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Michael Bourn Headshot

Bourn broke his right ring finger playing football on Friday and will be out four weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

It's devastating news for Bourn, who signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this offseason and was competing for a reserve outfield role on the roster. The 34-year-old was traded to Baltimore by Arizona last August and ended the year hitting .264 with 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 113 games. Bourn's injury opens the door for Craig Gentry or Joey Rickard to earn more outfield playing time as spring camp continues.
1:00 pm (EST)
Eduardo Rodriguez Headshot

Rodriguez showed no hesitation in his delivery while throwing his first live batting practice Saturday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Rodriguez will make his spring training debut Thursday as he returns from an offseason knee injury. The 24-year-old has been held out from certain drills thus far in camp, but it appears all systems are go at this point. More importantly, pitching coach Carl Willis said that Rodriguez is ahead of both Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright for the final two spots in the rotation, a strong indication that he'll be a player to monitor this spring.
12:50 pm (EST)
Eddie Lack Headshot

Lack will start between the pipes in Sunday's home game against the Flames.

Lack was unbeatable in his last start, turning aside all 34 shots he faced en route to an impressive 3-0 shutout victory over the Senators on Friday. The 29-year-old backstop will look to stay sharp in a matchup with a Flames team that's 17-12-4 on the road this season.
12:49 pm (EST)
Brock McGinn Headshot

McGinn (undisclosed) missed Saturday's practice and he will not play in Sunday's home game against the Flames.

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters did not disclose the reason for McGinn's upcoming absence, but it's not as if the winger had been in a prime fantasy position anyway; he's averaged a mere 12:33 of ice time per contest, with that bottom-six role yielding a mere 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 41 games. Derek Ryan should sub in at left wing.
12:46 pm (EST)
Thomas Greiss Headshot

Greiss will start in goal Saturday night, with the Blue Jackets welcoming the Islanders to Nationwide Arena.

Isles coach Doug Weight is giving the No. 1 backstop a breather approximately once every four games. Greiss will be in pursuit of his third straight road win, having already downed the Red Wings to complement a shutout at the expense of the Canadiens earlier in the week. Facing the Blue Jackets is a daunting task given that they are averaging 3.26 goals per game at home, but Greiss has proven that he can stand tall in high-pressure situations and that makes him a decent flier in most fantasy formats Saturday.
12:35 pm (EST)
Taylor Motter Headshot

Motter is dealing with a sore back and won't play for a couple of days, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Despite the hindrance, Motter is still hitting and working on the field, so it doesn't seem to be a major concern. The 27-year-old is competing for a utility role on the Seattle roster after being acquired in a trade from the Rays this offseason. Motter, who hit just .188 in 34 games last year, likely needs to impress in spring games to earn the spot over veteran incumbent Shawn O'Malley.
12:35 pm (EST)
Tommy La Stella Headshot

La Stella is dealing with left hamstring tightness and running under supervision, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

It doesn't appear to be anything very serious at this point, but La Stella may be limited in workouts for a few days. The 28-year-old infielder hit .270/.357/.405 for the Cubs last season and is expected to compete for a bench role this coming season. Consider him day-to-day going forward.
12:27 pm (EST)
E'Twaun Moore Headshot

Moore (personal) will not play Saturday against the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

Moore is away from the team due to a personal issue, so the Pelicans will be forced to replace him in the lineup at shooting guard. Following the DeMarcus Cousins trade, the Pelicans are relatively light on backcourt depth, so Hollis Thompson, who signed a 10-day deal Friday, may be the top candidate to get the start. Consider Moore questionable to play Sunday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
12:24 pm (EST)
Clayton Richard Headshot

Richard (finger) threw a bullpen session Saturday, his first since fouling a ball off his finger, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.

X-rays came back negative after the incident and Richards will likely return to normal pitching activities this coming week. It's good news nonetheless for the Padres, as Richard is set to take a top spot in the starting rotation this season. Expect additional updates as his recovery progresses.
12:23 pm (EST)
Tyler Bozak Headshot

Bozak (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision Saturday evening, when the Maple Leafs play host to the Canadiens, Kristen Shilton of TSN reports.

Social media is ablaze with speculation that Bozak could be on the move in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline, but it remains just that -- speculation. Of course, coach Mike Babcock being cryptic about the nature of Bozak's issue only adds fuel to the rumor mill. The veteran pivot has one year remaining on his contract before he'd be an unrestricted free agent, though he does have a modified no-trade clause that includes 12 teams permitted to bid on his services. It would be wise to monitor this situation carefully, as Bozak has been quite productive with 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) -- as well five goals and seven assists on the man advantage -- through 57 games this season.
12:22 pm (EST)
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