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DFS MLB Playbook: May 22
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Alexandre Burrows Headshot

Burrows (lower body) didn't practice Monday, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.

After missing the last two games, it's a bad sign for the winger to miss practice, and makes his return on Tuesday seem less likely. That said, his status will likely be outlined further as puck drop gets closer.
1:12 pm (EST)
Cody Ceci Headshot

Ceci wasn't at practice Monday, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.

The blueliner only missed three games in the entirety of the regular season, so if he was to miss a game now it would be an oddity for Sens fans. In terms of fantasy, Ceci isn't much of a stud, with only one point in 17 playoff games.
1:07 pm (EST)
John Axford Headshot

Axford (shoulder) gave up an earned run on a hit over one inning in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Axford finally made his 2017 debut, giving up an RBI groundout to Deven Marrero over his one inning but looking sharp otherwise. The veteran right-hander displayed solid control, firing 16 of 23 pitches for strikes. A healthy and effective Axford would be an excellent addition to Oakland's relief corps, considering he turned in 15 holds over 68 appearances in his first Athletics season in 2016.
1:04 pm (EST)
Dan Altavilla Headshot

Altavilla gave up an earned run on a hit and a walk over two innings in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox.

Altavilla provided some valuable innings for a fatigued Mariners bullpen that was hit hard by the White Sox in the four-game series. After a strong start to the season, the 24-year-old right-hander has been inconsistent, allowing a 9.00 ERA and .430 wOBA in 11 innings across his last 11 appearances.
12:56 pm (EST)
Tony Watson Headshot

Watson struck out one batter in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Sunday, notching his 10th save of the season and his second in as many days.

Manager Clint Hurdle doesn't like to use his relievers three straight days, so there's a chance Watson could rest Monday in Atlanta. Felipe Rivero would likely close in the event Watson can't go. That said, Watson threw only a combined 18 pitches Saturday and Sunday, so there's a chance he could pitch if needed. The lefty's recent pitching has been impressive, if only because he threw his first two clean innings of the season over the weekend. He recently hired agent Scott Boras, further signaling that his time in Pittsburgh is nearing its end.
12:52 pm (EST)
Scott Wilson Headshot

Wilson is "fine" according to coach Mike Sullivan after taking a shot to the head at the conclusion of Sunday's 7-0 victory.

Wilson received a forearm shiver from Ottawa's Tommy Wingels in the waning moments of Game 5 and immediately headed to the Penguins' locker room, but appears to have avoided any lingering effects of the blow. The gritty winger tallied his second goal of the postseason Sunday in addition to delivering a trio of hits. Look for the 25-year-old to continue playing on Evgeni Malkin's left side where he could extend his two-game point streak.
12:52 pm (EST)
Andre Iguodala Headshot

Iguodala (knee) will play in Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs, Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group reports.

This comes as no surprise given that Iguodala was listed as probable following Sunday's practice, and the swingman is expected to be a full go for Monday's contest. Iguodala will once again serve as a key reserve as the Warriors look to close out the series against the Spurs Monday night, and he'll likely return to playing his regular dose of around 25-plus minutes.
12:50 pm (EST)
Casey Lawrence Headshot

Lawrence fired 1.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox, recording one strikeout.

The 29-year-old right-hander had endured a rough Mariners debut in the opening game of the series against the White Sox on Thursday, giving up a pair of earned runs on four hits over two innings. Therefore, Sunday's effort was encouraging, especially considering Lawrence had arrived in Seattle with an 0-3 record and 8.78 ERA that he'd amassed over four appearances with the Blue Jays in April. Lawrence figures to see some fairly regular work for the time being considering the fatigued state of the Mariners bullpen and the injury-riddled condition of the starting rotation.
12:44 pm (EST)
Guerschon Yabusele Headshot

Yabusele recently underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his feet and is not likely to play in this year's summer league, Chris Fosberg of ESPN reports.

Yabusele was selected by the Celtics with the 16h overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but spent much of last season in China before playing in the D-League in March. Yabusele averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game with the Maine Red Claws during their playoff run and potentially could have joined Boston for the 2017-18 season had they left a roster spot open for him. The team will likely update update the big man's status throughout the summer, but his absence from summer league surely won't help ease his transition into the NBA.
12:42 pm (EST)
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