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Justin Nicolino Headshot

Nicolino got hammered in his first appearance of the spring Monday against the Tigers, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk while recording only one out.

He was already facing a tough battle to win a spot on the 25-man roster with the Marlins this season, but Nicolino didn't exactly get his Grapefruit League campaign off to a positive start. Expect the soft-tossing lefty to begin 2017 back with Triple-A New Orleans.
12:02 pm (EST)
Jose Urena Headshot

Urena got the start in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, allowing two runs in one inning of work on a walk and a two-run home run by Byungho Park.

He had trouble keeping the ball in the yard last year, so this wasn't the most encouraging start to Urena's spring. The 25-year-old is out of minor league options and almost assured of a spot on the Marlins' 25-man roster for Opening Day, but barring a dramatic improvement in his numbers, he'll likely fill a long relief or mop-up role this season that carries very little fantasy value.
11:58 am (EST)
Josh Donaldson Headshot

Donaldson (calf) felt good after taking batting practice Tuesday but doesn't have a specific date in mind for his return to game action, the Toronto Star's Laura Armstrong reports.

It is encouraging that Donaldson is hitting without reporting any setbacks, and it is also not surprising that he will remain out of game action in the short term. There is still plenty of camp remaining for a veteran of his ilk to get up to speed.
11:57 am (EST)
Travis Hamonic Headshot

Hamonic (knee) is "50-50" to return for Thursday's game in Dallas, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

Hamonic remains on injured reserve, but the Isles seem to be closely monitoring him as he inches closer to a return. A proven two-way commodity, Hamonic's absence was certainly felt this past Saturday, when the Blue Jackets crushed the Brooklyn team, 7-0. It's best to take a wait-and-see approach, as the 26-year-old rearguard has missed the past 23 games with his injury.
11:57 am (EST)
Colin Miller Headshot

Miller, who was scratched Sunday against the Stars, will return to the Bruins' blue line mix Tuesday against the Coyotes.

With Miller back in the lineup, John-Michael Liles will be the odd man out in the B's backline mix Tuesday. Miller, who has not recorded a point over his last four games, checks back into action with four goals and nine points over the course of 45 contests to date.
11:55 am (EST)
Brandon Rush Headshot

Rush submitted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds and one block across 19 minutes in a 102-88 win over the Kings on Monday.

Rush is still holding down the fort as the Wolves' starting shooting guard with Zach LaVine (knee) out for the season, but he's rarely made an impact on the offensive end. Since entering the rotation 10 games ago, Rush has failed to hit double figures in the scoring column in any contest, averaging a meager 4.7 points in 26.7 minutes per game during that span.
11:55 am (EST)
Tyler Moore Headshot

Moore got the start in left field in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, going 2-for-2 with a two-run home run.

It's his second home run of the spring already, as the former National tries to win a spot on the Marlins' bench. He's got an uphill battle, as the team will most likely carry eight relievers and try to make do without a platoon partner for Justin Bour at first base, but a big performance from Moore in camp could at least put him in line for a call-up during the season if that plan changes.
11:54 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen will defend the cage for Tuesday's matchup with Edmonton, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Allen has lost three in a row with a 2.71 GAA and .922 save percentage and will now square off against the Oilers who are averaging 31.0 shots per game -- seventh best in the league. Last time the netminder faced Edmonton was Oct. 20 when he gave up a pair of tallies in a loss.
11:53 am (EST)
Jordin Tootoo Headshot

Tootoo signed a one-year extension worth $700,000 on Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports.

The veteran forward has rotated in-and-out of the lineup all season long, going pointless in 36 contests. It would be unfair to say that Tootoo has played poorly this season, as he's filled the role he was expected to play, but it's highly doubtful that the Hawks would have offered him an extension without the summer's expansion draft looming. With Tootoo signed through 2017-18, Chicago will now be able to protect 2013 first-round pick Ryan Hartman, who's scored 15 goals in his debut campaign.
11:53 am (EST)
R.A. Dickey Headshot

Dickey allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings, striking out two, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The 42-year-old is coming off his worst season since developing his knuckleball and becoming a full-time starter, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 2016, but the move back to the NL East should help temper those ratios. The Braves aren't counting on Dickey for anything more than a regular turn in the rotation, but with a young and improving lineup supporting him, he could still have real value in deeper NL-only formats.
11:46 am (EST)
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