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Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson will make his season debut in the crease against Ottawa on Tuesday, Chris Stevenson of NHL.com reports.

After starting Jacob Markstrom in four straight outings, coach Travis Green will turn to the backup Nilsson versus the Senators. The 27-year-old posted a 10-10-4 record last season with a .923 save percentage -- decent enough numbers for a No. 2 netminder. Unfortunately for the Swede, he will be facing an Ottawa squad that is welcoming back offensive juggernaut Erik Karlsson (foot).
4:18 pm (EST)
Whee Kim Headshot

Kim shot a four-under 68 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to move into a tie for 39th place.

Kim carded five birdies to a single bogey in the final round at the TPC Kuala Lumpur. He would have had a much higher finish if it were not for an off day on Friday when he shot a three-over 75. Kim ranked T53 in greens hit in regulation and T25 in driving accuracy. Kim has started the new season with a couple decent finishes after closing last season by missing six of his last seven cuts. He will head to Korea for the CJ Cup this week.
4:17 pm (EST)
Eduardo Rodríguez (L) Headshot

Rodriguez is not expected to return to pitching for six months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

This is a tough break for Rodriguez, as the 24-year-old has missed extended time in three of the past four seasons due to knee issues. That will likely be the case again in 2018, as his estimated recovery timetable lines him up for a return sometime in May or June. A more concrete timetable should become available once he gets back into a throwing program. Rodriguez compiled a 4.19 ERA and 150:50 K:BB in 137.1 regular-season innings in 2017.
4:14 pm (EST)
Rodney McGruder Headshot

McGruder (leg) underwent successful surgery and is expected to begin rehabilitation in one week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

The team has yet to release an official timetable for his return, though according to Shams Charania of the Vertical, he'll likely miss 3-to-6 months. While McGruder is sidelined, expect the likes of Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow to see more run.
4:12 pm (EST)
Johnny Oduya Headshot

Oduya (lower body) logged 16:32 of ice time in his return from injury Saturday against Edmonton.

Oduya was relatively quiet in his return, as he recorded just one hit, three blocks and a plus-1 rating. With fellow blueliner Erik Karlsson (foot) back in the lineup, Oduya will slot into the second pairing alongside Cody Ceci versus Vancouver on Tuesday.
4:11 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope (suspension) will undergo an MRI on his nose after taking an elbow to the face Monday.

If the MRI reveals that Caldwell-Pope suffered a broken nose, the guard may be fitted for a protective mask, though he will have a bit of extra time to recover, as he faces a two-game suspension to begin the season stemming from a DUI arrest last March. Broken nose or not, the earliest Caldwell-Pope will be able to play would be Sunday, when the Lakers play host to New Orleans. Once healthy and finished with his suspension, Caldwell-Pope is expected to start at shooting guard.
4:10 pm (EST)
C.J. Wilcox Headshot

Wilcox (knee) is not listed on the team's injury report in advance of Wednesday's season opener against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

Though healthy, Wilcox may struggle to find minutes on the wing considering the team's established rotation. C.J. McCollum's absence from the opener due to a suspension could be to Wilcox's benefit, however. Regardless, it seems doubtful he'll see enough run to be fantasy relevant.
4:08 pm (EST)
Andrew Bogut Headshot

Bogut (groin) went through a full practice Tuesday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

The veteran missed the entire preseason with a lingering groin issue, but the expectation all along has been that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. With a full practice in the books Tuesday, that will likely be the case. Barring some sort of setback Wednesday, expect Bogut to be available off the bench Thursday against the Clippers.
4:06 pm (EST)
C.J. Prosise Headshot

Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that he expects Prosise (ankle) to return this week, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

More specifically, Carroll said that the tailback "looks like he's ready to go," which was expected with the Seahawks coming off a bye week. Prosise has been absent since Week 4 and it appears as though he'll be active for Week 7 after an extended absence. J.D. McKissic has stepped in admirably catching balls out of the backfield in Prosise's absence, logging four catches for 63 and a touchdown on top of 38 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Whether or not McKissic has done enough to maintain a role with Prosise back, however, is yet to be determined.
4:06 pm (EST)
Shabazz Napier Headshot

Napier (hamstring) is not listed on the team's injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

This is certainly a good sign for the Trail Blazers during the team's season opener, as starting shooting guard C.J. McCollum will be absent due to a suspension by the league. As a result, Napier could see more time on the floor than 9.7 minutes per game he saw last season.
4:06 pm (EST)
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