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Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler allowed four runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- and three walks Wednesday but remains in the discussion for a rotation spot, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Wheeler hit 97 mph and threw 65 pitches Wednesday, and he's scheduled to start Monday's Grapefruit League contest.

The right-hander coughed up the pair of dingers in the eighth inning, possibly showing fatigue with the volume of work. Wheeler may have to dazzle in his Monday outing to overtake Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo in this battle. If he falters, a bullpen job or a trip to extended spring training may be in his future, though Wheeler has enough under his belt to earn consideration sometime this season even if his major league return is delayed.
12:15 pm (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot allowed four goals on 18 shots before getting pulled in a 4-3 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday.

Talbot was given the heave-ho midway through the second period after Rickard Rakell sniped his 32nd goal of the gear. It's an uncharacteristic hiccup for the workhorse, who had rattled off four straight wins (and back-to-back shutouts) heading into the contest and still sits second in league victories with 37. It's worth pointing out that the 29-year-old has made a league-high 66 starts, as well, so owners vying for a fantasy championship may want to keep a watchful eye -- both on the frequency of his usage, and whether fatigue is becoming a factor -- in the season's final nine games.
12:14 pm (EST)
James Reimer Headshot

Reimer will be between the pipes against the Coyotes on Thursday, David Dwork of CBS Miami reports.

Reimer's tailspin continues as he has gone 2-6-1 as the No.1 goalies for the Panthers. The organization certainly has to be questioning the fact they are on the hook for the netminder for another four years at $3.4 million annually considering he has flopped with Roberto Luongo (lower body) sidelined.
12:10 pm (EST)
Brad Brach Headshot

Brach extended his scoreless-innings streak to six while allowing a hit and striking out one in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

Brach has put together a strong spring, limiting opposing batters to a .182 BAA while posting a 7:1 K:BB through six appearances. The veteran reliever is coming off a career-best season in which he notched 24 holds and posted a 2.05 ERA to accompany a 1.04 WHIP. Brach's 10.5 K/9 in 2016 demonstrates his ability to provide value across many formats.
12:09 pm (EST)
Jonathan Bernier Headshot

Bernier allowed three goals on 32 shots but came away the winner in a 4-3 victory Wednesday over Edmonton.

The wins just keep rolling in for Bernier, who is now 6-0-1 over his last seven starts, a span that's featured a sparkling .950 save percentage and equally stingy 1.54 GAA. He's fared more than admirably in the absence of John Gibson (lower body), whose return date is still unknown.
12:07 pm (EST)
Tyler Naquin Headshot

Naquin (knee) is back in the Indians' Cactus League lineup Thursday.

The outfielder was scratched from Saturday's contest with bilateral knee soreness but appears to be over it. Manager Terry Francona has expressed his desire to hand Cleveland's everyday center fielder job to Naquin, despite his shaky numbers against left-handed pitching. The 25-year-old has about a week to cement that gig, which would give him stronger value in deep mixed fantasy leagues.
12:05 pm (EST)
Hampus Lindholm Headshot

Lindholm scored a goal and dished out two assists in a 4-3 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.

The rearguard snapped an eight-game point drought in style in this one, recording a plus-3 rating in addition to the goal and pair of helpers. Still, with just 17 points in 60 games this year, the fourth-year NHLer is on pace for his least productive campaign after recording at least 28 points in each of his first three seasons.
12:05 pm (EST)
Mike Condon Headshot

Condon was named the home starter for Thursday's battle with the Penguins.

Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh leads the league in scoring at 3.46 goals per game, but Condon played remarkably well in his last home start versus the flightless birds -- his former team -- stopping 29 of 30 shots en route to a win. It'll take a brazen soul to roll him out in daily contests, but then again, his price tag can't be all that high as the secondary option in goal for the Senators.
12:02 pm (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby will patrol the crease against the Blue Jackets on Thursday, JJ Regan of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Considering the playoff implications of Thursday's contest, it should come as no surprise that the Caps will go with Holtby. The 27-year-old has been rather average of late, as he posted a 3-3-1 record and .885 save percentage. Despite his recent form, the netminder remains one of the top goalies in the world, as evident by his 37 victories; just three shy of reaching the 40-win mark for the third straight season.
12:01 pm (EST)
Wayne Ellington Headshot

Ellington's status is up in the air for Thursday's game against Toronto following the birth of his child Wednesday night.

Ellington was not present at shootaround Thursday morning, but the hope is that he'll rejoin the team in time for Thursday night's contest. If that's not the case, some combination of Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder and Josh Richardson would absorb his vacated minutes.
12:01 pm (EST)
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