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Richard Bleier Headshot

Bleier was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

The Orioles acquired Bleier from the Yankees in the offseason for cash considerations after the 29-year-old accumulated an impressive 1.96 ERA across 23 innings in New York last season. The southpaw was competing for a bullpen spot this spring, but it appears Baltimore ultimately went with Vidal Nuno as its third left-hander.
5:54 pm (EST)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Headshot

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will play in Wednesday's game against the Magic.

Kidd-Gilchrist was listed a probable headed into Wednesday's contest, so his availability does not come as a surprise, and he should be in line for a regular workload in Orlando. His limitations offensively, however, continue to put a limit on his overall fantasy value, despite Kidd-Gilchrist playing around 30 minutes per game this season.
5:49 pm (EST)
Jered Weaver Headshot

Weaver said he's "dealing with a little dead arm," but doesn't expect it to impact his status for the opening series, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

Weaver has apparently had the same issue multiple times before, so it doesn't seem like it's anything overly serious. Assuming it's the same issue he's dealt with in the past, it doesn't appear that he's in jeopardy of missing his first start of the season, but it's something we'll monitor.
5:43 pm (EST)
Cameron Payne Headshot

Payne was recalled Wednesday from the D-League's Windy City Bulls, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Payne was assigned to the D-League in order to rehab a sore foot, and after recording 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in his one game with Windy City, it looks as if the point guard is ready to make his return to the Bulls' rotation. Should he be cleared to play right away Wednesday, look for him to retake his spot as the team's No. 2 point guard behind Rajon Rondo, which would likely push Michael Carter-Williams back out of the rotation.
5:43 pm (EST)
Nikolay Goldobin Headshot

Goldobin (illness) will play Thursday against the Blues.

Goldobin, who last suited up March 7, has one goal in five NHL games this season, but the 2014 first-rounder did display some offensive spark in the minors earlier in the campaign, while racking up 41 points in 46 games for the AHL's San Jose Barracuda.
5:36 pm (EST)
Sam Tuivailala Headshot

Tuivailala was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Tuivailala looked solid for the most of spring, tossing 6 scoreless innings in five appearances. However, it was his outing against the Marlins -- where he was hammered for four runs in 0.2 innings -- that likely did him in. He'll start the season off at Triple-A Memphis and will offer bullpen depth when needed.
5:33 pm (EST)
Jayson Megna Headshot

Megna is dealing with an upper-body injury, leaving him doubtful to play in the three remaining games on the road trip ending Sunday.

Given that Joseph Cramarossa (foot) is also ailing, the Canucks may have to decide between calling up a reinforcement from the minors or temporarily moving one of their seven active defensemen to the forward position for Thursday's road game against the Blues. Chances are good that you hadn't been relying on Megna for fantasy purposes anyhow; the guy has just eight points and a minus-4 rating in 53 games.
5:29 pm (EST)
Ryan Miller Headshot

Miller will start Thursday's game against the Blues, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.

Miller was not spotted at Wednesday's skate, but based on the subsequent report that he will start Thursday's game, we'll assume that his absence was maintenance-related. The veteran goalie made 40 saves in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over Chicago, but overall he's allowed 13 goals over his last three starts.
5:27 pm (EST)
Joe Harris Headshot

Harris (shoulder) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Suns.

Harris will now have missed 11 straight games due to the shoulder sprain, and with Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) also out, the Nets will continue to execute with a fairly thin rotation in the backcourt. Jeremy Lin (ankle) is probable to return, however, but Isaiah Whitehead and Archie Goodwin should both be in line to see solid minutes off the bench Thursday. Harris' next opportunity to return will be Friday in Washington.
5:26 pm (EST)
Sean Kilpatrick Headshot

Kilpatrick (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Suns.

A lingering hamstring issue will cost Kilpatrick a fifth straight game, and the Nets will also be without Joe Harris (shoulder) on Thursday. The good news, however, is that Jeremy Lin (ankle) has been upgraded to probable, so Brooklyn could be slightly less shorthanded in the backcourt.
5:24 pm (EST)
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