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Dewayne Dedmon Headshot

Dedmon will remain in the starting lineup at center for Friday's game against the Clippers, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Dedmon has started at center the last nine games while Pau Gasol has been sidelined. The Spurs listed earlier in the day that Gasol would return in the starting lineup, but apparently coach Gregg Popovich has changed his mind. The team likely wants to ease Gasol back into action, but Dedmon still figures to see his recent workload reduced. Expect him to return to his reserve role sooner than later.
9:15 pm (EST)
Bryan Bickell Headshot

Bickell (illness) was assigned to AHL Charlotte for the purpose of conditioning, John Dietz of the Daily Herald reports.

Bickell is slated to see his first game action tomorrow night since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. The 30-year-old isn't likely to make a big fantasy impact or even help his team make the playoffs, but it would sure be an unbelievable thing to see him come back in the same season.
9:13 pm (EST)
Patrik Nemeth Headshot

Nemeth was the Stars' healthy scratch on defense when they faced Arizona on Friday.

Nemeth has been in and out of the lineup since getting healthy. He's not in the lineup often enough to be a real roster consideration. When he's in, he's not contributing. He has gone without a shot in four of the last five games and has no points over that stretch.
9:01 pm (EST)
Nicolas Kerdiles Headshot

Kerdiles was reassigned to AHL San Diego on Friday.

Kerdiles might have actually remained on the roster if not for the big news that Patrick Eaves had been traded to Anaheim on Friday. Someone had to be the odd man out and this time it's Kerdiles. However, it's not all bad -- the rookie was able to make his NHL debut while up with the big club, logging 11:08 of ice time while recording a plus-1 rating.
9:00 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul (thumb) will take the floor during Friday's tilt against the Spurs, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.

Paul will take the floor Friday after a month-long absence due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, which will likely result in Austin Rivers moving back to the bench. There's no indication that Paul will be on a minutes restriction, so look for him to assume his normal workload. On the season, Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals across 30.9 minutes per game. He should continue to be owned in all fantasy formats.
8:58 pm (EST)
Mark Canha Headshot

Canha, who missed the majority of last season due to hip surgery, has earned strong praise from manager Bob Melvin for his performance in early workouts, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "He worked hard in the offseason. His swing looks good," Melvin said. "He looks like he's in great shape and I think he's out to prove a serious point this year - that he can be a very productive guy at the big league level, as we've seen before."

The 28-year-old saw only 44 plate appearances in 2016 before his injury, which prevented him from building on a solid rookie campaign the season prior. Canha, who's slated to platoon with newcomer Matt Joyce in right field this season, will draw the start in left field and hit cleanup in Saturday's Cactus League opener versus the Cubs.
8:54 pm (EST)
Liam Hendriks Headshot

Hendriks has decided not to pitch for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

His decision to withdraw from the WBC does not appear to be injury-related, but instead just a personal decision not to go. The 28-year-old right-hander will now have the opportunity to spend the entirety of spring training with the Athletics, as he looks to get himself ready for another season in Oakland's bullpen.
8:46 pm (EST)
Jharel Cotton Headshot

Cotton, the frontrunner for the fourth spot in the rotation, was impressive again Friday, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The young right-hander has been wowing in early workouts and continued his impressive stretch of performances in Friday's session. Cotton's dominance of hitters led manager Bob Melvin to remark that "the deception just stands out with him. He's got an assortment of breaking pitches." Cotton is slated to see his first Cactus League action Tuesday versus the Indians.
8:45 pm (EST)
Cal Clutterbuck Headshot

Clutterbuck (lower body) didn't practice Friday and isn't expected to play Saturday in Columbus, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Clutterbuck has twice tried to come back from this lower body injury and both times suffered a setback. The Islanders are unlikely to let him try again until they are sure he is 100% healthy. His best chance to return to game action will be Thursday in Dallas.
8:41 pm (EST)
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