm (EST)
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